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

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2010

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

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders catches a pass over Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by J
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    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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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 31:  LaRod Stephens-Howling #36 of the Arizona Cardinals takes a handoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Harry How/Getty Images

    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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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Troy Smith #1 of San Francisco 49ers in action during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31, 2010 in London, England. This is the fourth occasion w
    Warren Little/Getty Images

    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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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tight end Randy McMichael #81 of the San Diego Chargers rushes during warmups prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on September 26, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    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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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns throws to a receiver against the New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

    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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball against Marquice Cole #34 of the New York Jets on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers defeated the Jets 9-0.
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    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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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders catches a pass over Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    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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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07: Earl Bennett #80 of the Chicago Bears catches the game winning touchdown against Leodis McKelvin #28 of the Buffalo Bills  at Rogers Centre on November 7, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Chicago won 22-19. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty
    Rick Stewart/Getty Images

    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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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  Mike Goodson #33  of the Carolina Panthers in action during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
    Chris Graythen/Getty Images

    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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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  Michael Jenkins #12 of the Atlanta Falcons in action against  the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
    Al Bello/Getty Images

    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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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 10:  Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions scores a third quarter touchdown on a 21 yard pass from Shaun Hill #14 during the third quarter of the game against the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter of the game at Ford Field on Oct
    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    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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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates his touchdown with Alge Crumpler #82 for a 7-3 lead over the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.
    Harry How/Getty Images

    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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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18:  Safety Gerald Alexander #42 of the Jacksonville Jaguars tries to stop tight end Bo Scaife #80 of the Tennessee Titans during the game at EverBank Field on October 18, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty
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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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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Blair White #15 of the Indianapolis Colts makes a catch for a touchdown against cornerback Perrish Cox #32 of the Denver Broncos during NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorad
    Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

    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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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Receiver Tony Moeaki #81 of the Kansas City Chiefs congratulates Leonard Pope #45 after Pope caught a pass for a touchdown during the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 2, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas C
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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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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09:  Bernard Berrian #87 of the Minnesota Vikings at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    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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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 07:  Wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu #89 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after a touchdown in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
    Bob Levey/Getty Images

    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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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01: Donald Brown #31 of Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during  the NFL game against the Houston Texans  at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    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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    GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 07: James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers throws the ball into the air after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on November 7, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    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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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jacob Tamme #84 of the Indianapolis Colts can not come up with a pass as he is defended by Stewart Bradley #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    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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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    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.