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Fantasy football: Waiver wire adds for Week 10

Here are some players who could help you

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It’s not going to be easy to find impact waiver wire pickups this late in the season, but there may be a few available in some leagues. For that reason, this week’s pickups are rostered at a much higher rate than usual, but still available in more than half of Yahoo leagues. At this point in the season, trades might be your best bet at improving your roster, but keep an eye out because a lot of leagues could have their trade deadlines set for this week.

Here are this week’s waiver wire pickups:

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Rostered - Yahoo: 45 percent | ESPN: 25 percent

Williams hasn’t gotten more than four targets in the past four games, but he’s getting them where and when it matters. He’s tied with Keenan Allen for second on the team with six targets in the red zone. He got his touchdown on Sunday from 30 yards out. Despite seeing fewer than half of Keenan Allen’s overall targets this season — 66 to 32 — he’s right behind him in the percentage of team air yards — 28.4 percent to 26.7 percent. He’s going to be an important part in one of the league’s best offenses throughout the second half of the season.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers

Rostered - Yahoo: 39 percent | ESPN: 20.7 percent

Geronimo Allison is out for what is expected to be an extended period of time, which will give MVS a bigger role in the offense, something he probably deserved regardless. Over the past four games Valdes-Scantling has 27 targets and 317 yards with two touchdowns. He’s already become one of Aaron Rodgers’s most trusted targets already and he’s the team’s deep threat with 12.5 intended air yards, the highest on the team.

Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Rostered - Yahoo: 44 percent | ESPN: 31.6 percent

Smith hasn’t gotten a huge share of Atlanta’s overall rushing attempts over the past few weeks — he’s had more than 10 rushing attempts just twice this season — but when he is getting carries, they come with a good chance to score. Smith leads the Falcons with 15 carries inside the red zone. Tevin Coleman only has eight. Coleman does lead the team with eight red zone targets (Smith has three) but when they go to the ground, it’s typically Smith’s turn. All four of his touchdowns have come in the red zone and the Falcons are an offense that ends up there quite often — with their defense they almost have to.

Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns

Rostered - Yahoo: 48 percent | ESPN: 49.5 percent

It finally happened. Duke Johnson was treated as a real, legitimate option in the Cleveland offense. Johnson had nine receptions on nine targets for 78 yards and two touchdowns, all of which led the team. Johnson always had that ability, but was never used by Hue Jackson and Todd Haley — Johnson didn’t have more than eight touches in a single game since Week 1. If Johnson continues to be a focal point of the Cleveland offense going forward — he’s against an Atlanta defense that gives up the most receptions to running backs this week — he’ll be a difference maker down the stretch.