Waiver Wire Madness: Week 10
November 3, 2014 | Jeff
There weren’t any fantastic quarterback performances that came out of the blue in Week 9, so the likely available options in your league(s) are essentially going to be the pile of weekly streaming options you’ve been picking through for weeks anyhow. Robert Griffin III (Owned: 50% Yahoo, 40% ESPN) deserves a look still, although he is on bye in Week 10. RGIII is likely the best option on the wire in most leagues but if you’re going that route, you’re better off streaming on a weekly basis. Mark Sanchez (Owned: 4% Yahoo, 1% ESPN) will now take over for Nick Foles in Philadelphia, and is better left for deep leagues or 2QB leaguers.
Bobby Rainey (Owned: 46% Yahoo, 43% ESPN) and rookie Charles Sims (Owned: 25% Yahoo, 30% ESPN) are worth a look with Doug Martin nursing an ankle injury. Rainey was solid in Week 9 (121 total yards on 20 touches), but I would venture to guess that Tampa Bay will give the rookie Sims a shot at a large workload at some point down the stretch. The Bucs running game hasn’t been a great spot for fantasy production this season anyhow, so take the upside and grab Sims and see what he is capable of in the next few weeks.
We covered Terrance West (Owned: 23% Yahoo, 31% ESPN) a bit in our Week 9 Recap, but this guy is now looking like the lead dog in Cleveland’s backfield. West split carries with Ben Tate in Week 9 but was far more productive with his opportunities and has left fellow rookie running back Isaiah Crowell in his dust for the time being. With how this situation has unfolded so far in 2014, I wouldn’t cut Tate or Crowell quite yet but it does look like West is the best bet at the moment.
Tre Mason (Owned: 37% Yahoo, 49% ESPN) distanced himself from the rest of the sluggish pack in St. Louis in Week 9, leading Rams backs with 19 carries. Zac Stacy is a thing of the past and didn’t get any run in Week 9 and Benny Cunningham looks to be securely entrenched as the team’s third down back. Mason is the guy to own and although he won’t be an overly exciting weekly play, he deserves to be 100% owned at this point.
With Arian Foster injuring his groin on Sunday (shocker special), Alfred Blue (Owned: 12% Yahoo, 7% ESPN) needs to be snagged for those who want a nice preemptive pickup. Houston is on bye in Week 10, but Blue could be in line to start if Foster sits out in Week 11. If you have some bench space and the above running backs are taken, Blue wouldn’t be a bad waste of a roster spot.
Allen Hurns (Owned: 14% Yahoo, % ESPN) looks tempting after putting up a seven catch, 112 yard, two score performance in Week 9 but his weekly output is a bit sporadic. Hurns received 11 targets in Week 5 and nine targets in Week 9, but had just 10 total targets and six total catches between those weeks. Don’t waste a waiver priority or much FAAB on him this week, as I’d still rather own Cecil Shorts and Allen Robinson in Jacksonville.
Mike Evans (Owned: 60% Yahoo, 32% ESPN) is unowned in FAR too many leagues and was a monster in Week 9. If Evans is on your waiver wire, this is the Week 10 pickup of choice. Go get him, pronto.
Another two touchdown performance was turned in by rookie Martavis Bryant (Owned: 42% Yahoo, % ESPN), who is enjoying Ben Roethlisberger’s recent touchdown binge. Bryant now has five touchdowns in three career games and should be added where possible as we head into Week 10.
One more rookie to watch out for is Philadelphia’s Jordan Matthews (Owned: 18% Yahoo, % ESPN). Matthews snagged a touchdown in Week 9 after being targeted 11 times in Week 8. You could do far worse for a bye week fill-in.
Mychal Rivera (Owned: 2% Yahoo, 2% ESPN) was the most notable performer from the waiver wire crowd, as he snagged eight of 11 targets and scored two touchdowns. The targets are coming lately for Rivera, who has been thrown to 20 times over the last two weeks, but he is only averaging 8.1 yards per catch over that time. His upside is touchdown dependent, as most deep tight end options are, but at least he is getting some looks recently. Grab him if you’re desperate.
Charles Clay (Owned: 43% Yahoo, 20% ESPN) is probably the best available option for folks looking outside of the streaming tight end realm. Clay hasn’t been a standout yet this season but has found the end zone in two of his last three games. With Ryan Tannehill playing well, Clay is worth a start in a pinch.