Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire Advice and Pickups

Update: Our Week 10 start em, sit em advice is posted, and this week’s post includes an opportunity for one MSF reader to win free NFL tickets. Make sure you check it out after you finish going through the waiver pickups.

There are no teams on bye in Week 10, but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security.

The Texans, Colts, Saints, and Steelers are all on bye in Week 11, which means a lot of fantasy firepower will be sitting on benches during one of the final weekends of playoff positioning.

Don’t get caught snoozing; take this opportunity not just to improve your lineup for Week 10 but also to plan ahead for any lineup vacancies impending next week.

fantasy football week 10 waiver wire advice and pickups

Andy is out this week, which means that I’m manning the ship for this week’s waiver wire advice and pickups. As always, every player listed here is owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues.

Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups: Quarterback

Matt Cassel, Kansas City (45%)

You never really know what you’re going to get with Matt Cassel. He will sometimes put up decent numbers in a game you don’t expect him too, and sometimes he’ll piss away good matchups with bad outings…like he just did in Week 9 against Miami.

Cassel’s Week 10 matchup against Denver should be a good one for he and the KC offense, and his Week 11 matchup against New England on Monday night definitely is based on the numbers. I’ll let you decide whether you trust Cassel enough to play him in either. (After what I saw this week, I’d have to be desperate to do so.)

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati (36%)

I don’t particularly like Andy Dalton this week against Pittsburgh, for obvious reasons, and he has Baltimore the next week and then Pittsburgh again two weeks later, but it’s hard to ignore Dalton after a 3 TD, 0 INT game against Tennessee.

Also, know this: despite the four games remaining against Pittsburgh and Baltimore, Dalton and the Bengals face St. Louis and Arizona during weeks 15 and 16 – the fantasy playoffs for most leagues. That’s promising, and it could be worth stashing the young Dalton for.

Colt McCoy, Cleveland (35%)

McCoy and the Browns offense are nothing to get excited about, but even the worst offenses can sometimes put up serviceable fantasy numbers against equally poor defenses. With the Browns schedule to face St. Louis this week, McCoy could have some value if you’re desperate or in a two-QB league.

Carson Palmer, Oakland (28%)

Palmer and the Raiders face the Chargers on Thursday night. I hate having players play in Thursday night games, and Palmer still worries me considering this is like the equivalent of his third preseason game, but the Chargers can be thrown on, so Palmer is at least worth thinking about.

christian-ponder-fantasy-football-week-10-waiver-wire-advice-pickupsChristian Ponder, Minnesota (16%)

The young Ponder has already had one decent fantasy day against the Packers (219 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs in Week 7), and it’s safe to assume that he’s going to continue to improve. He won’t be in the friendly confines on his home dome this time around, but the Packers’ suspect pass D and the probability of Rodgers and Co putting up big points makes Ponder a not-terrible option.

Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville (4%)

I didn’t really want to list Gabbert here, but the fact that he’s available for almost everyone (I want to know what leagues he’s actually owned in!) and facing the Colts in Week 10 makes him at least worth mentioning. Understand that Gabbert is only an option if you’re desperate or in a three-QB league, but if he’s going to do anything productive this season it will be against the Colts.

Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups: Running Back

Maurice Morris, Detroit (29%)

As long as Jahvid Best is out, Morris is going to have value because of the strength of the Detroit offense. With no clear line of sight on when Best might return, performances like Morris’ in Week 8 could because the norm: 65 total yards and a touchdown. In Week 7, Morris had 63 total yards but didn’t score. That seems about right; 65 or so yards and a TD every other week. That’s certainly worth owning, especially if you count on any of the backs who will be on by in Week 11.

roy-helu-fantasy-football-week-10-waiver-wire-advice-pickupsRoy Helu, Washington (27%)

The moment we’ve all been waiting for finally happened: Helu became the guy for Mike Shanahan and the Redskins. Though he was only able to muster 41 yards on the ground in a tough matchup against San Francisco, he did accumulate that yardage on just carries for a solid 4.1 yard average per carry.

