Week 10 Waiver Wire: This Week's Best Available Options
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Now is the time to search your fantasy football waiver wire for some pickups that might help you make the playoffs.
You might find some players like Roy Helu of the Washington Redskins, Connor Barth of the Tampa Bay Bucs or Kendall Hunter of the San Francisco 49ers.
At this time of year, when numerous players have moved to the Injured Reserve list, the waiver wire can look awfully bare. However, some digging might produce a little help for your team.
In order to make this list, the player must be available in at least 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
I wish you good hunting and good luck in making your league's playoffs!
Wide Receiver Michael Jenkins
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Michael Jenkins leads the Minnesota Vikings in both pass reception yards as well as pass reception touchdowns.
As Christian Ponder becomes more comfortable in his role as starting quarterback, Jenkins' numbers should improve.
Just don't expect this to start this week against the Green Bay Packers.
Jenkins is available in almost 70 percent of Yahoo! leagues. There is a good chance his production for the remainder of the year will be better than a wide receiver currently sitting on your bench.
Tight End Delanie Walker
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OK, I know that the San Francisco 49ers have another good tight end in Vernon Davis.
So why am I suggesting you consider Delanie Walker?
Well, let me answer that question with another question. Does your backup tight end have three touchdown receptions?
Since the answer is probably no, you should take a look at Walker.
There is the additional benefit that the 49ers might wrap up a first-round bye in the playoffs by Week 16.
If that happens, they might not play all their regulars for the full 60 minutes. So backups like Walker might see a lot of action during your league's championship Sunday.
Kicker Connor Barth
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Connor Barth of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been very accurate this year.
He has made 16 of his 18 field-goal attempts.
Add to this an offense that can get bogged down in the red zone, and you have a kicker that you want on your team.
Running Back Roy Helu
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The Washington Redskins have figured out how to get John Beck to complete passes.
He just needs to make short throws to his running back Roy Helu.
The combination worked well this week, as Helu caught 14 passes.
With the scarcity of productive running backs available, you should snatch up Helu now, if it is not too late in your league.
Running Back Kendall Hunter
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Kendall Hunter of the San Francisco 49ers would be a good pickup.
He can generate points by rushing, pass receiving and kick returns.
With the heavy load that Frank Gore carries, it is possible that he could get a little worn down.
If the 49ers clinch a good playoff birth early, they might want to keep Gore fresh for the playoffs. This would result in more touches for Hunter during your league's playoff weeks.
Wide Receiver Jacoby Ford
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Jacoby Ford of the Oakland Raiders might evolve as Carson Palmer's favorite target.
This week, he had five catches, over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown.
He might prove to be more valuable than a wide receiver riding your bench.
Safety Antoine Bethea
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Safeties on bad teams get to make a lot of tackles.
Antoine Bethea of the Indianapolis Colts fits the bill.
He could be involved in 10 tackles per game for the rest of the season.
Defensive Lineman Jason Pierre-Paul
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Jason Pierre-Paul was a first-round draft pick of the New York Giants last year.
So far this year, he has recorded 10 sacks, which puts him third in the league.
If your league gives decent points for sacks, you might want to take a look at Pierre-Paul.
Although the Giants have a challenging schedule over the next month or so, that should not really impact his fantasy stats.
Linebacker Paul Posluszny
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Bad teams usually have a low time of possession, so their defense is on the field for a lot of plays.
Their middle linebackers get to make a lot of tackles.
Paul Posluszny, a product of the Penn State linebacker factory, finds himself in that very position.
You can could count on him to be involved in eight or more tackles per game for the Jacksonville Jaguars for the remainder of the season.
Wide Receiver Eric Weems
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This last one is really just a hunch.
Eric Weems of the Atlanta Falcons ran back two kick returns during the regular season last year.
He also ran one back in the playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
So far this year, he has not recorded a return for a touchdown. The hunch is that he will get hot and give you a few long returns during your league's playoff weeks.
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