Week 10 QB Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds: Expect a Shootout in Vegas

Lineups.com is the one-stop shop you need to bring home the belt in 2020. We have stats, projections, offensive, and defensive rankings. For daily fantasy players, check out our DFS projections. As we approach the final weeks of the fantasy regular season, many of us are desperately in need of viable options at quarterback. If you’re looking for just a week 10 option, or possibly a player to hold from here on out, look no further. Here are a handful of widely available quarterbacks with great matchups going forward.

Jared GoffRamsSeahawks1%45.6
Baker MayfieldBrownsTexans1%15.5
Derek CarrRaidersBroncos3%56.6
Nick FolesBearsVikings2%3.8
Tua TagovailoaDolphinsChargers3%22.7
Drew LockBroncosRaiders1%4.4

Jared Goff


This week’s prized streaming option will be Jared Goff. He gets to play Seattle, who after giving up 430 yards and four total touchdowns to a struggling Josh Allen, has usurped Atlanta as the best fantasy matchup for quarterbacks. Plugging Jamal Adams and Carlos Dunlap into the lineup for Seattle did little to slow down Buffalo, and you can expect this trend to continue against the Rams. Jared Goff has had his ups and downs this year, posting four weeks under 15 points, while also finishing with over 20 points in three games as well. Keep in mind though, this is Goff’s first matchup this season against a bottom-10 defense against fantasy quarterbacks. Unless you’re desperate for a win and you anticipate other members of your league searching for streaming quarterbacks, I wouldn’t spend too much on Golf however. He is not consistent enough and his next four matchups after Seattle are tough. If you have room on your roster, you might consider stashing him for his week 15 and 16 matchups against the Jets and the Seahawks.

Baker Mayfield


Another interesting option for week 10 is Baker Mayfield, one of 2020’s perpetual week-in, week-out streaming considerations. This week, coming off the bye, Baker gets to play Houston, who just gave up 300 yards and two total touchdowns to rookie Jake Luton making his first career start. On the year, Houston is one of the league’s best matchups for fantasy quarterbacks, giving up the fifth-most points per game at the position. Baker is risky, considering his upside can be limited with Cleveland’s propensity to run the ball and Houston’s inability to stop the run. However, the scoring opportunities will be there. Playing Baker is banking on the touchdown distribution to swing his way with their trips to the red zone. Another consideration is Baker’s schedule the rest of the way. After Houston, Baker plays Philadelphia, Jacksonville, and Tennessee. After two weeks against the Ravens and Giants, he then plays the Jets in week 16. If there are no other options, you might consider pairing Mayfield with another quarterback for the stretch run.

Derek Carr


One of week nine’s hottest streaming options, Derek Carr, will make most streaming lists once again in week 10. While Carr didn’t explode against the Chargers as many had hoped for, he salvaged your day with two touchdown passes on his 13 of 23 passing for 165 yards. Carr’s day was limited by their ability to run the ball, and both Booker and Jacobs punched in touchdown drives on the ground from 10+ yards out. This week, Carr and the Raiders will take on Denver, who is giving up the eight-most points per game to the fantasy quarterback position. Most recently, Atlanta put up 34 points, including 284 yards and three touchdown passes from Matt Ryan. Looking beyond week 10, you must consider pairing Carr with another quarterback for the remainder of the season. After a week 11 matchup against Kansas City, who Carr dropped 23.98 points against in week five, three of the Raiders’ next four matchups are bottom-10 defenses against the quarterback position (Falcons, Jets, Chargers).

Nick Foles


While it makes me cringe to type this, yes, I am actually recommending streaming Nick Foles. As most of the Vikings’ opposing quarterbacks have ended up being, Foles could be a smash play. Currently, there are only six teams that are allowing more points per game to the quarterback position than Minnesota is. Meanwhile, upon looking closer at Foles’ games, he has been a matchup-dependent fantasy option. Against the Falcons, Saints, and Titans, Foles has averaged 18.6 points. Against the Colts, Buccaneers, Panthers, and Rams, Foles has averaged 11.56 points. This bodes well for week 10, as Minnesota belongs in the former category, and not the latter. What makes Foles even more interesting is his schedule down the stretch. After a week-11 bye, here are his next five games through week 16 (and their rank against fantasy quarterbacks): Green Bay (8), Detroit (23), Houston (28), Minnesota (26), and Jacksonville (30). As painful as it is to admit, Foles may help some quarterback-deficient fantasy teams make a run in the playoffs.

Tua Tagovailoa

If you jumped on the Tua train in his first career start, you were disappointed with his fantasy day. However, playing him this past Sunday was a much different story. In his second career start, Tua dropped 248 yards and two touchdowns to go along with seven rushes for 35 yards against a middle-of-the-pack defense in Arizona. This week, however, Tua gets to take on the Chargers, who are giving up the fourth-most points per game to the quarterback position. There seems to be a high level of risk right now playing Tua, considering how well the Miami defense has played, and the uncertainty of how much the Dolphins are willing to open up the playbook for the rookie. However, not many teams have the ability to generate shootouts the way that the Chargers do, so Tua should have a decent floor. If he plays well for the second straight week, you’re likely to hang on to him for a few more. Weeks 11 and 12 are against the Broncos and the Jets, two more great matchups.

Drew Lock


While it largely hasn’t been pretty, Drew Lock has gotten the job done over the past few weeks. If you’re willing to ignore how much of that production has been squeezed into the fourth quarter, Lock has thrown for 561 yards and six total touchdowns over the past two weeks, including 47 rushing yards this past Sunday against Atlanta. To be fair, his poor fantasy performances were against the Patriots and Chiefs, who are both top-10 against fantasy quarterbacks. Over the past few weeks, Lock has produced in positive matchups. It certainly helps that Denver’s defense is giving up a lot of points, which forces the Broncos to keep passing. This week, Denver takes on Las Vegas, another positive matchup. Currently, the Raiders are giving up the sixth-most points per game to the quarterback position. I wouldn’t look beyond this week with Lock, considering his matchups get tougher from here on out. He doesn’t play a bottom-10 defense again until Denver plays the Chargers in week 16.

Zach Boeder is a high school math teacher that has a passion for sports and data journalism. Zach received a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Arizona. He currently teaches in Saint Paul and Lives in Minneapolis with his partner Sarah, their dog Dozier, and cat Remy. Zach plans to argue for a very long time that "2020 would have been the Twins' year if baseball hadn't been shut down."

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