If you didn’t grab one of this week’s popular waiver wire players it’s okay. There are still plenty of intriguing pickups after the dust settles.
All players listed are under 40 percent owned in Yahoo and ESPN leagues
Rob Kelley, Running Back, Washington Redskins (Yahoo – 34 percent owned, ESPN – 30.5 percent owned)
Rob Kelley has done a pretty good job while Matt Jones has been sidelined. It seems like he’ll continue to see the field for the time being.
Head coach Jay Gruden mentioned that Matt Jones will “earn his way back into the role that we think he should be in.” People in a dire need of a spot starter at running back could turn to Kelley but should temper expectations about his rest-of-season value.
Kelley and the Redskins take on a Minnesota defense that has allowed Jordan Howard to go for 153 rushing yards on 26 attempts (5.9 YPC) and Theo Riddick to gain 70 rush yards on 14 attempts (5.0 YPC). Minnesota’s run defense has not been as spectacular as it was to begin the year.
Kapri Bibbs, Running Back, Denver Broncos (Yahoo – 16 percent owned, ESPN – 9.7 percent owned)
Bibbs will likely be a backup in week 10, unlike Rob Kelley. That doesn’t mean that he’s a bad play this week.
Bibbs rushed twice for 11 yards and caught a 69-yard pass for a touchdown last week against the Raiders. That performance has earned him more playing time according to head coach Gary Kubiak.
NBC Denver has also reported that Kapri Bibbs could out-snap Devontae Booker in week 10’s matchup with the Saints. The Saints have given up the 108.5 rushing yards per game and allow the second-most fantasy points to running backs (25.03 per game). Bibbs should get plenty of opportunities to run all over the Saints dreadful run defense.
The Denver Broncos could be in a position later in the game to try and churn out the clock which allows both Booker and Bibbs to be fantasy relevant this week. Denver’s defense is one week removed from shutting down Derek Carr for just 184 yards and no touchdowns (7.66 FP).
Rishard Matthews, Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans (Yahoo – 38 percent owned, ESPN – 22.9 percent owned)
Every year there are players that can make a huge difference in the second half of your fantasy season. Rishard Matthews has the chance to be one of those players.
Matthews has averaged 5.6 targets over the past five games. Over those past five games, he has scored five touchdowns. In other words, Rishard Matthews is on fire.
His performance last week shows some signs of encouragement for his fantasy value as he received 10 targets. It appears as though Matthews has taken a hold of the number one wide receiver gig for Marcus Mariota and the Titans.
Matthews upcoming schedule includes the Packers (24.4 FPPG), Colts (21.7 FPPG), and Bears (26.4 FPPG).
Matthews is a legitimate WR3 in all formats moving forward with the potential to become more than a flex play.
Lance Kendricks, Tight End, Los Angeles Rams (Yahoo – 15 percent owned, ESPN – 20.0 percent owned)
Another week goes by and another tight end that people don’t expect to become fantasy relevant arises. Here we are in week 10 and Lance Kendricks is legitimately in the TE1 conversation. Well, at least in PPR leagues.
He has averaged 9.6 targets, 6,3 receptions, and 59.6 receiving yards over the last three games. The Rams wide receiving corps is anything but dominant, so Kendricks could very well remain a low-end option.