Erin Skelley, aka "Erin the Fantasy Girl" on Texans Radio/Sports Radio 610 in Houston, dishes out waiver wire magic for Week 10.*
It was ugly. It was exhausting. And I'm just glad it's over. I'm talking about week 9, of course, when six teams enjoyed a bye week. Who didn't enjoy it? Fantasy owners, that's for sure.
Including me! In my super deep league, I was forced to start Brandon Weeden in Hail Mary-like fashion. He was ok… well maybe less than ok. Surprisingly, he was spectacular compared to my other quarterback, Phillip Rivers, who perhaps thought he was already on a bye and got manhandled by the Dolphins.
Unfortunately for fantasy owners, here we go again. Round two is here. Six more teams sit out week 10 before returning to somewhat normal order. The byes mean headaches and hassles, but they're also an opportunity to take advantage of other owners' problems. Enjoy shopping the waiver this week. Go back often as you never know who will be dropped.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins – Facing Rivers and the Chargers, it was Tannehill who shined on Sunday with 24-of-34 passing for 288 yards, three touchdowns and no picks. Have Brady, Luck or Rivers? You need a filler this week. Tannehill is filler fantastic! Available in about 40 percent of fantasy leagues.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs – Tannehill isn't available? Consider Smith, who completed 21 of his 31 passes on Sunday, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Still available in about half of all fantasy leagues.
Mark Sanchez, QB, Philadelphia Eagles – With 202 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, he could possibly, just maybe be a good option for you. And his matchup isn't too shabby. Carolina gives up the ninth most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals – Gio Bernard's backup rushed for 154 yards including two touchdowns on Sunday. Bernard is expected to miss at least one more game, so Hill should enjoy another big day. Only still available in about 20-30 percent of fantasy leagues. Get him while you can.
Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns – Ben Tate may have lost his starting job. On Sunday, West received a team-high 15 carries for 48 yards. Do I think Tate is out of the picture? No. What about Isaiah Crowell? No, he'll get his carries too. This is pretty much a mess. If you're desperate, claim West.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – On Sunday, Hurns struck gold with 112 reception yards and two touchdowns, giving him five total for the year. He's had some spectacular games and some dud games. Good luck guessing correctly. If you're struggling with the byes, you could do worse though. Consider Hurns a plug-and-play this week
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans – Arian Foster's hammy flared up again on Sunday. The extra rest this week will serve him well, but we can only speculate when he'll return. Even if Foster returns week 11 as the starter, it wouldn't surprise me to see Foster to get a little rest here and there. Consider Blue an investment pick.
Dallas DEF – Dallas faces the Jags, who give up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses.
Erin Skelley joins Texans Radio every week on SportsRadio 610. Follow her on Twitter @erinskelley. She'll babble fantasy to anyone who will listen.