Plenty of speculative adds this week as we prepare for week 10 in fantasy football! James Starks leads the way as the top overall week 10 waiver wire pickup for a Packers team that needs to re-establish the run game. Thankfully there weren’t many new injuries this past Sunday, but we have plenty of existing injuries to keep tabs on when evaluating the waiver wire situation.
James Starks | The King in the North
Players listed are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues. Suggested FAAB bids appear in green.
James Starks – RB – Packers (18% owned) | 11% FAAB
James Starks is believed to be targeting a week 10 return for the Packers. With Eddie Lacy on season ending IR and the Packers seemingly unwilling to give Ty Montgomery more than a handful of carries per game, Starks should slot right in to the early down role in the backfield. Green Bay knows they have to start balancing out the offense more with a run game, and James Starks will be an integral piece of that puzzle when he returns. Although James Starks hadn’t been running particularly well for the Packers before his injury (24 carries for 42 yards) he should be called upon in both red zone situations and as the early down back.
Even if he ends up missing week 10, now is the time to consider James Starks a must add heading towards the fantasy playoffs. While you may not receive Eddie Lacy type production, you are still getting a RB who should see over 60% of the carries out of the backfield which is quickly becoming a rarity in today’s NFL.
Packers upcoming schedule: @TEN, @WAS, @PHI, vs HOU, vs SEA, @CHI, vs MIN
Chris Ivory – RB – Jaguars (33% owned) | 6% FAAB
In a bit of news that went under the radar this past week, the Jaguars promoted QB coach Nathaniel Hackett to offensive coordinator. While we expected more emphasis on the run game, the real question marks were the offensive line and whether the Jags would go balanced enough to produce fantasy relevant numbers for their running backs. Those questions were laid to rest as Chris Ivory handled 18 carries for 107 yards against the Chiefs, and the team finished with season highs in carries (32) and yards (205).
On paper the touch count looks good as Ivory had 19 total touches compared to Yeldon’s 12 touches (7 rush / 5 receiving), however digging deeper shows that Yeldon actually outsnapped Ivory 43 – 34. So, while Ivory had a very nice week and is certainly worth considering due to the heavy amount of carries, it doesn’t appear the Jags have done away with their RBBC, meaning Ivory will remain a dicey flex play for RB needy owners in week 10.
Yahoo Monday Night Special
C.J. Prosise – RB – Seahawks (17% owned) | No bid required
This pickup is specifically for players in Yahoo fantasy leagues. If you play in a standard Yahoo league with default waiver settings you should be able to drop a bench player even if they already played! This applies to your league, and you have someone on the bench you will be dropping anyway, grab C.J. Prosise ahead of tonight’s game. The Seahawks have said they want to get Prosise more involved going forward, which could mean a timeshare with Christine Michael tonight. While Thomas Rawls could be as soon as week 11, you never know what can happen during the game and this is basically a free waiver wire add. If Prosise doesn’t work out simply drop him during the normal week 10 waiver wire period.
Rob Kelley – RB – Redskins (28% owned) | 5% FAAB
It can be painfully frustrating waiting for news to come out for teams on bye, as the last word on Matt Jones was that he was still dealing with a knee injury. (That was heading into week 8). With Jones out Rob Kelley was the clear cut early down back taking 21 carries for 87 yards and a TD against the Bengals. I really wanted to add Kelley to the must adds for this week but there are 2 things keeping me from doing so. 1) Matt Jones could be healthy and ready to roll for week 10. 2) The Redskins are facing a stout Minnesota run defense in week 10, followed by what is supposed to be a stout Packers run D in week 11 (unless your name is Frank Gore). Overall, Rob Kelley is a guy who should be added in a majority of formats this week, and you’ll have to wait for injury news to come out on Matt Jones before deciding if it is worth rolling the dice with Rob against the Vikings this Sunday.
Rishard Matthews – WR – Titans (29% owned) | 2% FAAB
In case you haven’t noticed, Rishard Matthews has been on a bit of a tear for the Titans now recording 5 TD’s over his past 2 weeks, including a 2 TD game against the Chargers this past Sunday. Rishard led the Titans WRs in snaps, and he has hauled in 76% of his targets over the past 6 weeks. The Titans upcoming schedule is juicy (GB, @IND, @CHI), and it appears Tennessee has finally found a solid WR1, partiuclarly in the red zone.
DuJuan Harris – RB – 49ers (33% owned) | 3% FAAB
If you miss out on the big 3 this week (James Starks, Ivory and Kelley) then it is time to turn to the more speculative running backs available. News broke Sunday morning that DuJuan Harris was starting which caused his ownership to soar to 33%. Harris certainly paid off for owners gutsy enough to start him as he took 10 carries for 59 yards while adding 5 receptions for 83 yards and a TD. Many of my readers may wonder why DuJuan isn’t a must add? Carlos Hyde will be questionable once again heading in to week 10, with a chance to play. Even if he doesn’t play the 49ers will take on a stout Arizona Cardinals defense, and Harris is still a part of a RBBC with Mike Davis. Assuming Hyde is out this Sunday consider DuJuan Harris a low end RB2/Flex play.
