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5 adds and 4 drops in fantasy football for Week 10

There are plenty of receivers on hot streaks that are worth trying to add for a playoff push in fantasy.

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Nine weeks are in the books for fantasy, and this is likely your last chance to push for the playoffs starting this week. It seems like more and more teams are having COVID outbreaks, which makes filling out your bench with players who could be placed into your lineup when needed is becoming more valuable than ever. There are several options for players like that this week as well as some players who aren’t worth the spot on your bench considering the state of fantasy football.

Adds

Sterling Shepard, wide receiver, Giants (Owned in 51 percent of Yahoo Sports leagues): Shepard is owned in over half of leagues, but that number needs to be way higher. Sure, he has had six catches in his three games since returning from a toe injury, but it is his upcoming schedule that makes him an attractive pickup. He has the Eagles (19th), a bye, the Bengals (17th), the Seahawks (first), the Cardinals (16th) and then the Browns (fourth) before you can drop him during the championship week against the Ravens. That is at least two weeks where Shephard gets slotted in as a great flex option against the matchups. It is just great to have someone stashed on your bench to give you a solid option as it seems COVID cases are popping up regularly across the NFL again.

Christian Kirk, wide receiver, Cardinals (Owned in 68 percent of leagues): Kirk is owned in plenty of leagues, but he should be the top pickup if he is somehow available in your league. He has scored over 20 fantasy points in his past three games. It seems like he and Kyler Murray are getting on the same page in this offense. At the very least he shouldn’t be any lower than a flex option even with some tough matchups down the road. Arizona seems content to let Murray go out there and try and win games. Kirk has become a huge part of that plan for Murray recently.

Curtis Samuel, wide receiver, Panthers (Owned in 29 percent of leagues): Similar to Kirk, Samuels has had a pretty good three week run scoring 17, 21, and 26 points after putting up a scoreless performance against the Bears. This last performance, nine catches for over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown, came against the Chiefs who have one of the toughest defenses against wide receivers in the NFL. At this point, it is worth catching the Samuel wave and seeing how far you can ride it.

Kalen Ballage, running back, Chargers (Owned in one percent): This is a very speculative add just because Justin Jackson exited the game early for the Chargers. Ballage out touched rookie running back Joshua Kelley despite just being a call up from the practice squad. He had 15 carries for 69 yards an a touchdown, and Los Angeles has a very favorable schedule for running backs to end the season. They face a top 10 matchup for running backs in fantasy four of the final seven weeks. It is hard to say Ballage will be able to hold the lead in touches for all of those games, but he could end up being a valuable add for at least a week or two for teams needing help at running back or in the flex.

Darnell Mooney, wide receiver, Bears (Owned in 14 percent of leagues): Mooney has had at least five targets in his last six games, and he had 11 this week. He still has only managed one double digit performance, but he gets the Vikings next week who are another top five matchup for wide receivers in fantasy. He is at least a great matchup based flex option next week. Depending on how well he does there could determine if he is worth keeping on your bench following that.

Drops

DeeJay Dallas, running back, Seattle (Owned in 62 percent of leagues): Dallas wasn’t able to really have a chance to capitalize on his momentum from last week. He was caught in far more of a running back by committee with Travis Homer healthy this week. Dallas and Homer each had nine touches with Dallas scoring a touchdown and Homer having a 50-yard gain. This back field became crowded really quickly, and if Chris Carson or Carlos Hyde become healthy that looks like it will further dig into Dallas’ opportunities.

Joshua Kelley, running back, Chargers (Owned in 42 percent of leagues): Kelley has lost his job to Jackson prior to Week 9, and even when Jackson went out with an injury early, Ballage out touched and played Kelley. It seems like the Chargers prefer literally anyone over Kelley at this point, and it is hard to warrant rostering a player like that in fantasy.

J.K. Dobbins, running back, Ravens (Owned in 79 percent of leagues): Dobbins has only scored double digit points in fantasy twice this season. Now, even with Mark Ingram out, his ceiling remains low with Gus Edwards handling most of the goal line and redzone duties. Dobbins is talented, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for trying to play him next week against the Patriots who are the ninth best matchup for fantasy running backs. I’d try to load him off at that point if your league is still allowing trades.

Cole Beasley, wide receiver, Bills (Owned in 59 percent of leagues): It is never a good sign when a player doesn’t put up a fantasy worthy performance against the best possible matchup for his position. Beasley had under 40 yards and only three catches this week. John Brown, meanwhile, had eight catches for 99 yards. It is clear where the pecking order lies in Buffalo with Beasley behind Brown and Stephon Diggs.