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Fantasy Football: Yes, you should pick up Ryan Fitzpatrick

Pete Davidson
November 06, 2018 - 8:51 am

Week 10 is here and we have four teams on their bye weeks. That will lead to a competitive free agent market, so get your teams organized. Each week I spend hours scanning the lists of available players in different league sizes, but almost invariably, as I continue to sift through injury news and box scores, I find some things I missed. I always add them to the expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn. If you play in a big league, it’s a good resource. The finalized version gets posted at about 7 p.m. I’ll also have a waiver wire podcast posted at Rotobahn early this afternoon. 

Week 10 Bye teams:  Broncos, Vikings, Ravens, Texans.

QUARTERBACKS

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bucs

Baker Mayfield, Browns

Nick Mullens, 49ers

Marcus Mariota, Titans

Alex Smith, Washington at/vs Tampa

Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Fitzpatrick started Week 9 off with an awful interception and was not yanked as his team fell behind by multiple scores early. That’s a positive sign because they didn’t pull the quarterback as they have done a few times in 2018. It’s a sign that this job now belongs to the veteran. Mayfield looked good in his new post-Hue Jackson offense and has a playable schedule in the near term. Mullens played so well in relief of C.J. Beathard, that he’s been named starter for Week 10. Mariota had his best game of the year last night and he snapped off some throws that indicate his hand has fully healed. Smith has a sweet matchup at Tampa this week. Prescott is a matchup play and he has five good ones left over the final seven fantasy weeks.

RUNNING BACKS

Mike Davis, Seahawks

Wendell Smallwood, Eagles

Elijah McGuire, Jets

Duke Johnson, Browns

Theo Riddick, Lion (Tate void filler?)

Josh Adams, Eagles

Ito Smith, Falcons

Nyheim Hines, Colts

Ty Montgomery, Ravens

Jamaal Williams, Packers

Kapri Bibbs, Washington

Davis leads the list, but be careful because his value is tied to the health of Chris Carson, so make sure you follow injury information right up until you finalize your bids. Davis is a solid RB2 if he starts, but he’s a light flex if Carson is good to go. Smallwood was dumped on his bye by folks who assumed the Eagles would deal for a RB. They did not, thus Smallwood is the best bet for points going forward. He’s a strong weekly flex who can be used as a RB2 unless something changes. McGuire will be in the role left behind by Bilal Powell who is on IR. The value of the role is enhanced in that Isiah Crowell (foot) is playing at less than 100 percent. McGuire should see steady usage in passing situations and as a change of pace. Duke Johnson finally saw the kind of usage commensurate with his talents. He should stay more involved going forward and now has flex appeal in PPR formats. Riddick returned with a bang and in somewhat surprising fashion—playing some slot receiver and sharing the field with Kerryon Johnson at times. It’s clear that Riddick—a player they’ve always loved, will be part of the plan to replace Golden Tate’s interior presence and now has increased PPR appeal. Josh Adams looked like his role was growing back in Week 8, but he’s faded from memory after his bye week. He has a shot at goal line work if his strong play continues. He’s well worth a look in large formats. Ito Smith has weekly flex value and is now past his bye and the same goes for Nyheim Hines. Ty Montgomery was not part of last week’s brutal loss to the Steelers. That’s a good thing for him. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get a good look this week or next. He’s a great stash in large formats and a player to watch in all leagues. Jamaal Williams is a decent flex in deep formats and is now a great handcuff option for those who are leaning on Aaron Jones. Bibbs will have some PPR value if Chris Thompson misses more time. 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers

Tre’Quan Smith, Saints

Dede Westbrook, Jaguars

John Ross, Bengals

Tyrell Williams, Chargers

Mike Williams, Chargers

Robby Anderson, Jets

Quincy Enunwa, Jets

Devante Parker, Dolphins 

Keke Coutee, Texans

Danny Amendola, Dolphins

Christian Kirk, Cardinals

Anthony Miller, Bears

Michael Gallup, Cowboys

Curtis Samuel, Panthers

Maurice Harris, Washington 

Willie Snead, Ravens 

Adam Humphries, Bucs

Cordarrelle Patterson, Patriots

David Moore, Seahawks

Dez Bryant, Free Agent

The receivers are a tough bunch this week with no clear cut great targets to go after. It makes sense since we’ve been shaking this tree for weeks. Valdes-Scantling has looked very good and I’d think he’s earned a job as the number two option behind DaVante Adams, but you never know. Geronimo Allison could get healthy and reclaim his job for all we know. Still, MVS is my top choice this week due to his big ceiling which is obviously a lot about Aaron Rodgers. Tre’Quan Smith is looking like he’s the number two receiver for Drew Brees, which is valuable in and of itself, but he’s shown legit playmaking chops. He’s a WR3 going forward unless there’s a sea change on the depth chart. Ross is so high because A.J. Green’s toe injury will require some missed games. That makes Ross the team’s primary downfield weapon with Tyler Boyd dominating targets and interior routes. The two Williams (Tyrell and Mike), both have flex/WR3 appeal going forward thanks to Phillip Rivers and a favorable schedule. Anderson and Enunwa both came back healthy in Week 10 and can be counted on for flex value going forward. The Jets tough remaining schedule should keep them south of the WR3 level. Coutee should have appeal going forward as a potential slot machine but beware of his Week 10 bye. Maurice Harris is filling the target void in Washington, and with Paul Richardson’s (pour one out for our guy) season-ending knee injury, he could have value the rest of the way in PPR formats. 

TIGHT ENDS

Jack Doyle, Colts 

Jeff Heuerman, Broncos

Chris Herndon, Jets

C.J. Uzomah, Bengals

Ben Watson, Saints

Doyle is the no-brainer add if you can get him. He’s Andrew Luck’s binky and a weekly top 8 option in PPR leagues. Heuerman, a fixture in this space the last few weeks, has finally turned his involvement into points. With Demaryius Thomas gone, he should continue to have a role. Herndon is filling the interior void for the Jets and has been their top weapon in the red zone. Uzomah is the guy at tight end in Cincinnati, and with A.J. Green out, he should see more love in the red zone. Watson is a desperation play with some touchdown potential.

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