Waiver Wire Wizardry: Pickups for Week 10


Oh dear God, are we really recommending Mark Sanchez?
Oh dear God, are we really recommending Mark Sanchez?

Mark Sanchez (3% Y!): For Eagles owners, seeing Nick Foles go down with a cracked collarbone on Sunday probably made them worry about their chances the rest of the season. Luckily, Mr. Butt Fumble was ready to take over and actually did a good job leading the Eagles to a win over the Texans. Sanchez is most known for his time in New York with the Jets and we all know how horribly that went. But now, Sanchez is in a much better situation in Philadelphia. Even head coach Chip Kelly said that “the offense didn’t miss a beat” with Sanchez in there (202 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 picks). The Eagles have a high-powered offense and run a lot of plays, which makes Sanchez an automatic low-end QB1 candidate moving forward after seeing what he did in relief on Sunday. Foles owners and other QB-needy gamers would do well to scoop Sanchez up quick.

Carson Palmer (61% Y!): Is this guy good or what? Since returning almost a month ago from injury, Palmer has thrown 9 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions and has led the Cardinals to best record in the NFL. Palmer has been playing at a near-elite level since returning and needs to be owned as a QB2 for the remainder of the season. Given the injury to Foles and byes to Luck, Brady, Bridgewater, Rivers and even RG3, Palmer is a great fill-in QB. He faces a Rams defense who has given up the 10th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season this week.

Running Back:

Terrance West (22% Y!): Only a few weeks ago, he was a healthy scratch. But yesterday, he got more carries than any other Cleveland tailback. For the moment, West is at the head of a committee approach in Cleveland, getting 15 carries on Sunday. Hell, he even scored a receiving touchdown. While he didn’t have the most impressive of running games (15 for 48 yards), West seems to now be the guy to own in that backfield. He was clearly the best back in pass protection, too.

Ryan Mathews (66% Y!): Mathews is finally expected back in Week 11 (Chargers are on bye week 10). Waiver wire maven Branden Oliver busted out for 215 yards on 45 carries in the two games following Mathews’ injury, however he’s been quiet since. When Mathews is healthy enough to return, he should be thrust right back into meaningful duty. He will easily carry RB2 appeal every week and since he is still available in 1/3 of Yahoo! leagues, go get him if you still can.

Tre Mason (37% Y!): Mason didn’t have the most impressive of games on Sunday vs. San Fransisco, but he was used like a #1. He dominated the team in backfield carries with 19. Zac Stacy didn’t see a single touch and change-of-pace back Benny Cunningham received 4 totes. Against a tough run defense, Mason recorded a decent 3.42 YPC. He does have another tough matchup in week 10 against the Cardinals, however he will be worth using as a volume play. Mason is worth rostering in all leagues as an RB3 or FLEX play.

Wide Receiver:

Mike Evans (60% Y!): He finally had his long-awaited breakout on Sunday with a 7/124/2 line (11 targets) against Cleveland. The quarterback position has been a mess all year for Tampa, but now with Glennon firmly at the helm hopefully some chemistry will develop in the weeks ahead. Evans is a freak physically, and could take off if Glennon can play with some consistency. Outside of Evan’s week 5 DNP, he’s caught 4 balls and been targeted at least 7 times in every game this season. Tampa gets a tasty matchup against Atlanta this week, making Evans an intriguing play. Add him, quick.

Martavis Bryant (42% Y!): In the 3 games he has been active this season, Bryant has 5 touchdown receptions along with at least 40 yards receiving. The Steelers (Big Ben, mainly) are firing on all cylinders with no signs of slowing down. Bryant has back-to-back 2 touchdown games and looks to be a big red zone weapon for Roethlisberger. He and fellow rookie Markus Wheaton will always be competing for looks with target-hoarder Antonio Brown, but he and Bryant are both worth rostering and using as FLEX options as matchup plays. Bryant should be owned in more leagues.

Doug Baldwin (56% Y!): After the Percy Harvin trade, Baldwin has seen at least 6 targets per  game and continues to be Russell Wilson’s favorite option in the passing game. He has undoubtedly been much more of a PPR asset than a standard scoring one, but as Wilson’s go-to wideout Baldwin should be owned across the board as a WR3. He has also had at least 5 catches in each of the 3 games since the Harvin trade and should continue to be the main target in Seattle. There are few better waiver options than Baldwin at the moment.

Tight End:

Mychal Rivera (1% Y!): Besides Derek Carr and Khalil Mack, there isn’t a whole lot to be excited about in Oakland. But with his play in the past 2 weeks, Mychal Rivera may be a bright spot in the making. During that span, Rivera has been targeted 20 times, hauling in 15 passes. Rivera seems to be quickly evolving into one of Derek Carr’s go-to weapons. Always behind, the Raiders are usually in pass-mode, which bodes well for Rivera’s future prospects. The Raiders passing game has a great matchup this week against a Bronocos defense that was just torched by Rob Gronkowski. Before being spanked by New England, Denver was already giving up the 7th most fantasy points per gamer to opposing tight ends. Rivera should be priority for those who are streaming the position in week 10.

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Doug Moore is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @DMM0822!


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