Scott Engel is in his 10th _season as the official Fantasy writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. Scott is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA award winner and 10-time nominee, including being named a finalist for the 2020 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award. You can also find more of his Fantasy analysis on RotoBaller.com, SportsLine.com, the Athletic and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Scott won two Fantasy Football dynasty league titles in 2020, including one in the prestigious Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) and he previously pulled off a three-peat in a highly competitive New York City league. _
Week 10 has the look of a potentially exciting slate for Seahawks fans and Fantasy players. As John Boyle reported on Monday, Russell Wilson was back at practice and is aiming to return for Sunday's game at Green Bay. Wilson, who has missed three games, finished with 22-plus Fantasy points in three of his first four games this season. He will immediately regain must-start Fantasy status upon his return. This is a good time to trade for Wilson if you can prior to Sunday's game. Some Fantasy players may be more willing to deal a player who is coming back from games missed, or could have a surplus of quality QBs on their roster because they had to acquire another viable starter to utilize when Wilson was out.
DK Metcalf admirably performed very well in the games Wilson missed, as he is Fantasy WR8 on NFL.com with 145 points. Those who roster Tyler Lockett were very pleased with his 26.2 point outing vs. the Jaguars in Week 8, and can look forward to Lockett continuing to have significant upside when he is back working with Wilson. Lockett opened the 2021 season with 57.8 PPR points on NFL.com in the season's first two games. Having Wilson in the mix again should also help running backs such as Chris Carson and Alex Collins, as they will have some frequent opportunities to finish off scoring drives with touchdown runs.
Sometimes, Fantasy leaguers are hesitant to start players in their first game back from an injury. Once Wilson is confirmed to return to the starting lineup, though, you should not hesitate to lock him into your lineup. That approach is recommended as a rule for players returning from injuries. Unless there are clear indicators or reports of any limitations, don't hold back on plugging a guy into your lineup again. If the NFL team clears a player for his usual amount of reps or workload, he should be cleared for your Fantasy lineup, too.
Bye Week Alerts
Four teams are on byes in Week 10: The Bengals, Bears, Texans and Giants. Prepare to be without players such as Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, David Montgomery, Ja'Marr Chase and Brandin Cooks. We will detail some quality streaming options in our lineup recommendations section. Cincinnati has a Top 10 passing game and Mixon is Fantasy RB5 with 149 points, so you will certainly earn your victories this week without some of the Bengals' key performers.
Week 10 Waiver and Roster Recommendations
Players listed in order of preference for pickup at each position unless otherwise noted
Eno Benjamin, Cardinals: Chase Edmonds is out with an ankle injury, and Benjamin will now step forward to share some carries with James Conner. Benjamin rushed for 39 yards and a TD after Edmonds left Sunday's game early. Conner will still be the lead RB for the Cardinals, but Edmonds can certainly see enough touches to roster him as a quality depth option in Fantasy Football.
Devonta Freeman, Ravens: Freeman has scored in each of Baltimore's past three games. Baltimore continues to feature the league's best rushing offense and Freeman rushed for a season-high 79 yards in Week 9. He does share time with Le'Veon Bell and may continue to split some work with Latavius Murray when he returns, but Freeman has certainly re-emerged for flex consideration.
Jordan Howard, Eagles: Tread carefully when considering Philadelphia RBs on waivers, as it seems the Eagles can potentially feature any one of three running backs while Miles Sanders is out. Howard was the main man in Week 9, with 71 rushing yards on 17 carries. He has scored three times in the past two games, and his role as a short-yardage option should keep him relevant in instances where another Eagles RB may be heavily utilized.
Chris Carson, Seahawks: As we indicated in this space last week regarding Russell Wilson, sometimes your opponents will make the mistake of cutting a player when he misses time due to an injury. So make sure you check the free agent list to see if Carson could actually be available. He could return soon to play for the first time since Week 4, as Pete Carroll expressed optimism that Carson could be back on the practice field this week. If Carson is actually available, he should be an immediate add that you should be very happy to pick up, and he would be a prime priority. If he is unavailable, which is more likely, we still wanted to list him here, as he should be a good trade target. Now is the time to target Carson in talks, before he returns to providing certain Fantasy RB2 output.
