Fantasy football Waiver Wire: Jennings, Brown among best pickups
As we enter Week 10, it's time for fantasy owners to think about potential playoff heroes. A backup running back, third receiver or emergency quarterback will determine a fantasy title somewhere. Will Knile Davis run for 100 yards with a touchdown in Week 16 when Jamaal Charles is resting? Will Denver rest its veterans when your fantasy championship is on the line? Obviously, we're always looking for free agents to help win Week 10 matchups, but long-term suggestions can determine champions. Questions? Leave a comment, or ask me on Twitter @briansflood.
• Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders (Owned in 12 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues and five percent of ESPN leagues) -- Darren McFadden reinjured his hamstring and probably isn't going to return anytime soon. Jennings looked great in Week 9 after DMC went down, rushing for 102 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown. Jennings added seven catches and is poised to be an impact fantasy player when the Raiders face the Giants in Week 10. Jennings is a solid receiver out of the backfield, making him more valuable in PPR formats.
• Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans (21 percent, 17 percent, 49 percent) -- Maybe Greene is just around to light a fire under Chris Johnson. Greene is doing a good job if that's the case. The week that Tennessee announced Greene would be splitting carries going forward, Johnson exploded for 150 yards and two TDs on 23 carries. Greene added only nine carries in his season debut. It is very possible coach Mike Munchak is indeed going to use Greene and just ride the hot hand on Sunday. Anyone who has ever owned the post-CJ2K version of Johnson knows not to get too excited over one game. The Titans have a juicy schedule and Greene will be the "hot hand" at some point. Either way, he gets the goal-line work and that's enough to consider him as a bye-week replacement flex or desperate RB2.
• C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (Three percent, one percent, zero percent) -- Anderson could find himself starting during the fantasy playoffs if Denver decides to rest its regular players down the stretch. Many consider the 7-1 Broncos the best team in football. Depending on how the schedule plays out, Knowshon Moreno could see a reduced workload. Montee Ball is the obvious choice to step in, but Anderson will surprise fantasy owners. The undrafted rookie from Cal impressed in extremely limited action and the Broncos want to see more. It wouldn't be surprising to see him determine fantasy titles with a big game in Week 15 or 16.
• Darrel Young, Washington Redskins (Zero percent, zero percent, zero percent) -- Young had two carries on the season entering Week 9. He received five carries on Sunday and somehow managed to score three touchdowns. Yes, he had more touchdowns in Week 9 than he had carries in weeks 1-8 combined. Don't count on Young to do much going forward.
• Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles (23 percent, 12 percent, nine percent) -- You might not like him, but Cooper could be the new preferred target of Nick Foles. It's worth the risk after watching Cooper grab five balls for 139 yards and three TDs in Week 9 at Oakland. He'd probably be owned in more leagues if people didn't avoid him for his off-the-field antics. There is a reason the Eagles forgave Cooper and the reason is simple. He's talented.
• Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars (23 percent, seven percent, one percent) -- Brown was targeted 14 times over the last two games with Justin Blackmon around to hog 19 targets over the same span. Well, Blackmon isn't suiting up again this season and someone needs to step up in his absence. Brown has a chance to make a major fantasy impact and should be added in all leagues.
• Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers (41 percent, 25 percent, six percent) -- Cam Newton might have a new favorite target. LaFell caught six balls for 74 yards in Week 9 and was targeted nine times. Newton has been starving for a weapon other than Steve Smith and LaFell could be emerging as that guy. He faces the 49ers and Patriots the next two weeks so expect some more growing pains, but it wouldn't shock anyone if he's the clear No. 1 receiver in Carolina by the fantasy playoffs. His down-the-stretch schedule includes the Bucs, the Saints twice and the Jets.
• Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (40 percent, 26 percent, 10 percent) -- It appears that Foles is the perfect fit for Chip Kelly's dynamic offense. Foles had arguably the greatest performance in the history of fantasy football in Week 9, completing 22-of-28 passes for 406 yards and seven touchdowns. He won't do that again, obviously. But he's a very serviceable fantasy option when the Eagles travel to Green Bay in Week 10.
• Case Keenum, Houston Texans (19 percent, 11 percent, two percent) -- Keenum must have showed Andre Johnson where the end zone is. The superstar receiver hadn't caught a touchdown since last December until he caught three from Keenum in Week 9. If Keenum's strategy was to make Johnson happy... that was a pretty good idea. It appears he's the quarterback in Houston until further notice and he could emerge as a sneaky good fantasy option. He has some nice weapons and looked good on Sunday night. He's a nice bye-week replacement against the Cardinals in Week 9.
• Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (three percent, two percent, one percent) -- Ertz was targeted six times in Week 9 and finished with five catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. He has a nice chemistry with Foles and is a decent bye-week replacement Week 10 at Green Bay. The rookie from Stanford has at least three catches in each of Foles starts and is a solid target in the red zone.
MORE WEEK 10 FANTASY FOOTBALL CONTENT:
FLOOD: Waiver Wire -- Jennings poised to make an impact versus the Giants
SI STAFF: Weekly Roundtable -- What's the fantasy impact of Rodgers' injury?
MCQUADE: Risers, Sliders -- Foles takes on a weak Packers defense next week
BELLER: Early Week 10 Advice -- Stacy could be a top-15 RB for season's remainder