The Waiver Wire 11/10
Updated at 5pm
As I said over at WEEI this morning, tt's crunch time in seasonal fantasy leagues. Week 10 will go a long way to deciding the fate of many of our teams. And, let's face it, this is a season when almost everybody is scrambling to compensate for lost talent, whether it be Arian Foster, Le'Veon Bell, Jamaal Charles or maybe a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger. Times are tough all over.
This is the expanded wire and I will be updating this article throughout the day with more players who may be available in deeper formats.
The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!
Derek Carr, Raiders, 67 percent
Carr is producing like a fantasy starter, and with the talent around him he should continue to do so. He's just worked though the toughest part of his schedule and he did so while posting big numbers. Carr needs to be owned in all leagues.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 52 percent
He's a top-10 quarterback by the numbers and his schedule lightens up nicely going forward. There are no scary matchups left on his docket and he has the weapons to keep posting startable numbers. Bortles should be owned in all leagues.
Jameis Winston, Bucs, 28 percent
Here's yet another young passer with a favorable closing schedule. Winston only needs to get his targets back on the field. If Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins come back this week, the No. 1 overall selection becomes a very playable commodity in all leagues. The amazing thing is that he's been very good the last three weeks without them.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills, 50 percent
He's been a godsend for Rex Ryan and the Bills and he's got plenty of fantasy appeal but the key is the health of his weapons. Taylor was great last week, but he had both of his running backs healthy and he had Sammy Watkins eating up coverage and making plays downfield. Taylor will be playable on Thursday, against the Jets, if he has Watkins and LeSean McCoy. He's a good play the rest of the way as long as those skill guys, particularly Watkins, are on the field.
Marcus Mariota, Titans, 35 percent
He came out firing after his injury and he looked pretty good. Making the performance against New Orleans more impressive was the fact that he did it without Kendall Wright, one of his more dependable weapons. Mariota’s schedule is not all that friendly and he has Carolina this week, but he is a potentially valuable matchup play. I also think you will see him run more with Whisenhunt running the team and as his knee gets closer to 100 percent.
Joe Flacco, Ravens, 53 percent
He's playable when the matchup is right, and this is one of those weeks as the Jaguars are in town. Flacco's solid play is impressive when you consider that he's done it without much healthy talent around him. Of course, that's not changing. He's not Winston -- waiting for the healthy guys. His players come back next year for the most part. The one exception is rookie Breshad Perriman. He could be back for the final month.
Matt Hasselbeck, Colts, 1 percent
He will be the starter after the bye and potentially for the rest of the fantasy schedule. Andrew Luck is out 2-6 weeks with a lacerated kidney. Hasselbeck was efective enough to be used in big leagues in certain situations.
James Starks, Packers, 41 percent
This is trickier than it might seem. Eddie Lacy is still the guy and the Packers keep talking about getting healthy and/or "going." So as well as Starks has played, he is unlikely to become a lead back or gain a larger share of the gig than he has right now. Still, having said that, Starks is a player who absolutely needs to be owned in all leagues. He is a playable back until proven otherwise and Green Bay's offense is a great platform for posting fantasy numbers.
Ryan Mathews, Eagles, 57 percent
His role is unlikely to change barring injury, but Mathews is carving out a legit role with his excellent running. He's currently the fresher back when compared to DeMarco Murray, and I expect him to continue posting RB2 and flex-level stats. Mathews has to be owned in all leagues and DeMarco Murray owners would be wise to go after him. Backs get hurt ... if you haven't noticed.
Karlos Williams, Bills, 38 percent
Williams seems to do better with 10 touches than he does with 20. He's that classic No. 2 back who lights up a tired defense. He reminds me of guys like Marion Barber III and Lamont Jordan in that regard. Williams has weekly flex appeal as long as he is healthy, and he needs to be owned in all leagues. Go get him, especially if you rely on LeSean McCoy.
Alfred Blue, Texans, 49 percent
Blue has a chance to be the lead back in Houston. We've seen what he can do when given a big workload. It makes a lot of sense for the Texans to use Blue to pound the football and set up some play-action opportunities in the passing game. I mean, what else are they going to do? Blue should be owned everywhere this week and he could end up being a nice starting option down the stretch. How Houston deploys its backs this week will be a harbinger. If it's a thick committee, then Blue will be droppable in smaller leagues.
Duke Johnson, Browns, 52 percent
He's the best back in Cleveland and it gets more apparent every week. Why did the coaches play Robert Turbin (who was just released) so much? The quick and easy answer is because they are the Cleveland coaches. This is a team that cuts Charles Johnson and Willie Snead but spends big dollars to secure the services of Dwayne Bowe. So, depending on them making good decisions is like betting your mortgage on the snap distribution in the Patriots backfield. Still, Johnson is healthy and running well. He is the most dangerous player they have on offense and I expect his usage to increase. He should be owned in all PPR leagues and all 12-team leagues.
