Fantasy Football: Week 10 waiver wire
|11.05.13 at 9:34 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 10 waiver wire. A few things happened after I began writing this on Monday afternoon. The big one was Aaron Rodgers getting injured in the Monday night game. Talk about serious fantasy fallout. Rodgers’ injury, if it’s serious, and it might be, will have a detrimental effect on all of the Green Bay receivers. It could affect the backs, too, though there was no sign of that in Monday night’s game as both Eddie Lacy and James Starks were outstanding.
So, with Rodgers potentially out for a period of time and with four other signal callers out on the Week 10 bye, I’ve added a few more quarterbacks to the list this morning and I will continue to add more over at Rotobahn.com as I put together the expanded waiver wire for those of you who play in large leagues. Head on over if you need more options.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He’s reportedly ahead of schedule with his groin injury and he’s a very good fantasy play when healthy because of all the weapons in the Chicago offense and because of the new offensive coaching staff led by Marc Trestman. Cutler has been dropped in a lot of leagues, so go get him if you can.
Nick Foles, Eagles
The rest of his schedule is not particularly scary, so he is certainly worth adding in most leagues if you need help at quarterback. Chip Kelly’s offense certainly has some big-game potential because of the pace the Eagles play at when things get going good. It leads to more possessions and points. Traveling to Green Bay is a good test for Foles this weekend, but things get sweet again in Week 11 when the Eagles face Washington at home. You can still get Foles in about three out of four leagues and he can help you if you are in need. I’m talking to you, Aaron Rodgers owners.
Case Keenum, Texans
As I said last week, we liked what we saw in Keenum’s first outing, and he really carried it over to his second start in Week 9 against the Colts. Keenum can throw the ball, and he is certainly a viable option in plus matchups — and he has a few of them remaining on his schedule. Not a bad guy to pick up in deep formats or if you are hurting at QB for some reason. The good news with Keenum is that you can still get him in 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
E.J. Manuel, Bills
He has a good chance to return this week, and when you look at the success that Jeff Tuel was able to have in Sunday’s game, you have to be encouraged about Manuel’s chances. The Bills are getting healthier all around on offense with both Marquise Goodwin and C.J. Spiller making big plays in Week 9. Manuel can help you in deep formats.
Shane Vereen, Patriots
He should be owned in all leagues. Pick up this guy anywhere that he is available. Vereen has RB1 upside for the fantasy playoffs in all league sizes. I’ve said it all before. Just get this guy. He could be the best fantasy back on the Patriots roster in two weeks. Amazingly, you can still get him in 54 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Chris Ivory, Jets
He’s been here for a few weeks now, and you should consider picking him up even though he’ll be sitting out Week 10 on the bye. Ivory is finally healthy and he’s running well behind a solid line. How long will his health last? Who knows, but he can help you now.
Andre Brown, Giants
He’ll return this week and he could do a whole lot of fantasy damage, though it may take a game or two for him to get his legs all the way back, since it was a leg injury. Brown is potentially the savior of the Giants backfield and we are weeks away from seeing David Wilson, if we see him at all.
Shonn Greene, Titans
He looked a lot better in Week 9 and, as I’ve said repeatedly, we like Tennessee’s second-half schedule. Greene is a player to add in all 12-team leagues, and he’s a mandatory handcuff for those who own Chris Johnson.
Donald Brown, Colts
He continues to thoroughly outplay starter Trent Richardson, and I just don’t see how they can take any touches away from him the way that he’s been playing. Brown is playing perhaps the best ball of his career, showing good vision and burst. Brown is a must add for Richardson owners in big leagues. Brown also has stand-alone flex value in larger formats.
Rashad Jennings, Raiders
Starter Darren McFadden is hurt again. It’s a hamstring this time, and his Week 10 status is certainly in doubt. Jennings is a way for McFadden owners to protect themselves, and he could make a nice one-week add if you are hurting at RB this week. McFadden may return, but it’s not like he has a history of healing quickly.
Montee Ball, Broncos
He’s jumped ahead of Ronnie Hillman and is now the main backup to Knowshon Moreno. When you consider how good this offense is and how injury-prone Moreno has proven to be, you have to like Ball’s chances at having significant fantasy value at some point. At minimum, he is a mandatory handcuff for those counting on Moreno as a RB1 or RB2. Ball is a back to add in all 12-team leagues.
Aaron Dobson, Patriots
You’ll have to forgive me for beating Rotobahn’s chest a bit on this one. We’ve been on the Aaron Dobson bandwagon even longer than the Patriots. As long as the rookie continues to get the bulk of the snaps at split end, he is going to be a WR3 in all formats. Dobson needs to be owned in all league sizes. How Dobson is still available in 64 percent of Yahoo! leagues is beyond me.
Lance Moore, Saints
You could see it in Sunday’s game vs. the Jets. Moore is Drew Brees’ most trusted target, and he’s looking like he is all the way back from his early season hand injury. Moore is worth an add in all formats, but especially larger PPR leagues. You can still get him in more than half of Yahoo! leagues.
Riley Cooper, Eagles
He’s been gaining steam and he seems to really get things going when Foles is the QB, which he should be going forward. Cooper is a player to own in all 12-team leagues. He’s off the Rotobahn Watch List and into must-own territory. He’s available in 89 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Mike Brown, Jaguars
This was an obvious one the second Justin Blackmon’s suspension came down. Brown has looked good the last few weeks and he should be the most active receiver in Jacksonville after Cecil Shorts. He’s a solid add in 12-team formats and you can still get him in 93 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
He’s going to be a bigger factor until Percy Harvin gets involved in the offense, and that may not be for another week or so at this point. It’s certainly possible that Seattle waits until after its Week 12 bye. Baldwin can help you in 12-team leagues right now, and he’s available in most leagues.
Coby Fleener, Colts
He is starting to gain a measure of consistency, and they are looking for places to throw the football in Indianapolis. As I have mentioned repeatedly, Fleener was a college teammate of Colts starting QB Andrew Luck, so there is a built-in measure of trust between the two. I have a feeling that this connection heats up down the stretch if Fleener can stay heathy.
Tim Wright, Buccaneers
The rookie did it again, and he did it against a tough Seattle defense. At this point, Wright seems pretty dependable, and it’s not like Tampa has a lot of other places to throw the football outside of Vincent Jackson. Wright is a player to own in all 12-team leagues. He’s still available in 88 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Zach Ertz, Eagles
He saw a season high in targets and he had his best day as a pro with six receptions for 42 yards and a score. Ertz is very talented and he is a great fit for Chip Kelly’s scheme. He’s a player to add in 12-team leagues and up, and you can get him in 98 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
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