Lets dive right in to that week 10 waiver wire as I will highlight the must adds, the players to keep an eye on, and finally the injured reserve guys that can be stashed and hopefully help your team come fantasy playoffs time. As always, I can be reached in our forums, where our writing staff and community is pitching in throughout the week to help set your lineups for the week ahead.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups
All players appearing in my waiver wire article are owned in fewer than 50% of leagues – Ownership numbers from Yahoo
Mike James – Running Back – Tampa Bay Bucs (48% owned)
Lets be honest, James is probably on a roster in your league already, so I will keep this short and sweet. 28 carries, 158 yards in week 9 against the Seahawks. Schedule gets easier going forward, and I still don’t expect Doug Martin to return this season (For a Bucs team that will probably receive the first pick in next year’s draft).Andre Brown – Running Back – New York Giants (34% owned)With Brown’s expected return date of week 10, it is rather surprising that he is still available in 66% of leagues. David Wilson‘s future in New York is still murky, and the lumbering combo of Brandon Jacobs/ Peyton Hillis will continue to steal goal line carries, but the Giants coaching staff has expressed confidence in Brown as a 3 down back going forward. While he has yet to appear in a game for the Giants this season, Brown averaged nearly 5.3 YPC while scoring 8 TD’s in just 10 games for the G-Men. Expect Andre to be one of week 10’s top waiver wire pickups for owners looking to add a little bit of RB depth to their fantasy football rosters.Chris Ivory – Running Back – New York Jets (44% owned)There’s that name again. Chris Ivory makes his second appearance in the must add section, as he went off again with 139 rushing yards on just 18 attempts and a TD against the Saints in week 9. The real problem here for fantasy owners will be consistency as he had a whopping 11 yards on 6 carries in week 8, and 104 yards on 34 carries against the Patriots in week 7. It has been a roller coaster of emotions for Ivory owners to this point in the season, and you can consider him a risky flex play going forward.Shane Vereen – Running Back – New England Patriots (46% owned)With the Patriots week 10 bye, this is likely your last chance to grab Shane Vereen before his ownership goes over 70%. We expect Shane to be used in a similar fashion to Danny Woodhead, catching passes out of the backfield while providing a security blanket for Tom Brady on 3rd downs. In his only game of the season (week 1) Vereen ran the ball 14 times for 101 yards with an additional 7 receptions for 58 yards. He should be a PPR machine, while carrying decent Darren Sproles-esque value in standard formats. Check the waiver wire and make sure he isn’t floating around, as Shane is available in just over half of yahoo fantasy football leagues.Aaron Dobson – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots (35% owned)Looks like one of the young rookie receivers for the Patriots is finally beginning to establish himself. With Kenbrell Thompkins held out (healthy scratch) in week 9, Aaron Dobson settled into a groove with his rejuvenated quarterback, as he hauled in 5 passes for 130 yards and 2 scores. Keep in mind the Patriots will be on their bye this week, so don’t make the move if you need production in week 10, but it looks like Dobson could be a decent WR3/4 for most fantasy squads, assuming vintage Brady continues to produce down the homestretch.Nick Foles – Quarterback – Philadelphia Eagles (19% owned)Owners in 2 QB leagues – this one is for you. Through his first 3 starts this season, we have seen the good Foles twice(including this ridiculous 406 yards, 7 TD performance in week 9), and his malicious evil twin once (week 7 – 11/29, 80 yards, 3 rush – 25 yards, 0 TD’s). In Chip Kelly’s uptempo offense, there is clearly room for fantasy production, and Foles should be one of the top added QB’s this week. Not in a 2 QB league? Foles still makes a quality backup, as he has one of the softest schedules over the second half of the season (@GB, WAS, ARZ, DET, @MIN, CHI, @DAL)Rashad Jennings – Running Back – Oakland Raiders (6% owned)As Yogi Berra would say…. it’s deja vu all over again. Darren McFadden pulled the same hamstring that caused him to miss week 4, and Jennings is right back on the map as the handcuff back to own in Oakland. Filling in for the injured DMC, Jennings had a monster fantasy day compiling 102 yards on the ground (1 TD), and an additional 74 yards through the air (on 7 receptions). Take the numbers with a grain of salt, as the Raiders were playing from way behind, so the Eagles were giving up plenty in the short game to avoid the big plays, but Jennings still has a tasty looking matchup with the New York Giants in week 10, and should be considered one of the top bye week fill ins for the week ahead
Shonn Greene – Running Back – Tennessee Titans (16% owned)
Leading up to week 9, the Titans expressed their desire to get Greene around 15 touches per game “if all goes well”. Apparently, things didn’t go as well as planned in week 9 as Greene received 9 carries to CJ2K’s 23. Shonn ended up totaling 38 yards on the ground (with a TD) and 1 pass for 28 yards through the air. Greene is still on the short end of the committee in Tennessee, although he will continue to receive the goal line carries going forward. Consider him a low end flex play on a weekly basis, and an advisable add in deeper leagues.Riley Cooper – Wide Receiver – Philadelphia Eagles (9% owned)Riley Cooper isn’t the fastest wide receiver around, and he isn’t drawing a ton of targets, but he is doing something right for the Eagles after his eye-opening 5 reception, 139 yard, 3 TD performance. Admittedly, the Oakland Raiders secondary helped Riley’s cause, as the defender slipped and fell on his second touchdown, but hey, it’s still the NFL, and these guys are professionals, so we have to give Cooper a little bit of credit here. Is he a must-add? No, but he is this week’s Marvin Jones, so you can be sure there will be a bit of a run in deeper formats. The good news here is that Riley has 2 games this season where he has eclipsed 100 receiving yards, and both times it was with Nick Foles under center. These 2 may be finding a groove, so keep an eye on Riley going forward as it looks like he may emerge as one of Foles favorite downfield targets this season.Tiquan Underwood – Wide Receiver – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1% owned)I’m starting to buy in to what Mike Glennon is selling down there in Tampa Bay. The rookie has been solid for a floundering franchise, and seems to be getting better. With Mike Williams going down to injury (out for season), there is a new WR2 to take a look at in Tampa Bay – Tiquan Underwood. His week 9 performance won’t jump off the page (2 receptions, 29 yards, 1 TD), but his role should slowly expand going forward, and in deeper 16 team leagues Underwood is worth a speculative add.
