A few weeks ago, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was mentioned on our waiver-wire list when Felix Jones suffered a high-ankle sprain.
Even with some favorable matchups, Murray has far exceeded my (and likely everyone else's) expectations during this three-game span.
Murray, who was the Cowboys' third-round pick, has two 100-yard games, one of which set the franchise single-game rushing record. In the one game he did not go over 100 yards, Murray had 74 yards on only eight carries (9.3 yards per carry). Over these three games, Murray has a total of 466 rushing yards on 55 carries (8.47 yards per carry) and five receptions for 45 yards.
This week, Murray has another favorable matchup against Buffalo and he will be in my top 10 running backs for the week. Whether or not Jones returns this week or next week, it is hard to imagine Murray not getting the majority of the workload going forward.
To appear on our weekly waiver-wire list, we have two criteria in addition to providing value to fantasy owners: (1) the player is available in 50 percent or more of Yahoo! leagues and (2) they were not listed on the previous week's waiver-wire list.
So, in other words, Murray would no longer qualify to appear on this list since he is owned in 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Here are some players you should consider adding this week:
QB - Andy Dalton, Bengals (owned in 36 percent of Yahoo! leagues): In his past four games, the rookie signal-caller has an 8:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Dalton has a brutal schedule over the next five weeks as all five opponents rank in the top five in pass defense this season: Steelers (third), Ravens (fifth), Browns (first), Steelers again and Texans (second). After that rough stretch, Dalton has two favorable matchups in Weeks 15 and 16 against the Rams and Cardinals, who are tied for eighth-most fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks this season.
RB - Roy Helu, Redskins (35 percent): Last week, Helu, the team's fourth-round pick this year, got his first start of his career as the Redskins hosted the 49ers. Although Helu only had 10 carries for 41 yards against the league's top run defense, Helu set the franchise record in receptions (14) and finished with 105 receiving yards. This week's matchup against the Dolphins, who have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs, is not great, but it is more fantasy-friendly than last week's matchup.
RB - Chris Ogbonnaya, Browns (27 percent): Against his former team, Ogbonnaya finished with 13 carries for only 28 yards and one reception for 13 yards in Houston last week. While that performance does not inspire a ton of confidence, Ogbonnaya has a more favorable matchup this week against the Rams, who have allowed a league-high 153.6 rushing yards per game. And with both Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty already ruled out for Week 10, Ogbonnaya will get the majority of the workload.
RB - Donald Brown, Colts (six percent): After Delone Carter fumbled early in last week's game, it was all Donald Brown after that. Depending on the status of Joseph Addai, who was active but had no carries last week, Brown should get more work than Carter this week as well. While no Colts running back will be ranked inside my top 30 fantasy running backs this week, Brown will be ranked the highest of the trio.
WR - Laurent Robinson, Cowboys (17 percent): Cowboys receiver Miles Austin will be out for the next two to four weeks after leaving Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. With Austin out, Robinson should see an increased amount of playing time and targets over the next several weeks. Robinson has five receptions and a touchdown in each of his past two games in addition to going over 100 yards in Week 8.
WR - Earl Bennett, Bears (11 percent): Bennett, who had not played since Week 2, had five receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Bears Monday Night Football victory. While I'm not crazy about any of the Bears receivers, it wouldn't surprise me to see Bennett be the most productive of the group going forward.
WR - Steve Breaston, Chiefs (36 percent): In a pathetic showing by the Chiefs Sunday, Breaston was one of the few bright spots as he set a season-high with 115 receiving yards on seven receptions. For the season, Breaston has 29 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns through eight games. So, in other words, he is on pace for a 900-yard season, which is very solid if not spectacular. Since Week 3, Breaston has at least 50 receiving yards in every game except one (three receptions for 42 yards in Week 8).
TE - Brent Celek, Eagles (29 percent): After three straight games with single-digit receiving yards in Weeks 3 to 5, Celek has had three solid games. During that span, Celek has 18 receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns. In each of his past two games, Celek has seven receptions and 60-plus receiving yards. As an added bonus, Celek faces the Cowboys in Week 16 (i.e., championship week). The Cowboys have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season and Celek had seven receptions for 94 yards and a score against the Cowboys two weeks ago.
Our full rankings including flex and point-per-reception (PPR) for Week 10 will be available by Wednesday morning. (Here our initial Week 10 rankings.)
Good luck in Week 10!