Down to the Wire: Week 10 Adds

by Chris Foster

Each week we will take a look at players who are more than likely on your waiver-wire that can be added to your team and help you this week. One of the biggest complaints with waiver wire add articles is that many of these guys are not available in your league. Using ESPN’s ownership statistics, everyone mentioned in this article has 50% or lower ownership status. This article will be divided into two parts, standard and deep leagues. The players in the deeper league wire are typically guys that you can stash that have upside. If you use a Free Agent Auction Bidding (FAAB) system, in parenthesis will be the percentage of your budget we would use on each player. In those type leagues, know the bidding history of your opponents and adjust accordingly. Players are ranked in order by their position.

Since Down to the Wire only highlights players who are owned by less than half of owners in ESPN leagues, I first want to give you a list of guys who are only owned in 50-75% of leagues that would be premium adds over any other player in most circumstances (depending on your positional needs). (Percentage owned in parentheses)


  1. Ben Roethlisberger 69%
  2. Phillip Rivers 62%

Running Back

  1. Kenyan Drake 57%
  2. Latavius Murray 61%
  3. Alfred Morris 65%
  4. Buck Allen 70%
  5. Johnathan Stewart 74%
  6. Rob Kelly 56%
  7. Matt Forte 56%
  8. Darren McFadden 51%
  9. Theo Riddick 61%
  10. Derrick Henry 64%
  11. Mike Gillislee 59%
  12. Duke Johnson 73%
  13. James White 68%
  14. Tarik Cohen 54%

Wide Receiver

  1. Mohammed Sanu 64%
  2. Jermaine Kearse 50%
  3. Sterling Shepard 72%
  4. JuJu Smith-Schuster 63%
  5. Danny Amendola 54%
  6. Tedd Ginn 63%
  7. Randall Cobb 68%
  8. Rishard Mathews 67%
  9. Jamison Crowder 53%
  10. Jermy Maclin 64%

Tight End

  1. Vernon Davis 64%
  2. Hunter Henry 64%

Standard League Adds:


QB Jimmy Garoppolo (1% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): This is mainly for those deep QB leagues that are super flex or 2 QBs, so if he wasn’t already rostered, snatch him up. He likely won’t have any immediate fantasy impact, but it will come. If you are in a standard league then just hold off.

Running Backs

RB Orleans Darkwa (41% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Darkwa has been fairly consistent since taking over the starting role for NY. He doesn’t offer a ton of upside, but his floor seems to be safe.

RB Danny Woodhead (24% owned)(FAAB 10-20%): Woodhead looked to be a main piece of Baltimore’s attack before he went out with an injury in week 1. He should be back in the next couple of weeks as he started practicing last week, so now may be the time to go grab him.

RB Damien Williams  (23% owned)(FAAB 15-25%): Williams looked pretty good on Sunday night. He looked really good on his touchdown. He and Drake both look like they are at least worth learning.

RB Dion Lewis (36% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Lewis continus to get the bulk of the carries for New England and he looks like he is regaining for from two years ago. Many people dropped him when NE had a bye last week so you may be able to snatch him up!



Wide Receivers

WR Cooper Kupp (48% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): He is in the top 36 WR’s in the NFL. Meaning he is a flex/WR3 play. He is obviously boom or bust every week but he is definitely worth owning.

WR Josh Doctson (26% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Doctson continues to make big plays for the Redskins and he is only becoming more and more involved in their passing game. It is likely that they continue to look for him more as he seems to be their best playmaker.

WR Cole Beasley (17% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): If Bryant misses anytime I really like Cole Beasley to step up in his absence, especially in PPR leagues. He has also been used a decent amount around the end zone.

WR Corey Coleman (7% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Coleman is set to come off the IR in the next couple of weeks. He caught a touchdown in week 1 and could be a sneaky pickup, the downside is that he obviously plays for the Brows.

WR Corey Davis (32% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): It was only a few years ago when OBJ showed up halfway through the season and posted top 5 numbers the rest of the way. I am not saying Davis or Mike Williams is OBJ, but they could turn out to be valuable in the second half of the season for you. Get a lowball bid in for them before they break out.

WR Robby Anderson (45% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Every week it is either Anderson or Jermaine Kearse that comes up big for the Jets. Some weeks, it is both of them. That means there is a greater than 50% chance that Anderson will put up start-worthy numbers for you. He is definitely worth owning.

WR Marqise Lee (34% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Lee has been pretty solid over the last couple of weeks and seems to be gaining the trust of Blake Bortles.


Tight Ends

TE Charles Clay (20% owned)(FAAB 2-5%): Clay could be back as soon as this week and before he got hurt he was a top 5 tight end. He would be a great pickup.


TE Tyler Kroft (42% owned)(FAAB 5-10%): Tyler Kroft continues to be solid in the absence of Tyler Eifert. In a shallow TE market, he seems to be someone you can rely on.

TE Greg Olsen (44% owned)FAAB 10-15%): Olsen should be coming off the IR at the end of the month and with Kelvin Benjamin being traded away it would appear that Olsen will be the main downfield target for Cam Newton. Grab him before someone else does.


Deep League Adds- (20+ Rosters Spots And/Or 2 QB Leagues) OR (Speculative Adds)


  1. Jared Goff
  2. Josh McCown
  3. Mitch Trubisky

Running Backs

  1. Marlon Mack
  2. D’Onta Foreman
  3. Elijah McGuire
  4. Corey Clement
  5. Jamaal Williams
  6. Rex Burkhead
  7. Jamaal Charles
  8. JD McKissic

Wide Receivers

  1. Roger Lewis
  2. Torrey Smith
  3. Kenny Golladay
  4. Adam Humpries

Tight End

  1. David Njoku
  2. George Kittle
  3. Ben Watson

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