Depending on who you asked, last night the Jets and Patriots were both trying to win the game, trying to lose, or trying to prevent the other team from losing the game. It’s all very confusing, but in the end the Jets (0-9) maintained their fast track to the #1 overall pick and Trevor Lawrence as Nick Folk (revenge game!) nailed a game-winning field goal with time expiring.
The game featured a surprising amount of scoring and two players earned their way into waiver wire consideration for Week 10. Let’s get to it...
The Top 5 Waiver Adds For Week 10
A few notes: As usual, I’m mostly recommending RBs and WRs that are available in most 12-team leagues on ESPN. This week most of them are all owned in less than 20% of leagues. I don’t have any slam dunk recommendations at QB or TE. There are options (Irv Smith Jr., Ross Dwelley, Drew Lock, etc.), but none stand out in a big way.
- Jakobi Meyers (WR - 5.6%) - The Patriots finally look like they’ve found a playmaker at WR. Meyers posted 12 catches for 169 yards last night. His target share over the past three weeks: 24%, 40%, and 40%. Those are Davante Adams-esque target shares. Even when Julian Edelman returns from IR, Meyers has carved out a big role in this offense.
- Duke Johnson (RB - 16.5%) - David Johnson is currently in the concussion protocol after leaving the game early in Week 9. Duke stepped in and handled 20 touches on the day as the clear backup. We’ll need to monitor David’s progression throughout the week, but Duke is a top priority on the waiver this week.
- Jordan Wilkins (RB - 7%) - This article says that the Colts script the first 15 plays of the game and then let the RB’s coach Tom Ratham decide who plays after that. John Daigle notes that 6 of Jonathan Taylor’s 8 touches occurred within those 15 plays and then he fumbled. The team then turned to Wilkins, who finished the game with 11 carries. Wilkins possesses the traits we want in a stash RB--some standalone value, big contingent value if someone were to get injured, and running behind a solid offensive line.
- Matt Breida / DeAndre Washington (RB - 31.1% & 1.1%) - These two adds are speculative, but I think there’s reason to believe either could emerge down the stretch. Jordan Howard was active this week out of necessity, but Breida--when healthy--remains the most explosive back in this offense and the team made a move for Washington at the trade deadline. I could see either of them ascending to the top of the depth chart as soon as next week vs. the Chargers.
- Breshad Perriman (WR - 12.5%) - Perriman popped off on MNF for 101 yards and 2 TDs. It feels weird saying this about the Jets, but Denzel Mims and Jamison Crowder are both good enough to command attention from defenses, leaving Perriman plenty of room to run fly routes down the sideline in single coverage.
You thought I was going to mention Kallen Ballage, huh? I can’t. I’m sorry.
Injury & News Roundup
Christian McCaffrey is labeled day-to-day after injuring his shoulder on Sunday...Big Ben has been placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list and must be isolated for at least 5 days. Expect Mason Rudolph to get the start Sunday vs. the Bengals...Preston Williams (foot) is considered day-to-day...Nick Chubb (knee) has returned to practice and apparently looks “sharp”...Gardner Minshew (thumb) is expected to miss another week...Albert Okwuegbunam is done for the season after tearing his ACL.