2016 NFL Week 10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups


Offensive AND Defensive pickups for week 10!
These teams DO NOT play week 10 (bye week):
Buffalo Bills
Detroit Lions
Indianapolis Colts
Oakland Raiders
 
Running Back (RB)
 
Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 41.7% of all ESPN leagues):
We'll call Ivory the best of a bad waiver wire bunch this week.  He saw most of the ground work, getting 18 carries to Yeldon's 7.  The Jags' new Offensive Coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett, looks like he could have more success using the backfield than his predecessor.  However, it'll be up to Ivory to hold on to the ball.  He's lost control of the ball 4 weeks in a row, and could be losing control of what's left of his timeshare in Jacksonville's backfield.  Nevertheless, he could be the back to own if he can just hang on. 
 
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 12.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The 5'11", 225 lb undrafted rookie Auburn Tiger gained 31 yards on 11 rushes and added another 24 yards on 4 catches in a matchup against the Falcons.  Going into last Thursday night's game, the Bucs' backfield situation was as clear as mud.  However, a season-ending injury to the Bucs' other back, Antone Smith, makes Barber the primary ball carrier.  Veteran Mike James causes concern for fantasy managers who just picked up Barber, as does the status of Doug Martin.  However, owners can be confident in the skills of Barber, a patient, shifty runner.  He can get around the ball to take the ball upfield, but he'll also wait for his blocks to set up, then hit the hole hard.  He rushed 248 times for 1071 yards and 13 scores during his college years, garnering 238 rushes for 1017 yards and all 13 of those touchdowns during his sophomore year.  Need NFL proof of performance?  Barber rushed for 84 yards and  hit paydirt on 12 carries in week 7 against the 49ers.  He'll be a good streamer this week when he and the Bucs take on the Bears in Tampa Bay.  Continue to monitor the statuses of
Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers moving forward.  Their health will cut into Barber's production.
 
Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 37.5% of all ESPN leagues):
ESPN's Mike Triplett indicated that thhe Saints' backfield "would be a timeshare, for a little while, at least."  That materialized Sunday, as Hightower received nearly twice as many totes as Ingram.  There's 2 things I have issue with here: 1. Ingram was far more productive than Hightower, averaging over 10.5 yards per carry over Hightower's 3.8.  Buyer beware: the Saints play the Broncos, Panthers, and Rams, 3 of the league's top rushing defenses in the coming weeks.  Get Hightower if you're desperate.  After all, Latavius Murray did have a hat trick (3 touchdowns) against the Broncos during week 9. 
 
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Denver Broncos (currently owned on 4.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The 5'11", 203 lb back out of Colorado could be a decent streaming option this week against the Saints.  Bibbs could find his way onto the field via the passing game.  If Kubiak wants to keep his suddenly susceptible defense off of the field, he could go run-heavy.  Bibbs could spell Booker for a few carries. 
 
Wide Receiver (WR)
 
Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 5.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Humphries tops the list of options at wideout this week in an injury-depleted corps of wideouts.  With Vincent Jackson on IR, and Mike Evans in concussion protocol, Humphries will look for success against a very young, inexperienced Bears secondary.  Buyer beware: Jameis Winston suffered a knee injury in his game against the Falcons.  If Winston can't go, Humphries will be catching passes from Mike Glennon, which means Humphries' performance could suffer. 
 
Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 11.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Matthews has 3 scores in 2 weeks, catching 2 of those touchdowns against an underrated Chargers defense.  The Titans' defense will be tested against Aaron Rodgers in a possible offensive shootout.  He'll face a banged-up Packers sexondary to boot, meaning Matthews could have a good day.  Mariota's ability to extend plays with his legs, allowing Matthews to get open, will be the difference in this game.  He'll also take on the Colts in week 10 and the Bears in week 11, followwed by a Bye.  Matthews is a low-end flex at this point.
 
Kenny Britt, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 50.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Okay, this is a bit of a stretch.  Kenny Brit has struggled, and struggled, and struggled some more since coming into the league.  As a matter of fact, Britt's best year was 2010, when he played in just 12 games, but managed to catch 42 passes for 775 yards and 9 touchdowns.  He'll match up against a generous Jets secondary which means he could be a good streaming option this week. 
 
Tight End (TE)
 
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 38.7% of all ESPN leagues):
With Mike Evans possibly out with a concussion and Vincent Jackson on injured reserve, Brate will look to get more involved in the Bucs' passing attack.  He caught 5 passes for 43 yards against the Falcons, and should see more targets in this week's matchup against the Bears' soft secondary.  While he doesn't post massive yardage amounts, he's one of the biggest receiving options for the Bucs.  He'll be a valuable redzone target and touchdown threat.
 
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 52.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Ertz had a much-needed breakout game this week.  He started off getting hurt in week 1 and it's been a long road back.  He's seen his fantasy ownership steadily decline in the past few weeks due to lack of usage, but he rewarded those who stayed patient with him.  Now that it seems like he's turned things around, he'll look to stay involved in the passing game.  They'll be chasing points against a high-powered Falcons offense that puts up jaw-dropping numbers through the air.  If Ertz is available in your league, grab him now.
 
Lance Kendricks, TE, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 19.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Kendrick's stock is steadily rising, and it will continue to rise.  He got very involved in the passing game this week catching 7 targets for 90 yards.  He could get even more involved this week.  The Jets have been stingy against the run, which means the Rams will need to go through the air to win this game. 
 
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in % of all ESPN leagues):
With Tamme out, Hooper snagged 3 targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in week 9 against the Falcons.  He should see additional work in the passing game if Tamme can't go.
 
Quarterback (QB)
 
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 26.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Flacco could be a great addition to any roster at the moment.  Mike Wallace burned the Steelers' defense for 124 yards and a touchdown on 4 catches.  While players have a history of going off against their former teams, Wallace has totalled 14 catches for 244 yards and a score in the last 2 games.  He got Steve Smith Sr back this week.  If that still isn't good enough, they face the Browns and Cowboys.  Finally, the ground game really struggled this week.  Flacco threw for 302 yards, 2 scores, and 2 picks in their first meeting in Cleveland.
 
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 3.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Why is the turnover machine aka Jay Cutler in this column this week?  Here's 3 reasons.  1. The Bears are coming off a bye week, giving them ample time to prepare.  They're also still technically in the hunt for the NFC North title with all teams struggling in that division.  They have a reason to play to win.  It's gut check time.  2. The Bears get all of their weapons back, including one Marquess Wilson, 6'4", 206 lbs.  With Meredith at 6'3", 203 lbs, Jeffery at 6'3", 218 lbs, and TE Miller at 6'5", 243 lbs.  Interior linemen Josh Sitton and Kyle Long also return, which means Cutler actually gets time to throw it.  3. If Cutler threw for 252 yards and a score against Minnesota, think what he could do against the Bucs' 27th-ranked pass defense.  Cutler could be a very sneaky start this week. 
 
Defense / Special Teams (D/ST)
 
Baltimore Ravens (D/ST)
With most of the linebacking corps and secondary healthy, this defense shouldn't have trouble against a struggling Browns offense.  Besides, they held Big Ben, Brown, Bell, and the Steelers to just 14 points last week.
 
Los Angeles Rams (D/ST)
Keep an eye on the status of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who sprained his MCL last week, but was able to return to the game.  If he can't go, the Jets will face a vicious Rams pass rush with their 3rd string quarterback.  Even if Fitz can go, this pass rush could still force him into some mistakes. 

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