NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks

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This Sunday, legendary quarterbacks succumbed to big losses and costly turnovers as neither Tom Brady nor Russell Wilson could lead their NFC teams to victory.

If you're trying to recover from your own waiver wire fumbles in past weeks, there are still a few up-and-comers to pluck in FindBet's Week 10 edition of Drops, Swaps and Shops.

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Rex Burkhead & James White

NFL: Denver Broncos at New England Patriots Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Despite winning a Super Bowl in 2019, the Patriots offense has been something to avoid in fantasy with the exception of their franchise quarterback and Julian Edelman.

Committing to spread the ball amongst RBs is great for game-planning, but not so great for fantasy managers. It's always been a gamble with Patriots running backs, but in a 3-5 season, James White and Rex Burkhead haven't gotten the necessary volume to maintain a bench spot. While waivers are always thin at RBs, avoid starting these two at all costs.



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Adam Thielen

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Looks can be deceiving: Thielen is ranked 9th among receivers, but he hasn't been putting up top ten numbers all season.

Sadly, this isn't Thielen's fault, but more the result of a shifting game plan that largely features a fantastic Dalvin Cook. Thielen isn't going to be bad, but he's becoming a riskier and riskier start: see what you can get for him on the trade block.

Chris Godwin

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ignore the Bucs' humiliating loss to the Saints and focus on one thing: Godwin has been hurt all season.

Somehow, he managed to suit up Sunday despite literally breaking his finger on a Brady pass in Week 8. Godwin is capable of great things, but it's hard to know when he will be at his best again. If you're tired of waiting, see if you can sell this WR with a high upside when healthy.

Eric Ebron

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

If you're looking to bolster your tight end spot, you may want to consider Steelers TE Eric Ebron. The veteran journeyman has put up solid fantasy numbers the past few seasons, and he's just starting to show up on an undefeated Steelers offense. Ebron's seen at least four targets and has had multiple catches since Week 2, and with an incredibly easy schedule on the horizon, it could mean more opportunities for this tight end option.

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Richie James

NFL: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It's the same story with the 49ers offense: you'll want to keep an eye on backups because chances are, they'll be starting eventually.

That's the case with Richie James in Week 9, as the quiet third-year receiver exploded with nine catches for 184 yards and a touchdown. With Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne and George Kittle out for the foreseeable future, James is one of the only people left to catch passes.

Travis Homer

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Homer could have been a one-hit wonder this week fantasy-wise, but if Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde remain out, he could be a fantasy option in Week 10.

Of course, Homer will continue to split duties with DeeJay Dallas, but it's hard picking up on decent RBs mid-season. For now, Homer should be on your watchlist, but considering how quickly things change in 2020, he could soon be the main man in Seattle's backfield.

David Moore

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

Another Seahawks player to watch, David Moore has been making fantastic catches all season—he just hasn't had a high enough volume to earn a roster spot on your fantasy team.

Pressed to score, Moore got a season-high four catches against the Bills on Sunday, but he has landed in the end zone at least once in the past two weeks. Like Homer, Moore is worth watching as he could have a greater presence in the weeks to come.

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

LeBron James LeBron looking on during Game 5Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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