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Waiver Wire Pickups Week 10

Playoff hopeful teams can look to stash returning RBs

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Teams on a Bye: Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, Oakland


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Joe Flacco (25%)

A home game against the Cleveland Browns is exactly what you look for with Joe Flacco – especially with Steve Smith Sr. getting healthy. If you’ve got Andrew Luck, Derek Carr, or Matthew Stafford, look no further than Flacco as your bye week fill in.

Carson Wentz (38%)

He has been struggling lately but he gets a decent matchup against the Atlanta Falcons at home to turn things around. The last two quarterbacks to go up against the Falcons were Aaron Rogers and Jameis Winston, and they threw a combined seven touchdowns with zero interceptions.

Jay Cutler (8%)

He is never easy to trust, but if you need a streamer, he is going up against a generous Tampa Bay defense that has given up eight passing touchdowns over their last two games.


Chris Ivory (33%)

The time to pick up Chris Ivory has arrived. Ivory was barreling over defenders like he did last season as a Jet. He rushed for 107 yards on 18 attempts but was unable to get into the end zone. He only has one touchdown on the season, but more should be coming in the near future. It appears the injury is finally behind him, and he is a clear cut lead back while T.J. Yeldon is the secondary, change of pace back.

James Starks (18%)

If you can afford to stash a player, look no further than James Starks. Once he returns from injury, he should get all of the work, including red zone looks. There is no competition for the Green Bay running back position as the team has been hesitant to give Ty Montgomery a normal running back workload. He is aiming for a week 10 return, but even if he doesn’t play in week 10, Starks should be highly valued if you are looking for RB insurance for the playoffs.

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Dion Lewis (39%)

Another guy to be stashed is Lewis, who is aiming for a potential week 10 return as well. Lewis, who came from out of no where to be a valuable commodity at the running back position last year, is expected to return to his role as the passing back. If you own James White, this may very well be the last week he is relevant. The only two running backs to own in this offense moving forward is Lewis and LeGarrette Blount.

Other guys to add: Tim Hightower (54%), Darren Sproles, DuJuan Harris, Rob Kelley, Kenneth Dixon, Ronnie Hillman


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Rishard Matthews (30%)

Matthews was entering Sunday’s game against the Chargers as the emerging wide receiver in the Titans offense, along with Kendall Wright. When the game was over, he may have proved to everyone that he is the wide receiver to own in this offense. He scored two touchdowns, both of which were quick passes in the red zone from Marcus Mariota. Overall, he had a season high of 10 targets on the day which was also good enough for the team lead. Moving forward, Matthews looks like a good flex play and perhaps the only Titans wide receiver worth starting.

J.J. Nelson (14%)

Coming in at 5’10, 160 lbs is J.J. Nelson, the second year wide receiver responsible for replacing Michael Floyd on the Cardinals depth chart. He is known primarily for his speed, which would mean that the Cardinals will have two speed guys on the field at the same time with John Brown. With Carson Palmer not being able to go down field, the move to Nelson may signal that they want to try more short passes with guys who can create quick separation running across the field.

Marqise Lee (4%)

Lee should see more action now with Allen Hurns out after suffering a concussion on Sunday. The Jaguars offense has not been as advertised this season, but the team is known for their garbage time play that results in fantasy points. The biggest beneficiary for this injury should be Allen Robinson, who did catch a touchdown pass Sunday. But Lee, who has been the number three receiver all year, will get his shot with a quarterback who has thrown the ball 41.4 times per game, third most among quarterbacks.

Other adds: Eli Rogers (1%), Adam Humphries (19%), Dontrelle Inman (4%)


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C.J. Fiedorowicz (11%)

Brock Osweiler’s struggles have forced him to look to his tight ends more, and Fiedorowicz has benefited. He’s been a top 10 tight end over the last four weeks and has scored in three of five games.

Austin Hooper (13%)

It’s only one day, but Jacob Tamme didn’t practice on Monday. He sat out of last Thursday’s game which opened the door for for Hooper in his first NFL start. He scored a touchdown and saw six targets from Matt Ryan. If Tamme is out again, Hooper will get his fair share of targets in this powerful Falcon offense.

Cameron Brate (54%)

Mike Evans suffered a concussion in week nine, so he might not be too heavily featured in week 10. If that is the case, Cameron Brate could have a bigger role in the offense. In week nine he had six receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown.


Baltimore Ravens (41%) vs. Cleveland Browns

New York Jets (38%) vs. LA Rams

Houston Texans (42%) at Jacksonville Jaguars