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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist for Week 10: Streaming targets, free agent sleepers include Taysom Hill, Derrick Gore, Elijah Moore

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In Week 10, we get back all the studs in Tampa Bay, D’Andre Swift, DK Metcalf, and Terry McLaurin, among others, and there aren’t many highly valuable players taken away from us. With the Bears, Bengals, Giants, and Texans onbye, we’re only going to be dramatically affected by the losses of Burrow/Mixon/Chase. Brandin Cooks’ owners will have to live without him this week, though. That said, while we’re still in Week 9, we should look ahead at possible waiver wire pickups, free agents, and streamers, such as Taysom Hill, Derrick Gore,Elijah Moore, and Logan Thomas, before they potentially become hot adds on waivers.

Our Week 10 waiver watchlist can help get ahead on potential top streaming targets. We’ll continue to help you identify one-week solutions, but we’re not giving up on finding season-long value either. The waiver wire might be getting thin, but as injuries mount and bye weeks remove your fantasy studs from action, we have to prepare for all scenarios. Again, this is a mild week for byes, but other factors will inevitably leave you scrambling for alternate options.

WEEK 9 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’em

We know not all leagues have enough roster spots to really take advantage of “stashing players,” but for those in deeper leagues (or those who have players on IR or busts worth cutting), our week-ahead watchlist will be useful. Stashing a player or two on your bench when they’restill free agents can really pay off if those players have good games. If they don’t, they’re easy drops. Your spot in the waiver order is valuable, and you want to hold it as long as possible. At the very least, it’s good to have a list of names of players to watch on Sunday so you can monitor snap share and targets/touches, and it’s always smart to claim matchup-based streamers at positions like TE or D/ST before there’s competition for them.

WEEK 9 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watchlist

Reminder: This list was put together in the lead-in to Week 9, looking forward to the players who could be popular waiver-wire targets ahead of Week 10.If you have a roster spot to play with, these are free-agent options you could grab early to beat the waiver buzz.

All these players are below 50-percentownership on Yahoo unless otherwise specified.

Week 10Waiver Wire Watchlist: QB

Teams on a Week 10bye: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants Giants, Houston Texans

Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars (42) @ IND in Week 10

Lawrence hasn’t even been dependable when the matchup is favorable, but in a week where streaming options are limited, he warrants consideration. Indianapolis has given up the 10th-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs.

Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins (40) vs. BAL

Baltimore is middle-of-the-pack against quarterbacks, but it’s not the almighty defense we often associate with the Ravens. Tua has attempted 42 passes per game since he returned from his ribs injury, so he can get it done with volume if nothing else.

Mac Jones, Patriots (28) vs. CLE

Again, it’s a tough week for streamers at QB, so Jones has to be considered, too. Cleveland is a bottom-eight team against fantasy QBs, and we’ve seen Jones be productive if the game script is favorable. Expect New England to be more willing to let it rip against a struggling Browns’ secondary.

Taysom Hill, Saints (19) @ TEN

Hill is the ultimate rushing quarterback. and Tennessee has given up the seventh-most FPPG to quarterbacks heading into Week 9. Hill doesn’t even need to succeed in the passing game to pay dividends for your fantasy roster, so he has one of the safest floors of all NFL quarterbacks — not just streamers. Assuming he keeps his starting job, he easily has QB1 potential the rest of the season.

Taylor Heinicke, Washington (12) vs. TB

Tampa Bay’s passing defense hasn’t been as bad in recent weeks, but they are still a bottom-12 team against fantasy QBs. Heinicke has a few QB1 games this season, and while he’s not our top streamer pick, he has to be considered, too.

WEEK 9 DFS LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings | Yahoo

Week 10 Waiver Wire Watchlist: RB

Teams on a Week 10bye: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants Giants, Houston Texans

Jeremy McNichols (50); Adrian Peterson (42), Titans

Derrick Henry (foot) is out, so these two guys are obviously the next two in line to take on his role in the offense. Don’t expect either to take a workhorse role in the offense, but they can add value to your fantasy teams down the stretch. We prefer McNichols in PPR leagues and Peterson in standard leagues until further notice.

Boston Scott (44); Jordan Howard (8), Eagles

Kenneth Gainwell, who? Both Scott and Howard out-touched Gainwell in the first game without Miles Sanders (ankle) and each scored a pair of touchdowns. Moving forward, we have to assume they’re going to continue to be a priority of Gainwell.

