Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 10

Top waiver wire pickups for Week 10

11/5/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

We saw some players receive expanded roles in Week 9, and many more players should get an uptick in playing time next week due to injuries. Here are the top players who are likely available in your fantasy league:

Note: This list includes only players who are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Quarterbacks

Jay Cutler (CHI): 
Everyone dumped Cutler after his Week 7 groin injury, but he has recovered faster than anticipated and looks on track to start in Week 10. What Cutler will bring back to Chicago's offense is a career-high 91.7 passer rating and 12 touchdowns. He now has a blossoming Alshon Jeffery to throw to, forcing defenses to pay attention to more than just Brandon Marshall. He's a back-end QB1 with a juicy fantasy playoff schedule, so if you don't have an elite option at quarterback, grabbing Cutler isn't a bad idea.

Nick Foles (PHI): Let's not go overboard with Foles here - he's not going to set more records any time soon. What he has done, however, is secure a starting job for the foreseeable future in an uptempo offense. He unfortunately can not play against the Raiders' porous secondary every week, but he is worth plug-n-play consideration against teams like the Redskins, who the Eagles will play in Week 11.

Case Keenum (HOU): It looks like Keenum will be holding on to the Texans' starting quarterback job. An aggressive, wing-it-downfield type signal caller, Keenum let's his receivers go up and make big plays - not a bad strategy when you have Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins on your squad. With both running backs banged up, the Texans may have to rely a bit more on the pass than they had planned, but I don't think they mind that so much with the way Keenum has been playing. Set to face OAK, NE, and JAX twice down the stretch, it's a good time to add Keenum if you need a quarterback.

Running Backs

Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) celebrates a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsChris Ivory (NYJ): 
I thought that Ivory was poised for a big year with the Jets as long as he stayed healthy, and I was shocked early in the season when he struggled to get anything going. He now seems to be getting comfortable behind an underrated Jets offensive line, and head coach Rex Ryan is giving him the bulk of the carries. Ivory's vicious, tenacious running style perfectly embodies what Ryan wants in a running back, and as long as he is healthy, Ivory should continue to get plenty of work and pound defenses into submission. Week 8's 49-9 loss was an outlier for Ivory (six carries, 11 yards) that can not be taken too seriously, as Ivory is an injury-prone, early-down back - there is no reason to play him in a blowout. That blowout loss is bookended by two hundred-yard performances in which Ivory has averaged 121.5 rushing yards per game.

Andre Brown (NYG): Set to return from a broken leg in Week 10, Brown needs to be picked up in anticipation of him becoming the lead back for the Giants. Brandon Jacobs, Peyton Hillis, and Michael Cox are not reliable options, and Brown is a 26-year-old who averaged 5.3 yards per carry last year with eight touchdowns in ten games. The Giants' offensive line is playing much better than they were earlier in the season, so Brown should be able to find some holes and put up nice numbers. I wouldn't play him this week, as he has not played in live action since August, but he should get a big enough workload to use as a fantasy starter in Week 11.

Shonn Greene (TEN): The Titans' coaches said that they wanted to get Greene 15 carries in Week 9, but a rejuvenated Chris Johnson went absolutely nuts, so the Titans wisely continued to feed him his most carries since Week 2, as well as his largest total workload of the season. Greene still managed ten touches, with which he ran for 38 yards, caught a pass for 28 yards, and scored a touchdown. He should continue to get this many touches, and could get more if Johnson goes back to struggling. Greene is also the short-yardage and goal-line back, which makes him a solid pickup for owners scrambling to find a running back.
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