Tuesday, November 4, 2014


By Will Hoover

The week 10 waiver wire will be a busy one. With six teams on their bye week many key players will have to be replaced on fantasy rosters. Hopefully you’ve planned ahead and secured some nice replacements before this week’s rush. Some owners will surely be claiming multiple players to patch their rosters together for the week. This week’s list includes some nice replacements plus some recent break out players and players who are primed for to break out. Below I’ll list my waiver wire prospects for week 10 with their position, current ownership percentage (espn leagues) and their week 10 opponent. 
1. Mike Evans: WR, 31.6% ownership, WK 10 vs Falcons
As the seventh pick of the first round expectations have been high for Mike Evans. A struggling offense and inconsistent quarterback play have limited Evans’ opportunities to shine. Last week that changed, with Vincent Jackson being shadowed by Joe Hayden quarterback Mike Glennon looked Evans’ way more often. Week 9 was Mike Evans first 100 yard receiving game, also his first multi score game with two touchdowns. At 6’ 5” and 231lbs Evans is an easy target to find downfield. Evans’ sure hands have earned the trust of QB Mike Glennon and it shows with his increased targets of late. The only thing I could see hurting Evans’ continued break out would be for Coach Lovie Smith switching back to Josh McCown at quarterback.  Otherwise sign Mike Evans and start him with confidence, especially this week versus the Falcons who are allowing the third most passing yards per game.

2. Terrance West, RB, 30.9% ownership, WK10 @ Bengals
Many owners drafted Terrance West in the mid to late rounds in hopes he would compete with Ben Tate for carries in the Browns backfield. The rookie third rounder from Towson state was thought by many to be the most gifted running back in the draft. Instead it’s been a guessing game week to week which running back will start. Last week West led the three Browns running backs in carries, yards and touchdowns. West should get the start in week 10 versus the Bengals but remember Isiah Crowell and Ben Tate are looming and looking for any chance to steal carries from West. Add West now foe a bye week fill in or possible flex play, but be sure to watch the Browns backfield situation going forward.

3. Martavis Bryant: WR, 21.9% ownership, WK 10 @ Jets
For the second week in a row Martavis Bryant has made the list. Still available in 78% of leagues Bryant is a must add. With 5 touchdowns in 3 games Bryant has burst on to the scene and helped propel the Steelers new found offensive assault. The rookie should add to his tremendous touchdown streak this week versus the sub-par Jets secondary. Sign Bryant and start him as a bye week replacement or until the Steelers offense cools down.

4. Carson Palmer: QB, 42.8%  ownership, WK 10 vs Rams
With some of the top fantasy quarterbacks on bye in week 10, look no further than Carson Palmer as a nice replacement. Since his return from nerve damage in his throwing arm Palmer has been good. Throwing 9 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions over that span, Palmer has yet to throw less than 249 yards in a single game this season. This week Palmer faces the Rams and their disappointing defense. I fully expect Palmer to have a good day at home and throw all over the Rams secondary. It’s hard to believe but Palmer is close to a must start this week. Add Carson Palmer for a starter quality quarterback or as a great bye week substitute.

5. Alfred Blue: RB, 7% ownership, WK 10 BYE
Arian Foster went down in week 9 with a groin injury. The Texans have been very quiet about the severity of Foster’s injury. While Foster downplayed the injury initially it’s hard to say how much time he could miss. Fortunately the bye week gives time for Foster to heal and the Texans time to assess the situation. If Foster misses considerable time (often with groin injuries) Alfred Blue could become Alfred Gold as his value would increase tremendously in the Texans run heavy offense. Pick up Blue and wait and see how Foster heals over the bye week. Even if Foster plays week 11 there is an increased liability with his knee and now groin injuries. Make Alfred Blue your insurance policy and handcuff him to Foster.

6. Mark Sanchez: QB, .4% ownership, WK 10 vs Panthers
Nick Foles is to miss 6 to 8 weeks with a broken collarbone. Mark Sanchez has been waiting for his opportunity to pilot the Eagles high powered, fast paced offense. Sanchez looked great this preseason leading to trade speculation which the Eagles ignored. Now the Eagles are glad they kept Sanchez as their season is now in his hands. Last week Mark Sanchez looked good at times throwing for over 200 yards and 2 touchdowns, although it was his 2 interceptions that tempered Eagles fans excitement. This week looks to be a great opportunity for Sanchez to put up big fantasy numbers. Facing the Panthers pathetic pass defense Sanchez could be a great start. Add Mark Sanchez for a bye week fill in or to replace Nick Foles on your roster.

7. Charles Sims: RB, 29.9% ownership, WK10 vs Falcons
Another player from last week’s list. Sims is anxiously waiting to take the field and make his presence felt. The rookie running backs skill set is compared to the Bears Matt Forte according to the Buccaneers coaching staff. With Doug Martin’s struggles and seemingly falling out of favor in Tampa, the job is open for Sims. Bobby Rainey is a decent running back but Sims is a more versatile weapon which the Buccaneers coaches hope will spark the offense. Add Sims and monitor the situation in Tampa Bay closely. If Sims plays he will have a great opportunity against the Falcons pathetic defense.

8. Mychal Rivera: TE, 2.2% ownership, WK10 vs Broncos
This year’s tight end depth across fantasy leagues is real thin. We all know the blue chips like Gronkowski, Graham and Thomas but this season there hasn’t been much after that. Some owners have been left to hit the waiver wire weekly in search of a serviceable tight end. This weeks hot add will be the Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera. Last week against the Seahawks defense (which struggles with tight ends) Rivera had 8 receptions and 2 touchdowns. Over the past two weeks Rivera has had 15 receptions for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns showing his use as a dump off option for rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Add Mychal Rivera for a solid tight end option going forward.

Other possible waiver wire options:
Mike Glennon, QB, vs Falcons
Markus Wheaton, WR, @ Jets
Kenny Britt, WR, @ Cardinals
Ryan Tannehill, QB, @ Lions
Taylor Gabriel, WR, @ Bengals
Bobby Rainey, RB, vs Falcons
Josh Gordon, WR, Suspended

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