By Greg Larnerd
Congratulations! Why are congratulations in order, you may be wondering? Well, you’ve survived the annual two-week stretch of the NFL season where there are six teams on a bye week. So if you were able to maneuver your way to two wins, you owe yourself a pat on the back!
As the fantasy season grows older and we creep closer and closer to the promised land that is the fantasy football playoffs, smart waiver wire usage becomes absolutely vital. Sometimes your team needs a face lift, but other times may just need a minor tweak. Be smart with streaming in defenses and tight ends when needed. Sometimes the smart decision is to not use your waiver claim, letting you move up the all-important priority list. Whatever you need to do, just know that there are options and there is hope! All you have to do is believe… and utilize the waiver wire correctly based on your needs. No big deal.
With that being said, let’s get you fantasy football waiver wire help for Week 10 of the NFL season.
Tim Hightower (New Orleans Saints, 77% Owned):
After an explosive Week 8 for Hightower, many fantasy players — especially in CBS Leagues based on the 77 percent owned — took notice and were paid off once again with another solid performance even though Mark Ingram had a monster game as well. The New Orleans Saints are finally wising up by implementing a more balanced offensive attack, hoping to keep their lackluster defense on the sidelines.
The pass heavy Saints only ran the ball 42 percent of the time over the first seven weeks, but over the past two weeks that percentage has increased to 50 percent of the time that they’re running the football. This fact leads me to believe we find the Saints offense embracing this balanced approach and that these two running back and Ingram and Hightower will be splitting carries from here on out.
Therefore, I see Hightower’s value staying consistent as he out carried Ingram 20-15 on Sunday. In addition, the Saints have a number of teams up on their schedule who could be susceptible to a run-heavy game plan. Next up: The Denver Broncos, who have a formidable defense, but just yielded 114 yards and three TD’s to Oakland’s Latavius Murray.
DuJuan Harris (San Francisco 49er’s, 27% Owned):
I understand that Carlos Hyde will probably be back this week, but how much trust can you honestly put in him to continue to stay healthy? He seems to always find himself missing time throughout the season and the 49ers have constantly been searching for a viable backup.
DuJuan Harris, the former Green Bay Packer, has taken a firm hold on the backup spot with an electric performance in Week 9. I’d definitely add Harris if you own Carlos Hyde as a handcuff option. If you’re looking for depth and have a spot on your roster to stash a player, he may be worth it, but make sure to monitor the situation closely.
Dion Lewis (New England Patriots, 56% Owned):
Week 10 has been a target for Dion Lewis to finally return to action for the NE Patriots and we’ve seen in the past that Lewis can be a fantasy football difference maker. If he’s healthy and ready to go he’ll slot right into the role that James White currently occupies as the change-of-pace back with LeGarrette Blount as the bruising, goal-line runner. I’d make it a point to target Lewis in a PPR league especially, but if you’re in a standard league and are desperate, there are worse players you could pick up. Make sure to monitor this situation closely as the week progresses.
Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans, 12% Owned):
Coming into the 2016 season I was expecting more out of Matthews. I was expecting him to take hold of a very mediocre WR corp and it’s taken a while and a retirement from Andre Johnson, but it seems as though he’s finally found a good rhythm with QB Marcus Mariota. Matthews has hauled in 5 TDs in the past five weeks and he’s making you take notice as a fantasy football player in need of a wide receiving option. This Titans passing offense isn’t prolific, but there’s definitely opportunity for Matthews to continue to put up decent games amongst an average group of wide receivers.
Adam Humphries (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 25% Owned):
I’m not overly excited about the Buccaneers offense. Jameis Winston doesn’t excite me and Mike Evans is an absolute stud that hogs all the targets, but coming into next week I see some value in Adam Humphries.
Here’s why: Humphries takes most of the offensive snaps from the slot position (69 percent), see’s the majority of his targets from the said slot position (78 percent) and is facing a Chicago Bears team this week that is typically weak against steady slot receivers (see Randall Cobb and Cole Beasley’s performances). With all this being said, I don’t love Humphries week in and week out, but if there’s a time he’s going to replicate success in back-to-back week’s, this seems to be the week to stream him in your lineup.
Greg Larnerd is the CBS Sports Radio Round-Up Midday Host on CBS Local Sports, 10am-2pm on RadioRoundup.com. Greg’s the resident fantasy football nut, constantly talking everyone’s ear off around the office about all things fantasy football and the glory that is this great game.
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