Before we get into the waiver wire segment for this week, I wanted to touch on a few things. First and foremost, thoughts and prayers are with both Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox and Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak for a speedy recovery.
Secondly is the fiasco surrounding the Miami Dolphins. These are grown men we’re talking about, right? Very large grown men. I certainly understand the fraternity of professional sports, but this is ridiculous. The last thing the team needs is this ludicrous distraction and now they’re in the middle of it all. Despite the reported “amicable” text exchange between G Richie Incognito and T Jonathan Martin, truth be told the rookie who incidentally has both a height and weight advantage on the veteran, should have punched Incognito in the mouth and been done with it. But sadly, Martin would have been reprimanded, suspended and sent to anger management courses for standing his ground. Sigh.
But I digress.
Let’s take a look at some players who might step up and punch your opponent in the mouth in Week 10.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – I guess I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Foles after his historic afternoon against the Oakland Raiders. While I will suggest fantasy owners look to add him if he is indeed available, just remember we’ve been down a similar road with Foles. While everything seemed to click for him this past week, all too often we’ve seen the train fall off the track the following week. That said, he more than warrants roster consideration.
Jason Campbell, Cleveland Browns – It is interesting how competent the Browns look with anyone other than QB Brandon Weeden behind center. Campbell has stepped in and like QB Brian Hoyer, has made Cleveland yet again fantasy viable. As the bye weeks continue to roll on, you could do worse than Campbell.
Case Keenum, Houston Texans – Pretty much all the pundits slammed this kid a few weeks ago prior to his first start in relief of struggling QB Matt Schaub. The “experts” slammed his lack of size, speed, arm strength, etc. Two weeks later, he’s thrown for 621 yards and four touchdowns. While at it, WR Andre Johnson is Andre Johnson again. Halleluiah.
Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders – Alert the media, RB Darren McFadden is hurt again. Picking up the pieces for the Oakland Raiders would be Jennings, and he’s been surprisingly solid. Should McFadden miss any (more) time with the hamstring injury, Jennings could add a nice punch to your lineup.
Dennis Johnson, Houston Texans – Who? Well, with RB Arian Foster ailing and fellow RB Ben Tate running gingerly with those cracked ribs, Houston is leaning on their third option more and more. That option would be Johnson, not exactly a household name, but someone to keep an eye on and on the radar should his involvement continue to grow.
Darrel Young, Washington Redskins – Like the aforementioned Nick Foles, a player who I would be doing a disservice to if I didn’t mention. That said, he’s a converted linebacker, asked to play fullback and against the Chargers was the flavor of the day at the goal line. Bottom line he is the third option, but if his role continues in this manner, he is worth monitoring.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers – The Carolina Panthers activated Stewart this past week and wasted no time in getting him into the lineup. In limited action, Stewart was solid and only complicates an already complicated backfield in Carolina. That said, he is their best player at the position and if he remains unclaimed in your league, the time is now to act.
Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles – With anyone else at the quarterback position for the Eagles, Cooper is barely a blip on the fantasy radar. However there is a definite chemistry with QB Nick Foles and as long as he’s behind center, you have to consider Cooper. With a favorable schedule on the horizon, the Gator alum could be in for a nice run. However bear in mind, if Foles isn’t behind center all bets are off.
Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots – As the roles of the Patriots receivers become more defined, due to performance, health or whatnot, certain players will see an increase in value. No player saw more of a dramatic increase in their viability than Dobson. If he is available, the Patriots pending bye week may cause him to fly under the radar. If that is the case, make a play for him now and don’t look back.
Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars – With WR Justin Blackmon jettisoned for the season and on his way to rehab, Brown will most likely be the beneficiary of additional snaps, targets and production moving forward. Playing across from teammate WR Cecil Shorts III isn’t such a terrible thing, and Brown could ultimately find his way to some solid garbage-time fantasy heroics.
David Nelson, New York Jets – Rumor has it that WR Jeremy Kerley is dealing with a “serious” elbow injury sustained this past week’s game. If he is to miss any time, Nelson will be called on to step up and will see a decided increase in targets and overall production. If you are starving somewhat at the receiver position, Nelson is worth a shot.
Lavon Brazill, Indianapolis Colts – What??? WR Darius Heyward-Bey is hurt? No. With WR Reggie Wayne already lost for the season, if Hey-Bey’s inability to stay on the field becomes an issue, look for the youngster Brazill to step in and make some noise for the Colts. He’s a definite risk, but isn’t that par for the course being a week 10 waiver wire candidate? That said, he could very well surprise.
Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills – Even before the Bills wide receivers started dropping like flies, Chandler was a heavily targeted option for Buffalo. With multiple injuries to Buffalo’s wide receiving corps, look for the sure-handed Chandler’s involvement to continue to increase. He’s a rock solid play moving forward and worth an add.
Zack Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles – Like there is a definite chemistry between QB Nick Foles and WR Riley Cooper, some of that magic elixir is overflowing and made its way over to the Eagles young tight end as well. Ertz is the future of the position for the Eagles and look for him to make a splash down the stretch.
John Carlson, Minnesota Vikings – With starting TE Kyle Ruldolph out for the foreseeable future with a broken foot, Carlson steps (no pun intended) in and assumes the number one gig. Truth be told the production from the position with Rudolph in the lineup was hard to figure, so other than a plug and play situation, be wary of expecting too much from Carlson. That said, GO IRISH!!! When one Irish TE gets a bum paw, you roll out another!!
See everyone later this week!
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