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Yet another week is in the books and we have officially entered the stretch run towards the playoffs in Fantasy Football. Owners should be attempting to either secure a first round bye or clinch that final playoff spot. With the final six-team bye week over (thankfully) most teams are back to full strength, and should be looking to secure solid bench depth for the future. Do you need a hand figuring out which players to add for the future? Read on for the Waiver Wizard’s Week 10 pickups!
Add Case Keenum – Keenum came out guns blazing against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, completing 20-of-34 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns (all to Andre Johnson). Clearly, he has the starting job in hand, since he showed more spark in the opening minute of the game than Matt Schaub has all season. Keenum also brings a small amount of mobility outside of the pocket with the ability to rack up about 20 rushing yards each game to boot. The time is now to add him to your Fantasy roster. He’ll likely cost 15 percent of your total FAAB.
Drop Michael Vick – Already ruled out for Week 10 while recovering from his hamstring injury, Vick has taken a backseat to Nick Foles for the Philadelphia Eagles. At this point, I believe that the team has to give Foles a chance to start for a few weeks to see what they have. Since the upcoming draft class has a number of very highly rated quarterbacks, it makes sense to evaluate Foles thoroughly so they can determine their roster needs for future years. This leaves the oft-injured Vick sitting on the bench. It is a shame given his talent, but since he can’t stay healthy for any stretch of time, they have no other choice.
Add Mike Tolbert – Let’s get a few facts out of the way before I dive into why you should add Tolbert. First and foremost, the Carolina Panthers backfield is a bit of a mess; they still have DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart recently returned to action. Second, both Williams and Stewart will typically get more touches in any given week than Tolbert. Finally, Tolbert is incredibly touchdown dependent. Yet, despite all of these factors Tolbert has still been racking up points this season. He’s scored in three of the last four matchups and has become increasingly involved in the passing game. If you are looking for a RB3 flier in 12-14 team leagues, he’s definitely worth adding.
Add Chris Ogbonnaya – In last week’s article, I recommended dropping the ineffective Willis McGahee and I certainly hope that you listened. McGahee has been absolutely pathetic so far this season, rushing 100 times for 262 yards and only one touchdown. The Cleveland Browns are desperate for a spark at the position, and Ogbonnaya brings an added dimension as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. If you are in a deeper PPR league or need a plug-in RB3/4 option during the last of the bye weeks, he should be on your radar.
Add Rashad Jennings – Much to no one’s surprise, Darren McFadden managed to injure himself yet again, which left the door open for Jennings this past Sunday. Seizing the bull by the horns, he piled up an impressive stat line with 15 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown along with seven catches for 74 yards. This was partially due to the Philadelphia Eagles playing a prevent defense and allowing him to gain small chunks of yardage at a whim, but Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen praised his efforts nonetheless. With McFadden sidelined, Jennings takes on the New York Giants defense this upcoming week, which is certainly a juicy matchup. You should be able to acquire his services for 10 percent of your FAAB if he’s available.
Add Andre Ellington – With each passing week, Rashard Mendenhall has been phased out of the Arizona Cardinals backfield in favor of Ellington. Ellington has soft hands and lightning quick moves and has averaged almost eight yards per attempt for the season thus far. Although small in stature at 5’9, Ellington runs bigger than that and with authority. Reports recently surfaced from Arizona, which claim that he will see an increased workload moving forward, so 15-18 touches per game isn’t out of the realm of reason. Arizona also has a favorable schedule down the stretch, facing poor defenses like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles. If he isn’t already owned, drop 20-25 percent of your FAAB to add him now.
Add James Starks – After Aaron Rodgers went down with an injured collarbone, the Packers leaned much more heavily on both Eddie Lacy and Starks to get the job done. Rodgers is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of three weeks, which makes Starks a sneaky pickup, especially given Lacy’s past injury history. He’s shown decent burst the last few weeks and the Packers coaching staff has already publicly stated that they wish to get him more involved in the future. Add him now for 15 percent of your FAAB.
Drop Peyton Hillis/Brandon Jacobs – With the return of Andre Brown next weekend, both of these players will take a back seat in the New York Giants rushing attack. That isn’t to say that I believe that Brown will get all of the carries right out of the gate, far from it. But given the fact that they have similar running styles, the coaching staff still has Michael Cox as a change of pace back and David Wilson may return in a few weeks, I just don’t see much point in rostering them currently. Running backs coach Jerald Ingram said that he expects Andre Brown to play on all three downs, which severely diminishes the value of all other backs on this team.
Add Riley Cooper – Cooper was in the preseason headlines for all the wrong reasons this year, as he was caught on camera uttering multiple racial slurs while at a concert. Despite that turmoil he has played well this season, especially recently. Over the past four games he has surpassed 88 yards three times, adding four touchdowns for good measure. He has very good rapport with quarterback Nick Foles, and appears to be a serviceable WR3 moving forward for the rest of the season. I’d be willing to add Cooper for around 15% of my FAAB.
Add Aaron Dobson – Going into the season it was widely assumed that of the two receivers the New England Patriots added this year, Kenbrell Thompkins was the one to own. Sadly for Thompkins, his stone hands and poor route running led to him being a healthy scratch this past week, while Dobson caught five passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Dobson’s chemistry with Tom Brady is clearly improving each week, as his targets have increased weekly dating back to Week 7. Although the Patriots don’t have the easiest schedule down the stretch, Dobson is worth adding if he’s available. I’d be willing to spend 15-20 percent of my FAAB on him.
Add Mario Manningham – I wrote about Manningham several weeks ago, but I’d like to take some time to bring his name up again. With the San Francisco 49ers struggling to pass the ball, he becomes the immediate starter across from Anquan Boldin and a much-needed shot in the arm to this team. Manningham has very good speed, can change directions quickly and should see several targets per game going forward. He is available in almost all leagues, so the time is now to add him to your roster before his breakout game comes.
Drop Kenbrell Thompkins/Julian Edelman – This recommendation comes as part of the see-saw effect of adding Aaron Dobson. Tom Brady’s weapons are finally getting healthy; both of these players should be phased out of the offense. With Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and (soon) Shane Vereen eating into the total number of targets, I just don’t see much point in continuing to roster either Thompkins or Edelman. Granted, a Danny Amendola injury is always lurking around the corner and that could thrust Edelman back into Fantasy relevance; but for now, I’d rather spend a bench spot on someone with more upside.
Add Tim Wright – Most years, I wouldn’t recommend adding a tight end from a team that hasn’t won a game going into Week 10, but this season has been an absolute wasteland at the position. With Mike Williams going down for the rest of the year, Wright immediately becomes the number two option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers behind Vincent Jackson. Quarterback Mike Glennon has shown flashes of talent this season, and since the team will be playing from behind in the majority of their games this year, the opportunity for catches is certainly there. He’s still widely available in almost all leagues, so if you are looking for help at the position, add him now.
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