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Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups QBs (Streaming Quarterbacks)
Jay Cutler, CHI (8%) – The Bears head to Tampa Bay this week, and only four teams have given up more Fantasy points to quarterbacks. In fact, only three teams have allowed more passing touchdowns, and of those, two have more interceptions. That helps offset Cutler’s aggressive nature. In Cutler’s return last week, he threw for 252 yards and a touchdown, and that came against the Vikings, a team at the other end of the spectrum for quarterback difficulty.
Joe Flacco, BAL (25%) – Flacco is the picture of inefficiency this year, but the Browns can be the cure to what ails him. They have allowed five quarterbacks to throw for three touchdowns with at least one passing score given up in each game. This could be the second time this year that Flacco reaches the 300-yard threshold with two touchdowns (yep, just the second time… oof).
Carson Wentz, PHI (38%) – Wentz has fallen off quite a bit since early this year, but the Eagles host the Falcons in Week 10, and no team allows more FPPG to quarterbacks. The Falcons have 23 touchdowns and 2,739 passing yards allowed to quarterbacks, both tops in the league.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups RBs
Should Have Picked Them Up: Charcandrick West, KC; Darren Sproles, PHI; Tim Hightower, NO
Robert Kelley, WSH (29%) – Kelley looked quite good in his start before the Redskins bye, and the best part about it is that Kelley didn’t fumble. That alone put him ahead of the game when it comes to Matt Jones. Now, Jay Gruden has said Kelley will get the “bulk” of the carries. Even though it’s a terrible matchup this week, Kelley needs to be owned in all leagues on the chance that he’s the Redskins lead option the rest of the way.
Peyton Barber, TB (18%) – Doug Martin still isn’t practicing, Jacquizz Rodgers is in a boot and Antone Smith is done for the year. What’s left? Just Barber. Even if Barber manages just 3.0 yards per carry, the volume alone makes him valuable, a must-own and hard to bench.
Kapri Bibbs, DEN (6%) – Reports are saying that the snap ratio for Bibbs should change in his favor, but that doesn’t mean he’ll become the lead back. Devontae Booker is a very talented player, much in the mold of the player he replaced, C.J. Anderson. Booker had 46 snaps last week and Bibbs just nine, so even moving to 40 and 15 would be a decent swing in Bibbs’ favor. Nevertheless, Bibbs looks to be the next man up, and if Booker continues to struggle, then yes, the majority share could swing Bibbs’ way.
DuJuan Harris, SF (33%) – If Carlos Hyde is unable to return for Week 10, Harris showed he has plenty of potential leading the 49ers backfield. Yes, it was the Saints, but 142 yards are 142 yards, and Harris showed potential at times when with the Packers in past years. Hyde being out would make Harris a solid RB2.
Chris Ivory, JAX (33%) – Ivory is maddening to own and predict, but he is the man the Jaguars signed to be the lead option, especially near the goal line. Last week against the Chiefs, the Jaguars used him as such, and Ivory had 107 yards. If Ivory can gain some momentum and start seeing regular work, especially in the red zone, he could have some nice second half value as a low-end RB2.
James Starks, GB (18%) – Starks hasn’t done much to impress late in his career, but the Packers trust him and have used him as a lead option in the past with other injuries on the team. The Packers might keep rolling with Ty Montgomery as their running back hybrid, but they could try to go more traditional with Starks, and that makes him a worthwhile add as a potential flex option.
Bilal Powell, NYJ (48%) – As with many running backs this year, Powell’s usage isn’t consistent, but he does have nine or more PPR points in five games and sees increased use in games when the Jets are down a few scores. That shouldn’t be the case in Week 10 against the Rams, but the Jets face the Patriots and Colts in Weeks 12 and 13 (on a bye in Week 11). Powell is a good stash, especially for the upside if Matt Forte ever missed time as well.