C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Texans (11% owned) | 3% FAAB
Looks like I’m going to have to keep touting Fiedorowicz until the end of the season. This is his 3rd straight week he appears in my waiver wire article, and his ownership still remains under 15%! The good news here is that you likely don’t have to bid much to get him if he went under the radar thus far. Over his last 4 weeks of play C.J. has been the model of consistency posting target numbers of 8,7,7,7 and receptions of 4,6,5,5. He hauled in 2 touchdowns over that span, and appears to be a favorite of Brock Osweiler’s (much to the chagrin of Hopkins owners). The upcoming schedule is extremely favorable (@JAX, @OAK, vs SD, @GB, @IND, vs JAX) making Fiedorowicz my tight end of choice to target for this week and the fantasy playoffs.
Thomas Rawls – RB – Seahawks (38% owned) | 2% FAAB
If you play in a league where Rawls isn’t already stashed, chances are you won’t have to pay up much for him this week. Rawls return date is still tentatively set for week 11, although he will have to work back into gameshape after missing the entire season to this point. While owners are understandably excited to get him back on the field, this could be a timeshare for the first few weeks before Rawls is ready to resume a workhorse role. The good news is he should be 100% by week 14, just in time for the fantasy playoffs! If you can afford to stash Rawls, do so now but remember to have patience his first few games back.
Lance Kendricks – TE – Rams (15% owned) | 1% FAAB
Lance Kendricks continues to trend upwards. Lance’s stats from his two games before the bye were solid enough. with 17 targets, 12 receptions, 89 yards and a TD. He really opened some eyes this past Sunday though with a 12 target, 7 reception, 90 yard performance against the Panthers. While I remain skeptical that the Rams passing attack can support a fantasy relevant receiving option, the schedule does look inviting coming up (@NYJ, vsMIA, @NO). Add Kendricks as a high end TE2 that can be streamed the next few weeks if needed.
J.J. Nelson – WR – Cardinals (12% owned) | 1% FAAB
In case you missed the news last week, J.J. Nelson has become a starter at wide receiver for the Cardinals. This likely means that Michael Floyd moves to 4th on the depth chart, and the starting 3 will be Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and J.J. Nelson. J.J. is one of the smallest and fastest guys in the NFL, checking in at 5’10” / 160 lbs while running a 4.29 40-yard dash. In case you forgot his performance week 8 against the Panthers, J.J. had 12 targets, 8 receptions, 79 yards and 2 TDs heading into the Cardinals bye week. His value will be slightly higher in PPR as he doesn’t figure to put up many yards after the catch, but feel free to add Nelson in any league where Michael Floyd is still rostered.
Eli Rogers – WR – Steelers (1% owned) | 1% FAAB
The injury bug bit Pittsburgh once again in week 9 as Darrius Heyward-Bey exited with an apparently serious ankle injury. Going forward we can expect AB and Coates to line up on the outside as WR1 and WR2, with Eli Rogers manning the slot. While owners shouldn’t expect Rogers to reproduce his 10 target week on a regular basis, Eli is certainly worth consideration in PPR formats as he should be around 4-5 receptions per week going forward in the high octane Steelers offense (when Ben is healthy of course).
Kenneth Dixon – RB – Ravens (12% owned) | 2% FAAB
Terrence West has had a good run for the Ravens, and still appears to have the lead back job, although the gap is closing. This past Sunday against the Steelers West saw 30 snaps compared to Kenneth Dixon’s 20. The carries were similarly distributed with West handling fifteen and Dixon nine. While West was inefficient with just 21 yards on his 15 carries, Dixon was just as bad with just 13 yards on 9 carries. The Ravens have a juicy matchup with the Browns in week 10, but it appears the job is still Terrance West’s to lose.
Joe Flacco – QB – Ravens (25% owned) | 1% FAAB
If you’re like me and have Matthew Stafford (or another QB) on bye in week 10, you may need a decent streamer off waivers. Enter Joe Flacco. While his numbers have been a bit underwhelming, he draws one of the best matchups of the week against an 0-9 Cleveland Browns team that has given up an average of 287.6 passing yards per game the last 5 weeks.
Marqise Lee – WR – Jaguars (4% owned) | 1% FAAB
Allen Hurns couldn’t catch a break this past Sunday as he suffered an ankle injury before being ruled out with a concussion against the Chiefs. Hurns will now enter the NFL’s concussion protocol which makes him extremely questionable for week 10 against the Houston Texans. Marqise Lee should move in to the WR2 role as long as Hurns is sidelined, and he was already consistently seeing 6+ targets this season (6 out of his 8 weeks) making him a solid add for owners who need a flex play this Sunday. Lee finished week 9 with 8 targets, 4 receptions and 84 yards.
