Can you believe we are in Week 10 of the NFL season? This week's topic is geared more towards those in deeper leagues with 12+ teams and 20+ roster spots. Some comments and thoughts will still apply to others who don't specifically fit those criteria, but for the most part, this is for those who have limited choices on the waiver wire.
This week I want to focus on some proactive waiver wire claims that could propel your team forward if one or more of these pickups hit. We often see a waiver gem help teams in the playoffs and this year should be no different. Keep in mind, a proactive waiver claim isn't intended to be a quick solution, but more of a shark move that has the potential to give your lineup a boost. Examples of notable waiver pickups from this year include James Robinson, Travis Fulgham, Justin Herbert, Mike Davis, Chase Claypool, Justin Jefferson, Jakobi Meyers, among others. Several of these players have made a sizeable impact on rosters everywhere. Last year, D.J. Chark Jr, Jamaal Williams, Gardner Minshew, and even A.J. Brown fit these criteria and were instrumental in helping many fantasy rosters in the stretch run in 2019. These waiver pickups weren't expected to amount to much when picked up, but the potential for success was there. Making good on such moves can fix or strengthen your team and/or your season. Many players have already made themselves know but that doesn't mean others won't appear. Here's a look at some players to target at each position.
PROACTIVE & REACTIVE WAIVER PICKUPS
Proactive & Reactive
Jake Luton, Jacksonville - Luton was named the starting quarterback over Gardner Minshew due to a thumb injury that has him sidelined. Luton had the fortune of debuting against the Texans who have been kind to quarterbacks (among other positions) this season. His first completion of the day was a 73-yard strike to D.J. Chark Jr for a touchdown. It was a pretty throw with just the right amount of touch and power to lead Chark in stride. A lesser throw would've been a completion, but perhaps not a touchdown. Luton finished 26-for-38 for 304 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. If he continues to play well he could force Jacksonville into making a decision when Minshew does return. The Jaguars schedule still includes tough matchups against GB, PIT, CHI, and IND, so be wary of expecting too much. Let's not forget, Luton's decent game came against a struggling Texans defense.
Garrett Gilbert, Dallas - By now, you're probably aware that Gilbert was the clubhouse leader to be MVP in the folded AAF league. He led Orlando to a 7-1 record and he led the league in passing yards. Gilbert showed well in a tough matchup against the Steelers last week. He finished 21-for-38 for 243 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, and 28 yards rushing. He helped lead the Cowboys to a near-win against the #1 team in the league and has been the brightest star at quarterback since Dak Prescott's ankle injury. Dallas has one or two tough matchups the rest of the way (at Baltimore Week 13, and vs. San Francisco Week 15). Even when Andy Dalton (concussion) is able to return, Dallas may elect to go with Gilbert, especially if the strong play and leadership continue.