Isaiah Crowell, Browns, 33 percent
In standard leagues (non-PPR), he may have more value than Johnson. Crowell was really running hard last week and he'll have flex appeal if that continues. The release of Robert Turbin is a positive sign.
Shane Vereen, Giants, 56 percent
In PPR leagues, Vereen is carving out some weekly appeal. I'd be adding him if he is available as he seems to be getting more and more comfortable working with Eli Manning. He's the one back in the Giants' four-headed backfield who has a unique skill set. I think you will keep getting what you've been getting and perhaps a little more.
Antonio Andrews, Titans, 51 percent
He is not a long-term solution because rookie David Cobb is more talented, but it appears that Andrews will be able to hold Cobb off for another week or so while the rookie continues to get into playing shape. His schedule is less than favorable and he has a low ceiling, but he can definitely help you if you need a RB2 in the short term.
Taiwan Jones, Raiders, 3 percent
Latavius Murray was concussed on Sunday and he could miss this week's game. That makes Taiwan Jones a very interesting player for Week 10. If he starts, and I suspect he will, he has major upside. Think Dion Lewis, but in the Raiders offense. If you own Murray, Jones is a way to protect your fantasy posterior. He's also a potentially cheap start this week for anybody who needs one -- assuming Murray doesn't rebound quickly. It was a pretty serious shot that he took, so I am betting that he misses a game.
Charles Sims, Bucs, 32 percent
He's playing very well and is the clear number two option behind Doug Martin. If I was relying on Martin in most any league, I would make a point of owning Sims as a handcuff. That said, Sims has some stand alone flex appeal in 12-team PR leagues.
James White, Patriots, 4 percent
Brandon Bolden is also a factor, but he never seems to get more than a tactical role. Maybe it's because he has issues staying healthy and maybe it's his role as a special teamer. Either way, Bolden seems to be a role player for better or worse. White, in my view, projects to gain the most value due to Dion Lewis' injury. If you are adding a Patriots RB this week, White is the guy I would go after. He's nowhere near as electric as Lewis, but he is a solid back, who can function in all situations. He'll have some value.
Joique Bell, Lions, 25 percent
Bell is a mediocre back but he is trusted by the coaching staff. My guess is that rookie Ameer Abdullah ends up being the guy, but it's possible that Bell hangs on to the role for a while because the coaching staff is trying to clean up Abdullah's ball security. Bell has flex appeal at best, but that may be what you need if you have a running back shortage on your roster.
David Cobb, Titans, 17 percent
Cobb may not happen as quickly as some though and that's because Antonio Andrew has performed well. Cobb is still the more talented player, but he needs to get into better condition according to the coaching statff.
Shaun Draughn, 49ers, 2 percent
He was the guy for the 49ers and it's a good bet that he will continue in that role until Carlos Hyde returns, and there's no guaranty that he does. Just bear in mind that the 49ers are off this week. They play at Seattle in Week 11.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals, 55 percent
This is a big opportunity if he is available in your league. Floyd has been hot and he was obviously let go in a lot of leagues last week due to the Cardinals' bye. Go get Floyd if you can. He is scoring touchdowns (three straight games) and I expect it to continue. He has weekly WR3 appeal in all leagues. Floyd has a nice playoff schedule, for those looking to add a cheap postseason weapon.
Davante Adams, Packers, 72 percent
I have seen this guy on a few waiver wires in leagues I am in, so check that out in your league. He's a must-add player in all leagues if you can get him.
Marvin Jones, Bengals, 47 percent
He's boom or bust, but he's a good weapon and he is past his bye week, so he is useful if you are feeling the bye week crunch in Week 10. It's a four-team bye week which, while lighter than Week 9, is still rough.
Kamar Aiken, Ravens, 41 percent
Aiken was dumped in a lot of leagues because of his Week 9 bye. Right now he is the favorite for targets in Baltimore. He may lack upside, but he has a decent floor, especially in PPR formats.
Chris Givens, Ravens, 1 percent
If you want to swing for the fences, Givens is a potential long ball. He's a fit for Joe Flacco's deep game and he's on a depth chart that is leaking talent faster than Ravens management can replace it. His targets should continue to rise and I expect to see some big plays soon. I'd be adding Givens in all leagues but particularly bigger standard formats. He could have big weekly upside going forward. Use him as a WR3 in big leagues and stash him in smaller ones with adequate bench space.
Kendall Wright, Titans, 57 percent
His knee is bothering him and he missed Week 9 and got cut in a lot of leagues. That's an opportunity for you if you are in a PPR league. Wright is a favored target for rookie Marcus Mariota, who is back and looking good after his win over the Saints in Big Easy. I expect Wright to return this week or next week at the latest. Go get him if you need a receiver.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles, 24 percent
Agholor was held out last week even though he practiced all week. Chip Kelly said it was for precautionary reasons. He should return against Miami this week, and as I have been saying, he has plenty of upside once he is back, especially in PPR formats.
