Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 10
Jake Locker (TEN): Jake Locker's injured shoulder has been deemed "nearly healed" by a source inside the Titans' organization, and this news comes on the heels of a 51-20 loss to the Bears. Matt Hasselbeck didn't play terribly while his team was being blown out, but he certainly didn't play well, averaging only 5.5 yards per pass attempt and finishing with a 70.4 quarterback rating. Locker very well may return to face Miami's 30th ranked pass defense next week. If not, he'll surely be back to face the Jaguars' 25th ranked pass defense the following week.
Marcel Reece (OAK): The Raiders are depleted at running back thanks to a misfortunate coincidence of both Darren McFadden and his backup, Mike Goodson, suffering high-ankle sprains in the same game. That leaves the Raiders with backfield options of Taiwan Jones, Owen Schmitt, and Marcel Reece. The coaching staff says that Jones needs to improve his ball security before they can trust him, and Schmitt is a fullback whose sole purpose in the league is to block. That leaves the Raiders with Reece, a wide receiver converted to a fullback who is a versatile weapon with a ton of playmaking ability. He took over the halfback role after McFadden and Goodson left the game, and should get most of the carries and plenty of receptions while those two miss time.
Vick Ballard (IND): Donald Brown was supposed to return and split carries with Ballard on Sunday, but came out of the game due to knee soreness before receiving a carry. That left Ballard to share carries with Delone Carter, who got only eight attempts compared to Ballard's 16. Ballard was also targeted six times, catching three passes for 38 yards. Playing on Thursday night, Brown will have little time to get healthy and Ballard will likely be the leader of the Colts' backfield again.
James Starks (GB): After receiving increased work in practice, Starks got the starting job for the Packers and carried the ball 17 times. Starks (17 carries, no targets) got most of the early down work, while Alex Green (11 carries, four targets) filled in as the passing down back. However, Green (4.8 YPC) was more effective running the ball than Starks (3.6), so Starks' carries could dip back down. Green is definitely the more valuable player in the Packers' backfield right now, but Starks is worth a pickup in deeper leagues.
T.Y. Hilton (IND): Hilton stepped up in a big way on Sunday, catching six balls for 102 yards and a touchdown. Though it was only his second good fantasy performance of the season, he'll likely get another shot to earn targets on Thursday with fellow wide receiver Donnie Avery ailing. Avery, who left Sunday's game with a hip injury, will have a short week to get ready for Thursday's game, and Hilton could receive the mass amount of targets Avery usually gets. Avery rarely gets much production out of his high target number, so if Hilton could put in another good performance in Avery's absence, he could earn himself the No. 2 receiver role.