Fantasy Football: Week 10 waiver wire
|11.05.12 at 12:45 pm ET|
Welcome to the Week 10 waiver wire. It’s been a rough eight days for yours truly. The town in which I reside still is in a state of total dysfunction in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I’ve been staying with friends so as to be informed enough to keep informing all of you, but please excuse the early release of this week’s wire. If I had confidence that I would have connectivity Tuesday, I would wait a day longer. But sadly, I don’t. Lastly, for those who are in a position to do so, please consider donating to the Red Cross to help those who are suffering in New Jersey and New York. The extent of the damage is mind-boggling, and every cent helps.
I will be updating this column at Rotobahn on Tuesday if I have the capability, so head on over then if you are looking for more insight. Lastly, great thanks go out to our friends in Andover, Mike and Aricia, for giving us a warm place to stay for the last few days, not to mention a place to watch football and upload this article.
Carson Palmer, Raiders
We’ve been pushing him for a few weeks now as he’s been a solid fantasy contributor for most of the year. Now, with more healthy receiving options, Palmer is posting very good numbers. As I said a few weeks back, he’s cheap and he won’t hurt you. Well, he might not be cheap anymore after Week 9, but he still is available in a great many leagues, so go get him if you need some QB help in any format.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He’ll be getting WR Alshon Jeffery back soon, and with Brandon Marshall fully heated up, the Bears could be a high-powered offense sooner rather than later. Add Cutler in any format. He can be your starter going forward if you are in a pinch.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks
In big leagues, he is a guy who can provide depth and he is a solid start when the matchup is right, especially at home. Pick him up in 12-team leagues.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
He is a viable fantasy asset, but the reason to consider him right now is the sweet matchup he has with Tennessee in Week 10. If you are looking for a way to replace Aaron Rodgers during his Week 10 bye, Tannehill could be your guy — in any format. He also gets Buffalo in Week 11, which is an added bonus.
John Skelton, Cardinals
In really deep formats, Skelton can be a depth player for you. With rookie WR Michael Floyd beginning to emerge along with TE Rob Housler, the Cardinals QB could be more of a fantasy factor going forward. He’s better left for 12-team and 14-team formats, but we think he will get better in the coming weeks, so he is a guy to keep an eye on for sure.
Nick Foles, Eagles
For Michael Vick owners at minimum, Foles could be the QB in Philly next week, so we’d be adding him as protection if we were dependent on Vick. Foles has plenty of upside if he was to start, so add him in any league where your success is tethered to Vick.
Mikel Leshoure, Lions
You still can add him in 23 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so he’s here for one last week. The big man clearly is the goal-line back and primary runner, though adding Joique Bell as a handcuff for Leshoure is looking more and more like a smart move. Leshoure has proven himself to be past his Achilles injury and he’s a very sound RB2 option the rest of the way if his health holds up. Add him in all formats.
Isaac Redman, Steelers
The revolving door in Pittsburgh continues to move with Redman playing one of his best games as a pro. If both Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer remain sidelined, Redman could have legit RB2 value in Week 10. He’s available in more than half of Yahoo! leagues.
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
It might seem a tad counterintuitive statistically, but with Carolina finding its stride on offense, we expect Stewart to start gaining momentum. He’s a guy to add in all formats if you can get him.
Beanie Wells, Cardinals
He will return in Week 12 and he could hit the ground running as a solid RB2 option. Pick him up if you have any need at tailback. He’s a legit solution for you in any league if you can wait until Week 12. Reports out of Arizona are that Beanie is doing very well in his recovery.
Pierre Thomas, Saints
We expect good things on Monday Night Football, and though there are rumors that Darren Sproles could return early from his hand injury, we would not bank on it. Why would the Saints risk further injury in a season that is lost at this point? We suspect that Sproles will miss at least one more week and possibly more. Thomas should be a very solid asset in all league sizes if that proves to be the case. He is a must-add player for those who own Sproles.
Alex Green, Packers
Both Green and James Starks looked better in Week 9, but we still like Green’s game more for the way they play in Green Bay. Mike McCarthy is a Green believer and said he would be “shocked” if Green was not a successful NFL back. That’s enough for us. Green is still a guy to own in most formats.
James Starks, Packers
He looked good carrying the ball, but most of his action came toward the end of the game as a clock-killer on the final few possessions. It’s hard to tell exactly what his role will be for the rest of the year. That being said, he should be owned in all 12-team leagues, especially if you own Alex Green.
Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers
He has shown what he can do and we suspect that his injured quad will be healed up for Week 10 as he did get in some limited practice last week. Dwyer needs to be owned in 12-team leagues.
Andre Brown, Giants
He scored yet again in Week 9, and he clearly is the preferred option behind starter Ahmad Bradshaw. Brown should be owned as the short-term handcuff option to Bradshaw and is a worthy add in 12-team leagues whether you own the Giants starter or not. Brown is playing very good football right now. He’s found a home with the Giants.
Joique Bell, Lions
Bell has been a very productive player on a per-touch basis and clearly has passed Kevin Smith on the Lions’ depth chart. Mikel Leshoure owners should be adding this guy in formats with the requisite bench space. Bell also is a viable add in larger leagues even if you do not own Leshoure.
Vick Ballard, Colts
Ballard was solid again in Week 9, and with Donald Brown’s knee woes resurfacing, we’d be adding Ballard in most formats as a flex option.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons
He’s coming on slowly, but I like what I saw last night. As we said here early in the season, rumors of Michael Turner’s demise were over the top and a bit premature. Nevertheless, Rodgers is the future and his role might expand in the coming weeks. He is a player to own in all 12-team leagues and some deeper 10-team leagues as well, especially if you rely on Turner.
Shane Vereen, Patriots
Vereen is sort of a forgotten man in New England for fantasy purposes, and he really shouldn’t be. Granted, Stevan Ridley is the primary back, but Vereen is a comparable talent and now is fully recovered from his preseason foot injury. In our view, Vereen is a player who should be owned in all 12-team leagues and in some smaller leagues, too, especially if Ridley is a big player for you. It could take just a few fumbles to make Vereen a featured player, so be proactive here. His upside in New England’s offense is sky high.
Kendall Hunter, 49ers
He’s still mostly a handcuff option; we strongly encourage GMs to add Hunter in all 12-team leagues and smaller ones, too, if you are a Frank Gore owner. If Gore goes down as he often does, Hunter is a lock starter with RB1 potential. No, really. He is that talented.
Mark Ingram, Saints
In deep leagues, Ingram is a player to add with the whole Darren Sproles situation so undefined. Ingram has had trouble making an impact this year, but he is a player with substantive talent and he should be owned in all 12-team leagues.
Marcel Reece, Raiders
He is a very good football player, and if Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson remain out for Week 10, Reese could be a viable fantasy play. Add him in 12-team leagues or in any format where you are dependent on McFadden. The one caveat would be the potential usage of Taiwan Jones, and we won’t know about that until later in the week. Right now, we project Reese to have more value.
Taiwan Jones, Raiders
He’s been frustrating so far in his career, but Jones is a serious threat with the football in his hands, and if both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are out for next week, he will have some value in 12-team leagues and perhaps smaller leagues, too, depending on what they are saying in Oakland.
Danny Amendola, Rams
Last week really was the time to add him, but since he is still available in 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues, we’ll keep him here just to make sure you check his availability. He’s a weekly starter in all formats if he returns this week, as we expect he will.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
He is looking like a guy who has rediscovered his mojo, and with the way Carson Palmer is throwing the ball, we are looking to add DHB wherever we can. He’s close to becoming a weekly flex option in 12-team leagues.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts
He broke out last week, and with the injury to Donnie Avery (hip), we like him as a Week 10 add. Avery might be OK, but he always was an injury waiting to happen anyway. Hilton should be owned in all 12-team leagues and is a good add in 10-team formats if Avery is out for any length of time.
Brian Hartline, Dolphins
His groin injury was a non-factor in Week 9, and we’re feeling confident enough to add him again in all formats. He has solid matchups over the next two weeks. He can help you if are in bye-week hell.
Golden Tate, Seahawks
He is creeping up on flex value in 12-team leagues, and the continuing growth of his QB, Russell Wilson, is no small factor. There also are injuries in the Seattle receiving ranks, so Tate should continue to see the ball consistently. He does have a Week 11 bye, so be aware of that.
Chris Givens, Rams
He should be healthy (toe) after a week off, and our guess is that the return of Danny Amendola does little to diminish the rookie’s growth and production. Givens still is a player to own in all 12-team leagues and some smaller ones as well. He has been a very consistent deep threat.
