Week 10 was probably the wildest we’ve seen this season. There weren’t any significant injuries, but quite a bit of value still opened up on the waiver wire heading into Week 11.
10. Damien Williams — RB, Miami Dolphins
Williams doesn’t have any concrete value right now, but knowing that he’s locked in as the No. 2 RB behind Jay Ajayi means there’s a lot of potential value. Williams has been an insane vulture of late, scoring four times in his last four games, including twice on Sunday. I think he’s absolutely worth owning as an Ajayi handcuff.
9. Jeremy Langford — RB, Chicago Bears
Jordan Howard suffered an ankle injury on Sunday, propelling Langford into the featured role. He didn’t impress (carrying twice for 16 yards and catching four passes for 10 yards) but if Howard misses any time, Langford will be the guy. The scoreboard didn’t help Langford’s cause Sunday either.
8. Eli Rogers — WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh’s No. 2 WR role has been a revolving door all season long. At the moment, Rogers is in the driver’s seat. Since the Week 8 bye, he’s hauled in 10-of-15 targets for 145 yards and a touchdown. He seems trustworthy until we see otherwise.
7. Ryan Mathews — RB, Philadelphia Eagles
With all the Darren Sproles hype over the past couple of weeks (something I bought into), Mathews was completely forgotten. After all, he played on 16 total snaps in his last two games entering Sunday. So, of course, Mathews was heavily featured on Sunday, taking 19 carries for 109 yards, two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. If somebody in your league dropped this dude, go out and snag him.
6. Colin Kaepernick — QB, San Francisco 49ers
Kaep might have the 49ers sitting at 0-4 in his starts this season, but he’s actually been great in fantasy land. Time to give him props. Over his four game stretch as the starter, Kaepernick’s thrown for 938 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for another 228 yards and a score. Slinging the ball late in games combined with his ability to scramble with the ball has made Kaepernick fantasy relevant once again.
5. Vernon Davis — TE, Washington Redskins
Davis had obvious value when Jordan Reed was injured, but Reed returning to the field hasn’t resulted in any drop off for Davis. He’s been playing fewer snaps, but the production is still there. Having caught 16-of-18 targets over his last four games for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns, it’s time to admit Washington’s offense has two valuable tight ends.
4. Thomas Rawls — RB, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks backfield is nuts right now, so try to follow along. Christine Michael has officially lost his role in the offense, playing just 11 snaps against the Patriots and receiving five carries for the second consecutive week. With Rawls expected to play next week for the first time since Week 2, he projects to be ahead of Michael on the depth chart. But there’s more…
3. C.J. Prosise — RB, Seattle Seahawks
Prosise has been trending upwards for a few weeks while Michael fell, but Sunday night was when everything came together. The rookie played on 77 percent of the snaps against New England and turned 24 touches into 153 yards. The performance was definitely good enough to keep him in the mix, but it remains to be seen what Rawls’ role will be. I think both have to be owned at this point, and I’d give the edge to Prosise going forward.
2. Rob Kelley — RB, Washington Redskins
Somehow people are still not adding Kelley. Forget taking Matt Jones’ carries, Kelley’s been good enough to makes Jones a healthy scratch on game days. As the clear-cut starter (and performing well), Kelley has tons of upside for the remainder of the season.
1. James Starks — RB, Green Bay Packers
Starks returned from a four-game absence and was immediately the Packers’ lead back, just as we expected. Starks played on 71 percent of the snaps, carrying seven times for 33 yards and catching three passes for 11 yards and a touchdown. With Eddie Lacy done for the season, Starks has plenty of value for the remainder of the year, whether Green Bay turns it around or not.
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