Week 10 Waiver Wire: Worthy Pickups to Be Had out There
Thank goodness for non-bye weeks, right? Or, maybe not.
Injuries are still a huge factor this year and have affected some of the best players in the league. But even though these things can suck the life right out of your team, you deal with them and move on because, hey, this is fantasy football—not fantasy badminton.
Hopefully you stashed a little depth on your squad that you can just plug right in there—but what if you didn't?
This is where the all-important waiver wire comes in handy, and why you need to know exactly who is worth picking up and who you can safely drop.
At this point, most of the players on lists such as these are guys who are highly unlikely to be available, but may have been dropped in your league for whatever reason or are simply out there on the wire by sheer chance.
Roy Helu Jr., RB (Washington Redskins)
Helu secured the starting job for the rest of the season with his play against the 49ers on Sunday.
Tashard Choice will get into the mix at practice this week, but not only will it take him a little time to learn the playbook and get used to his new teammates but he's also dealing with an injury.
And, quite frankly, he just isn't that good.
I think the Redskins might realize they simply aren't going anywhere at this point, so watch for them to start getting their youngsters more involved on both offense and defense.
Oh, and Ryan Torain can safely be dropped at this point.
Kevin Smith, RB (Detroit Lions)
This one is simply a flier, as the Lions just signed him on again with Jahvid Best's status being unknown for the time being.
Smith showed a lot of heart and adequate skill during his rookie campaign with the Lions back in 2008, but serious knee and shoulder injuries knocked him out of football the next couple seasons after that.
He probably won't have much of a role, but if you have RB problems, have room on your bench and are looking to take a chance on someone, Smith may be your guy.
Laurent Robinson, WR (Dallas Cowboys)
With Miles Austin injuring his hamstring yet AGAIN (although it was the other hammy this time) and likely out 2-4 weeks, Robinson will be bumped up into the starting role opposite Dez Bryant to immediately become a viable starting fantasy option as a WR3.
By the way, if you've been watching Dallas games lately and noticed just how well Laurent has been playing, know that it just might have something to do with the fact that he attended Larry Fitzgerald's Wide Receivers Camp during this past offseason.
Both Sidney Rice and Dwayne Bowe attended Fitz's camp after disappointing starts to their careers and look at what happened with them...
Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore, WRs (Oakland Raiders)
For whatever reason, both of these receivers started for the Raiders this past weekend while Darrius Heyward-Bey stood on the sidelines for most of the game.
Moore had a team-leading 12 targets and Ford had six, while T.J. Houshmandzadeh (4) and Chaz Schilens (2) both came away with more targets than DHB (1).
With everything the Raiders gave up to get Carson Palmer, you can bet they will cater to whatever he wants out on the field—and it looks like he wants both Moore and Ford out there instead of Heyward-Bey.
Austin Pettis, WR (St. Louis Rams)
Fellow rookie WR Greg Salas had been working out of the slot for the Rams over the past few weeks and was doing quite well.
However, Salas will now be out for the year after fracturing his left fibula in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game.
His injury—though unfortunate because he was playing so well—opens the door for Austin Pettis, who actually caught four balls on five targets for 43 yards after Salas went down.
With as much as Sam Bradford checks down to his slot guy, Pettis is as good of a waiver add as anybody at this point, especially for those playing in PPR leagues.
Leonard Hankerson, WR (Washington Redskins)
Hankerson was highly regarded going into the 2011 NFL Draft and is just now getting a good look from the Redskins. The combination of coach Shanahan stating that Anthony Armstrong will no longer have a chance to start and Hankerson being on the field for all but ONE snap on Sunday, it looks like the rookie is here to stay.
John Beck is NOT a very good quarterback, so Hankerson won't have much of a chance to be fantasy relevant while he's in there.
However, I'm guessing the Redskins go back to Grossman sometime very soon—a move that would make a deep threat like L-Hank worth a flier at this point.
Jacob Tamme, TE (Indianapolis Colts)
This one is only if you are desperate at the tight end position since Dallas Clark wasn't doing squat this season up until his possible season-ending leg injury this past Sunday.
Tamme came into the game and ended up leading the team in targets (7), but only caught two balls for six yards on the day.
He did, however, do well filling in for Clark last season when he went down, so you never know.
Players at Each Position Worth a Look in Deeper Leagues
QB: Carson Palmer (Oakland Raiders)
RB: Chris Ivory (New Orleans Saints)
WR: Vincent Brown (San Diego Chargers)
TE: Anthony Fasano (Miami Dolphins)
K: Phil Dawson (Cleveland Browns)
Defense: Miami Dolphins