Week 10 Waiver Wire
By Josh Trotta
Another week and we get hit as fantasy owners with even more injuries!! Another RB down and another RB leads us into week 10 as the must have waiver wire pick up. As you all know we lost some more fantasy stars to injury this past weekend, some to season ending ones and some for just a week or two (fingers crossed). As a whole this year has been brutal on the RB position not just in lack of production but season ending injury. This week we add Dieon Lewis to the names of big time production RB’s who have been lost for the year. On top of losing Lewis for the year with an ACL, we also lost Big Ben and Andrew Luck for what could be 2 games or longer injuries. This is the 2nd time both have missed some time due to injury and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for fantasy owners. Players who were also injured this weekend and could miss time are LeSean McCoy, Teddy Bridgewater, Latavius Murray and Eddie Lacy. Those are some HUGE names and that means owners are going to be running to the waiver wire once again to help add depth to their rosters. Week 10 also brings a week off for the Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Diego and San Francisco.
We will rank three players at each position in order of who we think you should try and grab first. Look at the position you need the most help in and best of luck getting your player!
- Blake Bortles – It’s time to give Bortles some love and accept that he was a great pick by the Jaguars. In his 2nd year Bortles has taken a huge jump forward just like Carr and has become someone you can rely on as your fantasy QB. Coming over a 383 yard and 2 touchdown game, Bortles is the best fill in for a one week start if not someone you should consider to pick up to add roster depth.
- Kirk Cousins – Ok he didn’t have a great game this past Sunday but he went up against the Patriots in New England and right from the start it didn’t look like Washington felt they even had a chance. But no worries, this week Cousins gets NO and they are a fantasy QB’s best friend. Mariota just exploded on them this week and Cousins get’s them at home. You can’t do much better this late in the year then Kirk Cousins against New Orleans this weekend.
- Brian Hoyer – Hoyer has been great since getting the opportunity back in week 5. Now Mallet is gone and there is no one nipping at Hoyer’s heels to take over if he makes a mistake. Hoyer has been flourishing posting 3 straight 20+ fantasy games until just coming up short a week ago against Tennessee. This week Hoyer gets Cincinnati at home on Monday night so not the best start but after that he gets the AFC South and they are just awful! Great stash play!
- James White / Brandon Boldin – As a Patriots fan it kills me to write this but the loss of Dion Lewis (Torn ACL) has opened up the number one waiver wire claim. Now the debate still rings out weather you should grab White or Boldin but if last time Lewis went down back in week 7 it was White who got the start. I would try to grab White over Boldin if it was me. White fits the physical stature closest to Lewis and is a shifter back. Boldin has done more on the field but I think it’s White who will be given the first shot to fill in and produce.
- Karlos Williams / James Starks – Another double mention of two players who have been on this list before. Williams came back from injury after the bye week and exploded going off for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. With McCoy having the potential to miss time with a shoulder injury Williams once again jumps up the top of waiver wire requests. The same goes true for James Starks who seems to be at the top of the waiver list each week. Lacy has been awful all season and now is fighting a serious groin injury which could have him missing multiple games. This might be the last straw for Lacy and if Starks produces during his time out, it might be his job to lose for the rest of the year.
- Joique Bell – The Ameer Abdullah era is over right now and it looks like Detroit is going to give the ball back to it’s BELL cow (See what I did there). Bell who is finally healthy looked ok the last time we saw him taking 7 carries for 56 yards. Now coming off the bye Bell is poised to be the lead back in the Detroit offense once again and it’s not every day you get handed a number 1 running back in week 10. Grab him and either stash or start but he adds great value to any roster.
- Dorial Green-Beckham – I finally get to put my 2015 sleeper pick for breakout start on our waiver wire post! I love Green-Beckham and thought coming out he was the best pure wide receiver in the draft not named Amari Cooper. Beckham is a freak athlete similar to Alshon Jeffrey and Calvin Johnson in body type, break away speed and ability to high point the ball. Since the head coaching change it looks like the restraints are finally off and Green-Beckham is going to be able to show the world how good he can be and just in time for the fantasy playoffs. 10 targets, 7 catches for 77 yards are all career highs. This week he gets Carolina so it’s not a great start but after that things get very easy for Dorial and he could be in for a few big games down the stretch.
