The fantasy football season is nearing the home stretch. Teams that are jockeying for playoff spots need to make that last push, but what players can help? The waiver wire picks are the place to find guys that are lightly owned but can boost your team over the top.
Week 9 Recommendations Results (Standard League Scoring): Quarterbacks
· Ryan Tannehill MIA – 17-28 149 yards 1 touchdown 11 Fantasy Points
· Josh McCown CLE – DNP, Cody Kessler Started
· Recommended Against Picking Up Tony Romo
Week 9 Recommendations Results (Standard League Scoring): Tight Ends
· Eric Ebron DET – 7 receptions 92 yards 9 Fantasy Points
· Julius Thomas JAC – 2 receptions 21 yards 2 Fantasy Points
· C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU – Bye Week, Pick Based On ROS value
Burned by Ryan Tannehill, the credo of the Dolphins and what I have been muttering to myself this week. McCown managed to get benched for Cody Kessler…I guess the Browns want to see what he has to offer. In my opinion, their search for the quarterback of the future goes on. Romo should still not take over for Prescott any time soon, but stranger things have happened.
The Lions have an elite tight end talent in Ebron when he is healthy. The Jags have a touchdown dependent plodder with a below average quarterback throwing to him. Makes Fiedorowicz look pretty appealing, eh?
Week 10 Waiver Wire Picks: Quarterback
Joe Flacco BAL 26.3% owned
This season there have been two games where Flacco scored more than 18 fantasy points. One was versus the Raiders and the other was the Browns. With Mike Wallace thriving over the past few weeks and Steve Smith likely back in the fold, the Ravens offense should be clicking. Flacco is under 30 percent owned right now, but the Browns are likely to get 100% owned in week 10.
Because, The Bucs Defense
Jay Cutler CHI 3.6% owned
Chicago has not seen many good things from their starting quarterback this season. Last week Cutler had a surprisingly decent game versus one of the league’s top defenses. The Vikings seemed like a sure bet to dominate, but Cutler was accurate and safe with his passes. He even managed to make Alshon Jeffery relevant for a game. Week 10 brings a visit to Tampa Bay, where the secondary is as inviting as the weather. The Raiders and Falcons shredded the Tampa defense over the last two weeks. Cutler probably won’t put up such gaudy number, but he will be worth a start for streaming purposes at worst.
Colin Kaepernick SF 22.1% owned
The stat line from last week could have people running to pick up Kaep, but not so fast. In week 9, the Niners faced the Saints and their awful defense. Week 10 brings a much tougher test with the division rival Cardinals. There is still a fairly high floor for Kaepernick due to his rushing ability, but he has the ability to turn the ball over multiple times in any given week.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Picks: Tight End
Cameron Brate TB 38.6% owned
This is not the first time that Brate has appeared in a waiver wire column, but he is still underowned on the whole. He is a bit touchdown dependent as most tight ends tend to be. On the other hand, Tampa has to throw a ton because their defense cannot stop anyone. Brate is well below Mike Evans in the pecking order but he still sees his share of targets. Despite a couple of tough matchups later in the season, Brate can still bring a nice return to fantasy owners.
Lance Kendricks LA 19.1% owned
Kendricks was listed in the sleepers column for week 9 and he grabbed 7 catches for 90 yards. He is clearly carving out a larger role for himself in the Rams offense, and that is good news with soft matchups ahead. The Rams are about to face the Jets, Dolphins and Saints over the next three weeks. That should mean healthy point totals and lots of targets for Kendricks.
Josh Hill NO 0.1% owned
For those of you that follow any fantasy football analyst on Twitter, you have seen the snap counts for Fleener/Hill. While the trends have not been great for Fleener’s productivity, Hill has done nothing with his time on the field. For the most part, Hill is utilized as a blocker and his value is not rising appreciably. If anything Fleener should get a slight downgrade, but he still has a ton of potential each week.
I’m not doing a whole write-up of C.J. Fiedorowicz again, but go grab him if he’s available.