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This week’s “Don’t Sleep” will be a little different. Rather than going over the players that you should be rushing to put a waiver claim in on, we will talk about the guys that likely cleared waivers that can still give you an edge this week in your fantasy matchup. Before we get into this picks for this week, let’s take a look at how we did in Week 10. Point values based on non-PPR ESPN leagues.
Quarterbacks from Week 10
Carson Palmer (OAK): 14-20 passing, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT = 15 points
Matt Moore (MIA): 20-29 passing, 209 yards, INT, 1 fumble lost, 14 rushing yards = 5 points
Position Average: 10 points
Palmer had a great day against San Diego, going for 15 fantasy points. He has a lot of weapons in the passing game and a great running game to keep defenses on their toes. There should only be improvement going forward and the Raiders are looking like the best team in the AFC West. Moore had a good completion percentage on Sunday, but that is about it. He didn’t find the endzone and turned the ball over twice, making for a horrible fantasy day. He is showing enough to make you think there is hope for a decent fantasy quarterback, but until he shows some consistency he cannot be trusted.
Running Backs from Week 10
Roy Helu (WAS): 6 carries, 41 yards, 3 receptions, 13 yards = 5 points
Maurice Morris (DET): 10 carries, 44 yards, 1 reception, 6 yards = 4 points
Position Average: 4.5 points
I don’t know what Mike Shanahan is thinking. A week after Helu plays nearly all the snaps and has a career game, Shanahan decides to sit him in favor of Ryan Torain. Shanny eventually came to his senses after watching Torain play horribly in the first half and began giving Helu more reps in the second half, including every snap in the fourth quarter. I love Helu’s potential down the stretch, but not until we know that Shanahan is willing to make him the every down back. Morris didn’t have a great game, but he was more of a boom-or-bust add anyways. If he would have found the endzone, it would have been good enough day to justify playing him.
Wide Receivers from Week 10
Laurent Robinson (DAL): 3 receptions, 73 yards = 19 points
Torrey Smith (BAL): 3 receptions, 28 yards, 1 carry, 16 yards = 3 points
Point Average: 11 points
Robinson saved our average this week by having a two-touchdown game on Sunday. He is a big play threat in the Dallas offense, just be aware that he is the third option in the passing game behind Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. The entire Ravens offense was horrible against Seattle over the weekend, but the passing game was particularly horrible. Given that Baltimore only gave Ray Rice five carries, we would have expected big things from the passing game. Joe Flacco just looked off on Sunday and it affected Torrey Smith.
Tight Ends from Week 10
Brent Celek (PHI): 4 receptions, 53 yards = 5 points
Jacob Tamme (NYG): 6 receptions, 75 yards = 7 points
Fantasy point average: 6 points
Celek didn’t have a great game but he was once again solid for the Eagles. Look for him to have a bigger game this week when he faces the Giants, who haven’t been able to stop tight ends over the past two weeks. Tamme had a good first week as the starting tight end for the Colts. He should be decent over the rest of the season as Curtis Painter continues to check down because he cannot make plays down field.
Now let’s get to what everyone cares about. Everyone is looking for any edge they can get at this point in the season, and these guys can give you that. These recommendations also work nicely as a last second injury fill-in in case you missed out on some of the more popular waiver claims this week. More after the jump: