Week 10 of the Fantasy Football season is fast approaching. Let's address the best waiver wire additions available in our leagues ahead of this upcoming slate of games.
1. Miami Dolphins RB Jeff Wilson Jr. - 52% rostered
The Dolphins may have found their ideal RB split in Week 9 after acquiring Wilson via trade earlier in the week. The veteran runner immediately led the running back room in usage, and that is an encouraging sign:
Snaps: Wilson (28), Mostert (26)
Routes run: Wilson (13), Mostert (12)
Targets: Wilson (3), Mostert (1)
Rushing attempts: Wilson (9), Mostert (9)
At worst, this backfield appears to be headed for a 50/50 split. At best, Wilson may be able to carve himself out a starting and majority role leaning towards a potential 60/40 split. This is definitely a backfield that will feature both players, but Wilson looks like he'll offer at least some FLEX appeal for the rest of the season.
2. Free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. - 23% rostered
OBJ has yet to play a game this season, though he is going to be fully cleared from the torn ACL he suffered last season at some point this week. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported that OBJ should have a hefty market that'll heat up this week. It's not often a borderline elite star is available at this point in the season, and just for that reason alone, OBJ is worth the addition.
If he ultimately ends up signing with a foreign team, we may have to wait a few extra weeks to see an impact, considering the time required to learn a new scheme and playbook. If OBJ returns to the Rams, he could pay immediate dividends. Either way, he's worth the stash at worst. Going back to last season, Beckham scored double-digit fantasy points in five of eight games in the regular season with the Rams.
3. San Francisco 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell - 57% rostered
Mitchell appears to be on track to return in Week 10. The former starting running back has been on IR since Week 1 but is poised to make his return here shortly. While Mitchell won't return to a starting job, he will at worst operate as the 49ers' RB2, and at best possesses elite handcuff value.
Christian McCaffrey is likely to get a heavy workload for the remainder of the season. Mitchell should eat into some of it as the 49ers would be wise to not overwork McCaffrey, though Mitchell probably won't have a ton of standalone value. Last season, Mitchell topped 17 rushes in nine of his 11 regular season appearances. He has that type of upside again this season if McCaffrey is sidelined, particularly with Jeff Wilson Jr. out of the picture.
4. Baltimore Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins - 57% rostered
At this point, we've gotta swing in hopes of landing a gem for the fantasy football playoffs. If you don't look to be in a position for a playoff appearance, Dobbins may not be the addition/stash for you. Otherwise, keep listening. The former second-round pick appeared in just four games this season but was placed on IR around two weeks ago. Dobbins is likely going to miss 4-6 weeks in totality, with Week 9 being the second he'll miss.
Baltimore's backfield doesn't have "the guy" just yet. Dobbins only flashed this season but never looked quite ready for a full workload, Gus Edwards is now dealing with a few minor dings, and everyone else is a JAG. While Dobbins may not have league-winning potential, he could be in a position to return to the No. 1 RB job in Week 13, right in time for the fantasy playoffs.
There wasn't a ton of production while on the field, but Dobbins topped 25 snaps in three of his four games and ran at least 13 routes in all of those games, too. This could be a worthwhile addition.
5. Carolina Panthers RB Chuba Hubbard - 34% rostered
Today was a good reminder that the Panthers are not a good football team. While it may seem like that doesn't matter, it does. Carolina has already given us a glimpse of how they want to divvy up their running back work split post-McCaffrey trade — D'Onta Foreman is the early-down back, and Hubbard the passing game and receiving back.
This past week, Foreman played just 21 snaps, compared to 17 for Raheem Blackshear and 13 for Spencer Brown. Hubbard was inactive with an ankle injury but it doesn't seem like it'll hold him out much longer. The Panthers, on the other hand, are a terrible team that will likely trail a lot over the rest of the season. If they're trailing, they've shown a desire to trot out Hubbard instead of Foreman. Going back to Week 7, Carolina opted to give Hubbard more work than Foreman:
Snaps: Foreman (27), Hubbard (23)
Routes Run: Foreman (10), Hubbard (11)
Targets: Foreman (2), Hubbard (3)
The numbers may suggest a closer split than there was in actuality — Hubbard also had more snaps prior to suffering a fourth-quarter injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the game. It's fair to expect Foreman and Hubbard to split the work, but with how bad the Panthers are, there may be some sneaky upside for Hubbard, particularly in full-point PPR leagues.
6. Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison - 45% rostered
There really aren't many numbers or intriguing things to share here. Mattison has been all but phased out of the offense in the past three weeks — he's played just seven, 17, and nine snaps. There's pretty much no workload for him right now, but we do know he's one of the best handcuffs in fantasy football and is one injury away from an RB2 floor with RB1 upside.
We've entered the portion of the season where it'd be wise to try to foreshadow some moves by adding insurance policies for the remainder of the season. Few are better than Mattison. This is a guy that's scored 20-plus fantasy points four times in his career.
7. Indianapolis Colts RB Jordan Wilkins - 0% rostered
Jonathan Taylor is injured, Nyheim Hines is gone, and Deon Jackson suffered a knee injury that removed him from the rest of the game in Week 9. We don't yet know the severity of Jackson's injury, though the uncertainty is enough to make a move. Looking at the Colts' work split, there is certainly something there:
It appears that Wilkins has surpassed Lindsay in the running back pecking order, though Jackson is still the No. 1 option when healthy. Of course, Moss didn't participate in this game because he was inactive and still likely needs time to catch up with the scheme and playbook. As it stands, Moss is more likely to be the early-down back and goal-line option, while Wilkins has more passing game and two-minute drill utility. I'd likely suggest adding Wilkins first and Moss next, but there could be a case made for Moss, too. Of course, this could all be moot if Jackson and Taylor are perfectly healthy.
8. Indianapolis Colts RB Zack Moss - 4% rostered
9. Las Angeles Chargers RB Isaiah Spiller - 3% rostered
The Chargers may have found their new backup running back. With Joshua Kelley on IR, Spiller has been active over the past two weeks and is trending in the right direction in the snap count, going from four in Week 8 to 13 in Week 9.
The truth is, Spiller has no standalone value whatsoever. But, he's another strong handcuff that you can consider adding in the coming weeks. He's a rookie fourth-round draft pick who could see an expanded role moving forward. Sony Michel is another fine option, too.
10. Carolina Panthers WR Terrace Marshall Jr. - 6% rostered
Marshall will continue to make this list as long as he continues to receive the same number of opportunities. The second-year receiver is playing a lot of snaps, running a lot of routes, and has begun to produce, too:
Marshall is worth the dart throw, even with how terrible the Panthers' offense is and the quarterback uncertainty.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Josh Palmer - 72% rostered
Palmer needs to be rostered and should be considered for a potential starting spot as long as Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are sidelined by way of injury. He played in 63 of 69 snaps, ran 44 routes on 45 opportunities, and led the team with nine targets, too.
Baltimore Ravens TE Isaiah Likely - 58% rostered
Likely is a must-stash for the remainder of the season. He has a TE1 floor and top-five potential if Mark Andrews continues to miss time. In Week 8, Likely registered an 18.4% target share. He was able to secure six of his seven targets for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Green Bay Packers WR Sammy Watkins - 5% rostered
Watkins isn't great, and neither are the Packers. But, someone needs to catch Aaron Rodgers' passes and Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs both got hurt in Week 9, in addition to Randall Cobb already on IR. Watkins played 60-of-74 snaps and ran 39 routes on 47 dropbacks in Week 9. His five targets also ranked second on the team, and he also had a target inside the five-yard line, too.