Latavius Murray, Ravens (40)

You can also consider Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell here, but Murray is the only guy we could see dominating touches at some point in this backfield when he returns from his ankle injury.

David Johnson (38); Phillip Lindsay (14), Texans

This offense flat-out stinks, but surely one of these guys will be valuable down the road, right? Whether one of them seizes the backfield in a workhorse role are act as a 1A, 1B tandem, someone has to get touches, and touches are hard to find on the waiver wire at this point in the season.

Mark Ingram, Saints (37); Derrick Gore, Chiefs (15); Ty Johnson, Jets (9)

We’ll see if Gore’s strong Week 8 was just a one-time thing, but consider this group of RBs as handcuffs with standalone value. Ingram got touches right away in his first game back in New Orleans and apparently the new offensive strategy in New York is flurrying Michael Carter and Johnson with targets.

Handcuffs Alexander Mattison, Vikings (50); Sony Michel, Rams (34); Samaje Perine, Bengals (18)

You obviously can’t roster every single handcuff RB, but players like Mattison, Michel, and Perine are just one injury away from being workhorse backs and potential RB1s.

WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Week 10 Waiver Wire Watchlist: WR

Teams on a Week 10 bye: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants Giants, Houston Texans

Hunter Renfrow, Raiders (50); Bryan Edwards (18)

Henry Ruggs III will not play again this season (if ever again), so by default, Edwards should start to receive more targets in this high-volume passing attack. Renfrow remains a high-floor, low-ceiling guy.

Mecole Hardman, Chiefs (45); Darnell Mooney, Bears (45)

You can’t rely on Hardman or Mooney, but the targets are coming their way and can be put in lineups as boom-or-bust plays any given week.

Michael Gallup, Cowboys (45); Will Fuller, Dolphins (28)

Gallup (hamstring) and Fuller (finger) are high-upside flex considerations when they return from their respective injuries, which could be any time soon for either of them.

Marquez Callaway, Saints (38); T.Y Hilton, Colts (37); Rashod Bateman, Ravens (33); Russell Gage, Falcons (15); Tajae Sharpe, Falcons (2)

We’ve identified Callaway (@ TEN), Hilton (vs. JAX), Bateman (@ MIA), Gage (@ DAL), and Sharpe (@ DAL) as streaming options for Week 10 thanks to favorable matchups. Sharpe is primarily a deep league option, but the rest of them can be considered depending on the health of Hilton (concussion).

Tim Patrick, Broncos (27)

Against Washington, it was Tim Patrick who led Broncos WRs in yards despite the return of Jerry Jeudy (ankle). We might see Patrick’s role start to diminish as Jeudy settles back in, but we should monitor his situation in case it doesn’t play out that way.

Jamison Crowder, Jets (21); Elijah Moore, Jets (19)

Crowder is similar to Hunter Renfrow, as he’s not going to “wow” you, but he gets a steady stream of targets and has a safe enough floor to not lose you your fantasy matchup. Elijah Moore is starting to be involved in the offense, as he’s drawn six targets in each of his last two games, but we’ll have to see if he’s still a factor when Corey Davis (hip) returns to the lineup.

Van Jefferson, Rams (20)

Jefferson has 13 targets in the past two games, and with DeSean Jackson out the door after being released, Jefferson locks up the No. 3 WR role in arguably the best offense in the league. That said, Cooper Kupp dominates targets like we only see from Davante Adams, so there might not be consistent production here. Regardless,he’s worth keeping an eye on.

Darius Slayton (10), Giants

Sterling Shepard (quad) can’t seem to stay healthy, so by default, Slayton is worth stashing. His value might be decreased when Kenny Golladay (knee) finally returns, though.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (9); Allen Lazard (7), Packers

Davante Adams is a target hog who leaves mere scraps for other Packers’ WRs, but these guys are playable in favorable matchups. Lazard has the higher floor, but MVS has the higher ceiling with his deep-threat acumen.

Week 10Waiver Wire Watchlist: TE

Teams on a Week 10 bye: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants Giants, Houston Texans

Logan Thomas, Washington (53) vs. TB in Week 10

Thomas is worth grabbing, as he should be ready for Week 10 against Tampa Bay. He’s been out for several weeks with a hamstring injury, but we know his upside is somewhere in the top six of all tight ends. Washington desperately needs playmakers, and Tampa Bay gives up the 11th-most fantasy points to TEs, so you can start him right away.

Tyler Conklin, Vikings (29) @ LAC

Los Angeles has given up five receiving touchdowns to tight ends and the team allows the third-most fantasy points to the TE position. Conklin has flashed in some spots this year, so he deserves consideration with favorable matchups.