Alshon Jeffery, Bears
Our guess is that he returns this week, but even if he ends up being a Week 11 return, he is worth adding now in 12-team leagues and some smaller formats, too. The rookie is going to be productive down the stretch as teams try to shut down the scorching-hot Brandon Marshall. Jeffery is a red zone option due to his size, and that only adds to his fantasy appeal. We also like going after him in dynasty and other long-term formats in trades. His value is only going to rise as we move ahead.
Brandon LaFell, Panthers
He sat out Week 9 with a concussion, but he should return this week and we like the current trajectory of the Panthers offense compared to where it was a few weeks back. Add LaFell in all 12-team leagues and in some smaller formats, too. He can help you through the last few bye weeks if you are in need.
Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
His target totals have been very respectable since Week 4, and he found the zone in Week 9 for the first time as a pro. With Blaine Gabbert settling in, the time to add Blackmon is now. He is a player to own in all but smaller 10-team leagues. Basically, it’s about bench space and roster size.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals
He’s been creeping into the picture over the last few weeks and had his best game as a pro in Week 9. The Cards need to develop a material threat to lessen the defensive attention on Larry Fitzgerald, and Floyd clearly has the potential to be that guy. Add him now in most formats if you have the space due to his upside and touchdown potential.
Ryan Broyles, Lions
His target totals are on the rise as his playing time has expanded. We really like Broyles’ game, and we’d be adding him in all 12-team leagues and some 10-team leagues as well depending on roster size. This kid is a tremendous football player.
Jeremy Kerley, Jets
He’s got solid flex value in 12-team leagues, as Mark Sanchez trusts him and targets him often. The Jets will need to throw on a lot of weeks, and we project Kerley to be an asset, especially over the next few weeks as the byes continue to put a strain on fantasy rosters.
Danario Alexander, Chargers
He is unlikely to be a long-term solution due to his chronic knee woes, but for as long as he is playing a major role in the San Diego offense, he is fantasy viable in most any league size and format. Alexander can make plays and he is a legit red zone threat. Add him if you have a bye-week crunch in Week 10 or if you just want more depth. Just know that he is likely to end up having knee trouble at some point.
Stephen Hill, Jets
Hill is a big deal for the members of the Jets brain trust as far as keeping their jobs is concerned. He will be a featured player, and he is past his hamstring woes. He is also past his bye week now. Hill is a solid add in all 12-team formats.
Laurent Robinson, Jaguars
Robinson was heavily targeted upon his return, and he got through the game with no concussion issues. The Jags are past their bye week, so Robinson could be a useful player in larger formats over the next few weeks.
Jermaine Gresham, Bengals
Gresham showed what he can do again in Week 9 and we like him to continue his recent trend of production save for Week 8. Gresham still is a developing talent, but it’s pretty clear that he is the next best thing in the Bengals passing attack after A.J. Green, and Green’s presence creates plenty of openings for the big tight end. He is a player to own in all formats down the stretch, and Cincy’s closing schedule is a plus, too.
Brandon Myers, Raiders
For those of you who read Rotobahn, we told you that the touchdowns were coming. Now Myers is looking like a guy who can start for you in any league size or scoring format. If you need tight end help, add this guy and you are done. The Raiders are past their bye week.
Dustin Keller, Jets
Keller showed that he was healthy going into the Jets’ Week 9 bye. He now is a player to own in all leagues. We expect him to close out 2012 strong. Mark Sanchez looks for Keller more than any other Jets receiver.
Joel Dreessen, Broncos
He can help you in big leagues if you need a guy to fill in for your starter, and he is past his bye. Dreessen in a plus blocker and that keeps him on the field in the red zone. He only has had one bad game over the last seven-or-so weeks, so add him if you need him, even in smaller leagues.
Dwayne Allen, Colts
We really like him for the long term, and he seems like a good play in the near term for as long as Coby Fleener is out with his shoulder injury. The injury to Donnie Avery also could land Allen a few extra looks in Week 10.
Rob Housler, Cardinals
He’s one of our guys for the long term, but with Todd Heap banged up as usual, Housler is starting to flash his skills. He can help you if you play in a big league. He’s been getting targeted consistently since Week 5.
Logan Paulsen, Redskins
Beware of his Week 10 bye, but he has flashed some athleticism and some toughness and may be an asset in 12-team leagues and bigger formats. He’s clearly a guy that Robert Griffin has some trust in.
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