Waiver Wire Watch: Week 10
Editor's Note: We're happy to have Brandon Niles on the Waiver Wire Watch this year. He'll work in conjunction with Senior Editor John Paulsen to compile the weekly list of pickups and generate recommended prices for FAAB leagues.
Here is a look at the top waiver wire pickups for Week 10. To be eligible for discussion, the player must be owned in 50% or fewer Yahoo leagues, though we’ll stretch the rules a bit for the RB position, which is usually very thin. We’ll also include suggested bid prices (with a $100 budget) for those leagues that use Free Agent Acquisition Budgets (FAAB). Of course, player value depends on league characteristics and team needs. Players are listed by position in order of importance. For extremely shallow or extremely deep leagues, be sure to review our Rest-of-Season Rankings (updated every Tuesday) to get an idea of how to value players not on this list.
Wentz played from behind most of Sunday’s game against the Giants, and ended up throwing the ball 47 times as a result. He wound up with 364 yards, although failed to throw a touchdown pass and tossed a pair of picks. This week, he’ll face an even more explosive Atlanta offense, but a more porous defense, which should equal another busy afternoon for Wentz’s arm. He’s a sneaky streaming option in a nice matchup that should be filled with passing stats.
Siemian put up 283 yards, a pair of touchdowns and a pick against the Raiders on Sunday night. This was a decent output in a very good matchup, but wasn’t quite as much as fantasy owners who were streaming him hoped for against a defense that has allowed the third most passing yards this season. This week, Siemian gets another vulnerable defense, so he’s very streamable again. Nobody allows more passing yards per game than the Saints do, and Colin Kaepernick just lit them up for 398 yards and a pair of touchdowns. If you need someone to stream, Siemian is cheap option with upside this week.
Flacco has only six touchdown passes all year, and has failed to take advantage of matchups against the Raiders, Jets and Jaguars. However, he faces the Browns at home this week, which makes him a reasonable streaming option. The Browns just gave up three touchdown passes to Dak Prescott on Sunday, and Flacco put up 302 yards and a pair of scores against Cleveland back in Week 2.
Smith missed a nice matchup against the Jaguars this week, but Nick Foles didn’t put up big fantasy numbers in his stead. Rather, Foles was a fairly efficient 20 of 33 for 187 yards and a touchdown, delivering the sixth win of the season for the Chiefs. Smith should be back this week, but either player has some upside against the Panthers. While Carolina has played better defensively the past two games, they’ve struggled all year in the secondary and present a nice streaming option for whoever lines up behind center for Kansas City.
Bradford only had 273 yards and a touchdown against the Lions on Sunday, but it was good to see him throw the ball 40 times under new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Shurmur likes a quick passing attack that takes advantage of WRs abilities to run after the catch. This should benefit the passing numbers in Minnesota and might make Bradford streamable in most leagues. A matchup against Washington this week, and then the Lions again in Week 12 should make Bradford a low-end streaming option in large leagues.
Keenum had only one touchdown and a pick against the Panthers on Sunday and he’s struggled with turnovers in his last few games, but he has a great schedule coming up and may be worth streaming consideration in larger leagues as a result. The Jets and Dolphins have both been playing better on defense lately after struggling early this season, but the Saints in Week 12 look like a nice opportunity for Keenum, assuming he keeps the starting job.