Week 10 Waiver Wire: Must Have Pickups for Playoff Push

Zach KruseSenior Analyst INovember 5, 2012

Week 10 Waiver Wire: Must Have Pickups for Playoff Push

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    Finding that one plug-and-play option on the fantasy football waiver wire can be the difference between a playoff push and a late-season failure. Luckily, we're here to guide you through the Week 10 waiver wire. 

    In the following slides, we'll break down five of the top waiver-wire options for the coming week. 

    Included in the bunch is a smart bye-week play for Eli Manning, one-third of a running attack in Pittsburgh, two forgotten receivers and a tight end who finally found paydirt Sunday.

    We'll start with the quarterback everyone loves to hate. 

QB Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

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    Love Carson Palmer or hate him, it's time to get on board with his fantasy production.

    While not every week will see Palmer throwing for four touchdowns and more than 400 yards, he has been one of the more consistent fantasy quarterbacks in 2012. In fact, only once—during a Week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos—has Palmer failed to crack 14 or more fantasy points. 

    His average points per week (after scoring 28 Sunday) is now more than 17. Palmer is a borderline top-15 fantasy quarterback this season. 

    And here's the kicker: Any owner with Eli Manning, who has a bye in Week 11, should get Palmer now. The Raiders face the historically-awful Saints defense in two weeks, which makes Palmer a perfect one-week stop gap for Manning owners. 

RB Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers' three-headed backfield is a difficult bunch to get figured out. 

    Each of the three—Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall—have battled injuries, but each also has at least one productive fantasy performance this season, too. 

    Redman is just the latest productive back, which makes him a ride-the-hot-hand kind of pick up for Week 10. The Steelers got 147 yards and a score from Redman with Dwyer and Mendenhall sidelined Sunday in New York. 

    You'll have to closely monitor practice trends and injury reports from week to week, but Redman is worth a look if you're in need at the running back position. 

WR Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

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    Brian Hartline is still owned in almost 70 percent of ESPN leagues, but he's been among the most dropped players in each of the last three weeks. It's time now to get back on the Hartline train. 

    The Miami Dolphins' No. 1 receiver caught eight passes for 107 yards Sunday in Indianapolis, and the matchups coming up are certainly tasty. Games against Tennessee, Buffalo and New England over the next four games should mean Hartline continues producing at a top level over the fantasy stretch run. 

    Not everyone will have the chance to get him now, but Hartline is a receiver who should be close to 100 percent owned by the start of Week 10. 

TE Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders

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    Finally, Brandon Myers got his breakout game Sunday. 

    Despite being one of the more consistently targeted (37) and consistently productive (31 catches, 383 yards) tight ends over the first eight weeks, Myers finally got into the end zone against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9. In fact, he scored twice on his way to his top fantasy scoring day of 2012. 

    Myers' numbers now stand at 50 targets, 39 catches, 442 yards and two scores this season. 

    Considering he's owned in just seven percent of ESPN leagues, Myers will be available for many owners (Jermichael Finley owners, maybe?) to snatch on the waiver wire. 

WR Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams

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    Forget about Danny Amendola? Don't fret, you're certainly not the only fantasy owner who sent him packing earlier this season. But now is the time to get him back on your roster. 

    Owned in just 44 percent of ESPN leagues, Amendola (clavicle) is likely to be back for the St. Louis Rams in Week 10. If he's playing, targets and receptions are sure to follow. 

    Consider over the Rams' first four games, Amendola averaged over 12 targets and close to eight receptions a game. He'll return to the slot, where he does the majority of his damage, come Week 10. 

    And while the matchups aren't exactly pretty (49ers, Jets, Cardinals and 49ers over the next four), Sam Bradford will find a way to get Amendola the necessary looks. Get him while you still can.