Elijah Moore, Jets: The rookie was the highest-scoring Fantasy wide receiver of Week 9, with 27.4 points. Moore caught seven of eight targets for 84 yards and two scores vs. Indianapolis. Moore is quickly emerging as a potentially important playmaker for the Jets. He is a dynamic performer who was drafted to add a spark to the New York offense, and he should continue to make his mark as a Fantasy starter as he settles in with the Jets. Moore can be a star of the future, and the Jets will continue to find ways to get him the ball.
Donovan People-Jones, Browns: The second-year wideout has stepped into the starting lineup and has already shown he can operate as a primary big-play target for Cleveland. Peoples-Jones had a 60-yard TD reception in Week 9 and he also finished with 101 yards and two TDs in Week 6. Peoples-Jones is an upside free agent target.
Darnell Mooney, Bears: Justin Fields is starting to show true signs of progress as a passer, and Mooney is becoming his top target. He has scored 12-plus Fantasy points in three of his past four games. Mooney had both a receiving and rushing score on Monday night. As Fields continues to improve on the job, he will find Mooney both downfield and in the end zone enough to make him worthy of stronger Fantasy consideration.
Rashod Bateman, Ravens: The Baltimore rookie has rather quietly started to ease into the flow of the offense, and may not be long before he truly splashes onto the Fantasy scene with an impressive performance. Bateman has 20 targets over his past three games and soon those targets can turn into quality Fantasy production for one of the top first-year WRs in the 2021 class.
Logan Thomas, Washington: He may be able to return soon from a hamstring injury and can retain his Fantasy TE1 status when he does. Thomas scored 12-plus points in two of his first three games this season.
Cole Kmet, Bears: Kmet is another pass-catcher who can rise as Fields starts to guide the Chicago offense more effectively. He caught six of eight targets for 87 yards on Monday night. It is very important to jump on any possible emerging players at the thinnest position in Fantasy Football.
Taysom Hill, Saints: This dual threat could return to the Saints starting lineup in the weeks ahead, and when he does, the rushing upside will certainly make him worthy of Fantasy starting consideration. Add Hill now as a nifty stash for the weeks ahead.
Matt Ryan, Falcons: For those without Joe Burrow this week, Ryan is a good fill-in option in what could be a higher-scoring affair with the Cowboys. Ryan has passed for two TDs in all but one game since the season opener and scored a season-high 28.5 points vs. the formidable Saints defense in Week 9. Ryan is available in over 58 percent of NFL.com leagues and is certainly worthy of streaming consideration.
Week 10 Starting Lineup Tips
The Bills can re-establish their running game against the Jets, who allow the most Fantasy Points Per Game to RBs. Zack Moss should be considered for flex usage. … Javonte Williams had an impressive Week 9 outing, and now faces the Eagles, who allow the fourth-most FFPG to RBs. … The Ravens rank 26th in receiving yards allowed to RBs, so Myles Gaskin can be started this week. … Darrel Williams should find the end zone as the Chiefs-Raiders rivalry is renewed. … Marquise Brown is a must-start vs. Miami, 30th in FFPG allowed to WRs. … The Colts are 28th vs. WRs, and this could be the week for a breakout WR performance for Jamal Agnew. … The Vikings are 21st in yards allowed to WRs. Expect a big play or two from Mike Williams. … The Titans have allowed 12 TDs to WRs, so Marquez Callaway is a viable deeper play. … Dan Arnold can provide respectable Fantasy TE totals again vs. the Colts. … Tyler Conklin should get streaming consideration vs. the Chargers.
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Fantasy Insider Scott Engel identifies players to target on the waiver wire in the lead up to Week 10 of the 2021 season.