Dorial Green-Beckham, Titans, 13 percent
He's a great add if you can get him because he's playable in big leagues and has a lot more ceiling than most of the guys out there. Just don't expect the world. He's as much of a stash player as a guy you want in your lineup.
Rueben Randle, Giants, 39 percent
He'll get you something on most weeks, though he is not the dynamic player he's been at times in 2014 and 2013. My guess is that the sore knees he had this Summer are still an issue. The bottom line is that he's a weekly threat to score and he can help you in deeper leagues.
Devin Funchess, Panthers, 14 percent
He’s a player to add in deep leagues and he’s on the radar in smaller ones. The panthers are going places and they need to develop another red zone weapon. Funchess could be that guy. He should be picked up in leagues with 12 or more teams.
Tyler Lockett, Seahawks, 14 percent
Lockett was slowed several weeks back by a hip injury, but I think he could be ready to take off down the stretch. He’s the most explosive receiver on the roster because he is so versatile. He can separate quickly and he can get deep on double moves. He’s a player to own in 12-team leagues. If there’s a breakout receiver in Seattle, this is probably the guy. If Paul Richardson comes back at 100 percent, he is another possibility.
Robert Woods, Bills, 20 percent
He was silent last week, but the Bills only had to throw 12 times to win the game, so it's a bit of an outlier. He's a starter now, so he has a chance to post numbers every week. He has some value in bigger formats.
Dontrelle Inman, Chargers, 8 percent
He's a player to consider in deep leagues because San Diego is running out of receivers. He can't help you this week, but if Malcom Floyd's injury is serious, Inman will be starting for a while.
Jacob Tamme, Falcons, 26 percent
This could be real now. Tamme has now been targeted in a significant way for five straight games and he is starting to produce some nice PPR numbers. Go get him now if you need some tight end help. He's viable in all leagues sizes right now. The Falcons are off this week, so look elsewhere if bye week help is what you seek.
Eric Ebron, Lions, 24 percent
I like his closing schedule and I like that he had his bye week to heal and get his knee right. Ebron has a lot of upside in Detroit's non-Joe Lombardi offense. I'd be adding him in any league where he is available.
Charles Clay, Bills, 49 percent
Don't let last week's zero-point dud fool you. The Bills barely threw the ball at all. It won't be that way every week. Clay should be a top-12 tight end down the stretch. Treat him that way and add him if you need a tight end. The Bills are past their bye week and they have a solid schedule down the stretch.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bucs, 34 percent
They held him out last week (shoulder) due to an abundance of caution, but the big talented tight end should return for Week 10 and he will step into a sizable role if that happens. The second year tight end is a serious red zone weapon and will have TE1 appeal as soon as he is starting.
Richard Rodgers, Packers, 24 percent
He caught two scores last week after a month of relative inactivity. He's past his bye week and he's going to continue to be a red zone factor the rest of the way. Rodgers is a viable play every week, but is obviously touchdown-dependent.
Crockett Gillmore, Ravens, 8 percent
He was dumped in a lot of leagues due to his Week 9 bye, but Gillmore was just getting healthy and could continue to trend upward in the coming weeks. He can help you down the stretch, especially in bigger leagues. Let's face it, Joe Flacco needs viable targets.
Clive Walford, Raiders, 1 percent
His one catch went for a score, but he was targeted five times, so his role is growing. Walford is a capable tight end in all phases of the game. He can become an every down player at some point soon if he continues to impress. He’s a great pickup in long term formats and a solid stash option in big redraft leagues. He’s scored in two out of the last three games and his targets have risen in each of those weeks.
Garrett Celek, 49ers, 1 percent
Vernon Davis is a Bronco and Celek has been active for most of the year--getting targted only 5 fewer times than Davis on the season so far. In his first game after Davis' departure, Celek scored twice on two targets. He's a player to add in deep leagues if you are looking for depth at tight end and he's a player to keep an eye on in medium sized leagues.
Grab the Bengals (71 percent) or Jets (73 percent) if either happens to be out there. After that looks at these teams….
Pittsburgh Steelers, 42 percent
They are a top ten defense on the season and you can still get them in a lot of leagues. Their matchup this week with the Browns is not scary at all. In fact, they matchup perfectly to stop Cleveland.
Cleveland Browns, 8 percent
If you need a play this week that won’t kill you, this is a decent move. The Steelers are banged up and will be without Big Ben. DeAngelo Williams will play, but at less than 100 percent. There’s some opportunity here.
Minnesota Vikings, 49 percent
I like them as a rest of the way play, but they have a so-so matchup at Oakland this week, so be aware of that.
Chicago Bears, 2 percent
They play Rams and Nick Foles and he is a little short-handed at receiver. Getting a few turnovers is certainly possible.
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