Fantasy Football Pickups Week 10 Waiver Wire



Week 9 claimed more fantasy football victims.  With 4 games left in the season, your   waiver claims could make or break your season.  These are this week's Pickups.  BYE the way, the Falcons, Colts, Chargers, and 49ers are off week 10.

Quarterback (QB)
- i's -
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (foot)
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (concussion)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, NY Jets (thumb)

- R's -
Landry Jones, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 0.8% of all ESPN leagues): the Steelers turned to their third-string qb in week 9 after Big Ben went down and Vick was inactive with a hamstring injury.  He has tons of weapons, a great running game to back him up, and a nice matchup against a depleted Browns secondary missing Joe Haden and Donte Whitner.  Buyer beware, this matchup is only good if Haden and Whitner remain sidelined, so track their injury update closely.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 29.2% of all ESPN leagues): This pick machine seems like he's finally found consistency with the return of Alshon Jeffery.  Although Royal's status remains questionable, Marquess Wilson has been a decent replacement, and Bennett and Langford remain great outlet options.  The bad news is the Bears will need to put up points quickly against a stout Rams run defense and a potentially explosive Rams offense.  The good news is the Rams rank stone dead last in pass defense, making this a tasty matchup for Jay.  He'll look to keep throwing the ball quickly and keep running the new spread-style read-option against a Rams defense that's been great at pass-rushing. 

Runningback (RB) / Wide Receiver (WR) / FLEX
- i's -
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills (shoulder)
Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders (concussion)
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers (groin)
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears (knee)
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers (foot)
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots (knee)
Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers (shoulder)

James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 40.2% of all ESPN leagues): Green Bay's backup did well against a top-ranked Panthers' defense after Lacy went down with a groin injury.  He rushed 10 times for 39 yards, but the big news is he caught 6 balls for 83 yards and a score.  Granted, the Pack trailed the Panthers most of the game so they had to go to the air.  He'll run against a very soft Lions front this week.

Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 2.8% of all ESPN leagues): Murray is now under the NFL's concussion protocol, making Marcel the lead back in Oakland.  He's primarily a pass catcher, making him a ppr commodity, but he's also done well filling in as a rusher.  The 30-year-old 8th year power runner has a decent matchup this week against an average Vikings front that gave up over 150 yards on the ground to the Rams.

Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 41.2% of all ESPN leagues): Shady was back this week after the Bills' bye.  The keyword here is "was."  He left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury and is highly questionable for week 10.  Karlos Williams came in and took 9 totes for 110 yards and 2 scores for his highest fantasy score of the season, and has 336 yards and 5 scores on 51 rushes.  He could be the lead back in Buffalo, but he runs against the top-ranked Jets defense.  Shady looks like he's falling apart, literally, so he'll miss his share of games.  The Bills also have some nice matchups coming up.

Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues): Need a ppr flier?  Dion Lewis went down with a knee injury and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday.  Bolden will look to fill Lewis' roll as the pass-catching back, and did so with 3 receptions for 27 yards and a score.  The Giants don't do well against receiving backs, and the Pats will undoubtedly build in some safety valves for Brady with the return of Jason Pierre Paul.  Given Lewis' workload catching the ball, Bolden should have a decent week.

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 7.1% of all leagues): After all the hype at the beginning of the season, it's good to see the 6'4", 225lb rookie out of Michigan finally get involved in the passing game.  He's easily the most capable wideout in the Panthers receiving corps.  He'll should see an increase in targets, open things up for Olsen, and give Cam another huge redzone target.

Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 56.5% of all ESPN leagues): If LaFell is available in your league, please do yourself a favor and pick him up now.  With all of the effort made to stop Gronk and Edelman first, LaFell is sure to get open.  Sure, he had to shake off some rust after returning from an injury, but his workload has really picked up and he should continue to see increased production.  At 6'3" and 210lbs, he's a matchup problem and gives Tom Brady another big target in the endzone in a pass-first offense.  He had 5 catches for 102 yards in week 9 against the Redskins, and will look to repeat against a beat up Giants secondary.

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 9.1% of all ESPN Leagues):  At 6’5” and 237 lbs, he gives the Titans a huge, much-needed outside threat.  He led the Titans with 5 catches for 77 yards against a soft Saints’ secondary.  This week, the rookie will face a much tougher Panthers secondary.  Nevertheless, if the Titans can deploy him to his strengths and Wright still can’t go, he could share Wright’s workload again with Delanie Walker and Harry Douglas. 
 
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 3.0% of all ESPN leagues): The 'Boys' return man and slot receiver went off for 9 catches for 112 yards and 2 scores against an underrated Eagles defense.  The return of Dez Bryant will help open things up for other wideouts on the team.  He'll look to put on another show against the Bucs' cover-2 defense that's soft in the middle.  Buyer beware, this could have been a fluke and his usage remains to be determined.  Looks like Cassel will take snaps and Dallas does have other reliable weapons.  Nevertheless, pick him up in truly deep leagues if you're desperate for help.

Tight End (TE)
- i's -
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts (eye)
Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers
- R's -

Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 29.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Rodgers found Rodgers 5 times for 19 yards and 2 TD's in week 9.  Since Quarless went down, the Pack needed Rodgers to step in and fill Quarless' shoes.  He did so nicely in week 9 when other receiving options were covered.  Except for a couple of really bad weeks, he's been fairly consistent throughout the season.  He'll face a rested, but abysmal Lions' defense this week.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts ***week 10 bye*** (currently owned in 18.9% of all ESPN leagues): Keep an eye on Dwayne Allen's injury situation.  He may miss some time after being poked in the eye by Aqib Talib in the closing minutes of the Broncos game in week 9.  If Allen indeed misses extended time, Coby could become the Colts' primary receiving tight end.  He has a rapport with Andrew Luck dating back to their days in Stanford, so Luck may turn to him as a security blanket in bad situations. 

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