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Fantasy Football Week 10: First Look at Best Waiver Wire Pickups This Week

Elliott PohnlFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 10: First Look at Best Waiver Wire Pickups This Week

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    Fantasy football Week 10 is here and features plenty of players worth taking a long look at.

    Among the unlikely heroes in Week 9, few stood above Raiders rookie Jacoby Ford.

    The speedster returned a kickoff for a touchdown, but it was his exploits as a receiver that helped the Raiders beat the Chiefs.

    With Oakland desperately looking for a big-play threat in the passing game, Ford should get plenty of run in the coming weeks.

    Elsewhere, several young players stepped in for the ailing Colts in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

    Jacob Tamme caught another touchdown pass, and Javarris James ran for a pair of scores with both Joesph Addai and Mike Hart sidelined.

    Here's a closer look at 20 waiver wire pickups you need to make in Week 10.

No. 20: LaRod Stephens-Howling

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: four

    Week 10: vs. Seattle

    You probably won't need to consider Stephens-Howling unless you are in a very deep league, but he is an interesting player to watch down the stretch.

    Beanie Wells played sparingly in Week 9 as he continues to deal with injuries, and Tim Hightower has been a disappointment this season.

    That could open the door for the speedy Stephens-Howling to get involved in the offense.

No. 19: Troy Smith

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: seven

    Week 10: vs. St. Louis

    Mike Singletary hasn't announced if Alex Smith is ready to return following the bye, but don't be surprised if he gives Troy Smith another start Sunday.

    After managing the offense to help the Niners finally get a win in Week 8, the former Heisman Trophy winner has a chance to put up respectable numbers against the Rams.

    If you need a quarterback this week, Troy Smith isn't a bad option.

    Singletary will likely be secretive about which quarterback will be under center, so be prepared to have some flexibility with your lineup.

No. 18: Randy McMichael

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: four

    Week 10: bye

    McMichael caught a pair of touchdowns in Week 9 to put himself on the fantasy radar.

    With Antonio Gates expected to return following the bye, the big tight end probably won't be in the starting lineup in Week 11.

    There's a good chance Gates will be hampered by his foot problem all season long, meaning McMichael could get more targets in the Chargers' potent offense.

No. 17: Colt McCoy

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: seven

    Week 10: vs. New York Jets

    McCoy's magical run as the starting quarterback continued Sunday, when he rushed for a touchdown to help the Browns blowout Tom Brady and the visiting Patriots.

    With the Jets coming to town this week, McCoy isn't a great play in Week 10.

    That doesn't mean he wouldn't be a nice insurance policy for fantasy owners heading down the stretch this season.

No. 16: Jordy Nelson

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: six

    Week 10: bye

    With Donald Driver struggling with age and injuries, Nelson is looking like a potential sleeper down the stretch.

    He will have to fight for balls with fellow receiver James Jones, but Nelson could be a nice option in deep leagues.

No. 15: Jacoby Ford

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    Percentage Owned In CBS Leagues: three

    Week 10: bye

    Ford's chances of seeing the field got a whole lot better Sunday following a performance for the ages.

    Incredibly, the rookie became just the second player in league history to total 140 receiving yards and 150 return yards in the same game.

    With a bye in Week 10, regular starter Louis Murphy should have a chance to recover and get back on the field.

    Murphy's presence will limit Ford's targets, but he should have decent value in deep leagues down the stretch.

    If he has one more strong game, snatch him up in a hurry.

No. 14: Earl Bennett

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: one

    Week 10: vs. Minnesota

    Bennett has been a huge disappointment so far in Chicago, but he showed some signs in Week 9 against the Bills.

    After catching four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown, Bennett could have value going forward this season.

    With Mark Martz still hating the idea of running the ball, the former Vanderbilt star is worth a look in deep leagues.

No. 13: Mike Goodson

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: one

    Week 10: at Tampa Bay

    Carolina fans have been hoping for a chance to see Goodson get some carries, and they should finally get their wish in Week 10.

    Injuries to DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and even Tyrell Sutton leave Goodson as the lone healthy back.

    Carolina might be starting a third-string rookie at Tampa Sunday, so Goodson should get plenty of carries.

    He has enough potential to be worth a look in deep leagues.

No. 12: Michael Jenkins

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: 10

    Week 10: vs. Baltimore (Thursday Night)

    Thanks to Roddy White's knee injury, Jenkins got the chance to step up in Week 9.

    He was targeted five times by Matt Ryan, but finished with just two catches for 55 yards in Atlanta's win over Tampa Bay.

