Published: Nov. 9, 2015 at 12:03 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 9, 2015 at 07:24 p.m.

Week 10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire

The waiver wire is one of the most important keys to finding success in the world of fantasy football. I'll do my best to help you manage the waiver wire to scoop up the players who can help bring you fantasy glory each and every week. If you play in a deeper, more competitive league, and all 14 of these players are already owned, be sure to check out my weekly "Deep Dive" waiver wire column, for some high-upside players to aim for heading into Week 10. The Falcons, Colts, Chargers and 49ers are on their bye week, so plenty of owners will be looking for spot starts this week. Some of the players below will certainly fit that bill. For more specific FAAB questions (Free Agent Acquisition Budget), hit me up on Twitter.

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  • It was a lonely endeavor defending Eddie Lacy the last few weeks, but I stood firm. Now, there's enough proof on game film that for 2015, James Starks is the superior running back for the Packers and fantasy owners. Lacy isn't droppable yet, but in two of the last three weeks he's been severely out-played by Starks. Starks took his 16 touches for 122 total yards and a touchdown, while Lacy's five touches went for 10 yards and a fumble. It doesn't feel at all like the team will turn away from Lacy, as he's been a star for them the last two years. However, this will likely turn into a more even split in the backfield, potentially favoring Starks. He should be the top waiver wire pick in most leagues. FAAB suggestion: 50-75 percent. 14

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    James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers - 16.9 percent owned

    It was a lonely endeavor defending Eddie Lacy the last few weeks, but I stood firm. Now, there's enough proof on game film that for 2015, James Starks is the superior running back for the Packers and fantasy owners. Lacy isn't droppable yet, but in two of the last three weeks he's been severely out-played by Starks. Starks took his 16 touches for 122 total yards and a touchdown, while Lacy's five touches went for 10 yards and a fumble. It doesn't feel at all like the team will turn away from Lacy, as he's been a star for them the last two years. However, this will likely turn into a more even split in the backfield, potentially favoring Starks. He should be the top waiver wire pick in most leagues. FAAB suggestion: 50-75 percent.

  • I had stumped for David Cobb in this space the last few weeks, but that was before Ken Whisenhunt was fired and the team chirped about making Antonio Andrews their featured back. Well, they backed up that talk with what they did on the field on Sunday, as Andrews received 20 touches, while Dexter McCluster saw eight and Bishop Sankey saw zero. With Cobb also returning to the team overweight, it seems like this will be Andrews' backfield moving forward. He has a tough matchup next week against the Panthers, but will still be in flex consideration based on his volume and the offense's overall improved efficiency with Marcus Mariota under center. At this point in the season, beggars can't be choosers when it comes to running backs receiving 20 touches. FAAB suggestion: 15-20 percent. 13

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    Antonio Andrews, RB, Tennessee Titans - 17.6 percent owned

    I had stumped for David Cobb in this space the last few weeks, but that was before Ken Whisenhunt was fired and the team chirped about making Antonio Andrews their featured back. Well, they backed up that talk with what they did on the field on Sunday, as Andrews received 20 touches, while Dexter McCluster saw eight and Bishop Sankey saw zero. With Cobb also returning to the team overweight, it seems like this will be Andrews' backfield moving forward. He has a tough matchup next week against the Panthers, but will still be in flex consideration based on his volume and the offense's overall improved efficiency with Marcus Mariota under center. At this point in the season, beggars can't be choosers when it comes to running backs receiving 20 touches. FAAB suggestion: 15-20 percent.

  • In what was one of the sadder moments of the weekend, Dion Lewis had to leave the game for the Patriots after suffering what was later determined to be a torn ACL, ending his season. That opened the door for Brandon Bolden to see more work, and he responded well. He ran a nice route and caught a perfectly throw pass from Tom Brady, while showing some burst on his one carry for 12 yards. The Patriots didn't need to utilize Bolden much after Lewis went down, as they were already comfortably ahead and could turn the keys over to LeGarrette Blount to grind away the clock. While Bolden won't step in and see all of the touches Lewis used to command (or be as successful with said touches), he's likely to see a fair amount of work in the league's top offense. That makes him worth an add in standard and PPR formats. Just be judicious with your waiver priority or FAAB budget, as James White could also factor into the mix as a pass-catcher. FAAB suggestion: 10-15 percent. 12

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    Branden Bolden, RB, New England Patriots - 0.6 percent owned

