A piece of advice as we enter the final four weeks of the fantasy football regular season: The waiver wire can serve a variety of purposes.
It certainly serves as the place for you add players to fill holes on your roster created by an injury or bye week (there are just eight teams that have yet to have their byes). This might be the case for those who roster a player such as Kareem Hunt or Carson Wentz, who will have a bye in Week 10.
There are also times when you consult the waiver wire to play "defense." If you know your opponent has a quarterback on bye in the upcoming week and you want to prevent that team from adding a preferred streaming option off of waivers, attempting to add that player has value.
If you feel particularly comfortable with your starting lineup but want to find players who might have upside for a little later in the season, it's worth acquiring them, provided you have flexibility on the bench. We'll get into a couple of those in this piece.
The takeaway is this: Know your roster, know your matchup, and understand the dynamics involved for your waiver claim opportunities.
That said, here are the top players to add from waivers as we enter Week 10.
Note: Players available in less than 50 percent of leagues on ESPN.com do not qualify for this list.
Remaining bye weeks are as follows:
Week 10 (four teams): Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland, Philadelphia
Week 11 (four teams): Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco
Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens (24.4 percent rostered): A reminder that Woodhead -- signed by Baltimore this offseason to be a focal point of the backfield -- is eligible to begin playing again in Week 11. The reality is that many will be seeking to add him next week, so getting ahead of the curve is the way to go. There's reason to believe that he has top-15 running back upside in points per reception leagues, which makes him a must-add in all leagues.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers (44.0 percent): Like Woodhead, Olsen is currently on injured reserve. He's eligible to return in Week 12, at which point he figures to be prominently featured in Carolina's passing attack. Given the modest number of players at tight end whom you can count on week-to-week, adding Olsen -- even knowing you have to wait two weeks to start him -- has a ton of value. He too is a must-add in all leagues.
Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns (7.4 percent): Another player who is eligible to return soon, Coleman could be back on the field as early as Week 11. In Week 1, he paced the Browns with five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. Cleveland is desperate for passing options, and Coleman is their most talented receiver. Although it has been an offensive struggle this season, he offers intriguing upside and should be considered in any league with 12 or more teams.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (26.2 percent): The Rams are red-hot, and Woods has continued his recent form, as he picked up a pair of touchdowns on four catches in Week 9. He now has 27 catches on 40 targets in his past six games, surpassing 59 yards in five of those six games. He's a smart player to roster in 12-team or larger leagues, especially those with PPR scoring.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (34.8 percent): Perhaps quietly, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has been effective the past three games, totaling 830 yards, three touchdowns and just one pick. That is worth mentioning in relation to Lee, the team's top target in the passing game. Despite being banged up in Week 9, he hauled in eight catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. He has three games this season with at least 10 targets. He has value in 12-team or larger leagues as a flex play in PPR scoring.
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets (36.3 percent): The sample is far too large to ignore for McCown, who is now 11th on the season in total points scored among quarterbacks. There are enough concerns about the Jets' offense to stop short of calling McCown a weekly starter, but with a terrific Week 10 matchup against the Buccaneers, the former Tampa Bay QB is a wise streaming option for those who normally rely upon Alex Smith or Carson Wentz (both on a bye).
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (46.8 percent): Anderson has emerged as a top receiver for the Jets, using his blend of size, speed and range to make plays for an offense that has exceeded expectations. With four more teams on a bye in Week 10, there are lots of roster holes to fill, and Anderson merits consideration in leagues of 12 teams or more. He has scored in three straight games, piling up 13 catches along the way.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots (36.4 percent): Lewis became available in more leagues this week, likely because the Patriots were on their bye. But don't ignore the positive trend in his workload, as he has seen more touches each week the past five games. The Patriots have a difficult Week 10 matchup against the Broncos, and it's a crowded New England backfield, but Lewis absolutely merits consideration in 12-team or larger leagues as a player whose productivity in a high-octane offense has been apparent.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants (41.2 percent): The Giants remain out of sorts on offense, but Darkwa is one of the trustworthy pieces. He rushed for 71 yards on 16 carries in Week 9 and has 46 rushing attempts in his past three games. When he gets touches, he has produced. He has been quite busy the past three weeks and has a savory Week 10 matchup against a terrible 49ers run defense. He's a player worthy of consideration in any size league for someone looking to address running back depth.
Damien Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins (23.6 percent): Williams stayed busy in his first game as the co-starter (along with Kenyan Drake) in Miami, handling 13 total touches. Each back snagged six catches, boosting their value in PPR scoring. Drake is not available in enough leagues to qualify for this list, but the two have comparable value in my eyes as flex considerations, with the possibility that either could emerge as a more definitive starter going forward. That upside makes Williams a speculative add in 10- or 12-team leagues.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (39.2 percent): While top-tier tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Kyle Rudolph return to action in Week 10, Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz will be on a bye, and Jordan Reed is banged up. Kroft continues to be a fixture of the Bengals' passing offense, racking up 79 yards on just two catches in Week 9. He has at least 9.6 fantasy points in four of his past five outings and will likely once again rank as a top-12 play in Week 10, meriting a look from anyone in need of a tight end fill-in or upgrade.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (47.6 percent): Goff made the Week 9 waiver wire column as a streaming option, with a matchup against the Giants that was simply too good to ignore. He delivered with four touchdowns on just 14 completions and will now face the Texans, a pass defense that just surrendered more than 300 yards to Jacoby Brissett and has been massively impacted by injuries. Goff is once again on the streaming radar for Week 10.
Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (32.1 percent): The talent is so apparent for Davis, whose role should be expected to blossom as he continues to get back to 100 percent health following an extended absence due to a hamstring injury. He's a player who might not crack your starting lineup in Week 10 or Week 11, but he has enough natural ability and plays in a strong enough offense to stash on the bench for the upside. He's fun to watch.
Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks (15.3 percent): While the running game has been largely stagnant in Seattle since Chris Carson was placed on injured reserve, Rawls is coming off a season-high 39 rushing yards and could be busy on a short week, as Eddie Lacy suffered a groin injury in Week 9. Although head coach Pete Carroll suggested that C.J. Prosise will likely be back this week, Rawls is a consideration for a deeper league, especially in non-PPR scoring. He could see around 15 touches on Thursday night against Arizona if Lacy is unable to play.
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys (7.1 percent): Williams ripped off one of the three best regular-season games of his career in Week 9, stuffing the stat sheet with 141 yards on nine catches. Although he left the game a bit banged up, he could be primed for a busy Sunday next week (assuming he plays) because of an ankle injury to Dez Bryant. If Bryant is unable to play in Week 10, Williams would emerge as a top-25 receiver consideration, making him a valuable addition for anyone who rosters Bryant or needs to add some receiver depth.