    Jenkins will get every chance to show what he can do as the Falcons search for a valuable No. 2 option on the outside.

No. 11: Nate Burleson

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: 22

    Week 10: at Buffalo

    Burleson hauled in a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Jets and should continue to get looks opposite of Calvin Johnson.

    Much of his value going forward hinges on the health of Matthew Stafford's ailing right shoulder.

    If Stafford is able to return, Burleson looks like a solid flex option in deep leagues.

No. 10: Rob Gronkowski

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: 20

    Week 10: at Pittsburgh

    Thanks in part to the trade of Randy Moss, Gronkowski has gotten more targets in recent weeks.

    The rookie hauled in four catches for 47 yards in Week 9, but also lost a fumble and misplayed a kickoff.

    Although his fellow rookie Aaron Hernandez gets most of the attention, Gronkowski has been the more productive tight end in the red zone this season.

    His value should continue to grow on a weekly basis.

No. 9: Bo Scaife

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: 10

    Week 10: at Miami

    The arrival of Randy Moss could signal an increase in production for several Titans, including Bo Scaife.

    The massive tight end doesn't get many targets, but he is a nice option in the red zone.

    Don't be surprised if Scaife catches a scoring pass in Week 10.

No. 8: Blair White

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: four

    Week 10: vs. Cincinnati

    White got plenty of action Sunday after Austin Collie went down with a concussion, and responded with decent production.

    The rookie caught three passes for 42 yards from Peyton Manning.

    He could see an even bigger role if Collie is forced to miss time.

    With the depleted Bengals' secondary coming to town in Week 10, White would be a great edition for fantasy owners looking for a spark.

No. 7: Tony Moeaki

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: 59

    Week 10: at Denver

    Following a college career plagued by injuries, Moeaki has been a revelation as a rookie.

    The tight end was targeted nine times in Sunday's loss to the Raiders, hauling in six catches for 63 yards and nearly recording his third touchdown of the season.

    The Broncos defense is very vulnerable, so look for another big performance from Moeaki in Week 10.

No. 6: Bernard Berrian

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: 13

    Week 10: at Chicago

    Berrian matched his season total with nine receptions in Minnesota's comeback win Sunday, including a big catch to set up Ryan Longwell's game-winning kick in overtime.

    With Sidney Rice still not ready to return, Berrian could be worth a look in the next couple of weeks.

    The overpaid wide receiver could be a nice pickup for fantasy owners down the stretch.

No. 5: Seyi Ajirotutu

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: six

    Week 10: bye

    The Chargers have a bye this week, but it would be a good idea to take a long look at Ajirotutu.

    Going from the practice squad to the starting lineup, he caught four passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns against Houston in Week 9.

    With a tremendous amount of physical skill, the rookie out of Fresno State should get plenty of chances to catch on as the season continues.

    Ajirotutu looks like a legitimate big-play threat and a player who could provide fantasy owners with a spark.

No. 4: Donald Brown

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: 72

    Week 10: vs. Cincinnati

    It's amazing more fantasy owners haven't given up on Brown this season.

    He finally got on the field Sunday and responded with decent production, finishing with 50 yards rushing and 47 yards receiving.

    Although Javarris James ran for two touchdowns in the game, Brown is clearly the better fantasy option at this point.

No. 3: James Jones

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: 31

    Week 10: bye

    Jones doesn't play this week, but it might be a good idea to act before it's too late.

    We predicted big things from him in Week 9, and he didn't disappoint, catching eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.

    He also let another potential touchdown slip through his hands.

    With Donald Driver on the decline and Jermichael Finley done for the season, Jones looks like a nice option for fantasy owners.

No. 2: Jacob Tamme

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: 90

    Week 10: vs. Cincinnati

    Tamme has caught touchdowns in the last two games and clearly has become one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets.

    Manning threw his way an astounding 17 times in the loss to the Eagles Sunday.

    He isn't the vertical threat that Dallas Clark is, but Tamme has good hands and should be a productive player for the remainder of the season.

    Make a move quickly before it's too late.

No. 1: David Garrard

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    Percentage Owned in CBS Leagues: 48

    Week 10: vs. Houston

    The ultimate scrap-heap QB, Garrard is coming off the best game of his career against the Cowboys and faces the other horrendous secondary from the state of Texas Sunday.

    With Mike Sims-Walker and Marcedes Lewis leading the way, the Jags are no longer just about running the football.

    Don't be afraid to plug Garrard into your lineup over the traditional big names in Week 10.

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