Peyton Barber – RB – Bucs (18% owned) | 1% FAAB
Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Antone Smith. The list of Bucs running backs this year continues to grow. Peyton Barber has been on our radar for a while now as he operated in an RBBC with Smith last week. Antone has been ruled out for the season, which likely means we will be treated to a RBBC between Barber and Mike James until Doug Martin is ready to return. Doug Martin may return as soon as week 10, which would render a Barber pickup obsolete. Keep an eye out for news on Martin and his hamstring, and only consider Barber if you’re desperate at RB and the better options like James Starks are long gone off waivers.
Austin Hooper – TE – Falcons (13% owned) | 1% FAAB
Yet another pickup that relies upon an injury to the starter in front of him. Jacob Tamme is week to week for the Falcons, and rookie Austin Hooper has been playing well in his absence. Since Tamme went down to injury mid-way through week 8, Hooper has 11 targets, 8 receptions, 87 yards and a touchdown. As long as Tamme remains out for week 10 consider Austin Hooper a low end TE1 against the Eagles. The Falcons have a bye in week 11 which means this will likely be a one week flier for owners who have bye week or injury woes.
Deep League Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups
Paul Perkins – RB – Giants (4% owned) | 0% FAAB
Don’t look now, but Paul Perkins is slowly carving out a role for himself in the Giants offense. Perkins handled a season high 11 carries for 32 yards on Sunday against the Eagles, which equaled the amount of carries given to Rashad Jennings. Final snap count totals? Rashad Jennings 37, Paul Perkins 22. The only real problem with rostering Perkins is it doesn’t seem like Rashad is going anywhere. For now you’re picking up the back half of a RBBC, but at the rate Paul is going you could have a starter within a few weeks.
Kendall Wright – WR – Titans (16% owned) | 0% FAAB
While most of the fantasy world will be concentrating on Rishard Matthews, deep league PPR owners would do well to consider Kendall Wright. His numbers weren’t as outstanding against the Chargers (just 2 receptions for 64 yards), but he should remain a vital part of the passing attack, and he sees about the same amount of targets as Matthews. If you’re unable to land Rishard, and are looking for a decent WR to help cover bye weeks or injuries, grab Kendall with a favorable schedule ahead.
Dontrelle Inman – WR – Chargers (4% owned) | 0% FAAB
I was one of those desperate souls who not only picked up Inman, but started him against the Titans this past Sunday. Thanks to Travis Benjamin’s injury I had did have a little confidence in our 0.5 PPR 14 team league, and Inman did just fine turning 9 targets into 6 receptions for 56 yards. This is exactly the sort of performance you should expect from Dontrelle on a weekly basis as he mans the slot for the Chargers. He may catch a TD on a rare occasion, but he’ll be far more useful in PPR leagues as the short yardage receptions rack up. If you need help in week 10, give Inman a look as the Chargers get set to face the Dolphins.
Jay Cutler – QB – Bears (8% owned) | 0% FAAB
Need a QB to stream in a deep league? Jay Cutler should be your guy going up against a Bucs defense that Matt Ryan just torched for 4 passing TD’s. In his last game Jay managed a respectable 252 yards passing and 1 TD against a very solid Vikings defense, and with an easier matchup this week he should have an excellent shot to reach 300 yards passing with multiple touchdowns.
Adam Humphries – WR – Bucs (19% owned) | 0% FAAB
This add could surprisingly depend on the health of Russell Shepard who had leapfrogged Humphries on the depth chart. With Shepard sidelined in week 9, Humphries went out and saw 7 targets which he converted into 5 receptions for 46 yards and a TD. The Bucs are very short at WR after Mike Evans, giving Humphries solid deep league appeal, particularly with Shepard sidelined. If Shepard does return for week 10, I would consider adding him over Humphries if available.
Ronnie Hillman – RB – Vikings (2% owned) | 0% FAAB
Hillman has decided to muddy up the backfield situation for the Vikings even more. Minnesota turned to a 3 way committee in week 9, with Hillman being the most effective of the three. Ronnie finished with 7 carries for 30 yards while adding a reception for 32 yards against the Lions. You most likely have to be in a 16+ team league to consider adding Hillman off waivers, but if you’re in a league where James Starks has been stashed all season and there are no other options out there it looks like he will see a few touches each week in this committee.
C. Conley / A. Wilson / T. Hill – WRs – Chiefs (0% / 0% / 12% owned) | 0% FAAB
This is more of an honorable mention section here as Jeremy Maclin departed with an groin injury against the Jaguars this past Sunday. Being a Maclin owner was tough enough, but now if you’re really desperate these are the 3 names you get to choose from. Tyreek Hill seems to be the most intriguing as the Chiefs give him a few carries and targets per game. He is almost entirely dependent on TDs however, as you can see from his 3 reception 11 yard line this past Sunday.
If you’d like to try to guess between Conley and Wilson for the week ahead, Wilson had 8 targets to Conley’s 4 which could be a decent indicator going forward. The matchup in week 10 with the Carolina secondary is a solid one, but the targets can change in a hurry if Alex Smith comes back and starts over Nick Foles. Over all its a messy situation, but the order I would pick them up in is Hill > Wilson > Conley for now.
Thanks for reading today’s article. If you have any questions about how much to bid on James Starks, or simply need some feedback on your particular waiver wire situation, please leave a comment below!