The Top 10 Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups of the Week

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Carson Palmer (QB – Oakland) – Available in 34.2% of ESPN Leagues
With both Aaron Rodgers and Robert Griffin III on bye this week, you might be looking for a quarterback. Palmer has been quietly effective this season, throwing for eight total touchdowns in his last four games with at least 200 passing yards in each. His match-up against Baltimore this week isn't a bad one given their recent injuries. Oakland's receiving core is healthy and the injuries to their running backs will cause them to throw more. (FAAB spend: $10)

Ryan Tannehill (QB – Miami) – Available in 93.4% of ESPN Leagues
If the waiver wire is a little shallower and most of the quarterbacks are already gone, Tannehill could present a good opportunity for you this week. He faces the Titans, who have given up at least 200 passing yards and a touchdown in every game this season. Opposing quarterbacks have even thrown for multiple touchdowns in seven of the nine games. Tannehill has proven capable in his starts this year and like all rookies, he throws fewer interceptions at home. (FAAB spend: $5)

Running Backs

Marcel Reece (RB – Oakland) – Available in 99.8% of ESPN Leagues
I feel sorry for you if you handcuffed the always-injured Darren McFadden with Mike Goodson. You did what you were supposed to do with your star RB and you caught some bad luck. Now you're going to have to find a way to acquire Reese, who's really a fullback. Reese saw a majority of snaps last week when Oakland was playing catch-up against Tampa Bay because he's a better receiver and pass blocker than alternative Taiwan Jones. The same will likely be the case going forward for the next two to three weeks as Oakland waits for McFadden and Goodson to return from injury. (FAAB spend: $20)

Isaac Redman (RB – Pittsburgh) – Available in 36.4% of ESPN Leagues
The Steelers' RB situation has been a carousel due to injuries, but whoever has played recently has also produced. Redman was the next man up last week and showed good power in running for 147 yards and a touchdown. There's a chance another one of his running mates could be back this week, but Redman is available in too many leagues right now. He should be owned in case the other guys aren't ready to return because the Chiefs' defense hasn't been able to stop many RBs this season. (FAAB spend: $8)

James Starks (RB – Green Bay) – Available in 95% of ESPN Leagues
It was pretty evident that Alex Green was terrible in his three-game audition to be the Packers' starting back. The Packers decided to give James Starks a chance to carry more of the load last week and it worked slightly better than it did with Green. Starks still only ran for 3.6 yards per carry in those 17 attempts, so those that saw him play last year knew that he wouldn't be remarkable. Starks' value lies in the fact that there have been plenty of injuries to RBs this year and you might be looking for someone. Just don't expect more than a borderline flex play. (FAAB spend: $7)

Wide Receivers

Brian Hartline (WR – Miami) – Available in 29.7% of ESPN Leagues
The Ohio State alum was dropped in many leagues last week after grabbing only 100 total yards on eight catches in his last three games. He bounced back as predicted last week and now finds himself unowned in a surprising amount of leagues. He's certainly worth owning as the Dolphins' #1 receiver and has good match-ups against Tennessee, Buffalo, and New England in coming weeks. (FAAB spend: $15)

T.Y. Hilton (WR – Indianapolis) – Available in 92.3% of ESPN Leagues
Reports from Indianapolis have indicated that Hilton's been working pretty hard with Reggie Wayne to get better and the results showed from the rookie in last week's game. Donnie Avery is banged up and hasn't been that productive in recent weeks, so there's an opportunity for Hilton to shine. It helps his case that the Colts play on Thursday night, so Avery won't have as much time to recover. Just expect the inconsistency that comes with every rookie wide receiver. (FAAB spend: $10)

Emmanuel Sanders (WR – Pittsburgh) – Available in 98.4% of ESPN Leagues
It's still to be determined whether or not Antonio Brown actually has a high-ankle sprain, but Brown will miss this week's game against the Chiefs at the very least. That opens the door for Sanders to take all of Brown's snaps and succeed as a WR3 for as long as Brown is out, which probably will be at least two weeks. Give him the slight edge over Hilton if you need to win this week, but there will be less long term value. (FAAB spend: $10)

Tight Ends

Brandon Myers (TE – Oakland) – Available in 93.0% of ESPN Leagues
The tight end position has been pretty weird in recent weeks. Kyle Rudolph has only two catches total in the last three games after a hot start. Jared Cook hasn't caught more than three balls in any of his last three games despite constant chatter from Tennessee's coaches to include him in the offense more. Even Vernon Davis has been shut down (under 40 yards in four of his last five games with no touchdowns) as defenses pay more attention to him. Somehow Myers has piled up the points with an average of 5.75 catches in the last four games. He's not the most athletic guy, but he's been getting open and Carson Palmer has been finding him. He likely won't be a game changer for you, but anything seems better than the bagels we've been seeing for TEs recently and I've already mentioned that Oakland will be throwing more. (FAAB spend: $8)

Dwayne Allen (TE – Indianapolis) – Available in 98.9% of ESPN Leagues
The Colts spent two early round draft picks on TEs back in April because they knew Luck had success with his TEs in college. Neither had really excelled until last week when Allen saw a majority of the snaps due to Coby Fleener's injury. Allen managed six grabs for 75 yards against Miami and will likely get most of the snaps this week since Fleener has been ruled out. (FAAB spend: $3)

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