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.
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.
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.
Adam Thielen’s last two games since Dalvin Cook been back: - 2 rec 38 yards (5 targets) - 3 rec 27 yards (4 targets) ....Gross— ItsCHALKEDpod (@ItsCHALKEDpod)1604965615.0
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.
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.
It’s ok to overpay in fantasy to try to win your championship. Just made an offer that would have been unthinkable… https://t.co/wOUdt6o2Xp— Christian Karayannides (@Christian Karayannides)1604967432.0
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.
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.
Richie James catching his first nine passes of the season for almost 200 yards is the most 2020 thing to happen in… https://t.co/hhJOL1oVsi— Alexander Kurpeski (@Alexander Kurpeski)1604968274.0
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.
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.
One week after playing 79% of the snaps, DeeJay Dallas was back down to 31% yesterday: Dallas- 31% snaps, 7 carrie… https://t.co/9nooInPLdp— Frank Stampfl (@Frank Stampfl)1604945860.0
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.
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.
David Moore top waiver pick week 10, 2 TDs in last 2 games and 12/10/133 over last 3 games #EDFsports @ShotofJ… https://t.co/OZJaGZpsFP— Matthew Scott (@Matthew Scott)1604945278.0
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.
Unless you're the Pittsburgh Steelers, chances are your team is still uncertain about making the playoffs.
The Packers lost, yet the Saints won. The Seahawks won, but so did the Rams. The NFC is in a frenzy, while the Steelers sit atop the AFC waiting for everyone else to catch up. With only five weeks left, the playoff picture is a little fuzzy, but it clarifies with each game.
Likewise, fantasy playoffs are just on the horizon, and unless you're undefeated, there's a strong chance you're still clamoring for a spot.
If you need to make some moves for a playoff berth, here are some suggestions in this week's drops, swaps and shops.
Note: For ESPN Leagues, all public leagues must submit trades before the trade deadline on Wednesday, November 25th at 12 ET. Rules vary within leagues, but this could be your last week for swaps.
As Ferris Bueller might say: The world of sports moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around at least once a week, you could miss it.
Here we'll review what you might have missed in the past week all in one place. Why spend hours scrolling through Twitter to catch up on the news you want? We've already done that for you, so remember to check back every Monday to get your dose of weekly sports review.
Taysom Hill, Andy Dalton, and P.J. Walker all lead their teams to Week 11 victories filling in for injured starting QBs. Cleveland moved ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North with their win over the Eagles while Baltimore fell to the Titans. The Steelers continued to roll and now sit at 10-0 atop the NFL. The Colts outlasted the Packers in an overtime thriller as Indianapolis is now positioning themselves as a team nobody wants to see come playoff time as they boast the best defense in the NFL.
Joe Burrow was injured in the Bengals' game against Washington and he miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. This should make Justin Herbert the odds on favorite to win Rookie of the Year if you're interested in a futures bet.
At this point, I may never bet on the NFC West again.
Week 10 Vibe Check (2-2)
At this point, I may never bet on the NFC West again. After losing to the Rams last week, Seattle turned around and beat the Cardinals on Thursday night. Every matchup in that division is a heavyweight bout and it's hard to justify betting on one when they can all throw a haymaker at any time. Meanwhile, the Bengals weren't ready for a D like the Steelers and the QB of the future looked stuck in the present reality for the time being.
As for our wins, in a shocking turn of events, betting against the Chargers WORKED! Or, perhaps, I should say betting on the Dolphins worked. Brian Flores looks more and more like he was the true key to the Patriots defensive success in recent years. He took on two NFC teams back to back and cruised against the poor, befuddled Chargers. Tua coming into his own has certainly helped, as well.
Brandon Aiyuk tallied a whopping seven catches down in New Orleans, even as the 49ers completely sputtered and blew a chance to upset a Drew Brees-less Saints. This continues a month long streak of calling player props, which is almost certain to end this week after pointing out its existence. *Fingers crossed* *No jinx* *Reverse jinx*