Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire: The Top 10 Players on the Wire

Brian Dezelske@@BrianDezelskeCorrespondent IIINovember 9, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire: The Top 10 Players on the Wire

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    Week 10 of the NFL season saw Antonio Brown and Tim Tebow prove, yet again, why they are viable fantasy football waiver-wire options in the upcoming weeks.

    Brown and Tebow top a list of free agents that should, at the very least, be on fantasy rosters.

    Here’s a breakdown and the availability of each player per ESPN fantasy leagues.

Antonio Brown; (Owned in 34.1 percent of leagues)

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    Antonio Brown has solidified himself as a very solid WR2 start with his last three outings.

    Over the last three games, he’s posted two 100-yard games and a touchdown, while leading the team in targets each of those weeks.

    With Hines Ward out with an ankle injury and Emmanuel Sanders out this week after arthroscopic surgery, Brown is sure to continue this upward trend in production.

Roy Helu; (16.0 percent)

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    While Roy Helu had an average day of 10 carries for 41 yards on the ground, he had a fantastic day catching 14 passes for 105 yards in what was an impromptu start and the first of his young career.

    It looks as if his big day earned him another start here in week 10, so if you’re struggling at the RB position, Helu could be a guy that helps you out, since he has a favorable matchup against the Miami Dolphins who give up 115.5 yards per game on the ground.

Jerome Simpson; (31.7 percent)

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    Although Jerome Simpson only had three catches for 43 yards, he did score one touchdown and led the Cincinnati Bengals in targets with 10.

    He’s scored in two consecutive weeks and had a 100-yard game before his scoring streak started.

    A.J. Green is the obvious go-to guy in Cincy, but Simpson is definitely worth a look as a flex option against certain defenses.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are a tough stretch of games for Simpson and the Bengals, but Andy Dalton is making sure he’s a part of the offense.

Earl Bennett; (1.0 percent)

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    Earl Bennett might be the hottest waiver-wire pickup of the week.

    Bennett hauled in five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown and has immediately cemented himself as the No. 1 receiver for the Chicago Bears.

    The connection he and Jay Cutler had, in his first game back since he suffered a chest injury in Week 2, was better than any connection Cutler had with any of his other receivers to this point in the season.

    Get him and start him as he is a sure-fire WR2 in all leagues.

Jake Ballard; (27.4 percent)

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    Anyone looking for a tight end for some added production may want to take a serious look at Jake Ballard.

    Ballard hauled in a game-winning touchdown this past week against the New England Patriots, but what’s more important about this TD—to us fantasy goers—is that it came in the red zone, meaning Eli Manning has confidence in him to come up with the big catch down around the goal line.

    What more proof do you need with three TDs in the last five games?

Jacoby Ford; (36.4 percent)

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    It looks as if Carson Palmer found his favorite target—someone not named T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

    Jacoby Ford brought in five catches for 95 yards and a score and looks as though he and Palmer may have a nice little vibe going.

    I’d error on the side of caution when it comes to starting him right now, even as a flex, but he’s worth stashing on your bench and waiting to see what the upcoming week brings.

Jabbar Gaffney; (33.3 percent)

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    Just because of the offensive woes that the Washington Redskins are experiencing, Jabbar Gaffney is not going to give you mind-blowing yardage numbers, but he will give you about 50 yards a game and throw a touchdown in there every once in a while.

    He’s not going to win you any weeks all on his own, but you could do worse this deep in the fantasy season.

    He would be perfect for someone who is looking for a low-end PPR play in the upcoming weeks.

Steve Breaston; (39.2 percent)

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    Steve Breaston may finally show what he’s capable of with the insertion of Jonathan Baldwin into the offense and giving defenses more to think about other than just Dwayne Bowe.

    Breaston led the team with 11 targets and seven catches to go along with 115 yards receiving in their loss to the Miami Dolphins.

    Now granted, the Kansas City Chiefs were behind the whole game and that may caused his numbers to jump up, but it’s still a good sign that Matt Cassel can trust more than just Bowe catching the ball.

Tim Tebow; (67.0 percent)

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    Why is he not in your lineup? More important, why is he only owned in 67 percent of ESPN leagues and not owned in 100 percent of fantasy leagues across the world?

    Tim Tebow is averaging 18 fantasy points in the four games he’s played in this season, and this past week he ranked third among QBs in a standard-scoring system.

    He is not someone who you just play in matchup situations, he’s an every-week starter and is a top 10 QB play each week.

    People need to get over the notion that because he’s not a good NFL quarterback—he's still a winner—he’s automatically not a good fantasy football quarterback.

    The kid flat out rakes. Period.

    I've said this before in my articles and I'll say it again: If you don't like Tim Tebow it's not because there's something wrong with him, it's because there's something wrong with you.

Marcel Reece; (0.8 percent)

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    Marcel Reece may be an odd play in standard leagues, but he's an intriguing play in PPR leagues.

    Get this—Reece has averaged three catches and 31 yards in three games this year, but has two receiving TDs to go with that.

    In 2010, he finished with 25 catches for 333 yards and three touchdowns and also had one rushing touchdown.

    Reece may bye listed as a full back, but is by no means your average FB.

    He is a real legitimate weapon at that position with power and speed.

    With Darren McFadden out of the lineup again this week, Reece may be in line to vulture some goal line TDs from Michael Bush and is a real receiving threat anywhere on the field.

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