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That’s two weeks in a row that my top few waiver targets had bad weeks, but as I mentioned in last week’s post Allen Robinson, Andre Holmes, and Donte Moncrief are all long-term plays who I still believe will provide significant value in the 2nd half of the season. I’d bet good money that one of those three players has a huge game during the fantasy football playoffs this season. My 2nd tier picks, like last week, had an impact in week 9 with Martavis Bryant, Brandon LaFell, Jordan Matthews and Bobby Rainey all having useful fantasy lines.
There were a few top 12 QBs that went down with an injury this week (Foles, Rivers, Romo), but none of them have backups that are fantasy relevant unless you are a Mark Sanchez fan for some reason. There were two potential impact injuries to RBs, Texans Arian Foster and Dolphins Lamar Miller, but it is too early too tell if either is significant. Foster has been notoriously injury-prone throughout his career and soft tissue groin injuries can take weeks to heal. Lamar Miller’s injury is being diagnosed as a stinger which should have him back in the lineup this week. Given Foster’s history, I’m grabbing Alfred Blue in at least a few leagues. Wes Welker also took a vicious hit to the back and didn’t return, but Welker has barely been relevant for fantasy purposes anyway.
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Every week on Tuesday, I will be posting my top waiver pick ups for the week. Only players owned in under 50% of Yahoo leagues will qualify. There are all sorts of leagues out there with different levels of competition and varying player pool depths, so I will have a few picks with under 50% ownership, a few under 30%, 15%, and at least one super sleeper under 5%. Most weeks I also be listing a few players that may be popular waiver adds that I think you should pass on (the Kevin Ogletrees) and I’ll give you my reasons why of course. If there are any players you have a specific question about feel free to hit me up in the comments or on Twitter.
Week 10 Waiver Wire:
RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings (38%) – NFL Network is reporting that Peterson could be reinstated immediately after reaching a plea deal today. He’s worth whatever waiver money you have left. There won’t be a player on waivers with AP’s talent again this year (or any year). I’m hearing there is a strong possibility that AP is back for the Vikings week 11 match-up with the Bears.
RB Tre Mason, Rams (38%) – Led the Rams with 19 carries this week and hopefully that will be the plan every week. He’s clearly the most talented back on the Rams roster and there is no reason for them to keep throwing Zac Stacy and Bennie Cunningham out there.
RB Bobby Rainey Bucs (46%) – Had 121 total yards and led the Bucs in carries by a wide margin. I think the Bucs will work rookie Charles Sims in slowly and with Doug Martin still hurt, Rainey should be the lead back for the next few weeks at least.
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WR Martavis Bryant, Steelers (42%) – 5 TDs in 3 games. I told you to grab him last week, he’s going to be expensive now.
WR Justin Hunter, Titans (44%) – Got 10 targets in Zach Mettenberger’s first start. Mettenberger has his flaws, but he has a cannon arm and Hunter is the team’s best deep threat. I wouldn’t break the bank for him, but Hunter is a decent upside play for a few bucks.
WR Allen Robinson, Jags (39%) – Only had 4 catches for 35 yards this week, but was targeted 8 times which has been around the norm the last four weeks (8.5 avg).