    In what was one of the sadder moments of the weekend, Dion Lewis had to leave the game for the Patriots after suffering what was later determined to be a torn ACL, ending his season. That opened the door for Brandon Bolden to see more work, and he responded well. He ran a nice route and caught a perfectly throw pass from Tom Brady, while showing some burst on his one carry for 12 yards. The Patriots didn't need to utilize Bolden much after Lewis went down, as they were already comfortably ahead and could turn the keys over to LeGarrette Blount to grind away the clock. While Bolden won't step in and see all of the touches Lewis used to command (or be as successful with said touches), he's likely to see a fair amount of work in the league's top offense. That makes him worth an add in standard and PPR formats. Just be judicious with your waiver priority or FAAB budget, as James White could also factor into the mix as a pass-catcher. FAAB suggestion: 10-15 percent.

  • While LeSean McCoy's shoulder injury isn't expected to be serious or hold him out of the Thursday night game against the Jets, Williams reminded us why he needs to be owned in more leagues. Shady has never been the picture of health, which makes Williams a key handcuff down the stretch, but the Florida State product has also shown he can be fantasy relevant without a heavy workload. So far this season, he's been the RB21, RB18, RB11 and RB3 in weeks where he's received 12 or fewer touches. That makes him flex-worthy this week against the Jets, and he'll have even more upside if Shady gets dinged up again or he earns a more equal share of the backfield touches. FAAB suggestion: 20-25 percent. 11

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    Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills - 19.2 percent owned

    While LeSean McCoy's shoulder injury isn't expected to be serious or hold him out of the Thursday night game against the Jets, Williams reminded us why he needs to be owned in more leagues. Shady has never been the picture of health, which makes Williams a key handcuff down the stretch, but the Florida State product has also shown he can be fantasy relevant without a heavy workload. So far this season, he's been the RB21, RB18, RB11 and RB3 in weeks where he's received 12 or fewer touches. That makes him flex-worthy this week against the Jets, and he'll have even more upside if Shady gets dinged up again or he earns a more equal share of the backfield touches. FAAB suggestion: 20-25 percent.

  • Floyd was on his bye this week, but I'm going to keep writing about him until more of you pick him up. Heading into his bye, he scored a touchdown in three straight weeks, played 75 percent of the offensive snaps and averaged just shy of seven targets per game. He's an emerging player in one of the league's top passing offenses who will have weekly WR3/flex appeal. Go get him already. FAAB suggestion: 10-15 percent. 10

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    Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals - 27.1 percent owned

    Floyd was on his bye this week, but I'm going to keep writing about him until more of you pick him up. Heading into his bye, he scored a touchdown in three straight weeks, played 75 percent of the offensive snaps and averaged just shy of seven targets per game. He's an emerging player in one of the league's top passing offenses who will have weekly WR3/flex appeal. Go get him already. FAAB suggestion: 10-15 percent.

  • Johnson hasn't played yet in Week 10 as I write this, and he's on his bye next week, but I needed to put him in here as he's still available in over 80 percent of NFL.com leagues. With Keenan Allen on injured reserve, there are a lot more targets to go around in the Chargers offense and Johnson could see plenty of them. Let's not forget that in Week 1 and 2, Johnson was a primary part of this offense, catching over 91 percent of his targets and finding the end zone twice. His hamstring injury slowed him down, but he's good to go now and in the perfect situation. He's a must-add in all formats and could be a weekly WR2 in PPR leagues if his target volume increases as we suspect it will. FAAB suggestion: 25 percent. 9

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    Steve Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers - 18.1 percent owned

    Johnson hasn't played yet in Week 10 as I write this, and he's on his bye next week, but I needed to put him in here as he's still available in over 80 percent of NFL.com leagues. With Keenan Allen on injured reserve, there are a lot more targets to go around in the Chargers offense and Johnson could see plenty of them. Let's not forget that in Week 1 and 2, Johnson was a primary part of this offense, catching over 91 percent of his targets and finding the end zone twice. His hamstring injury slowed him down, but he's good to go now and in the perfect situation. He's a must-add in all formats and could be a weekly WR2 in PPR leagues if his target volume increases as we suspect it will. FAAB suggestion: 25 percent.

