With Week 10 of the NFL season approaching, it’s time to lock down some solid waiver wire picks that can either help you make a postseason push or provide the extra firepower needed to win a championship.
If you haven’t been playing waivers in a few weeks, it’s certainly time to do so again, as a number of productive offensive performers have emerged following Week 9’s slate of games.
Let’s take a look at some of the hottest names on the wire and identify a few that you should put in a claim for.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks rookie signal-caller hasn’t exactly been the model of consistency during the 2012 campaign, but he’s certainly a worthy backup in fantasy—especially when playing at home.
When starting at CenturyLink Field, the former Wisconsin standout is 57-of-92 passing for 747 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s remarkably yet to throw an interception in front of the home crowd.
Things are a bit rougher out on the road, as Wilson is just 88-of-142 for 892 yards and four touchdowns, along with eight interceptions.
In a solid home victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the 23-year-old QB finished 16-of-24 for 173 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers. His running back, Marshawn Lynch, once again went absolute beast mode, but Wilson has shown nothing short of excellent production at home and is a worthwhile addition to almost any fantasy team.
It’s certainly worth plucking Wilson off of waivers if you haven’t had much luck with your starter or need a bye-week replacement.
Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders
Myers has had a sneaky-good season as the Raiders' pass-catching tight end, but the fourth-year man could not find the end zone during the team’s first seven games.
Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that all changed. The former Iowa Hawkeye hauled in eight receptions on 13 targets for 59 yards, and he added his first two career touchdowns in the process.
The breakout player is now up to 39 catches for 442 yards and two scores on the year, outperforming many of the “name brand” tight ends in the league.
If you aren’t pleased with the scoring output from your tight end, Myers is easily the best available in most leagues.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
The Lions running game stole the show in Week 9, and although Mikel Leshoure was the main scoring threat, Bell put together quite a nice week for himself and the few owners that took a chance on him.
Is Bell worth a waiver claim?
He had 13 carries for 73 yards and a TD, plus he made PPR players happy with three catches for 36 yards. At this juncture, he’s the clear backup to Leshoure and should only get more touches as long as the Lions keep improving and stop playing from behind.
There’s a good chance he racks up a ton of receptions and a hearty amount of rushing attempts as well, so those owners that need a running back (especially in PPR formats) must file a claim.