Where Helu really did work was in the passing game, which is just putrid for the Redskins right now. Helu had a whopping 14 receptions for 105 yards because all John Beck could do most of the day was just dump it off. Helu won’t get receptions like that every week, but he clearly will be a factor out of the backfield, making him especially intriguing in PPR leagues, but valuable in all.

This is the gold star RB pickup of the week. I think he’ll be the ‘Skins main ball carrier from this day forward.

Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland (25%)

As I said with Colt McCoy, there isn’t much to like about Browns offense…except when they’re facing St. Louis’ defense. With Peyton Hillis’ name written in pen on the Browns’ shit list, and Montario Hardesty a constant injury risk, Ogbonnaya has stumbled into a great situation in terms of touches, and you might stumble into a decent flex option or filler player if you pounce now. Granted, “Silent G” as he’s been called, only had 41 total yards against the Texans, but he should have more running more against the room.

Kendall Hunter, San Francisco (13%)

Hunter is not a guy you want to pick up with the intention of playing right now, but if you have an extra roster spot he’s a great guy to take a flyer on. Frank Gore has rushed for 100 yards in five straight games, both because he’s an excellent back and because the 49ers’ offensive line is very good. Gore also has a history of getting nicked up. If anything happens to him, the ball would be Hunter’s, and I think he’d be 85-90% of what Gore’s been.

Donald Brown, Indianapolis (5%)

Brown has apparently become the guy in Indianapolis. He is the only one of their RBs scoring TDs, and he had 16 carries in Week 9 as opposed to only 4 for Delone Carter. If you’re desperate, Brown will at least get touches each week.

Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups: Wide Receiver

Michael Crabtree, San Francisco (48%)

Crabtree is featured in this column every week, and will continue to be featured until his ownership percentage jumps over 50%, which surely will happen this week. What more do you need us to say? I know his stats in Week 9 were underwhelming – 5 receptions, 51 yards – but he’s a great guy to at least have on your bench who is assured of 7-8 targets every week. Pick this guy up.

Mike Thomas, Jacksonville (46%)

The same theory that forced me to tell you that Blaine Gabbert is playing Indianapolis is at work here. Thomas is a good possession receiver stuck on a crappy offense. Against the crappy Colts, even Gabbert and Thomas should be able to make a few connections.

Torrey Smith, Baltimore (44%)

Mr. Hit or Miss could very well be a hit in Week 10 with the Seattle Seahawks on the schedule. Seattle is strong against the run, but not so strong against the pass. I think Joe Flacco will be airing out more than a few bombs in Smith’s direction throughout the course of this game.

Steve Breaston, Kansas City (35%)

Coming into Week 9, everyone was ready to anoint Jonathan Baldwin as the next great fantasy WR, and certainly Baldwin’s production would eclipse Steve Breaston’s, right? Well Baldwin proved why I’m always wary of rookie WRs (1 reception, 12 yards) and Breaston proved that he’s more than just a 5 catch, 50-yard guy (7 receptions, 115 yards). Granted, I would have played Baldwin over Breaston too last week for the upside, but this just goes to show that sometimes going with the “safe” pick over the “upside” one is the right decision.

Braylon Edwards, San Francisco (22%)

Braylon has been slow to get involved in the San Francisco offense, but I have a feeling he has an explosive game or two coming with five NFC West games left for the 49ers. Both of Braylon’s catches in Week 9 were nice catches, showing that he’s getting his sea legs under him after missing some time. There is some upside here.

Greg Little, Cleveland (18%)

Go back and review what I wrote about Colt McCoy and Chris Ogbonnaya if you’re wondering why I dare recommend Browns’ offensive players. Little has some value this week if you need a WR fill-in. His 2 receptions weren’t particularly encouraging in Week 9, but I’d still rather have him than Joshua Cribbs, even though the latter had the better day yesterday.

laurent-robinson-fantasy-football-week-10-waiver-wire-pickupsJason Avant, Philadelphia (11%)

The Arizona Cardinals do not stop the pass very well, and the Philadelphia Eagles love to toss around with little abandon. Avant does not get near the attention that Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin get, but every now and then he busts out with a big performance. At a minimum, he’s usually good for at least 3-4 catches, which isn’t bad for a guy that is out there in 89% of leagues.

