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Fantasy Football: Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 10

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Two tough bye weeks are now nearly in the rearview mirror for fantasy football owners, as six teams were idle in both Week 8 and Week 9. There are now just three bye weeks left on the schedule, and Week 10 has the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets idle. So that leaves some notable players (Jamaal Charles, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski) and other possible starting options unavailable to their owners, but it’s very possible a lot of fantasy owners will be unaffected by byes this coming week. But adding depth via the waiver wire is still critical as the season winds down, even if an owner is resigned to purely playing spoiler at this point.

My list of waiver wire recommendations this week again focuses on players who are available in over half of Yahoo! leagues right now, and that should mostly hold true regardless of your league host. I have also tried to hone in on players that have not appeared on my list before, but it’s always possible someone may have appeared here early in the season, then fell off the radar due to injury or poor play more recently and has now resurfaced to become a viable fantasy option again.

I have also tried, once again, to look beyond one-week “plug and plays” toward players (or team defenses) that can have a lasting impact for fantasy owners during a crucial stretch of weeks.

Here are my “Waiver Wire Pickups” for Week 10 as fantasy owners look to prepare for stretch run.

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Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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Foles returned to action and started on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, and he did not disappoint with 406 passing yards and seven touchdowns in the game. That performance is unlikely to be repeated, to say the least, but there is no reason for him to not continue starting for the Eagles regardless of Michael Vick’s health. Starting in Week 10 against the Green Bay Packers, five of Philadelphia’s final seven opponents entered Week 9 in the bottom half of the league against opposing quarterbacks (ESPN scoring), including three (Washington Redskins-Week 11, Minnesota Vikings-Week 15, Dallas Cowboys-Week 17) in the bottom five. Be aware that the Eagles have a bye in Week 12, but otherwise Foles is a worthy addition as a QB2 with upside.

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Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans

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Keenum threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts, and he now has 621 passing yards in his first two NFL starts. His next two matchups against the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders are not overly favorable, but after that the Jacksonville Jaguars, who came into Week 9 allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (19.5 per game, ESPN scoring), are on the slate two times in a three-week span. At the very least Keenum seems to have a hold on the starting job, and that makes him worth consideration as a QB2 in 12 and 14-team leagues.

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Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants

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Brown is slated to return as the Giants come out of their bye in Week 10, and he should immediately usurp Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis on the depth chart. He should at minimum be the primary goal line option for New York (eight rushing touchdowns in 10 games last season), and Brown is still available in over 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers

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Starks had seven carries for 57 yards and a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8 after missing multiple games with a knee injury, and Packers’ offensive coordinator Tom Clements hinted at a continuing role for him for him going forward. Eddie Lacy is still the top option in Green Bay’s backfield, but if Starks sees a solid level of work Monday night against the Chicago Bears his ownership percentage will surely rise.

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Mike James, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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James had his best game of the season Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, with 28 carries for 158 yards and two receptions along with a touchdown pass in the game. Week 10 brings an easier matchup against the Miami Dolphins, who came into Week 9 allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs (20.3 per game, ESPN scoring) and allowed 147 rushing yards and two touchdowns to Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis last Thursday night. James is close to not being eligible for this list (48 percent ownership in Yahoo! leagues), but for now owners that need running back depth can grab him.

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Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints

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Moore had six receptions for 70 yards against the New York Jets on Sunday, and he now has nine catches over the last two games since returning from a hand injury. The Saints’ pass catchers are fairly banged up right now, with Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles all dealing with injuries, so Moore could maintain a prominent role in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys and beyond. Quarterback Drew Brees has plenty of options as his disposal, with Kenny Stills, Nick Toon and Robert Meachem also in the mix for targets, but Moore is back on the radar in fantasy leagues and is a viable depth option in 12 and 14-team leagues.

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Graham Gano, K, Carolina Panthers

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Gano made all four of his extra points and went 2-for-2 on field goals against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and he is now 12-for-12 on field goals this season with at least seven points (ESPN scoring) in six of his last seven games. A couple of tough matchups are coming in Week 10 (San Francisco 49ers) and Week 11 (New England Patriots), but Week 12 (Miami Dolphins) and Week 13 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) are against teams that entered Week 9 in the bottom 10 of the league against opposing kickers. The Panthers are going well offensively right now and there are no obvious bad weather games on the schedule, so Gano is worth adding in 12-and 14-team leagues.

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Miami Dolphins Defense

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The Dolphins intercepted Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton three times in Week 9 and sacked him five times, including a return for a touchdown by cornerback Brent Grimes and a sack for a safety by Cameron Wake. They now have 12 sacks over their last three games and at least seven fantasy points (ESPN scoring) in each of their last four games. A fairly favorable matchup is coming in Week 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have a rookie quarterback and have had their skill position talent thinned by injuries. After that they will get a few more favorable-looking matchups against the New York Jets (Week 13 and Week 17), Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 14) and Buffalo Bills (Week 16) as the season winds down, making the vastly under-owned Miami defense (nine percent in Yahoo! leagues) a potential difference maker for fantasy owners.