Fantasy Football Week 10: Waiver Wire Report

Wayne MakelaContributor INovember 14, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 18:  Mike Bell #21 and Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate after Bell scored a touchdown against the New York Giants at the Louisiana Superdome on October 18, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Giants 48-27.   (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Injuries are making it harder than ever to remain competitive in your fantasy football league. Once you heard Clinton Portis was going to be ruled out for this week, you and every other Portis owner likely scrambled for Ladell Betts, his replacement.

But now, with the way the NFL works, you're now looking for his replacement, as Betts is dealing with foot issues and is likely to be in a RBBC on Sunday if he plays.

On top of Betts, you also have Carolina's DeAngelo Williams to worry about . Even worse, if you don't have Jonathan Stewart hand-cuffed to him, waiting on your bench, then you may need to start looking for a running back, and fast.

Here is a late Week 10 waiver wire report checking in on the top five available running backs in all Yahoo! leagues, only including players available in more than 50 percent of leagues:

Chris "Beanie" Wells, Arizona Cardinals (Available in 53 Percent)

Wells isn't the starter in Arizona and the Cardinals are far away from being a run-first team, but they are inching their way closer to being more balanced.

Wells has topped 12+ carries in three of his last four games, and has racked up over 200 rushing yards during that span. He's not approaching elite status, but the touches and steady production makes for a decent Week 10 stop-gap.


Mike Bell, RB, New Orleans Saints (Available in 60 Percent)

Bell had a down week against Carolina as Drew Brees and co. dug themselves a hole and had to pass their way out of it. The three weeks prior, however, suggest that Bell should not be on the waiver wire .

In four of his other five games he's appeared in this season, Bell has managed 15+ carries, while toting the ball 12 times in the other contest. How is this guy not owned in 60 percent of leagues?


Jamal Lewis, RB, Cleveland Browns (Available in 65 Percent)

I know, I can't believe I'm promoting the slow, angry 30-year old running back, either. The former Raven will go up against his old team on Monday night this week, so there's a slight chance he'll put in some extra effort to "show them up" one last time.

Lewis has done a little more than hinted at retirement in the past couple of weeks, so it's possible we could be in for a "one last hurrah" stretch run to end the season.

He isn't an elite back by any means, and has a terrible offense supporting him, but with no less than 11 touches in every game he's played this season, he can at least serve as a Flex option if you need him in Week 10 . Yes, even against the Ravens.


Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets (Available in 69 Percent)

Greene is probably my favorite player on this list, which makes it very unusual that he's available at such a high rate.

Nothing has changed since his first major action against the Oakland Raiders two games ago. The Jets are still going to run the ball, and despite not being very successful against Miami in Week Eight, Greene's eight totes still displayed his solid role in the offense.

Expect his carries to fall somewhere in between those eight and the 19 he had in Week Seven, along with a score against a very bad Jacksonville run defense.


Ladell Betts, RB, Washington Redskins (Available in 74 Percent)

The man who inspired this article is still out there on the shelf, and is still very likely to play in Week 10. The only real concern is how he'll hold up with his foot injury, and how much of a role he'll play throughout the game.

The Denver defense can stop the run , despite getting beat by Rashard Mendenhall late last week against the Steelers, so it's not an easy match-up.

Regardless, if you went searching and the four guys before him are gone or don't entice you, then Betts could still be a respectable option. If not, here are three more risky selections that you could consider as a last-ditch resort:

Derrick Ward, LenDale White , Justin Fargas.