- Corey Brown – Starting to look like Cam Newton’s favorite target while in the redzone. He has become the Jerricho Cotchery of the Carolina Panthers you could say. He has scored a touchdown in back to back games and is seeing around 5 targets a game. Not great numbers but it’s week 10 and right now you are just looking for some bye week help. Don’t be surprised if he gets in again this week as Carolina goes up against an average Tennessee secondary.
- Jamison Crowder – Even with Desean Jackson back Crowder still saw 8 targets catching 6 for 50 yards. Crowder is not an every week start by any stretch of the imagination but with NO up next he is not a bad pick up if your struggling to find a fill in this week. He should break his streak of no touchdowns this week at home.
- Richard Rogers – Yup the TE from GB is back and after posting his biggest fantasy performance of the season Rogers stock is at an all time high. With Detroit up next look for Rodgers to get opportunity’s in the redzone as the Packers look to end their two game losing streak. Not a yardage monster like others at his position, Rodgers is strictly a touchdown or bust candidate but the matchup looks promising.
- Jacob Tamme – Why have you still not gone out and picked this guy up? I think this is the third time I have mentioned Tamme but he is still owned in less then 26% of Yahoo leagues. On a bye this week Tamme has a great lineup to end out the year and before the bye week he saw 22 targets for 164 yards and 1 touchdown in two games. Tamme has been a target monster and that should help him continue to produce in week 11 against the Colts.
- Crocket Gilmore – Another guy who has been on our list before but coming off the bye Gilmore gets a great matchup as the Ravens take on the Jaguars at home. Gilmore is a great fill in player who could have a big day if he can find the endzone. The Jaguars are average when it comes to stopping the TE all season but look for the Ravens to come out knowing Big Ben is hurt and now is there time to make a playoff run.
- Pittsburgh – Speaking of the Steelers the defense has been great of late and with no Big Ben they are going to be called on to help get them a win this weekend. A division game against Cleveland is on deck next and the Browns like to turn the ball over. The Steelers are looking up at the Bengals in the standings and now have to shift the team’s focus on grabbing a wild card spot. Look for the Steelers defense to come up big on Sunday no matter who is playing quarterback.
- Tampa Bay – Let’s face it, Matt Cassel is not a good quarterback and he tends to throw lots of picks and sometimes those picks are able to go back for six. Dallas provides a great matchup to a Tampa Bay team who are playing better on both sides of the ball each week. I don’t think your going to get 20 points form the Bucs this weekend but I could see them hitting there projection.
- Chicago – Da’ Bears looked really good on defense last night even it was against the surprisingly awful Chargers. The bears play in St. Louis this Sunday and I could see them equalling what they did against the Chargers. Not my first choice but you could do much worse then the Bears this weekend.
- Graham Gano – Carolina is really good and extremely efficient on offense this season, which has given Gano plenty of opportunities to put up points. His make percentage is a scare but the volume of kicks he putting up is too good to pass up. Gano should be your first kicker off the board if you need one for this weekend.
- Chandler Catanzaro – Off a bye Arizona is looking to keep it’s win streak going as it travels to Seattle in an NFC heavyweight fight. If Arizona is to be taken seriously they have win in Seattle which is hard thing to do. Look for them to lean on Catanzaro early and often if drives stall out in Seattle territory. Teams don’t like to gamble when they play in Seattle, instead they look to grab points when ever they can. On paper it looks like Sunday could be a big day for the Arizona Cardinals kicker.
- Nick Novak – Houston is on Monday night football and they have a real opportunity to win the AFC south now that Luck is out for 2 – 6 weeks. Hoyer and the offense have been playing great as of late and they hope the extra week to prepare for the undefeated Bengals pays off. Look for them to not take risks early and grab points when they can. Novak should score more then his projection Monday night.