Week 9 saw a good number of division leaders suffer unlikely upsets. In turn, several more lesser-known names emerged during the week to warrant some fantasy consideration as the regular season officially enters the second half of its campaign. The fantasy football season is much shorter at that, and it would be wise to start gearing up for the playoffs ourselves, possibly with any of the players we’ve compiled below.
NitroBetting is here to bring the latest NFL betting news and previews and tips and updates from the realm of fantasy football. Let’s take a closer look at the top waiver wire pickups heading into Week 10 of the 2021 NFL season. Learn more about the breakout players from the previous week and beyond who are available in most fantasy leagues, as well as the latest NFL odds with regards to several of the teams featured below.
Top 2021 NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football Picks
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Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Pct. Owned: 17%
With four teams on their respective byes in Week 10, there will be a good number of fantasy managers looking to stream a quarterback. That being said, veteran gunslinger Ben Roethlisberger is one of the better options at QB this week.
Roethlisberger finished with 205 passing yards and a pair of TD passes against the Bears on Monday Night Football, marking also the second straight week that the 39-year-old QB went pick-free. Big Ben and the Steelers even have a very favorable matchup ahead as (-9) favorites at home against the winless Detroit Lions in Week 10, as the future Hall of Famer looks to secure his first 20-point fantasy outing of the season.
Devonta Freeman – Baltimore Ravens
- Pct. Owned: 13.8%
Devonta Freeman has made the most out of his opportunity as the team’s lead back with Baltimore’s backfield still in tatters. Over the past three weeks, the former Falcons standout has posted double-digit fantasy performances in each of those weeks in PPR formats thanks in large part to his streak of three straight games with a trip to the end zone.
Freeman’s touches will still be limited due to the threat of Lamar Jackson’s feet in the Ravens’ running game. However, with Le’Veon Bell hardly doing anything behind Freeman in the running back rotation and with Latavius Murray likely to be sidelined another week due to an ankle injury, Freeman is a solid pickup on the waiver wire this week as a startable flex option for both standard and PPR leagues alike.
Jordan Howard – Philadelphia Eagles
- Pct. Owned: 8.5%
Several weeks ago, we suggested Philly backup running back Kenneth Gainwell as a must-add in fantasy. On the flip side, though, it’s Jordan Howard who’s been getting more attention in the Eagles’ offense in the wake of Miles Sanders’ injury.
Similar to Freeman, Howard’s been quite the touchdown machine relative to his playing time. In just two starts this season, the former 2016 Pro Bowl selection has a total of 29 carries, 128 rushing yards, and three rushing TDs. Even though Howard has yet to be targeted in the Eagles’ passing game, he’s still a valued waiver wire target at RB this week; especially in standard-scoring formats where his value for high TD-scoring potential is through the roof.
Russell Gage – Atlanta Falcons
- Pct. Owned: 16.3%
Atlanta wideout Russell Gage rebounded from his bagel of an outing in Week 8 with a solid Week 9 performance and against a stout Saints secondary at that. The 25-year-old out of LSU hauled in seven of eight targets for 64 receiving yards; giving him two 60-yard receiving performances over the last three weeks.
For as long as Calvin Ridley remains inactive due to personal issues, Gage’s ceiling as Atlanta’s presumed top wide receiver will remain intact. It’s only a matter of time before opposing teams start to take jack-of-all-trades Cordarrelle Patterson as a real receiving threat, which will only do wonders for Gage’s fantasy outlook in the second half of the season.
Elijah Moore – New York Jets
- Pct. Owned: 18.7%
Perhaps no other waiver-wire target broke out in Week 9 as hard as the Jets’ Elijah Moore, who converted eight of his targets into seven receptions, 84 receiving yards, and two touchdown catches for a whopping 27 points in PPR leagues and 20 points in standard leagues.
Quarterback play remains a concern for the Jets, who had to trot out third-stringer Josh Johnson following an in-game injury to backup play-caller Mike White. Regardless of who was under center, Moore still connected with both of his QBs in the end zone to give the inept Jets offense a bit more punch. New York will take on the daunting yet recently wounded Bills in Week 10 as massive (+13) underdogs, setting up an afternoon for Moore to have another decent outing fantasy-wise with the Jets likely about to resort to their passing game early and often.
Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team
- Pct. Owned: 47.3%
Considering that Washington was on a bye in Week 9, the Football Team’s starting tight end in Logan Thomas could be found on the free market of over half of fantasy leagues this week.
Thomas has not seen action on the gridiron since Week 4, when he abruptly suffered a hamstring injury. But prior to getting hurt, the veteran from Virginia Tech found the end zone in two of his three full starts whilst finishing with no less than three catches and 30 receiving yards in each of those three games. Should Thomas get in a good amount of practice reps leading up to the WFT’s Week 10 clash against the Buccaneers, he’s an easy plug-and-play option for the thinnest skill position in all of fantasy football.
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