2013 Fantasy Football, Week 10 Waiver Wire: Aaron Rodgers Replacement Options

Welcome to TheFantasyFix.com’s week 10 fantasy football waiver wire. Injuries continue to decimating teams and matchups are becoming easier for us to recognize and exploit. This week there are four teams on a bye, so many fantasy footballers could be cruising the wire for some bye week magic. This week, we’ll be looking at high upside running backs and quarterbacks to fill in for Aaron Rodgers, who could miss up to three weeks with a fractured collarbone.

Before we get to this week’s potential waiver wire pickups, it’s important to note that I indicate below each name what type of waiver priority I would use on said player as well as the amount of FAAB I’d be willing to use to acquire their services. Despite the lack of high profile names that may be available this week I’m being as aggressive as ever, not only to build the depth of my own team for a playoff run, but to prevent other teams from adding crucial pieces where possible.

You may notice that a few of these names are making their second appearance on this list, but that’s because those players are not yet owned in as many leagues as they should be. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Rashad Jennings | Raiders

Jennings lands on the list for the third time this season after Darren McFadden went down in week nine with a hamstring injury. It has yet to be determined the exact length of time McFadden will miss, but it’s worth noting that this is the second time this season the running back has tweaked the same hamstring.

In McFadden’s stead, Jennings rushed 15 times for 102 and a touchdown, then hauled in seven receptions on eight targets for an additional 74 yards. He displayed some wiggle-and-jiggle by forcing three would-be tacklers to miss, resulting in essential yards after the catch. His ability to both take handoffs and catch short passes out of the backfield prove he’s not a one-trick pony, providing owners in both standard and points-per-reception formats a usable asset for the time being.

The Raiders next two opponents, the Giants and Texans, aren’t exactly generous to opposing bell-cows, but if by chance DMC is out for an extended period of time, week 12 and 13 against the Titans and Cowboys could be a decent play.

Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 2 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 30-40%
Players I’d drop for him: Daryl Richardson, Rashard Mendenhall, Peyton Hillis

Shane Vereen | Patriots

You should have made the decision to add-and-stash Shane Vereen a few weeks ago, but in case you didn’t and he’s still available in your league, do so now. There are no guarantees how the Patriots will utilize Vereen once he’s reinstated from the injured reserve, but if it’s anything close to how they used him in week one, he’ll be worth a start in at least points-per-reception formats.

Consider in leagues: 12-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 6 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 15-20%
Players I’d drop for him: Rashard Mendenhall, Daniel Thomas, Peyton Hillis

Shonn Greene | TItans

Greene earned 10 touches on Sunday for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 28-21 victory over the Rams. Chris Johnson has been running well as of late, so Greene may not steal as many touches from the former 2,000-yard rusher as some may initially thought. However, Greene has a history of scoring on short runs in the red zone — 15 of his 19 career regular season touchdown have come from inside the 10-yard line — therefore, the battering ram could continue to get the call in those situations for Tennesseee.

Consider in leagues: 12-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 6 or lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 10%
Players I’d drop for him: Daniel Thomas, Peyton Hillis, Ronnie Hillman

Dennis Johnson | Texans

The former third-round selection out of Arkansas carried the ball nine times for 38 yards and a touchdown in relief of Ben Tate, who was in relief of Arian Foster on Sunday. This is another case where we don’t know the exact severity of Foster’s injury just yet, but with Tate also frequently banged up, owners in deeper leagues may want to stash Johnson.

Consider in leagues: 14-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 8 or lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 5-10%
Players I’d drop for him: Your least valuable asset

Looking for Aaron Rodgers replacements?

Jay Cutler | Bears and Nick Foles | Eagles

It’s never too late to add a high caliber quarterback. And at this point during the season, Cutler and Foles would be great additions to your team to play match-ups during your playoff run. While Cutler may not be ready for Detroit in week 10, potential match-ups with Minnesota in week 13 and Dallas in week 14 — both are among the top five most generous defenses to opposing fantasy quarterbacks — could springboard you into the postseason.

Foles and his seven touchdown effort was absolutely video game-esque in week nine. He connected on 22-0of-28 attempts for 406 yards and seven (!) scores. Dare to expect that career effort again, but hope for half and your wish may come true. His next four opponents are all among the top 18 most generous defenses to opposing signal-callers,

Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 3 or lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 15-20%
Players I’d drop for him: Michael Vick, Carson Palmer, Josh Freeman

Case Keenum | Texans and Jake Locker | Titans

Both Keenum and Locker are reasonable backup options for Aaron Rodgers owners. Locker failed to meet week nine’s expectations, but faces a Jacksonville team in week ten surrendering more than 24 fantasy points per week to opposing passers.

Keenum completed 20-of-34 for 350 yards and three scores Sunday night against the Colts. He’ll see Arizona in week ten, but will get Oakland — who Foles just torched for 400 and 7 — in week 11 and Jacksonville in week 12.

Consider in leagues: 12+ teamers
Waiver Priority Worthy: N/A
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 5-10%
Players I’d drop for him: Michael Vick, Carson Palmer, Josh Freeman

Riley Cooper | Eagles and Jerricho Cotchery | Steelers

There is a very high probability that each of the above wide receivers had the best game of their season in week nine. Or, is this evidence of rapport developing between them and their respective field generals?

Cooper hauled in five passes on six targets for 139 yards and hit paydirt three times, giving the former Gator five touchdowns on the season. Similarly, Cotchery landed in the end zone on three occasions as a part of his seven reception, 96-yard effort Sunday afternoon.

Both are deeper league plays, but should grab your attention for depth purposes going forward.

Consider in leagues: 12-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 8 or lower
Spend this much FAAB 5%
Players I’d drop for him: San Diego, Chicago, Houston

Tennessee D/ST and Tampa Bay D/ST

Little analysis should be needed here. Both defenses have been playing well and have beneficial match-ups in week ten. Add away.

Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: N/A
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 5%
Players I’d drop for him: San Diego, NY Jets, Philadelphia

About Alan Harrison

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Comments

  1. Always like your waiver wire column for offering up dropable players and waiver wire position considerations.

    Would you play Foles this week over Romo (Saints D)?

  2. Alan Harrison says:

    Appreciate the kind words, mrg.

    I’m sorry I missed this, but I had Romo ranked higher this week and would have said no. Hope it worked out for you.

    Thanks again for reading, best of luck!

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