Dion Lewis, NE (39%) – You need to temper expectations here, as Lewis has missed significant time, the Patriots offense is clicking even without Lewis and the obvious Bill Belichick factor. Lewis could return and be just as great as he was last year, but he could also rarely see the field and be a bust.
Thomas Rawls, SEA (38%) – The backfield will likely be a mess with Christine Michael, C.J. Prosise and Rawls all in the mix, but if Michael starts to struggle or gets hurt, Rawls (like Lewis) has the potential to reach his 2015 value, and that means you need to pick him up before you’re beaten to the punch.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups WRs
Steve Smith, BAL (49%) – Once Smith got in the swing of things earlier this year, he ripped off three straight games with 64-plus yards, including two straight with 11 targets and eight receptions. His first game back was a bit quiet, but Smith will see plenty of targets as long as he’s on the field, and as mentioned with Flacco in the streaming quarterbacks section, few matchups are better this week.
Sammie Coates, PIT (42%) – Yes, that goose egg hurts. However, Coates still brings his big play ability each week and he narrowly missed converting one in Week 9. Ben Roethlisberger was off in his return from injury as well and often struggles in Baltimore. Better weeks are coming for Big Ben and Coates.
Rishard Matthews, TEN (30%) – Matthews now has five touchdowns in his last five games and 8.2 or more points in five his last six. The targets have been inconsistent, but Marcus Mariota and Matthews are finally showing good chemistry. As with Coates, the big play ability boosts Matthews value, and he’s worth owning as a matchup play.
Kendall Wright, TEN (16%) – Matthews’ teammate showed how low his floor can be with a 1.2-point outing against the Colts in Week 8, but since Wright returned to 100 percent health in Week 6, he does have 293 yards and two touchdowns with 19.3 Fantasy points in Week 6 and 15.9 in Week 8. Wright is on the same page as Coates and Matthews for his upside in the right matchups.
J.J. Nelson, ARI (14%) – Nelson is officially the Cardinals third receiver with Jaron Brown out and his passing over Michael Floyd. He had 84 yards against the Seahawks and 79 and two touchdowns against the Panthers as the team’s third option. Those numbers would suggest Nelson is the team’s No. 2, but the designation doesn’t matter when Carson Palmer is clicking and making all three receivers valuable.
Robert Woods, BUF (11%) – Woods has his best game of the season Monday night, and there is reason for hope. Woods has struggled to stay healthy, but when on the field, he’s flashed upside with an 89-yard game against the Patroits and an 11-point outing against the 49ers. The Bills are on a bye in Week 10 but have a nice schedule the rest of the way.
Brian Quick, LA (10%) – Not only is Quick WR40 on the year, he has at least 48 receiving yards every week since Week 3. While that isn’t a week-winning number, it shows his terrific consistency. Quick also has at least eight PPR points in each of those games with three of 13-plus. Don’t overlook Quick as a stable presence for your flex spot, especially in a matchup with the Jets.
Dontrelle Inman, SD (4%) – Inman has six, seven and nine targets the last three games with 58, 72 and 56 yards. As with Quick, you’re not sprinting to the wire to grab Inman, but if you’re in a deep league and in need of receiver help, Inman is a solid presence and has been seeing more snaps than Travis Benjamin.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups TEs
Should Have Picked Them Up:Eric Ebron, DET; Dennis Pitta, BAL; Zach Miller, CHI
Lance Kendricks, LA (15%) – Need tight end help? How about a player with 14.4, 12.5 and 16.0 PPR points over the last three games? Kendricks also has 29 targets and 17 receptions in those games, showing that he’s become a focus of the Rams’ passing game.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU (11%) – Fiedorowicz has been up and down, quite literally in each of the last five weeks: 10.8, 6.1, 14.5, 3.5, 10.3. Not coincidentally, Fiedorowicz has a touchdown in each of those double-digit games with the two weak games coming in Minnesota and in Denver. I think we can excuse him a bit considering those matchups. The Texans have a friendlier matchup coming out of their bye, as they head to Jacksonville. He’s another underrated play at the tight end position.