Pat Freiermuth, Steelers (23) vs. DET

Detroit is statically decent against tight ends, but Freiermuth looks like he’ll draw targets in bunches moving forward. Since JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, Freiermuth has drawn 14targets in two games and caught one touchdown. We not only like him this week, but his season-long outlook looks strong in PPR leagues.

Dan Arnold, Jaguars (16) @ IND

Indianapolis allows the eighth-most fantasy points to TEs heading into Week 9, and Arnold has totaled 23 targets over the past three games. He, like Freiermuth, could become a decent PPR option moving forward. The matchup with the Colts should get his season-long outlook started off strong.

Mo Alie-Cox, Colts (14) vs. JAX

Alie-Cox is a touchdown-or-bust option, but Jacksonville has allowed four touchdowns to tight ends this season and is the seventh-worst defense against fantasy TEs. Alie-Cox is primarily attractive in standard leagues if your back is against the wall at tight end.

Week 10 defense streamers and sleepers

Teams on a Week 10bye: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants Giants, Houston Texans

Green Bay Packers DST (31) vs. SEA in Week 10

If Russell Wilson (finger) plays, consider this option removed from consideration, but Green Bay’s defense has been a lot better than people expected. If Geno Smith is at QB, we can expect an inefficient and turnover-prone offense on the other side of the ball.

Las Vegas Raiders DST (14) vs. KC

It may seem crazy to start a fantasy defense against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, but Mahomes leads the league in interceptions (10) and Kansas City has failed to score 21 points in three of the past four games. Las Vegas has a strong enough pass rush to bother Mahomes, which has been the key to limiting his production and the entire offense.

Tennessee Titans DST (9) vs. NO

We’ll see how this offense looks led by Taysom Hill, but New Orleans is currently just ahead of Chicago, Miami, and Houston in offensive yards per game. It even trails the Jets. That said, we shouldn’t expect an offensive outburst against an opportunistic Titans defense. Kevin Byard is second in the league in interceptions (4), and Harold Landry is tied with T.J. Watt for second in the league in sacks (8.5).

Philadelphia Eagles DST (8) @ DEN

You can consider this a boom-or-bust defense. Despite the struggles at times, the Eagles defense ranks 12th in FPPG, and Denver is a bottom-10 team in fantasy points allowed to D/STs. It’s a tough week for streamers at multiple positions, so Philly has to be considered.

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel suffers setback before Man United clash

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Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said on Friday that Ben Chilwell has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and the next six weeks will determine whether he needs surgery which could rule him out for the majority of the season.

The 24-year-old was forced off midway through the second half of Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League win over Juventus with a knee problem following a challenge by midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

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Reports had suggested Chilwell was set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines but Tuchel was upbeat about the possibility of the England international avoiding an operation.

“Ben has a partial ACL tear and the decision is to treat it conservatively,” Tuchel said. “The next six weeks will tell the story if he makes it and will be fully available within this six weeks, or after the six weeks or needs surgery after that.

“Now I only care about the six weeks. The first reaction of his body is very positive so hopefully it stays like this.

“This is the decision after all the examinations and it is a very responsible decision, there is no rush in it and no pressure. This is the reasonable way to do it so all the focus is on the next six weeks.

“We need to talk about it again in six weeks. Maybe we don’t need to talk about it again because everything is fine because this would be the best case. There is a worst case and some shades of grey in between. We have to wait. It does not help if we start now speaking about worst-case scenarios because there is also a best-case scenario.”

Chilwell was in a rich vein of form having forced his way into the first team, scoring three goals in four matches during October and Tuchel added: “There is never a good moment for big injuries and for injuries in general but this for him personally is a very bad moment because he was so involved, so good and so full of confidence.

“He was a huge part in our performances and victories in the last weeks. We are very sad but he is actually at the moment very positive. I just spoke to him some minutes ago. He is very positive because his body reacts very positive to the first treatment and the injury. After a while, you have to refocus on the positive things which is now the next weeks.”

Chilwell later posted a message on his Twitter account and wrote: “Very frustrating picking up an injury in a moment like this when I am really enjoying my football and playing in this team.

“I will do everything I can to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. Thank you for all the messages of support.”

N’Golo Kante is also set to miss Sunday’s visit of Manchester United after suffering a twisted knee against Juventus. Tuchel said it would be “almost a miracle” if he makes the game and instead the midfielder is likely to be sidelined for a few days.

