Waiver Wire: Week Ten
The deeper and deeper we get into the season, the less likely it is to find players that we haven't already discussed. However, with the fantasy playoff schedule just around the corner and the rash of injures this past weekend, it is even more important to pinpoint a few players that are showing a high level availability. We do just that with this week's waiver wire list.
As always, check out the week 10 stats if we haven't tickled your fancy with the players below.
Pick them up
QB Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M (90% availability) – Johnson has been on the waiver list several times but is still showing a high level of availability. I think it is safe to say he’s proven his worth. While we wouldn’t throw the sophomore to the wolves against Oklahoma and Texas, he is a good start this week against Colorado and Nov. 15th at Baylor.
QB Austen Arnaud, Iowa State (82% availability) – Arnuad was mentioned in our playoff waiver wire piece as his schedule is not horrible down the stretch. If you’re feeling a little thin, take a look at the Cyclone quarterback.
RB Omar Conteh, Northwestern (84% availability) – He’s Tyrell Sutton’s backup and if you lost Sutton this week you should heavily consider grabbing Conteh off the waiver wire. Conteh picked up Sutton’s slack when Tyrell went down last year and we expect him to do the same this year.
RB Cedric Peerman, Virginia (80% availability) – Peerman has wrestled his starting job back and has been on a torrid touchdown pace. Virginia has won four straight and Peerman has scored in four straight. Coincidence?
RB Kordell Young, Rutgers (no data) – Three straight starts, three straight games with at least one score.
RB Brandon Minor, Michigan (no data) – Not a spectacular day rushing with only 55 yards on 15 carries, but he did score twice (on paper anyway) and Sam McGuffie could be out for an extended period of time.
RB Jeff Demps, Florida (no data) – Only seeing the ball a dozen times a game makes Demps a tough start at running back. But we simply can’t ignore his touch-to-touchdown ratio any longer. The fastest man in college football is an option for plug in fantasy duty if need be.
RB John Clay, Wisconsin (87% availability) – As mentioned in our week nine watch list, look for more on Clay in a 2009 waiver wire piece that we will kick out later this week. With P.J. struggling with a leg injury, Clay could also be more of a factor in 2008.
WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina (24% availability) - I know, he technically shouldn’t be on the list since he is not available in most leagues. But after four touchdowns last week and with Brandon Tate out for the year, he’s worth a courtesy check to see if he is available.
WR Briggs Orsbon, Ball State (78% availability) – I know there were a few of you out there that were on Briggsie when Dante Love went down earlier in the year. I suspect there will be a few more after back-to-back games with a score.
WR Carlos Singleton, Memphis (47% availability) – We’ve said it before but it is worth repeating, Singleton was money down the stretch last year and despite quarterback injuries, he looks like money once again.
WR Scott Long, Louisville (no data) – Long missed most of the season with a broken foot, but he’s back and could be ready for a fantasy playoff run.
TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State (68% availability) – After spending a number of weeks nursing a high ankle sprain, Pettigrew was thrown back in the free agent pool by many owners. Pettigrew is back and while he didn’t find the end zone, he did catch eight balls for 83 yards last week.
TE Garrett Graham, Wisconsin (64% availability) – We’ve done our best to pump up Graham and he’s starting to catch on. He should find his way on to a few more teams now that Travis Beckum is out for the year.
TE Kory Sperry, Colorado State (88% availability) – Sperry lived up to his #11 ranking last week with three touchdowns against San Diego State. Yeah, even we get lucky every once in a while. Dates against BYU and Air Force aren’t ideal, but tight ends are hard to find so if you have a hole at tight end, plug it with Sperry
TE Charlie Gantt, Michigan State (no data) – Gantt is no stranger to our pickup list. He’s also no stranger to the end zone. Michigan State likes to find the big fellas near the goal line. Something Michigan apparently didn’t pickup on when watching game film last week.
TE Jamie McCoy, Texas A&M (no data) – McCoy broke out last week with two touchdown passes, but that is not the only reason he makes our pickup list. McCoy has been averaging 4.3 catches per game since Jerrod Johnson took over at quarterback. Not too shabby for a tight end.
Plan Bs, watch listers and other week nine performers
QB Greg Alexander, Hawaii
QB Chazz Anderson, Cincinnati
QB Mike Teel, Rutgers
QB Ricky Dobbs, Navy
QB Kinsmon Lancaster, La-Monroe
QB Levi Brown, Troy
RB Chris Garrett, Ohio
RB Curtis Steele, Memphis
RB Devin Moore, Wyoming
RB Logan Dold, Kansas State
RB Atiyyah Henderson, San Diego St.
RB Brandon Simmons, East Carolina
WR Jimmy Young, TCU
WR Dion Morton, Colorado State
WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers
WR Chris Harper, Oregon
WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt
WR Michael Washington, Hawaii
WR Eldred King, Middle Tennessee State
TE Jeron Mastrud, Kansas State
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