Laurent Robinson, Dallas (9%)

This is my gold star WR pickup of the week. Miles Austin got hurt, again, in Week 9, and Dez Bryant continues to be the most mercurial wideout in the NFL. Enter the steady Robinson, who continues to put up surprisingly good numbers as he earns the trust of Tony Romo.

He only caught 5 balls for 32 yards in Week 9, but one of them went for a TD. And in two of Robinson’s previous four games with the ‘Boys he totaled over 100 yards. There is a lot to like here.

Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups: Tight End

Scott Chandler, Buffalo (36%)

If we know one thing about Chandler, it’s that he only has value in the weeks when he scores touchdowns; but good luck predicting when that will be. So I’ll put this one on you: if you think Chandler will score this week against Dallas, he’s a decent option; if not, he’s not. My best guess? Hell if I know.

Jake Ballard, New York Giants (31%)

Out of the all the tight ends discussed in this post, Ballard is the one I like the most long-term; but I don’t like him all that much against San Francisco’s great linebackers in Week 10. So tread carefully this week, but the potential remains there down the stretch.

Jared Cook, Tennessee (31%)

Cook’s huge breakout into a star hasn’t really happened, but he has been occasionally useful. He’s no sure thing, but you could do worse in Weeks 10 and 11 if you need someone.

Brent Celek, Philadelphia (26%)

Fantasy owners have been burned by Celek in the past, and he’ll probably never be consistent, but he does seem to have a larger role in the Eagles’ offense now. With Arizona on the schedule this week, the potential is there for a big day.

Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota (21%)

Shiancoe caught a TD from Christian Ponder in the Vikings’ last matchup against Green Bay. That makes him worth a look this week with Green Bay on the schedule again.

Benjamin Watson, Cleveland (20%)

The Browns are playing the Rams. You get the idea.

Streaming Defenses of the Week

Washington Redskins (25%)

Washington isn’t a very good team because of their woeful offense, but they do have a good defense. With Miami on the schedule in Week 10, it should be a good week to own and play the Redskins.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2%)

I was amazed just now to find out that the Jaguars’ D is the least-owned defense in fantasy. Why? This is a pretty good defense, certainly one that should be able to put up  a strong fantasy day against Indianapolis in Week 10.

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Comments

  1. Brady- Brady says:

    Hey Jerod,

    We are allowed only 2 RB's in our league. i already have Steven Jackson and Matt Forte, but want a back up if either one gets injured or something.
    Who do you think is a better Pick, Jackie Battle or Roy Helu? I have Jackie battle and he is gotten more than 20 points only twice. I was wondering about picking Roy Helu for Jackie Battle.
    Also , do you think Cincinnati defense will be able to do much against Steelers and Ravens in the next couple of weeks?
    Thanks

  2. stephen_lacman says:

    Hey Jerod!

    Is it time to finally drop Felix? Looks like DeMarco has the starting job all wrapped up
    Does it make sense to drop any guys on my team for Laurent Robinson?
    Drop anyone for Helu?
    Drop anyone to prepare for Jimmy Grahams bye week?

    My Roster:
    QB: Big Ben, Eli, Red Rifle
    RB: Mendenhall, Marshawn, Felix, Daniel Thomas, Battle
    WR: Megatron, Mike Wallace, BMarshall, Decker, Garcon
    TE: Jimmy Graham

    Thanks as always for the help!

    • I would drop Felix for Helu. I think Felix still has value, so don't just consider him expendable, but Murray is definitely the guy now. And I like Robinson too. I'd drop Garcon for him, or one of your QBs. The Red Rifle is expendable because his schedule gets much, much harder, and you have two better alternatives.

