For your consideration: 13 fantasy waiver wire pickups

Week 10 offers us a bombed-out and depleted waiver wire that has been picked clean for over two months. We’re rummaging through the scraps, but there is still some talent to be had…

Jacoby Ford, WR, Oakland Raiders: In Carson Palmer’s first appearance with legitimate game preparation, Ford was targeted six times and racked up a stat line that consisted of a season-high five receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. The sample size here is small, but Ford is currently the front-runner for the role of “go-to-guy” for Palmer.

Next up: at San Diego (Thursday night)

Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins: Yes, Helu has appeared in this column before, but it looks like the tide may turning in Washington following Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. The rookie from Nebraska managed just 41 yards on ten carries, but was targeted a ridiculous 17 times (14-105-0) as quarterback John Beck repeatedly checked down in the face of San Francisco’s pressure. PPR owners should be paying close attention.

Next up: at Miami

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Week 9 marked the fourth time this season that Dalton has posted a QB rating of 97.0 or higher, as the rookie from TCU tossed a career-high three touchdown passes in Cincinnati’s 24-17 win at Tennessee. Dalton has thrown two or more touchdown passes in three of his last four games and is looking more and more comfortable in the pocket with each start. We don’t recommend him as a QB1 at the current moment, but Dalton’s connection with wideout A.J. Green certainly makes him worthy of a roster spot in leagues with 12 or more teams.

Next up: vs. Pittsburgh

Earl Bennett, WR, Chicago Bears: After missing the last five games due to injury, Bennett returned to action Monday night against the Eagles and immediately became Jay Cutler’s top guy, hauling in five receptions for 95 yards and a score (5 targets) in Chicago’s 30-24 victory. Remember, Cutler and Bennett played together at Vanderbilt, so there is definitely some familiarity here. We’ve been saying all along that somebody needs to step up as the No. 1 wideout in Chicago and Bennett could very well be that guy.

Next up: vs. Detroit

Marion Barber, RB, Chicago Bears: Did you know that MBIII has found the end zone in four of his last five games? Barber won’t rack up a lot of yardage, but we feel he’s worthy of a roster spot in leagues with more than 12 teams, as he’ll continue to get the touches when the Bears get within five yards of the end zone.

Next up: vs. Detroit

Laurent Robinson, WR, Dallas Cowboys: He’s posted over 100 receiving yards in two of his last five games, has found the end zone in back-to-back weeks and is now in line for an increase in targets now that wide receiver Miles Austin is scheduled to miss the next 2-4 weeks with a hamstring injury. Consider Robinson a solid WR3.

Next up: vs. Buffalo

Jake Ballard, TE, New York Giants: In classic below-the-radar fashion, Ballard has worked his way into the top-ten in fantasy scoring at the tight end position thanks to a consistent stream of respectable stat lines. The New York tight end has found the end zone three times over his last five games and has racked up 50+ receiving yards in each of his last four starts. Believe it or not, Ballard is now a TE1.

Next up: at San Francisco

Lavelle Hawkins, WR, Tennessee Titans: Hawkins’ numbers won’t jump off the page at you, but he’s been targeted seven or more times in three of his last four starts and is coming off his best game of the season (5-63-1). Keep in mind that wide receiver Nate Washington suffered a hip injury in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals and while he’s expected to play in Week 10, Washington will most likely be less than 100%. Hawkins could be in line for an increase in targets.

Next up: at Carolina

Early Doucet, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Doucet has found the end zone in two of his last three games and has racked up a very impressive 33 targets over his last four starts. We don’t expect him to be the second coming of Larry Fitzgerald, but we do believe Doucet adds some nice depth to rosters as a WR4/5 in leagues with 12 or more teams.

Next up: at Philadelphia

Jerome Simpson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Sooner or later opposing defenses are going to start covering rookie sensation A.J. Green. When that happens, expect Simpson’s numbers to head north. The 25-year-old from Coastal Carolina has scored a touchdown in each of his last two starts and is just two games removed from a 101-yard outing against the Colts that included nine targets. Consider him a WR4 in leagues with 12 or more teams.

Next up: vs. Pittsburgh

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Tennessee Titans: If he’s available in your league and you need some QB help for Week 10, don’t be shy about going after Hasselbeck. The savvy veteran has posted some consistent numbers this season and takes on a Carolina defense this Sunday that is surrendering an average of 18.1 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. That’s not going to single-handedly win you your league, but it could be enough to grind out a victory.

Next up: at Carolina

Philadelphia Eagles, D/ST: Their disappointing season has sent shockwaves through the fantasy world, where this supposedly “elite” defense currently ranks 15th in scoring among D/STs. However, for as much as these guys have underachieved this season, a Week 10 home date against the Arizona Cardinals and backup quarterback John Skelton is just what the doctor ordered. This isn’t a good long-term acquisition, but the Birds make for a nice situational start in Week 10.

Next up: vs. Arizona

Cleveland Browns, D/ST: This unit doesn’t offer much, but if you’re in a jam for Week 10, keep in mind that the Browns are giving up just 21.2 points per game this season and 19.3 points per game at home. It’s a stretch, but against a St. Louis Rams offense that is scoring only 12.5 points per game (31st in NFL), you may be able to squeeze out some fantasy points with these guys.

Next up: vs. St. Louis

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