Week 9 of the NFL season was a week filled with NFL records. Justin Fields set numerous team and one NFL records for his electric 178-yard performance. In the same game, Tyreek Hill had 143 receiving yards and set the NFL record for most receiving yards through nine games, passing Isaac Bruce. Lastly, Joe Mixon put up the second-highest fantasy football scoring performance of all time as he had 55.1 fantasy points in the Cincinnati Bengals’ blowout win over the Carolina Panthers.
Week 10 will hopefully bring another entertaining slate of games headlined by a potential shootout in primetime as the Los Angeles Chargers travel to San Fransisco to play Christian McCaffrey and the 49ers. In this article, I will try to pinpoint some of the best performances and pickups for the week to help you set your lineup.
Start of the Week and Waiver Priority: Justin Fields CHI
Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears offense may have finally found their groove after barely coming up short against the Miami Dolphins. Fields plays the Detroit Lions this week in a game that could very well be another shootout. The Lions are allowing the third most points per game to opposing quarterbacks, so he should have many open receivers and room to run. He is also owned in less than fifty percent of leagues, making him an absolute must-add and start for the rest of the season.
HM Starts: Tom Brady TB, Trevor Lawrence JAC
HM Pickups: Daniel Jones NYG, Jimmy Garoppolo SF
Start of the Week: Travis Etienne JAC
Travis Etienne has been on fire recently as Jacksonville has chosen to unleash the young running back. Etienne and the Jacksonville Jaguars are playing the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. They are a team that opposers have demolished on the ground this season, no matter the game script. Start Travis Etienne with confidence this week, and this is his best matchup so far as the official starter in Jacksonville.
HM: DeAndre Swift DET, Cordarelle Patterson ATL
Waiver Priority: Jaylen Warren PIT
Jaylen Warren is still owned in less than 5% of leagues, and if you are in a deeper league, you need to get him immediately. Reports are starting to surface of Najee getting benched this week as Tomlin plans to change his offense. In a very small sample size, the undrafted free agent has looked significantly more dynamic than his superior on the depth chart and could be an absolute steal off the waiver wire.
HM: Rachaad White TB, Kyren Williams LAR
Start of the Week: AJ Brown PHI
AJ Brown has been on a tear this season and seems to improve every week with his new quarterback. In week ten, he is playing a weak Washington Guardians secondary who are giving up the eighth most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. This could be another top-five week for AJ Brown, especially with another cupcake matchup.
HM: Chris Olave PIT, Amon-Ra St. Brown DET
Waiver Priority: Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE
Donovan Peoples-Jones has quietly been a consistent low-end flex option through the last five weeks. The former Michigan Wolverine is starting to become a consistent wide receiver two for the Cleveland Browns, as he is averaging 6.2 targets per game over his last four games. DPJ is a sneaky pickup, as his value could skyrocket when Deshaun Watson comes back in a couple of weeks.
HM: Christian Watson GB, Jameson Williams DET
Start of the Week: Greg Dulcich DEN
Greg Dulcich has been very solid over his first three NFL starts. Scoring between eleven and thirteen fantasy points every week, Dulcich is starting to become a legitimate starting option at tight end. Coming off the bye, Dulcich and the Broncos play the Tennessee Titans who are allowing the seventh most points per game to tight ends. This could result in Greg Dulcich’s best game of his short career.
HM: George Kittle SF, Kyle Pitts ATL
Waiver Priority: Cole Kmet CHI
Cole Kmet showed the world what he can do when actually used as he hauled in five of six targets for 41 yards and two touchdowns. While this might not be the greatest of passing games, the former second-round pick can definitely sustain these targets. Kmet is a must-add for teams looking for or streaming a tight end, as this offense will only get better.
HM Waiver Priorities: Evan Engram JAC, Cade Otton TB