  3. John Mostacci says:

    WWire tonight 1AM. First come. 3 IR spots.
    Players on my chopping block are: (Torain, Moreno, Ringer)***
    (((WIRE:*RBs (Tate, D. Brown, Helu, Ogbonnaya, M Morris)
    WRs (Royal, Little, D Baldwin, Cribbs, J. Simpson, Jacoby Ford, Hawkins, L Evans
    **DEF (WAS vs Mia, * CLE vs STL, *SEA vs BAL*, JAC vs Ind,* Den vs KC)))
    **Question#1 Pick RB or WR? Or stay pat?
    **Question #2 What DEF AND should I keep DALLAS too; long term?
    **ROSTER**
    STD-10 Team: Out = IR*** Ryan/Stafford,
    Mendy, Wells, Best, Torain, Ringer, Moreno ** IR (Mcfad, Ingram)
    Austin, Bryant, Williams TB, S. Rice ** IR (A.Johnson)
    Graham, Whitten *Dallas*Seabass*
    Thanks Jedod
    JMOST

    • Uh oh, did i miss your deadline?

      First off, Torain, Moreno, and Ringer are all droppable. The guy you want first is Helu, then Tate, then Morris, and I would make all three transactions if I could. Frankly, I don't really like any of those WRs. You can pick one up based on matchups when you need one; none of those guys really separate themselves from another.

      Dallas' D is just so-so, but getting Sean Lee back should help them. Jacksonville is a pretty good option this week. They have a good D, and as we know, Indy does not have a great O. But I wouldn't waste a waiver move to make that transaction.

      • John Mostacci says:

        Hi Jerod: I ended up dropping Torain & Moreno for HELU and I needed a WR so I picked up Little for now.
        I also had to drop Ringer too because AJ was upgraded to "D" and had to come off the IR. When AJ or Austin is tagged with "OUT" I will look for a better WR.
        Thanks.
        ***Rank Top 4 or 5: (L. Roberson, Crabtree, Decker, S. Rice,
        Cruz, Garcon, Little, Williams TB & L Moore). I have 8 teams and these players are avaliable in some leagues. Thanks again JMOST

    • Get Halu for sure…drop anyone for him, probably Moreno first. I'd also grab Ben Tate and drop Ringer. And frankly, I'd rather have Morris than Torain.

      Best D out of those listed is Jacksonville v Indy. That's a good D in Jacksonville, though not quite as good from fantasy perspective as Dallas, which should get Sean Lee back.

  4. eViL-PORCUPINE says:

    Love this site. Waiver wire advice and pickups are out immediately!

  5. I think you have to like what Helu did last week against a tough SF defense. Don't expect 14 receptions every week, but he and Fred Davis are their two best playmakers right now. THere is a lot of potential there.

    Cincy's D will be okay, I don't think spectacular. They are playable, but better options out there.

  6. cant sleep says:

    ivory or helu or do you take both if you can also is flacco and upgrade over cutler..do you go with ryan matthews or shonne greene non ppr i can start 2 rbs and 2 wrs and flex, got peterson and shonne greene rbs got aj green and larry fitz brandon lloyd in flex on bench right now is ryan matthews percy harvin and tb mike williams and do you go with detroit d or pitts d thanks

    • First off, you know I love you cant sleep, but please punctuate next time…or separate your questions on different lines. Just makes it easier!

      Helu over Ivory…no questions.

      Flacco and Cutler are pretty similar – up one week, down another. Check the schedules and see whose fits better with your second half goals/schedule.

      I like your roster. Roll with who you got (including Greene over Mathews) and I'd play Pit D over Detroit. They'll have something for Andy Dalton like what San Fran had for him earlier this year.

  7. brady-brady says:

    Hey Jerod

    What do you think of dropping either Crabtree or Breaston to pick up Earl Bennett…I already have st Johnson, Roddy White, Antonio Brown and Fred Davis for 3 WR/2WR-1TE spot….

    Thanks Dude

    • I always get excited about Bennett and then his production trails off. That said, not sure there is much separating any of those guys…so I'll leave it to you. I'd probably stick with Crabtree and Breaston myself, but personal bias may be at play there. Cutler sure does seem to love Bennett.

  8. Hey jerod, here's my squad –
    WR: Green, Cruz,
    RB: McCoy, Sjax
    I have Garcon, Mathews, Tolbert, Helu, ODaniels on bench but one needs to be dropped for DEF. Who should I drop? Also, does it make sense to drop Garcon for Crabtree/Ford/JJones?
    Thanks!