Tim Wright – Tight End – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11% owned)
I know, I’m beating a dead horse here with all the Buccaneers in this article, but these guys are producing, and bear mentioning. Week 9 was actually a pretty good week for TE’s, so chances are you won’t need to add Wright, and his 4 reception, 58 yard, 1 TD performance will likely go under the radar. This guy is rapidly emerging as one of Glennon’s favorite targets, and if you are holding on to a TE like Zach Miller in deep leagues, I would make the move to Wright heading into week 10. Just another name to keep an eye on.
Mike Brown – Wide Receiver – Jacksonville Jaguars (7% owned)
Done hitting the wall over Justin Blackmon‘s suspension? Time to start looking for a replacement, and Mike Brown should be stepping up as the new #2 WR for the Jags. While operating as the WR3 in week 8, Brown caught 3 passes for 43 yards and a TD (week 7 – 5 receptions, 120 yards), he has shown a clear rapport with Chad Henne and is an interesting speculative add in 12 team leagues with deeper benches.
Dennis Johnson – Running Back – Houston Texans (0% owned)
Arian Foster has a bad wheel (hamstring) while Ben Tate is attempting to power through 4 cracked ribs. Dennis Johnson is currently 3rd on the depth chart behind our 2 wounded warriors, and in the even that neither guy can go in week 10, Johnson could be a sneaky pickup and play at Arizona. Not an advisable add yet, but keep an eye on the injury situation at RB in Houston. It’s worth noting that Johnson had 8 carries for 36 yards in week 9 as Arian Foster was ruled out after the first series of the game.Darrel Young – Running Back – Washington Redskins (0% owned)
There are sure to be numerous internet searches this week, as prospective buyers want to know just who the heck is Darrel Young, and why was he vulturing all of Alfred Morris‘ carries in week 9? Young is the fullback for the Redskins, who saw 5 carries for a grand total of 12 yards against the Chargers, while pluging in for 3 scores (including the game winner in OT). Young should not be added in any format, as this performance can be chocked up to Shanahanigans. Going forward Alfred Morris is the only back worth owning in the Washington backfield. (Looking at you Roy Helu owners)
Michael Crabtree – Wide Receiver – San Francisco 49ers (9% owned)
The 49ers are being awfully tight-lipped about the expected return date of their stud WR, and who can blame them? As they head for the fantasy playoffs, the clear goal here is to have Crabtree healthy and ready to go when they need him the most – in a one and done situation. At this time, it looks like Crabtree should be ready around weeks 12-13, and even if he makes a successful return, there is the matter of a snap count to worry about. There is little doubt Michael Crabtree is an immensely talented WR that can help your fantasy team come playoff time IF the 49ers utilize his full potential, which is one of the bigger gambles for fantasy owners at this point in the season. You will have to decide whether or not you are willing to absorb the risk, and the bench spot, for the potential reward.
Mario Manningham – Wide Receiver – San Francisco 49ers (3% owned)
The lesser owned and less talented of the two 49ers listed here, I still felt obligated to add Manningham’s name to the list so that our readers would know I am doing my homework. Manningham is expected to return for week 10 for the 49ers, but coming back from an ACL injury is no small task (unless your name is Adrian Peterson) so I recommend leaving Mario for owners in 16 team leagues that need a healthy body at WR.
Randall Cobb – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers (38% owned)
Cobb isn’t eligible to return until week 15, but if your format goes into weeks 15-17, you may want to consider stashing him for the stretch run.
Nate Burleson – Wide Receiver – Detroit Lions (6% owned)
Deep leaguers this one is for you. Burleson is without a timetable to return from his broken arm, but when he returns could offer solid WR3 value in 14 team leagues or deeper. Right now, our best guess is week 12 for his comeback.
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