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.


19 Responses

  1. nick says:

    charles clay or michael rivera for week 10

  2. Norman says:

    Keenan. I just proposed Keenan for Wallace

  3. Norman says:

    PPR, who would you rather have ROS, Allen or Wayne?

  4. Norman says:

    12 Team PPR, I need to stream a QB this week with Luck on a bye. Priority: Sanchez, Carr (?), Bortles, Davis? 10th on waives, clearly Sanchez is my 1st pick but I kind of doubt he’ll fall to me. Anyone else you’d consider, slim pickens…

  5. Andy says:

    Jeff…need some advice on a potential trade.

    My team (12 team league, PPR):
    QB: Foles, RG3, Tannehill
    RB: Foster, Lacy, J.Hill, A.Williams, J.Gray, Sproles
    WR: A.Brown, Jeffrey, S.Watkins, Garcon
    TE: Olsen

    I’m in 2nd place right now. Obviously, with Foles and Foster going down this week, I lose two key positions. Hopefully Foster recovers during the bye and he’s good to go in week 11. Foles will be dropped when waivers process tomorrow morning. So here’s my question…can I trust a Tannehill/RG3 streaming combo for the rest of the season? Also, if Foster can’t get back to form, I’m without a major piece of my 140 PPG that I’ve been averaging.

    Antonio Brown is arguably the best WR in FF right now (PPR especially). I still have his bye week to worry about. What are your thoughts on this trade:

    Brown and an RB (not Lacy or Foster)
    Philip Rivers, Ryan Mathews and Randall Cobb

    The guy with Rivers has Rodgers as his starter so he doesn’t really need him. Mathews has been out but could contribute if Foster can’t after the bye this week. I downgrade at WR, but upgrade at QB and add some depth to my RB spot. Thoughts? Also, which RB is the most attractive to include in the deal?


    • Ben says:

      Why do you have 3 QBS? Is this a 2 QB league?

      You would be fine with starting Lacy and Hill this week if Foster does not play and flex a WR. Pretty sure Foster will play. Brown Jeffrey and flex Watkins if Foster does not play.

      • Andy says:

        I picked up Tannehill for Foles’ bye and picked up RG3 as a streaming option and possible playoff QB. WAS has a good schedule to end the season. Waiver wire is way picked over, so I’m not losing out on much rostering 3 QBs. Foles will be dropped tomorrow anyway, so I’m back to 2 QBs.

    • Jeff says:

      It sounds like Foster should be ok after the bye and I dont think RG3/Tanny duo is too bad at all. I would hold onto Brown and ride it out.

  6. zach says:

    Trying to decide whether any of my quality bench players (Rainey, Torrey Smith) are worth dropping for Peterson in light on the plea bargain news… you have any thoughts on whether he might play this season in week 11 or beyond?

    • Jeff says:

      I don’t really know anything significant here, but it sounds like he is worth snagging. I’d make room for him if you think he can be picked up.

  7. Ben says:

    Picking up Rivera for Gronk this week, but would you drop Jonas Gray(RB4) or Ryan Matthews(hoping for eventual RB3).

  8. Elliott says:

    Is Vernon Davis droppable, for Charles Clay? He is currently the only TE on my roster, and I was going to pick up Rudolph to stash too.

  9. Yariel Rivera says:

    Would you use a #1 waiver claim on West?

    • Warren says:

      Yes. If in need of a back this week like me.

    • Joe says:

      I wouldn’t. Not until there’s a clear winner in the CLE backfield, which no one can figure out. Ben Tate isn’t going away until he’s injured. I’d save the #1 waiver, assuming you keep #1 if you don’t use it, for a RB that becomes relevant due to an injury, someone like Hyde, Starks, Davis, etc.

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