The fantasy football season is hitting the final stretch of games before the postseason is here.
With Week 10 approaching, the moves you are making now will hopefully not only help improve your team for the coming weeks, but also give you extra depth for a postseason run.
Now, it’s time for a look at the weekly waiver wire moves you need to make for your fantasy football team heading into Week 10 of the NFL.
It took awhile, but Rishard Matthews is finally living up to his billing in Tennessee. After the former Dolphins receiver signed a big free agent deal with the Titans this year, Matthews struggled to produce in the offense, partly because the team had too many mouths to feed.
But over the last five games, Matthews has caught 21 passes for 240 yards and five scores. In Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, Matthews caught six passes on 10 targets for 63 yards and two scores.
It also helps that Andre Johnson retired last week. He was doing just enough to steal targets away from guys like Matthews (Johnson had two scores in his first 5 games this year).
Matthews is now a viable fantasy receiver.
It looks like Jacksonville may have finally found a capable running back for their enigmatic offense. On Sunday against the Chiefs, Chris Ivory rolled out 107 yards on 18 carries, his best game of the season after signing with the Jags this offseason.
Ivory later had a chance for a touchdown, but lost a goal-line fumble in the fourth quarter. The fumble was really close and could have easily been ruled a touchdown, but the refs stuck with the original call.
Still, it a was a great day for Ivory as he looks to have finally overtaken Yeldon for the primary back role. That makes him a worthy fantasy addition for owners in need of running back help.
The Falcons offense is a machine right now, and Taylor Gabriel is becoming a viable fantasy weapon in it. The former Browns receiver was surprisingly cut this offseason by Cleveland, but it looks like a blessing now as Gabriel is having a career year in Atlanta (that seems to be true of anyone fortunate enough to escape Cleveland).
Against the Bucs in Week 9. Gabriel actually took a handoff and ran it 15 yards for a touchdown. He finished the game with 52 yards on five catches, which came one week after he caught three passes for 68 yards and a score vs the Packers.
As long as Gabriel keeps being this involved in the offense, he’ll be a sneaky fantasy receiver going forward.
The Jaguars are down one of their top receivers after Allen Hurns suffered a concussion Sunday against the Chiefs. That means Marqise Lee is suddenly an intriguing fantasy option in a Jaguars offense that has failed to live up to expectations this year.
Injuries limited Lee in his first two seasons after being a second-round pick out of USC, and emergence of Hurns and Allen Robinson led to Lee rarely seeing the field as he caught just 15 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown in 2015.
But this year, Lee now has 34 catches for 442 yards. He’s caught 18 passes for 273 yards, including four grabs for 84 yards in Week 9.
Lee could be a good addition for fantasy owners looking to add receiver depth, especially while Hurns is out.
The Eagles have a serious issue with their backfield that Ryan Mathews has unfortunately been a big culprit of. It seemed to finally end in Week 9 when Mathews had five carries for 15 yards in the Eagles' Week 9 loss to the Giants. He did manage to get into the end zone thanks to an eight-yard scoring run but this comes after he got just 10 yards on four carries in Week 8. He also has just one catch for one yard over the past two games.
It doesn’t help that Darren Sproles started over Mathews and saw 11 more touches in Sunday’s loss. Mathews is averaging just 44 total yards per game this year and has become nothing more than a touchdown vulture to Sproles going forward.
Get rid of Mathews now.
Jerick McKinnon is quickly falling out of favor in Minnesota, and for good reason. McKinnon is dealing with an ankle injury, originally suffered in Week 7 that led to him missing Week 8. That helped lead to the Vikings’ offensive struggles over the past two games, both of which they have lost, but he was unable to make a difference with his Week 9 return.
McKinnon finished Sunday’s loss to the Lions with just eight yards on seven carries and no catches. He now has just 75 rushes for 225 yards and one score to go with eight catches for 29 yards in seven games this year.
Ronnie Hillman actually had more touches (8) than McKinnon on Sunday, a clear sign that the latter does not need to be on any of your fantasy rosters going forward.
Injuries have turned what was a promising season for Travis Benjamin into a lost one. Benjamin exited Sunday's win over the Titans with an apparent knee injury. He was standing on the sideline without a helmet in the second half and did not return.
Benjamin entered this game dealing with a sprained PCL. The Chargers' bye is in Week 11, so it's possible they'll hold Benjamin out of Week 10 to get him some rest. He finished this game with five yards on one catch and now has just 11 catches over his last four games. Cut Benjamin this week; you can do better.