United will be managed be caretaker boss Michael Carrick after the club sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday and although they arrive 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, Tuchel said they could still be considered contenders.

“I was [expecting them to challenge for the title] and maybe I still am,” said Tuchel. “I will never write anybody off, not in this league and not in this game because it is a big club, first of all, but a very experienced and individually a top level group of players.

“This is still the case. Part of the performance from us is to not let them perform because once we let them perform you can see within seconds and minutes in every game the full potential and talent of these players.”

Tuchel also hailed the tactical influence of Ralf Rangnick, who is set to become United’s interim boss but not in time for Sunday’s game.

Rangnick gave Tuchel his first coaching opportunity with Ulm Under 15s when he was forced into early retirement as a player aged 24 due to a knee injury and the Blues boss offered a curious endorsement of Rangnick’s methods.

“He helped me a lot,” Tuchel said. “He was my coach and then one of the main figures to convince me to try coaching.

“He had a huge influence on all of us at this time because he showed us that it is not necessary to follow people to the toilet in football games.

“That was the belief in those days, that the defenders follow their strikers wherever they go. He showed us that it is possible to defend everybody in a zone.”

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Lakers superstar LeBron James doesn’t feel suspension was warranted for altercation with Isaiah Stewart

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James doesn’t believe a suspension was warranted for his involvement in the altercation with Detroit big man Isaiah Stewart.

James made a dominant return to the lineup against Indiana, pouring in 39 points to go along with five rebounds and six assists in the 124-116 OT win.

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Postgame, he gave his account of what happened in the incident that incensed Stewart.

“It was a box out in the free-throw line. His elbow got kinda high, if you watch the film it got me off-balance a little bit,” James explained.

“I tried to swimdown on his arm and when I swung down on his arm he got off-balance and the left side of my hand grazed his face. I knew right away, I knew right away I had caught some part of his head so I went over to apologize to him and obviously you guys seen what happened after that. Definitely accidental.”

Stewart made repeated attempts to get at James, requiring multiple staff members to hold him back as blood streamed down his face. Stewart received a two-game ban for the reaction, while James was sidelined for one game.

The Lakers would lose that one game without James, 106-100 at Madison Square Garden to the New York Knicks. LeBrondoesn’t believe he should have missed the contest.

MORE: LeBron James gets couple ejected in Indiana

“I’m definitely not that type of player. I hate to see that, what escalated after that.

“I didn’t think itwarranted…I thought it warranted an ejection because of what happened after that. Having me in the game, the excitement from the fans, what could possibly happen after that, but a suspension I didn’t think was warranted but the league made that call.”

Los Angeles climbed back to .500 at 10-10 on the season with the win against the Pacers, as they try to shake off a slow start to the season. Fellow star, Anthony Davis missed the game against Indiana with a fever.

Davis will have one night to recover before the Lakers host Sacramento at STAPLES Center – tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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New Orleans Pelicans’ Zion Williamson cleared for full team activities; still no return timeline

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson has been cleared to participate in full team activities, the team announced on Friday evening.

Williamson, who is recovering from a fractured right foot, had his latest set of scans on Wednesday. They were evaluated by Pelicans team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Montgomery and by Dr. Richard Ferkel, a surgeon who has worked on NBA players in the past.

“It’s been a long road to get him to this point,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “Anyone that’s ever dealt with any type of injury like that, it’s hard to come back from. It’s hard mentally. He’s done a great job pushing through. Z has an opportunity now to be a full go in practices, and we’ll have a practice soon. Hopefully that’ll add some juice to our team. He’s a huge part of what we do there.”

The Pelicans said Williamson went through 4-on-4, full-court work on Friday while the team is in Utah for a back-to-back. New Orleans plays Utah on Friday and Saturday before heading to Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Monday. The team will travel back to New Orleans on Tuesday and then play the Dallas Mavericks the following day.

Because of the team’s schedule, it’s likely the Pelicans won’t have a full practice for Williamson to participate in until Thursday.

In a news release, New Orleans said it has yet to determine when Williamson will return to game action.

“It’s more about how he responds to practices,” Green said. “How he responds to the physicality of playing against his teammates. How he responds to getting up and down. Just giving a timeline is tough on that. We want him back as soon as possible. But it’s all predicated on how he feels after workouts, and the medical team will work diligently with him and we’ll go from there.”

Williamson has yet to play in a game this season because of the fractured foot. In his absence, the Pelicans have gotten off to a 4-16 start.

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