Week 10: Time is your Best Friend
A lot of these picks are going to have a common theme: time. Whether these players have been on the shelf injured for an extended period, or producing in a way that's bound to regress - or progress - to the mean, there is still trade value to be had as fantasy trading deadlines loom ahead. With these deadlines rapidly approaching, you need to make sure you take advantage of any unrealized value left on the market before your playoff push.
Edwards is in a spot where his injury issues have been persistent so far this year. He missed the first six games of the year recovering from a torn ACL, and only appeared in the next two before ending up hurt again. Now, the Ravens have a bye week before expecting him to be fully back for week 11. When playing, Edwards has been an early down workhorse, accruing 27 carries in his 1+ games. He's a valuable RB2 type to have for the end of the year, and would be a solid stash for your team for now.
With Chase Claypool gone to Chicago, targets are now up for grabs in the Steelers' offense. I do believe that Pickens, Diontae Johnson, and Pat Freiermuth will all see a share of these, but Pickens is the guy I'm looking to add at a value. Everyone knows what Diontae Johnson is capable of, (and he already receives a large target share,) and Freiermuth has been a low end TE1 all year. That leaves Pickens, who has everything to gain from this new open offense. This is also the type of situation I've been advising you target all year: one that is currently at absolute rock bottom and can't become any worse. This offense only has upward to go, and will remain stagnant at worst. Take a shot at Pickens, who is probably wasting away on someone's bench anyway.
Again, Swift is in a situation where his injuries have piled up, and has been giving his owner zero output for weeks now. If they're desperate, that is something you want to take advantage of now. He even faces both Carolina and Chicago during where your fantasy playoffs should be, two of the bottom four run defenses in the league. The Lions love to show their gritty identity through the run game, and now without TJ Hockenson, will pass even less. Upon Swift's return, they'll embrace the run game as much as ever, and he should return to producing at least as much as he did pre-injury.
Ever since DeAndre Hopkins re-arrived in Arizona, he has been the focal point of the offense. However, this week against Seattle he had a bit oof a falling out with Kyler halfway through the game, and we saw Rondale Moore and Zach Ertz benefit. I know Ertz has scored touchdowns in back to back games, but I simply do not think this offense is good enough to sustain this production, especially with Hopkins back. The tight end market is very thin, but I don't really view Ertz on such a higher fantasy pedestal than the likes of Evan Engram, Darren Waller, and Dalton Schultz at this point.
Jacobs has been elite from a fantasy perspective this year, and my concern has absolutely nothing to do with his game. This Raiders team is just not good, and I don't think RB6 production is going to be possible going forward. Not to mention, the Raiders have an absolute gauntlet of a fantasy playoff schedule, going up against the vaunted defenses of the Rams, Patriots, Steelers, and 49ers in weeks 14 through 17. As Jacobs has been so good for such a long time this year, you will likely be able to ship him off to an RB needy team, in return for some elite pieces or more positive RB futures.
This is sort of the opposite of the George Pickens situation. Absolutely everything has gone right for the Eagles, including health, as they've had a ridiculously clean injury report week in and week out. While no one wants injuries to happen, it's simply the nature of this sport and is bound to regress at some point. This team is currently operating at its absolute peak, and Sanders is only the RB19, because of a few factors. Firstly, there is no receiving work available, as Kenny Gainwell is the Eagles' third down back. Second, as I've alluded to numerous times every Friday on YouTube, (insert Fantasy Football Analyst YouTube shameless plug here), the Eagles will have two or three of Sanders, AJ Brown, Devonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert produce every week, with one or two of them routinely disappointing. This type of unpredictable cycle is not what you want to see from a fantasy perspective. I just think there are more consistent options out there for you to run out there every week than Miles Sanders.