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Week 10 Waiver Wire Targets

As we go into Week 10 of the 2014 season we have a whole new crop of injuries to mix things up on the fantasy rosters. Are we really bringing Mark Sanchez back into the fantasy discussion? Where does Tony Romo’s future lie, and will Brandon Weeden be a worthwhile addition? It’s time to look at more of the shake up and what that means for the Week 10 waiver wire.

Ben Roethlisberger (QB, Pittsburgh Steelers)

Big Ben has been ridiculous over the last two weeks. He’s thrown 6 touchdown passes in each of his last two games. Just three weeks ago we were talking about how bad the Steelers were and the decline of Roethlisberger, and now all of the sudden he’s hot news. He’s gone from a bye week fill-in consideration to a QB that you may want to rely on going forward. He’s still available in many leagues, and it could be time to grab him if he’s available.

Mark Sanchez (QB, Philadelphia Eagles)

Oh boy. Is it time for the media circus to start up again around embattled QB Mark Sanchez? Nick Foles suffered a broken collarbone in Week 9 and will be out for a significant amount of time. That means the reigns to the Eagles’ offense will be passed to Sanchez. The Eagles have had a potent offense in recent years, and now we’re going to get to see if Sanchez can keep up. He’s a huge question mark going forward, but he could be worth adding.

Ryan Mathews (RB, San Diego Chargers)

The Chargers have a Week 10 bye and in all likelihood Mathews will be returning to the starting lineup in Week 11. He’s currently available in 51% of ESPN leagues, so now is the time to grab him. San Diego likes to keep their features backs very involved in the offense, so he will make an impact if he’s healthy. Branden Oliver will be relegated to backup duties once Mathews returns.

Tre Mason (RB, St. Louis Rams)

The Rams running back situation is hard to get a handle on, but it looks like Mason might be emerging as a relevant addition. After not seeing much production in Week 8, he saw the vast majority of carries in Week 9. It could be the case that St. Louis is going to give the rookie significant opportunity to show what he can do in the second half of the season. He’s available in 51% of ESPN leagues, so now could be the time to grab him.

Alfred Blue (RB, Houston Texans)

Arian Foster suffered a groin injury in Week 9, so that opens the door for Blue. Keep in mind that the Texans have a bye in Week 10, so Foster may get the healing time he needs. But, Blue is a very nice play in the event that Foster can’t go when Houston returns to the field in Week 11. The rookie is available in 93% of ESPN leagues.

Jonas Gray (RB, New England Patriots)

Gray seems to be the “big back” for now in New England. He’s getting used on the goal line and did see the slight majority of carries in Week 9. Shane Vereen is the more versatile back that is going to see a good mix of carries and use in the pass game, but Gray could still be a worthwhile addition going forward as he’ll be getting carries and has goal line TD potential. He’s available in 83% of ESPN leagues.

Mike Evans (WR, Tampa Bay Bucs)

The rookie is on a hot streak having how scored a touchdown in each of his last four games. He’s now seeing a significant number of targets and offers very good upside going forward. In the upcoming weeks he has some nice matchups and could continue to show strong production. Evans is currently available in 69% of ESPN leagues.

Martavis Bryant (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers)

Bryant has now scored five touchdowns in the last three games for the Steelers, and has shown that he can be a big time playmaker. While he’s been in on around 50% of offense snaps, he’s had huge production over the course of Pittsburgh’s hot streak in Weeks 8 and 9. Favorable matchups are coming in the future, so he could continue to be a producer. Bryant is still available in 79% of ESPN leagues.

Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR, New York Giants)

Beckham is a repeat because he’s still available in many leagues. While he hasn’t shown much so far in 2014, he’s going to get the opportunities for a banged up Giants receiving corps. He should definitely be on your waiver radar going forward.

Heath Miller (TE, Pittsburgh Steelers)

Miller has been largely non-existent in terms of fantasy production in 2014, but he could have some increased value if the Steelers’ offense stays hot. The tight end is available in 55% of ESPN leagues and could be a nice addition for the second half of the season. Of course, Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense will come back to earth at some point, so temper expectations.

 

 

 

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...

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