  • While Brandin Cooks is the flashier name and player, Snead remains a quiet, reliable workhorse for the Saints rejuvenated passing offense. He saw 10 targets on Sunday, bringing in six of them for 95 yards. He's had six catches in four of the last six weeks, and he's second on the team in targets in that span. He has a pretty safe floor as a WR3/flex, and can have big weeks when the touchdowns come his way. FAAB suggestion: 10-15 percent. 8

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    Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints - 27 percent owned

    While Brandin Cooks is the flashier name and player, Snead remains a quiet, reliable workhorse for the Saints rejuvenated passing offense. He saw 10 targets on Sunday, bringing in six of them for 95 yards. He's had six catches in four of the last six weeks, and he's second on the team in targets in that span. He has a pretty safe floor as a WR3/flex, and can have big weeks when the touchdowns come his way. FAAB suggestion: 10-15 percent.

  • It's finally happening! The Titans are finally using Dorial Green-Beckham, the most naturally gifted athlete on their roster. All it took was Ken Whisenhunt to get fired. OK, that's not entirely fair, DGB had seen his snap percentage rise pretty steadily after the team's Week 4 bye. In Weeks 5-8 he played on 26, 42, 67, and 61 percent of the team's offensive snaps, respectively. He just wasn't targeted, seeing only 6 percent of the team's targets in that span. That wasn't the case on Sunday as DGB led the team with 10 targets, catching five for 77 yards. His star is rising quickly, and owners will want to get him on their rosters before he has a breakout game in the coming weeks. FAAB suggestion: 20-25 percent. 7

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    Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans - 39.6 percent owned

    It's finally happening! The Titans are finally using Dorial Green-Beckham, the most naturally gifted athlete on their roster. All it took was Ken Whisenhunt to get fired. OK, that's not entirely fair, DGB had seen his snap percentage rise pretty steadily after the team's Week 4 bye. In Weeks 5-8 he played on 26, 42, 67, and 61 percent of the team's offensive snaps, respectively. He just wasn't targeted, seeing only 6 percent of the team's targets in that span. That wasn't the case on Sunday as DGB led the team with 10 targets, catching five for 77 yards. His star is rising quickly, and owners will want to get him on their rosters before he has a breakout game in the coming weeks. FAAB suggestion: 20-25 percent.

  • Aiken is coming off of his bye and is available in over 95 percent of NFL.com leagues. Like it or not, he's the No. 1 wide receiver on the Ravens now with Steve Smith on IR. As I said last week, he's averaged 9.65 fantasy points per game when he's seen at least seven targets, and that could be the case weekly for him moving forward. He has a great matchup next week against the Jaguars to prove to the Ravens faithful (and fantasy owners) that he's up to the task of being the team's No. 1 wide receiver. Scoop him up now before he too has a breakout game and is one of the hottest names on the waiver wire. FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent. 6

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    Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens - 4.7 percent owned

    Aiken is coming off of his bye and is available in over 95 percent of NFL.com leagues. Like it or not, he's the No. 1 wide receiver on the Ravens now with Steve Smith on IR. As I said last week, he's averaged 9.65 fantasy points per game when he's seen at least seven targets, and that could be the case weekly for him moving forward. He has a great matchup next week against the Jaguars to prove to the Ravens faithful (and fantasy owners) that he's up to the task of being the team's No. 1 wide receiver. Scoop him up now before he too has a breakout game and is one of the hottest names on the waiver wire. FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent.

  • Reed is on the fringe of not being able to be included in this column any more, but I felt the need to mention him once more. Reed, along with the rest of his teammates, suffered from a case of the dropsies on Sunday, leading to his subpar stat line. However, he did find the end zone in garbage time and saw the second-most targets on the team. He remains an every-week TE1 as long as he's healthy, and plays the Saints porous pass defense next week. FAAB suggestion: 15-20 percent. 5

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    Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins - 30.2 percent owned

    Reed is on the fringe of not being able to be included in this column any more, but I felt the need to mention him once more. Reed, along with the rest of his teammates, suffered from a case of the dropsies on Sunday, leading to his subpar stat line. However, he did find the end zone in garbage time and saw the second-most targets on the team. He remains an every-week TE1 as long as he's healthy, and plays the Saints porous pass defense next week. FAAB suggestion: 15-20 percent.

