Fantasy Football: Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 10
With the exception of Saints running back Darren Sproles, there is no running back with more receptions or receiving yards than San Diego's Ronnie Brown heading into Week 10.
On the season, Brown has 32 receptions for 292 yards, but he has yet to score a touchdown. In his seven games, Brown has at least three receptions every week.
Three of his four games with five-plus receptions have occurred in the past four weeks. During that four-game span, Brown has 20 receptions for 190 yards.
Brown, who is owned in only 11 percent of Yahoo! leagues, was on last week's waiver-wire list, and he is still worth adding, especially by folks in point-per-reception (PPR) leagues.
That said, you won't see him on my waiver-wire list below.
Players who appear on this waiver-wire list need to satisfy two criteria: (1) they are owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) they were not on last week's waiver-wire list. And, of course, they are worth adding to your squad(s).
Here are some other players to consider adding to your roster (Yahoo! league ownership in parenthesis).
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (Owned in 49 Percent of Yahoo! Leagues)
If you own Aaron Rodgers or Robert Griffin III, both of whom are on bye this week, and need a one-week fill-in, Fitzpatrick has a favorable matchup against the Patriots in Week 10. Only five teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Pats.
Fitzpatrick has zero touchdown passes in three of his past four games, but those matchups were against tough pass defenses: 49ers, Cardinals and Texans. Fitzpatrick has thrown multiple passing touchdowns in all other games this season, including a season-high four scores in his first matchup against the Patriots (Week 4).
RBs Marcel Reece and Taiwan Jones, Raiders (Six and Two Percent, Respectively)
Both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson left Sunday's game with high-ankle sprains, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Depending on how long those backs are out, if at all, the other backs on the team find themselves with a stretch of favorable matchups coming up.
The Raiders face rushing defenses ranked in bottom half of the NFL in their next four games: Ravens (28th), Saints (32nd), Bengals (17th) and Browns (26th).
Especially in PPR formats, Reece is worth adding. Reece had eight receptions for 95 yards and a score on Sunday, but he has 18 receptions for 208 yards over the team's past four games. Although he has only one rush attempt this season, that may change depending on the status of McFadden and Goodson.
Jones is the other healthy back on the roster, which means he could get work by default. Like Reece, Jones has only one carry this season, but he also has only one reception.
RB Vick Ballard, Colts (34 Percent)
Although Donald Brown was active last week, he was less than 100 percent, and Ballard got the majority of work against the Dolphins. Ballard finished with 98 yards from scrimmage (60 rushing and 38 receiving).
Even when Brown is at full strength, it's possible that Ballard has earned himself a timeshare with the former collegiate rushing champion. That said, the Colts play on Thursday night and Brown did not practice on Tuesday, which may not bode well for Brown's status in Week 10.
RB James Starks, Packers (13 Percent)
For the first time this season, Starks led the team in carries (17) and rushing (61 yards). While Alex Green had 20-plus carries in each of the previous three games, he finished with only 11 carries.
Going forward, Starks is at least as good of an option as Green, although the Packers have their bye in Week 10.
WR Justin Blackmon, Jaguars (22 Percent)
Blackmon, the two-time Biletnikoff Award winner, was one of the most prolific receivers ever in college football and the first receiver selected in the 2012 NFL draft. Before signing his rookie deal with the Jags, Blackmon was arrested for DUI and got his pro career off to a shaky start.
Ineffective for much of the first half of the regular season, Blackmon has strung together his two best fantasy performances in back-to-back weeks. During that span, he has nine receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown.
WR T.Y. Hilton, Colts (10 Percent)
For the second time this season, Hilton had a 100-yard game and scored a touchdown. Hilton finished with a season-high six receptions last week and has at least five receptions in back-to-back games.
While he has three or less fantasy points in all games other than his two big weeks, the Colts have a favorable matchup against the Jaguars on Thursday night. The Jaguars have allowed 255.5 yards per game, which ranks them 25th in the league.
WR Jeremy Kerley, Jets (48 Percent)
Kerley has appeared on this list earlier in the season, but he is still owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues, and he is worth owning in 12-team leagues. Over his past four games, Kerley has 20 receptions for 281 yards.
WR Danario Alexander, Chargers (One Percent)
With the disappointing Robert Meachem out last week, Alexander started and was productive against the Chiefs. He finished the game with three receptions for 61 yards. Considering Meachem has reached 60 receiving yards only once this season, Alexander should continue to get snaps and targets whether Meachem and/or Eddie Royal are active or not.
WR Ryan Broyles, Lions (14 Percent)
Since the injury to Nate Burleson in Week 7, Broyles has 12 receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns. In leagues that use PPR scoring, Broyles has double-digit fantasy points in three consecutive games.
While Calvin Johnson and Titus Young may produce more fantasy points for the remainder of the season, Broyles should consistently put up solid production as well with Burleson out.
TE Scott Chandler, Bills (35 Percent)
The tight end on last week's waiver-wire list, Brandon Myers, scored twice against the Bucs. Could the same happen for this week's waiver-wire tight end?
Chandler has not scored in four consecutive games, but he had two scores the last time he found the end zone. His opponent that week was the Patriots—Buffalo's opponent this week, as noted above.
Players from Last Week's List
Carson Palmer, Darryl Richardson, Daniel Thomas, Joique Bell, Ronnie Brown, Ronnie Hillman, Kendall Wright, Davone Bess, Cecil Shorts, Brandon Myers
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