The Wire – Week 10: The Return of Chris Chambers

Here are our waiver wire candidates for week ten. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned in parenthesis (and if you see an asterisk by the players name, it means they’re on a BYE this week.)

As with last week, there aren’t a lot of new names on the list…but maybe Chris Chambers, Devery Henderson and Brandon Pettigrew can help your team if you’re in a bind…

  • [Stopgap] Matt Cassel, KC (50%) – In the two games leading to the BYE, Cassel looked absolutely terrible. This past weekend though he seemed to find his poise once again (the addition of Chris Chambers apparently helped!) Cassel is a little risky, but when he’s throwing the ball well, he can put up decent numbers for your fantasy team.
  • [Stopgap] Mark Sanchez, NYJ (47%) – Before going into the BYE, Sanchez put up some good numbers against the Dolphins. He has a nice match-up with the Jaguars in week 10 as well.
  • [Stopgap] Alex Smith, SF (37%) – It wasn’t pretty against the Titans (3 INT, 1 fumble lost), but he ended the game with 286 yards and two touchdown passes. Smith isn’t the most accurate quarterback out there, but he should be safe to get you a touchdown or two each week.
  • [Worth a look] Vince Young, TEN (16%) – Vince Young’s numbers won’t blow you away, but he has the Titans on a two game winning streak as the team’s starting quarterback and has a touchdown (and no interceptions) in each game.
  • [Worth a look] Josh Freeman, TB (6%) – Not sure if Freeman or a lousy Green Bay defense deserve more credit for his 205 yard, three touchdown performance. Don’t start him quite yet, but keep an eye out and see how he does in the upcoming weeks.
Running Backs
  • [Stopgap] Beanie Wells, ARI (72%) – Wells had one of his best games as a pro against the Bears this past Sunday and if the team can rack up big leads like they did on a regular basis, Beanie should get more opportunities.
  • [Stopgap] Correll Buckhalter, DEN (66%) – He’s losing more and more carries to Knowshon Moreno, but Buckhalter is still the tailback of choice when it comes to the passing game. He’s usually good for around 10 points or so if you’re in a bind.
  • [Stopgap] Jamal Lewis, CLE (54%) – Lewis should be rested and ready to go following the BYE…but he still plays for Cleveland.
  • [Stopgap] Justin Fargas, OAK (35%) – It looks like Darren McFadden could be returning after the team’s BYE week, but Fargas is still the starter for now.
  • [Stopgap] Ladell Betts, WAS (19%) – Clinton Portis left Sunday’s game with a concussion and if he’s not able to play for a week or so, Betts will be the guy running it for Washington.
  • [One-week-wonder] Derrick Ward, TB (39%) – He had a few catches for 54 yards and a score, but did absolutely nothing in the run game.
Wide Receivers
  • [Startable] Devery Henderson, NO (61%) – He’s probably more of a “Worth a look” candidate, but both he and Robert Meachem (below) have such great match-ups the next two weeks (Rams, Bucs.) Henderson isn’t find the endzone consistently this year, but he’s got 11 catches for 210 yards over the past three games.
  • [Startable] Mike Wallace, PIT (60%) – With Ben Roethlisberger throwing the ball better than most quarterbacks in the league, his number three receiver is putting up solid numbers as well. He only catches two or three balls a week, but he turns those into 50-70 yards and is good for a touchdown every once in a while. I especially love Wallace in keeper leagues.
  • [Stopgap] Patrick Crayton, DAL (59%) – Worth a lot more in leagues that award for kick returns, but he’s the fourth or fifth option in the passing game at this point.
  • [Stopgap] Laveranues Coles, CIN (45%) – With Chris Henry done for the season with a broken arm, Coles should see even more looks.
  • [Stopgap] Earl Bennett, CHI (34%) – If Devin Hester is not 100% for next week’s game, Bennett will be the beneficiary.
  • [Worth a look] Malcom Floyd, SD (50%) – With Chris Chambers’ departure, Floyd is getting an opportunity to prove he has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL. Let’s hope this past Sunday’s performance isn’t an indication of what he has to offer.
  • [Worth a look] Andre Caldwell, CIN (42%) – As with Coles (above), Caldwell will see more action with Chris Henry out for the season.
  • [Worth a look] Chris Chambers, KC (24%) – Wow, talk about a waiver claim paying immediate dividends! Chambers will not score two touchdowns on a weekly-basis, but it’ll be interesting to see how many looks he gets from Cassel in the next few weeks.
  • [Worth a look] Robert Meachem, NO (21%) – I wanted to list him as a One-week-wonder, but he racked up some receptions this past weekend and has some awesome match-ups the next two weeks.
  • [Worth a look] Sammie Stroughter, TB (6%) – He now has three catches in each of the past four games and had a touchdown this Sunday. If Antonio Bryant is forced to miss more time, Stroughter should continue to see more looks in the Tampa Bay passing game.
  • [One-week-wonder] James Jones, GB (7%) – If you’re a big risk taker, maybe Jones is the guy for you. He has a touchdown in three of the past four games, but has done so on a very low number of catches and usually finds the endzone only if he breaks a really long touchdown reception.
  • [One-week-wonder] Jason Hill, SF (0%) – Apparently quarterback Alex Smith picks a receiver and proceeds to throw all his touchdowns to that one guy for the entire game. This week it was Jason Hill (two TD’s.) Next week it will not be Jason Hill…that is for sure.
Tight Ends
  • [Stopgap] Zach Miller, OAK (52%) – He’s JaMarcus Russell’s #1 target in the passing game, but he still plays for the Raiders and should only be used in an emergency.
  • [Stopgap] Dustin Keller, NYJ (47%) – He should be all rested up following the BYE and ready to pick up where he left off against the Dolphins in week eight (where he had 76 yards and a score.)
  • [Stopgap] * Kevin Boss, NYG (44%) – The Boss Man is on a BYE in week 10, but he had a touchdown in the past two games and seems to be one of Eli’s favorite targets in the redzone at the moment.
  • [Worth a look] Brandon Pettigrew, DET (8%) – Pettigrew had the best game of his career on Sunday, catching seven passes for 70 yards and his first career touchdown. This is the type of game he was drafted for and he should only get better as he and Matt Stafford get more experienced.
  • [One-week-wonder] Joey Haynos, MIA (0%) – He has a touchdown in two straight weeks…and should remain a free agent.