By now, Fantasy Football leagues’ playoff pictures are taking shape. You know if you’re in the hunt for a playoff berth, or maybe you have one secured. Either way, the Week 10 Waiver Wire report is here to help you keep your lineups healthy and productive.
As usual, a handful of injuries impact the waiver wire, perhaps none more than Ben Roethlisberger’s second lower-body injury of the year. However, there’s a handful of QBs to snag off the Week 10 Waiver Wire, so worry not, it should be easy to fill that gap.
Of course, the Fantasy Football RB free agents don’t look as bright as the QBs. It does not help that Dion Lewis will miss the rest of the season, or that Latavius Murray is going through the league’s concussion protocol, or that LeSean McCoy banged up his shoulder and has the Thursday night game this week. It seems like regardless of league depth, RBs are at a premium.
When looking through the waiver wire, consider using the Fantasy Football: Strength of Schedule Comparison Tool to see at what positions you need to improve to best your opponent. If you’re avoiding the injury concerns altogether, check out So Called Fantasy Experts Daily Fantasy Football coverage.
Let’s all give thanks that we’re back to just four teams with byes: Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers. Remember that the criterion for this list is for players who are owned in less than 30 percent of ESPN leagues. Keep that in mind as you peruse the Week 10 Waiver Wire targets.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Targets
Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (12 percent owned)
He’s coming off a bye and he’s on a five game streak of two-TD games. The Texans go to Cincinnati to play the Bengals, which boast a top-tier passing defense. The Bengals have eight INTs, 23 sacks and have allowed only 10 passing TDs against QBs. Nevertheless, Hoyer has his organization’s confidence and is trying to lead his team to the top of a sub-.500 division led by the Indianapolis Colts. Hoyer is a low-end RB, but reliable QB2, especially in two-QB leagues.
Matt Cassel, Dallas Cowboys (3 percent owned)
If you’re in a deep league with two QBs, Cassel is a fine pick as your last hope. Cassel did not look impressive last Sunday, but he completed 25-of-38 passing attempts for 299 yards, three TDs and one INT. Against the permeable Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ passing defense, Cassel could have mid-tier QB2 value as a streaming option. It’s Cassel’s last game before Tony Romo is eligible to return, so maybe he’ll put on a show against a defense that’s allowed 19 passing TDs to just six INTs and 17 sacks.
Matt Cassel’s 3 touchdowns tonight give him 100 for his career. #PHIvsDAL
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 9, 2015
Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers (3 percent owned)
With the myriad of injuries to RBs, Draughn earns relevancy in the deepest PPR leagues, especially because he has a bye this week. There’s no telling if Blaine Gabbert will hold the starting QB job or if the 49ers can right the ship at all. But if you’re desperate, much like the 49ers, than Draughn is a suitable last-ditch effort to fill a FLEX spot.
QB: Blaine Gabbert RBs: Shaun Draughn, Kendall Gaskins WRs: Quentin Patton, Torrey Smith, Vance McDonald That’s who just beat the Falcons. — Robby Kalland (@RKalland) November 9, 2015
James White, New England Patriots (0 percent owned)
Unfortunately, if Draughn has value to you, so does White, and that likely means you’re in a tough spot with your RBs. The Patriots lost Lewis for the year and White should get duties behind Blount, which makes White relevant in deep PPR leagues, too. However, Brandon Bolden could split time with White, thus sucking their value dry.
Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (29 percent owned)
Aiken jumps to the Ravens’ WR1 spot as the team is without Steve Smith for the rest of the year. At home this Sunday, the Ravens play the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed an average of 24 Fantasy points per game to WRs. With a bye week to prepare for the matchup, Aiken and QB Joe Flacco could team up nicely. Where you need WR help or depth, Aiken is a must-add off the Week 10 Waiver Wire. He’s the only WR who’s less than 30 percent owned worth adding, and he is even worth considerable FAAB.
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (29 percent owned)
There’s no doubt that Ebron’s been below average this year, but he’s one of the two TEs with value on the Week 10 Waiver Wire. The Lions just had a bye week, so Ebron should be rested and prepared to help the Lions salvage their 2015 season. Plus he faces the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed TEs to catch 44-of-76 targets for 546 yards and three TDs. Ebron is worth the add if your TE1 has a bye, or you’re tapped out at TE, like the Tweet below explains.
I had a dream that Gary Barnidge go hurt and I had to put in Eric Ebron.
— Josh Raymond (@thefrofasho) October 30, 2015
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (23 percent owned)
Only one team has allowed more Fantasy points per game against TEs than the Oakland Raiders (12.6), Rudolph’s Week 10 opponent. He’s a lock for two receptions, as he’s had that amount of catches every week since Week 3. His value depends on his TD receptions, of which he only has three in 2015, but he can add depth if you need it at TE.
Kansas City Chiefs (22 percent owned)
It’s a shame the Chiefs don’t generate more takeaways. If they did, they could be a great Fantasy DST option. They’ve allowed the 22nd-fewest first downs via the pass (160) and the 27th-fewest via the rush (41). But they have only eight INTs and three recovered fumbles to the 16 passing TDs and four rushing TDs allowed. The Chiefs go to Denver to play the Broncos, who are ranked 12th in passing yards and 28th in rushing yards on offense. The Chiefs are a solid streaming option for your bye DST.
It’s a tough week for those deeper leagues as injuries continue to pile up and the byes persist through Week 11. Soon, we’ll have all 32 teams in action weekly again and things won’t look as grim as the Week 10 Waiver Wire picture.
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