Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 10

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I’m not sure how your leagues are shaping up, but well over half of the teams in my leagues have 4-5 or 5-4 records. With so many teams on the cusp of a playoff birth, it’s vital to be the smartest person on the waiver wire in your league.   You can listen to the full discussion on the podcast.  If you are looking for a QB option, they are featured in the QB Streamers article.

Wide Receivers

Steve Smith Sr. vs CLE (ESPN 53%, Yahoo 50%)
Señor got back on the field last week and had 4 receptions for 47 yards and a 2-point conversion. A healthier Smith gets to face Cleveland this week which, let’s face it, makes everyone feel pretty healthy on offense.

Jamison Crowder vs MIN (ESPN 53%, Yahoo 56%)
Crowder has put up three consecutive weeks with double digit fantasy points and his 100-yard performance two weeks ago was his second straight, but he’s flying under the radar because of last week’s bye. He has a tough matchup against Minnesota but should be able to bolster your WR for the rest of the season.

Sammie Coates vs CLE (ESPN 45.2%, Yahoo 42%)
Big Ben played terribly, which affected Coates but he had some deep targets. He’s a good pickup especially with Dallas coming up.

Corey Coleman at BAL (ESPN 55%, Yahoo 55%)
Coleman did make his return from a broken hand last week but had a relatively quiet game with Cody Kessler starting at QB. Nice pickup to help with byes, but he’s far from a sure thing.

John Brown vs SF (ESPN 59%, Yahoo 61%)
Brown is probably owned, but he might be on waivers because of the bye week last week.

J.J. Nelson vs SF (ESPN 10%, Yahoo 14%)
Right before the bye Nelson posted 2 TDs in a game. He has been announced as the starter over Michael Floyd and gets a great matchup against San Francisco.

Kenny Britt @ NYJ (ESPN 50%, Yahoo 50%)
Britt doesn’t get a lot of fanfare because he plays for Los Angeles and he only has one 100-yard game, but he’s on pace for almost 1,200 yards and 6 TDs this year. He’s a poor man’s Jeremy Maclin except Britt is producing better so I guess he’s not really the lesser of the two.

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Rishard Matthews vs GB (ESPN 11%, Yahoo 30%)
Good WR. It’s hard to trust any Tennessee WR, but he gets to face Green Bay. This is not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Marqise Lee vs HOU (ESPN 3%, Yahoo 4%)
He does get regular targets, which makes him OK in deeper leagues. Only becomes really valuable with an injury to Allen Hurns or A-Rob.

Will Fuller @JAX (ESPN 65%, Yahoo 61%)
He’s day-to-day, but might be good down the stretch.

Eli Rogers vs DAL (ESPN 3%, Yahoo 2%)
Might be handy in a PPR league especially if Darrius Heyward-Bey misses time.

Running Backs

Robert Kelley vs MIN (ESPN 26%, Yahoo 29%)
Redskins coach Jay Gruden considers Rob Kelley the team’s early-down back coming off the team’s bye week. Matt Jones will now have to earn his way back on the field. Unfortunately, Kelley gets Minnesota this week.

Peyton Barber vs CHI (ESPN 12%, Yahoo 18%)
Jacquizz was still in walking boot Monday, Martin is still out, and Antone Smith is out which makes Barber the next guy up.

Kapri Bibbs @ NO (ESPN 4%, Yahoo 6%)
He’s risky, but he has loads of potential especially with New Orleans coming up. Devontae Booker has been very inefficient which has opened the door for Bibbs.

Dion Lewis vs SEA (ESPN 30%, Yahoo 40%)
He’s battled back-to-back injuries, which makes it tough to project. He probably won’t get many touches very soon but could be huge down the stretch.

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Alfred Morris @ PIT (ESPN 16%, Yahoo 13%)
Morris would be a regular plug-and-play RB if something were to happen to Zeke. Not very valuable with Zeke in there, but the upside is huge.

DeAngelo Williams vs DAL (ESPN 45%, Yahoo 38%)
Lev Bell has gotten knocked out for the last part of the season in two consecutive years. Williams has immense upside.

James Starks @ TEN (ESPN 18%, Yahoo 18%)
Returned to limited practice and might see the field this week.

Mike Gillislee on Bye (ESPN 45%, Yahoo 39%)
LeSean McCoy looked good, but was gimpy a few times. ‘TD Mike’ doesn’t have much upside with McCoy in, but he must be owned by all ‘Shady’ owners and prospectors.

Paul Perkins vs CIN (ESPN 4%, Yahoo 6%)
Has a chance to usurp lead back duties from Rashad Jennings. He did have 11 carries and 3 receptions last week.

Kenneth Dixon vs CLE (ESPN 10%, Yahoo 9%)
Terrance West hasn’t been doing very much with his touches the last few outings. Dixon could start to see an increase in touches and his hands could make him a solid play in PPR leagues.

DuJuan Harris @ARI (ESPN 31%, Yahoo 33%)
It’s a tough matchup, but he made most of his hay through the air. He’s a good play if Carlos Hyde remains out.

Ronnie Hillman @ WAS (ESPN 3%, Yahoo 2%)
He’s back! Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata haven’t done much with the rock this entire year, which leaves Hillman the de facto hot item in Minnesota. Hillman has looked like the best RB of the three in small samples so there’s hope.

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Tight Ends

Eric Ebron @ MIN (ESPN 65%, Yahoo 66%)
Ebron has performed well with limited time this year. Should continue to see steady targets.

Cameron Brate vs CHI (ESPN 39%, Yahoo 54%)
He’s OK, but he can crap your team. Proceed with caution.

Lance Kendricks @ NYJ (ESPN 19%, Yahoo 15%)
Kendricks had 7 receptions for 90 yards and should have had a TD reception last week. Nonetheless he’s had 5 or more receptions in four out of the last five games.

C.J. Fiedorowicz @JAX (ESPN 12%, Yahoo 11%)
He’s heating up despite the poor play of Brock Osweiler. The fantasy-relevant Houston players have one of the sweetest schedules for fantasy if Osweiler can display any level of competent play.

Tyler Eifert @ NYG (ESPN 80%, Yahoo 79%)
A nice looking gentleman and a monster in the red zone.

Dennis Pitta vs CLE (ESPN 64%, Yahoo 55%)
Pitta has been a huge part of the Baltimore passing offense, although Joe Flacco seems magnetically repulsed from making TD passes, which has kept Pitta’s upside limited. Cleveland has given up 100 more yards to TEs than the next worse team. This is a good spot for Pitta.

Austin Hooper @ PHI (ESPN 12%, Yahoo 13%)
Hooper had a solid game last week and caught a TD with Tamme absent. In play with Tamme not practicing yet this week.

Defense/Special Teams

Baltimore Ravens vs CLE (ESPN 49%, Yahoo 43%)
The Ravens defense is tough at home at just disarmed Pittsburgh’s offense last week.

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New York Jets vs LA (ESPN 54%, Yahoo 38%)
The Jets have a decent defense and get to face Case Keenum (and maybe Jared Goff if Keenum struggles early?).

Los Angeles Rams vs NYJ (ESPN 30%, Yahoo 66%)
This game has the potential to look pretty ugly. Both defenses should avail themselves well against these dysfunctional offenses.

Washington Redskins vs  Minnesota Vikings (ESPN 3.5%, Yahoo 11%)

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