08 Nov NFL Week 10 Waiver Wire: Streaming and Stashing to the Playoffs
Jay Cutler (CHI) @ Tampa Bay- Jay “Sour-Puss” Cutler had a masterful performance against the stout defense of Minnesota, in a game that nobody pegged the Bears to stand a chance. The world is probably still upset with Cutler as he ended many survivor pool’s; all of this after the talk surrounding Chicago inclining that Brian Hoyer had taken the starting job whether Cutler was healthy or not. The multiple 300+ passing yard performances by Hoyer came to a screeching halt when he was injured in their Week 7 matchup with the Packers, forcing Matt Barkley to finish the game. Chicago is now coming off of their bye-week in a juxtaposition of match-ups against the Buccaneers, a team that poses very little threat unlike the Vikings. The Buccaneers have allowed 857 passing yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions in their past two games against Carr and Matt Ryan, and those two combined for 78 Fantasy points in a standard league. For the season, Tampa Bay has allowed five quarterbacks to score at least 21 Fantasy points out of eight games, and Cutler is a great streaming option for this week.
Joe Flacco (BAL) vs. Cleveland- If there is a better match-up than the porous Buccaneers, it would have to be the lowly 0-9 Browns. Flacco is probably owned in more leagues than Cutler, which is the only reason I have him listed ahead here. Cleveland has allowed 20 or more fantasy points to every QB they have played with the exception of Ryan Fitzpatrick. “Big Game” Joe has not had quite the year some expected with all of his weaponry finally being healthy at the same time (Smith Sr., Perriman, Pitta), and has only exceeded 20 fantasy points twice this year (one of which was Week 2 in Cleveland). He is in a great spot here and if you have Luck, Stafford, Carr, or Taylor on bye this week you could do much worse.
Dion Lewis (NE) vs. Seattle- This could be the week Lewis makes his 2016 debut, but even if the Patriots keep him out another week because of his knee injury, he should be owned in all leagues. And if he does play this week against SEA then he would be a borderline starter in all leagues, especially PPR. We don’t know how the Patriots will use Lewis with James White, but Lewis offers more upside based on what we saw last season. It’s only a matter of time before Lewis could become a must-start Fantasy running back when he’s healthy.
Chris Ivory (JAX) vs. Houston- In the first game with new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett calling plays for the Jaguars he gave Ivory a season-high 18 carries at KC, and he responded with 107 yards. He should have scored a touchdown as well, but instead it was ruled a fumble. Ivory had more touches than T.J Yeldon (seven carries for 33 yards and five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown), and both running backs are worth a look this week vs. HOU. If one of your league-mates got tired of the Jacksonville rushing attack (rightfully so) and dropped Ivory, go scoop him up as the Texans have allowed a running back to score double digits in FPTS in six games in a row.
Rob Kelley (WAS) @ Minnesota- Kelley was great in Week 8 against the Bengals in London with 21 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown, and coach Jay Gruden has said he will remain the starter ahead of Matt Jones, who was out in Week 8 with a knee injury. But the upcoming schedule is brutal for Kelley, including a matchup at MIN in Week 10. Regardless of the daunting schedule, if you can get your hands on a team’s starting RB you do it.
James Starks (GB) @ Tennessee- He could be back in action in Week 10 at Tennessee, and if that’s the case he should be the No. 1 running back for the Packers and share touches in the backfield with Ty Montgomery. Starks may not be a dominant fantasy option, but he could be a starter and play well in a good matchup. He’s worth speculating on just given his potential opportunity, because OPPORTUNITY=TOUCHES and TOUCHES=POINTS.
Steve Smith Sr. (BAL) vs. Cleveland- Coinciding with the thought process of streaming Flacco versus the deplorable Browns defense, hopefully Smith can take advantage as well. He returned from a two-game absence with an ankle injury and had four catches for 47 yards on seven targets in Week 9. Prior to getting hurt in Week 5 against the Redskins he had two games in a row with at least eight catches for 87 yards. With a juicy match-up for the Ravens here in Week 10, we can expect to see this offense start firing on all cylinders with Steve Smith being a main catalyst.
J.J Nelson (ARI) vs. San Fransisco- Coming off of an eight catch for 79 yards and two touchdowns at CAR in Week 8, and HC Bruce Arians has given the young speedster the starting nod over Floyd. Although he’s behind Fitzgerald and Brown in the pecking order, he should sustain WR2/3 production in the No. 3 role for the Cardinals. With Arizona having two enticing matchups coming up against SF and ATL, he is definitely worth adding in the majority of leagues (assuming John Brown is owned, if not Brown should be added ahead of Nelson).
Rishard Matthews (TEN) vs. Green Bay- Matthews is touchdown dependent, but he’s scored in four of five games, with five touchdowns over that span. The problem is he only has one game with more than four catches for the season, which was Week 9 at San Diego when he had six. And he’s been at 40 yards or less in six of eight games. He has a good matchup in Week 10 against GB, which makes him a potential No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues.
Eli Rogers (PIT) vs. Dallas- Rogers had his first productive game since Week 1 with six catches for 103 yards on 10 targets against the Ravens in Week 9. The Steelers should have success throwing against DAL in Week 10 at home, and slot receivers have done well against the Cowboys, who are banged up in the secondary. He’s a sneaky sleeper in Week 10 and hopefully he can string together some good games in a row.
Zach Miller (CHI) @ Tampa Bay- Miller was great against the Vikings, and hopefully that carries over to this week at TB after Chicago’s bye. Although some projected there might be some drop off for Miller from Hoyer (broken arm) to Cutler, Miller still ended up being the top target against MIN and should be heavily involved again this week. The Buccaneers have allowed a tight end to score at least nine FPTS in three of four games, and we like Miller as a No. 1 tight end this week.
C.J Fiedorowicz (HOU) @ Jacksonville- He has scored at least 10 FPTS in a standard league in three of his past five games, including his last outing in Week 8 against DET. He has at least seven targets in four games in a row, and he could get a boost if Fuller is out this week against JAC. The Jaguars have allowed just one touchdown to an opposing tight end, but Fiedorowicz is still worth trusting as a low-end No. 1 option this week given his recent level of play.
Eric Ebron (DET) vs. BYE WEEK- If you have enough room on your bench and/or are able to drop somebody for Ebron, you should definitely go ahead and do so as he has been great over his last two games against the Texans and Vikings. He has 14 catches for 171 yards on 18 targets over that span, and he has at least seven catches for 79 yards in each outing. It would be nice if he found the end zone on a more regular basis since his last touchdown was in Week 1, but he’s been a stud for PPR owners the past two games.
Lance Kendricks (LA) @ New York Jets- He’s been a nice surprise for Fantasy owners of late with seven catches in each of his past two games against the Giants and Panthers, and he had seven receptions for 90 yards against CAR in Week 9 on 12 targets. Since it’s the Rams, and Case Keenum is the quarterback, you never know what to expect, but Kendricks faces the Jets this week, which is a favorable matchup.
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