Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Marcel Reece and Top Week 10 Pickups
It's the 10th week of the 2012 NFL season, which means that the fantasy football season has entered the playoff push in earnest, with some teams cruising right along while others fight and claw on a weekly basis in an effort to make it to fantasy's second season.
Whether you're 8-1 and lead your fantasy league in total points or 4-5 and can't afford to take another loss, every fantasy owner should be looking for ways to make his or her team better, and in an effort to do just that, here's a look at the top waiver-wire pickups for Week 10.
Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland Raiders
It was a great day for a running back in Oakland on Sunday.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, that running back played for their opponent.
As Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was racking up over 250 yards and four scores on the ground, the Raiders watched in consternation as first starter Darren McFadden and then backup Mike Goodson went down with ankle injuries.
The Week 10 status of those backs is very much up in the air, but if they aren't available when the Raiders travel to face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11, then Taiwan Jones and Marcel Reece would likely split carries in the Oakland backfield.
Of the two, Reece would be the preferable fantasy option, especially in PPR leagues, because as the fourth-year fullback has shown with 12 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown over the past three games, he's a more than capable receiver.
Add in 8-10 carries on the ground and the goal-line work, and you have a serviceable bye week or injury replacement.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills
At first glance, it may seem strange that I'm advocating Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as a waiver-wire pickup at his position, especially given that he's barely averaged 200 passing yards and a touchdown over his past three games.
That is, until you look at how the eighth-year veteran has fared recently against his opponent this week.
Fitzpatrick has passed for over 300 yards in each of his last three meetings with the New England Patriots, throwing eight touchdown passes, and while he also tossed 10 interceptions in those games, that's the sort of production Robert Griffin owners would gladly take with their starter on the shelf this week.
Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
The running back position in the Steel City has been a revolving door this season, as injuries have cost Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer each playing time at some point this season.
In Week 9, with both Mendenhall and Dwyer watching from the sidelines, it was Redman that carried the load against the New York Giants.
Redman rose to the task, picking up over 150 total yards and scoring a touchdown, and while the potential for a committee attack clouds Redman's value, it's hard to argue with a fantastic matchup with a woeful Kansas City Chiefs team this week.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this season, partly because every time a player goes down for the 5-3 Colts, it seems another steps right in and picks up the slack.
Such was the case in their victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, as when wide receiver Donnie Avery exited the game with a hip injury rookie wideout T.Y. Hilton stepped in and stepped up, hauling in six passes for 102 yards and touchdown.
The extent of Avery's injury is unknown, but with a short turnaround this week before the Colts face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, it's a very real possibility that Hilton could draw the start in a top 10 fantasy matchup with the Jags.
Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders
It's not very often that the top player at a given position in fantasy football from the previous week is available on the waiver wire.
However, that's the case with tight end Brandon Myers of the Oakland Raiders, who is still available in the majority of fantasy leagues despite emerging as one of quarterback Carson Palmer's favorite checkdown targets in Oakland this season.
With that said, if Myers was a sleeper before Week 9, he's certainly awakened many fantasy owners to his presence after a huge showing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The fourth-year pro hauled in eight catches for 58 yards and two scores Sunday, and given all the inconsistency at the tight end position this year, Myers absolutely deserves a roster spot on teams that don't have the luxury of a Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham.