Well, after 6+ days with no power I am finally back. To see my world through something other than a glaring white LED flashlight was something to behold. I must admit once restored, I was like a delighted yet confused caveman flipping light switches on, then off, then on, then off. Ooooooo….. For now, my days of foraging for wood pieces out in the field behind my house for warmth are over. I felt like Les Stroud from Survivorman. I ate a bug and actually liked it.
Well, let’s shed a little light on some possible waiver wire options for Week 10!
QB John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals – I realize he’s not glamorous but the Cardinals will likely be playing from behind and when all is said and done, he’ll come away with his points more often than not. He has the weapons at receiver to succeed, so if you are in a pickle at the QB position, and the fact that QB Kevin Kolb is a brittle, brittle man, why not?
QB Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars – Wow, the parade of all-stars continues, eh? Look, like the aforementioned Skelton, Gabbert is in a similar situation and will be playing catch-up ball most weeks. He’s worth a look.
RB Joique Bell, Detroit Lions – While RB Mikel Leshoure stole most of the thunder this past week, Bell had himself a nice game as well, with over 100 combined and a touchdown of his own. He is a solid receiver out of the backfield, and had the confidence of the Lions coaching staff in late game situations.
RB Marcel Reese, Oakland Raiders – With RB’s Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out of the game due to injury, the Raiders relied on Reese to pick up the slack. The former receiver at Washington did was a force at his old position out of the backfield and owners should take note. He is worth keeping tabs on, especially if McFadden or Goodson miss any time.. He’ll see increased opportunities and could pay dividends. If you are on the fence regarding RB Taiwan Jones, cool name aside, he is an injury and fumble risk. Blah.
RB Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers – Like Reese (notice the storylines starting to crop up as the season progresses), Redman is seeing more opportunities due to injuries to both RB Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer with pretty favorable results. You’ll want to keep close tabs on how things develop on the injury front and if Redman is called upon again, he’s a solid option.
RB Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints – Look, when and if injured RB Darren Sproles returns, it will be a maddening committee approach at running back employed by the Saints. That said, I think Ivory is by far the best option. RB Mark Ingram is an enigma, the Heisman curse having full validity and Pierre Thomas is solid, but never really overwhelms. So if you must make a play for a New Orleans ball-carrier, Ivory is probably the way to go.
WR Laurent Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars – He is back, healthy and as evidenced by his nine targets, one of QB Blaine Gabbert’s favorites down field. He’s a risky proposition due to his team situation, but could develop into a solid WR3 or flex option in a pinch.
WR Jericho Cotchery, Pittsburgh Steelers – Hey, if it wasn’t for WR Mike Wallace’s speedy 51 yard touchdown, Cotchery was well on his way to leading the Steelers in receiving against the Giants. Pressed into action after WR Antonio Brown left the game, he found himself more involved in the Steelers offensive attack.
WR Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears – He is quietly asserting himself as the definite second option at receiver next to teammate, WR Brandon Marshall. It is often discussed, but there is good chemistry from the Vanderbilt days with QB Jay Cutler, and if Marshall continues to dominate, Bennett will find more and more open space down field.
WR T.Y Hilton, Indianapolis Colts – So WR Donnie Avery left the game last week and is a question mark for week ten, and Hilton gets to showcase himself in an offense suddenly finding itself. This is a perfect opportunity for Hilton to make a case for usurping the mediocre and inconsistent Avery. My bet is he does.
WR Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions – Between him and WR Titus Young, Broyles might be the more consistent of the two, and he’s showing that in recent weeks. He is definitely worth making a play for and using down the stretch as I have a strange suspicion he’ll get better and better in this offense.
TE Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders – I mentioned him here before, and wanted to bring him to the attention of fantasy owners again. If he continues to add TD’s to those consistent receptions like he did this past Sunday, obtaining him on the wire won’t be as easy next week.
TE Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts – Of course the tight end position is incredibly hard to navigate, but you have to like the recent performances put forth by Allen. With injuries offering him more playing time as well as the maturation QB Andrew Luck, Allen has raised a few eyebrows and should be on the fantasy radar.
Have a great week!!
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