  9. Beanie Wells for Cedric Benson??

  10. Hi Jerod,

    If you had the choice to put a claim in for Plaxico Burress, Percy Harvin, Laurent Robinson or Earl Bennett – who would be your first choice? I am currently in first place in my league but have lost the last three games. No on a good streak. Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks!!

    • Robinson, and I wouldn't think twice. With Austin out and Dez Bryant and perpetual headache, Robinson will get plenty of opportunities. And he's already produced: 3 TDs and two 100-yard games.

  11. eViL-PORCUPINE says:

    Flex option in a 10 Team PPR?

    WR :: Steve Smith / Julio Jones
    RB :: McCoy / MJD
    Flex :: ??????

    Ryan Mathews vs OAK / Michael Bush vs SD / Beanie vs PHI / A-Brown vs CIN / L-Robinson vs BUF / D-Thomas – WASH

  12. eViL-PORCUPINE says:

    Also would you drop D-Thomas for Roy Helu? 10 Team PPR.

  13. eViL-PORCUPINE says:

    Also is trading Julio Jones + Beanie Wells (me) FOR Calvin Johnson a fair trade?

  14. no earl bennett?

    • This was written Sunday night and posted early Monday morning, so I did not have the benefit of Bennett's Monday night performance…but he's a solid pickup at WR. Cutler loves him.

  15. eViL-PORCUPINE says:

    Another Flex option :: PPR 10 team

    S-Greene / Ryan Mathews / Julio Jones / M-Colston / M Manningham

    • eViL-PORCUPINE says:

      Mathews went through full practice btw. Would you lean on starting him at the flex spot? PPR vs OAK kinda sounds good no?

    • I don't trust Mathews enough. Wow though, all five of those options are strong. I'd go with Greene though. I think they're going to run on NE.

  16. With waiting until round 9 to pick my QB, I eventually ended up with Bradford and McNabb…both I've summarily cut a while back. Rummaging through the waivers I found Hasslebeck (a nice old surprise…like finding a $20 in an old pair of jeans) and now Cutler who I just picked up off waivers. I'm thinking of swinging a trade as waiting so long on a QB during the draft afforded me great RBs – F. Jackson, Rice and Forte. I'm thinking of offering Forte up to a guy who has both Brady and Newton. I think Forte has tougher match ups during the playoffs (weeks 14-16) then Rice or Jackson. I would prefer Newton, but I think he's taken aback because Brady has not been lighting it up as of late. Any who, thoughts on my thoughts and do you think Forte for Brady is a good call or should Jackson/Rice be up on the block for Brady? I guess I could always keep my RBs, play the match ups and roll the dice with my current QBs. We start 1 QB, 3 WRs, 2 RBs, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 defense….5 PPR too. Also, I'm 9-0 if that makes any difference. Thanks!

    • I would not trade for Brady, for the exact reason that the guy in your league has been taken aback. Make the deal for Cam or search elsewhere. And for the record, I don't think Cutler is a bad option. He's been playing better and will give you decent production.

    • Thanks Jerod! Appreciate your insight!

  17. John Mostacci says:

    STD Format:
    1) I a vacant spot (Morris & D Thomas available (I have Best). Any value here?
    2) Play Wells or Helu?
    3) Need 2 Wells, R Bush, or Blount
    4) S. Johnson or A Brown
    5) Nicks, AJ Green or Colston need one.
    6)Nicks or Mario
    Thanks for your help. JMOST

  18. John Mostacci says:

    ) Flex: Blount, R. Bush, Wells (Leaning R. Bush)???
    2) Battle, Blount, Benson or Helu ** (Leaning Battle or Blount)?)
    3) Need 2 (Julio Jones, Marshall, J. Nelson, Cruz, Colston)
    ** (Leaning Julio & Colston)??
    Need Bye week 11 QB for Brees.
    WWire (A Smith vs ARI, Hasselbeck vs ATL, Culter vs sd, Ponder vs Oak, Palmer vs Min, Daltin vs BAL, Jackson vs STL Thanks Jerod

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