  • The triumphant return of Austin Seferian-Jenkins was forced to wait at least one more week, as he was inactive for Week 9's game against the Giants. Jameis Winston was forced to funnel 19 targets to Mike Evans in that game, with rookie Adam Humphries seeing the second-most on the team with five. There is plenty of room in this offense for the talented ASJ to return to, and he could easily see five to 10 targets a week once he returns to action. Winston has also shown a penchant for targeting his tight ends dating back to his days at Florida State. Any sort of consistent volume would put him in the TE1 range given the position's volatility. FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent. 4

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    Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 7.8 percent owned

    The triumphant return of Austin Seferian-Jenkins was forced to wait at least one more week, as he was inactive for Week 9's game against the Giants. Jameis Winston was forced to funnel 19 targets to Mike Evans in that game, with rookie Adam Humphries seeing the second-most on the team with five. There is plenty of room in this offense for the talented ASJ to return to, and he could easily see five to 10 targets a week once he returns to action. Winston has also shown a penchant for targeting his tight ends dating back to his days at Florida State. Any sort of consistent volume would put him in the TE1 range given the position's volatility. FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent.

  • He's back! One of the most exciting players from the first quarter of the season has finally returned from injury and back into our fantasy hearts (and lineups). His 15.64 fantasy points in Week 9 were a little less than we would have liked, but it was another example of how his rushing ability makes up for average passing totals. And when he is able to get both aspects of his game going, he's one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the league (he was a top-six quarterback prior to his injury). He has a tough matchup on Thursday night this week against the Jets, but has a favorable schedule the rest of the way after that. FAAB suggestion: 15-20 percent. 3

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    Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills - 35.1 percent owned

    He's back! One of the most exciting players from the first quarter of the season has finally returned from injury and back into our fantasy hearts (and lineups). His 15.64 fantasy points in Week 9 were a little less than we would have liked, but it was another example of how his rushing ability makes up for average passing totals. And when he is able to get both aspects of his game going, he's one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the league (he was a top-six quarterback prior to his injury). He has a tough matchup on Thursday night this week against the Jets, but has a favorable schedule the rest of the way after that. FAAB suggestion: 15-20 percent.

  • Fitzpatrick had quietly been one of fantasy's best quarterbacks over the last month, so it was great to see him show no ill effects from his non-throwing hand injury last week. Throwing out the game where he was injured, he's averaged 21.6 fantasy points per game since his Week 5 bye, and has one of the best 1-2 wide receiver combos in the league at his disposal (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker). Fitzpatrick remains an excellent streaming candidate, as the Bills have been beaten through the air at times this year, but he'll be a candidate to hold onto as well. The next four defenses he faces (BUF, HOU, MIA, NYG) are all in the bottom fourteen in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent. 2

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    Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets - 8.2 percent owned

    Fitzpatrick had quietly been one of fantasy's best quarterbacks over the last month, so it was great to see him show no ill effects from his non-throwing hand injury last week. Throwing out the game where he was injured, he's averaged 21.6 fantasy points per game since his Week 5 bye, and has one of the best 1-2 wide receiver combos in the league at his disposal (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker). Fitzpatrick remains an excellent streaming candidate, as the Bills have been beaten through the air at times this year, but he'll be a candidate to hold onto as well. The next four defenses he faces (BUF, HOU, MIA, NYG) are all in the bottom fourteen in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. FAAB suggestion: 5-10 percent.

  • Now, before you come storming the NFL Media offices with torches and pitchforks, there are two words that justify why I'm advocating to pick up Kirk Cousins: Saints defense. Cousins is a great streaming target this week, as he now has a healthy Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson back in his offense, and will face a Saints defense that has given up over 30 fantasy points to the last two quarterbacks it has faced -- 38 to Eli Manning, and 33.86 to Marcus Mariota. Cousins is still a turnover-prone signal caller, but he could turn in serviceable fantasy production for teams that will be without Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers or Matt Ryan next weekend. FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent. 1

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    Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins - 2.4 percent owned

    Now, before you come storming the NFL Media offices with torches and pitchforks, there are two words that justify why I'm advocating to pick up Kirk Cousins: Saints defense. Cousins is a great streaming target this week, as he now has a healthy Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson back in his offense, and will face a Saints defense that has given up over 30 fantasy points to the last two quarterbacks it has faced -- 38 to Eli Manning, and 33.86 to Marcus Mariota. Cousins is still a turnover-prone signal caller, but he could turn in serviceable fantasy production for teams that will be without Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers or Matt Ryan next weekend. FAAB suggestion: 0-5 percent.