Ah, fantasy football is in the air and it's everyone's favorite day during the week leading up to the games, Waiver Wire Tuesday.

As we did last season I'll be breaking down the best players to add off the waiver wire to your fantasy football rosters on a weekly basis. Maybe there's an injury or a player who's just not performing up to expectations, dump them and find yourself a gem off the waiver wire that'll help you dominate.

Also, as a rule of thumb, if you're new to our weekly fantasy football column we don't look at players off the waiver wire who are owned in more than 50% of leagues and we use ESPN.

This week we continue with the bye weeks and unfortunately, it's the worst week of the year as there are six teams who are off this week. Now, with the teams on a bye, there is some firepower that'll be lost but also some fantasy irrelevant teams as well. In addition, we've got a couple of players dealing with injuries, and we're going to need to replace them because some of them are going to miss a couple of weeks.

Continue looking to plan for the weeks ahead, we're not out of the woods with bye weeks just yet so try and set yourself up for success rather than scrambling to make moves last minute.

BYE WEEK: New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans

Happy hunting.


Philip Rivers, LAC @ OAK (THUR) (60% Owned)

Okay, yes I'm breaking my own rule of the 50% owned threshold but I've seen in multiple leagues I'm in that Rivers is on the wire and he's got a great match-up this weekend at the Oakland Raiders. In fact, the Raiders are the 31st ranked defense against opposing quarterbacks this season. Rivers was strong last week against the Green Bay Packers, he didn't deliver big touchdown numbers but I feel like he's got the chance to deliver them this week on Thursday.

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ ARI (34% Owned)

Alright, so not much movement after I put Jimmy G on the column last week although if you did take the advice and utilized him you should have been in good standing to begin the weekend with his four-touchdown performance. With a couple of fantasy-relevant QB options out this week, it may be wise to look to Garoppolo again as he plays a Seattle defense that isn't what it once was, especially against opposing passers.


Ronald Jones, TB vs. ARI (38% Owned)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield has certainly been a mixed bag this entire season but it seems head coach Bruce Arians is finally ready to give us some clarity. Arians said yesterday that Jones has been the more explosive back and earned the right to start and play more snaps. This could just be coach speak but you know what, I'm choosing to believe in it and I think you should too. If you need some RB help this week or are looking to fortify your bench look Ronald Jones' way.

J.D McKissic, DET @ CHI (6% Owned)

Ty Johnson continues to disappoint in Detriot as they just love to throw the ball with Matthew Stafford and I don't blame them if they don't have a viable option in the backfield. However, McKissic did offer up some value last week as a pass-catcher against the Raiders as he hauled three of four targets for 40 yards and a score as well as four carries for 32 yards. If you're playing in a PPR format I'd recommend McKissic if you're in a deep league or are really hurting at running back.


Zach Pascal, IND vs. MIA (7% Owned)

With T.Y. Hilton on the shelf, it was going to be interesting to see who would lead the way for the Colts as far as receiving goes. Sunday it was Zach Pascal who answered the call leading the team in targets with six and receptions with five for 76 yards and a score. In addition, talented rookie Paris Campbell fractured his hand and will miss time along with starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett who sprained his MCL Sunday. The Campbell loss will help Pascal garner more receptions and even with Brian Hoyer probably playing this week at QB Indy's playing a Miami defense that's given up 14.9 yards per catch to receivers which are fourth-most in the league.

Josh Reynolds, LAR @ PIT (1% Owned)

Reynolds and the Los Angeles Rams are back off their bye week but it doesn't sound like Brandin Cooks will be returning to the lineup this week and maybe anytime soon... It's being said that he currently doesn't have a timetable for a return after sustaining his second concussion of the season in week 8. This will continue to allow JR the opportunity to shine within an offense that loves to utilize three WR sets like nobodies business.

DeVante Parker, MIA @ IND (23% Owned)

THE MIAMI DOLPHINS GOT THEIR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON ON SUNDAY, tanking is so overrated... Yes, they got a win over the lowly New York Jets and in doing so they lost one of their few offensive weapons on the outside in Preston Wilson who sustained a knee injury. Parker is a very athletic wide-out who's seemed to be on the fringe of fantasy usage for the last five years or so but he's developed some rapport with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick so he could be a fill-in flex option this week against the Colts.


Jack Doyle IND vs. MIA (32% Owned)

The tight end position has certainly been a mixed bag this season so this week my dart throw will be Jack Doyle who scored you a touchdown last weekend and got you over the double-digit threshold. He's got a nice match-up with Miami and he caught his touchdown last week from Brian Hoyer so maybe Hoyer will continue to lean on him as a safety valve.

Best of luck in week ten.


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