Has Russell Wilson finally figured things out up in Seattle? Despite being discounted and treated as an afterthought of a fantasy quarterback by virtually everyone, he has continued to not only turnout solid fantasy numbers over the past several weeks, but win football games as well. With the ever-changing scenario in the Steelers’ and Colts’ backfields having shifted once again, we have a fresh pair of runningbacks looking to produce for week 10, as well.
Here are the top week 10 waiver wire additions:
Russell Wilson (QB – Sea): Since week 6, Wilson has eight TD’s and two int’s. It’s seemingly only a matter of time before he gets a rushing TD or two. The Seahawks have always had a strong ground game with Marshawn Lynch, but now that Wilson is finding his feet, this offense could really click. Additionally, with their elite defense, their field position should be frequently ideal. This week, they take on the Jets, who have allowed 20 points to every team that has faced them this year, with the exception of a pre-”Chuckstrong” motivated Colts team. Looking forward into the later weeks of the NFL season – the fantasy playoffs, for most – Seattle has favorable matchups against Arizona, Buffalo, and St. Louis as an added bonus.
Vick Ballard (RB – Ind): Averaging 10+ points in his last three games. Even with Delone Carter and Donald Brown playing in week 9, Ballard still recorded more carries than both, and could be in line for more work in the upcoming weeks. Similarly, Donald Brown’s surgically reconstructed knee is experiencing soreness and swelling, and the Colts suffer from little time off, as they play Jacksonville on Thursday night. If Brown is unable to go, Ballard’s value will be significantly boosted, but even if Brown plays, Ballard could have a solid game, as the Jacksonville defense is was just gashed for four rushing TD’s by Detroit – not exactly a powerhouse running team – in week 9.
Marcel Reece (RB – Oak): Another situation where you’ll have to monitor injuries. Reece has just one carry all season, but has been catching passes out of the backfield regularly, including eight catches for 95 yards last week. With McFadden and Mike Goodson both suffering high ankle sprains, and listed as day-to-day, it is still very unsure what the gameplan will be going forward, and head coach, Dennis Allen, hasn’t helped fantasy owners in that regard. Taiwan Jones is listed as the third string runningback, but after Reece’s performance last weak, he could be a very nice flier on this pass-happy team.
Isaac Redman (RB – Pit): Same deal here. Redman exploded with Dwyer and Mendenhall out in week 9, totaling 151 yards and a touchdown. This week, Mendenhall is practicing, though still questionable, and Dwyer is expected back. With the success of the other backs in Pittsburgh, it seems there is no apparent reason to rush Mendenhall back into action and risk further injury, so one would expect the Steelers to go with a combined attack of Redman and Dwyer on the ground against a favorable Kansas City matchup this week.
Danny Amendola (WR – StL): He’s clearly Bradford’s favorite target, and he has been sorely missed. Miraculously, his ownership has dipped to just below 45%, but he is expected to come back this week, and could be a huge addition moving forward. With a very good chance to be a top 15-20 WR option in PPR leagues, if this guy is available, grab him up now.
Brandon Myers (TE – Oak): Has been surging in recent weeks, drawing more and more looks from Carson Palmer. After his huge eight catch/two TD day this past week, it would seem that he would be in line to get even more. With many top tight ends struggling tremendously (see: Vernon Davis, Jermichael Finley), now is the time to spend a high waiver pickup on Myers if you are hurting at that position. To make things even better, he has highly attractive matchups for the remainder of the season (with maybe a slight exception in week 14 home against Denver).