Week 10: Pickups of the Week
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Week 10: Pickups of the Week

These players are worth considering adding to your roster if they're available. This week's picks include Profiled players include Nick Foles, Case Keenum, Rashad Jennings, Riley Cooper, and Mike Brown.

QB

1) Terrelle Pryor

2) Nick Foles

3) Jake Locker

4) Ryan Tannehill

5) Christian Ponder

6) Case Keenum

Others: Mike Glennon, E.J. Manuel, Gemo Smith, Jason Campbell

Notes: Welcome to all the dazed Aaron Rodgers owners trying to figure which end is up today. Obviously the likely options are not screaming must-adds, but this is a position where owners can cobble together a week-by-week plan based on matchups. Even in a week with zero touchdown passes and two interceptions, Terrelle Pryor manged solid fantasy numbers thanks to his legs. Pryor's rush work is the most consistent part of the likely pickup options, giving him the highest floor each week. Nick Foles tops the list for those in pass-heavy leagues. Jake Locker's tasty schedule puts him into the same tier, which is a cut above the others listed....Hopefully it goes without saying that Jay Cutler trumps all if he is somehow available in your league.

RB

1) Andre Brown

2) Rashard Jennings

3) Chris Ivory

4) Shane Vereen

5) Mike Tolbert

6) Jonathan Stewart

7) Montee Ball

8) Donald Brown

Others: James Starks, Dennis Johnson, Peyton Hillis, Lance Dunbar

Notes: I profiled both Andre and Donald Brown in Week 9's "Pickups" article. The Giants' situation hasn't changed, other than Brown confirmed he would make his debut in Week 10. Whether he takes over as the lead back immediately is something we'll hopefully learn by week's end, but he'll get there before long. As for Donald Brown, he's a sneaky bye week start this week considering the matchup against the Rams and the fact that Trent Richardson's numbers continue going the wrong way. ...

WR

1) Aaron Dobson

2) Riley Cooper'

3) Mike Brown

4) Lance Moore

5) Doug Baldwin

Others: Brandon LaFell, Cole Beasley, Kenny Stills, Marlon Brown, Nate Burleson, Mario Manningham, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Leonard Hankerson

Notes: Similar scenario for Lance Moore and Doug Baldwin in that both are benefiting from injuries to others. Moore benefits from Marques Colston's woes playing in a pass-first offense, while Seattle has fewer and fewer viable targets with Sidney Rice and (for now) Percy Harvin out...Looks like Mario Manningham will beat Nate Burleson back, but the Lions receiver has the greater potential.

TE

1) Coby Fleener

2) Tim Wright

3) Andrew Quarless

4) Delanie Walker

5) Zach Sudfeld

Defenses

1) Arizona

2) Tennessee

3) Indianapolis

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Foles posted massive points on fantasy benches from coast-to-coast last week in part because of his brutal performance in Week 7. For most, the trust factor simply wasn't there, even though Foles has been more good than bad this season (even as a Foles backer this season, I went with Tom Brady last week, which wasn't bad, but it wasn't Foles). That's certainly the case now after he matched an NFL record with a staggering seven touchdown passes and became the first to do so with a perfect passer rating. It goes without saying he won't have another game like that, maybe ever, but don't dismiss the performance as fluky either. Realize Foles has 13 TDP on the season with ZERO interceptions. Philly's entire offense has been all kinds of inconsistent this season - and oddly better on the road. Don't blindly throw Foles into your weekly lineup, but don't dismiss his incredibly fantasy friendly performance either. In Week 10 he faces a Packers defense that struggled with Josh McCown on Monday night. Other than two matchups versus Brandon Weeden and Christian Ponder, Green Bay has allowed at least 260 yards passing in five of six games with at least two TDP in four of those six games.

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There are different levels of fantasy backups. For those shutout of the Terrelle Pryor-Nick Foles-Jake Locker tier, Keenum is one to target. First, it's the most obvious comment possible, but obviously he and Andre Johnson now have a connection. Johnson had zero touchdowns entering Week 9, He has three entering Week 10 with oodles of more receiving yards as well. Keenum doesn't have the most enticing Week 10 matchup against a stout Cardinals pass defense that just smothered Matt Ryan, but they allowed five touchdown passes over the previous two games. Going forward, Keenum faces Jacksonville twice and an Oakland defense that allowed seven TDP to Foles. The injuries to Arian Foster and Ben Tate limit play action chances, but also make it unlikely Houston goes with a run-dominant approach. For those suddenly in a QBBC scenario, the spunky rookie with zero interceptions on the season and a Pro Bowl wide out is a worthy part of the mix.

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This mention is a combination Jennings recommendation and PSA about the importance of fantasy handcuffs at this time of year. Predictably Darren McFadden went down with a pulled hamstring (or at least we know some injury would befall DMac) and his primary backup is owned in less than 30 percent of MyFantasyLeagues.com. Now McFadden owners will contend with other free agent seeking owners after Jennings had 15 carries for 102 yards with a touchdown and seven catches for 74 yards against the Eagles. Certainly loads of garbage time production, but we witnessed Jennings produce solid number earlier this season when called upon. This week he has RB2 level value and should be no less than a Flex as long as McFadden is out. Owners would be advised to snatch the appropriate handcuff to their star RB now that the fantasy playoffs are getting closer.

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This one is rather simple: When Nick Foles plays quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, Riley Cooper gets the ball. In three games started by Foles, Cooper has 15 receptions for 347 yards and four touchdowns. In Philly's other six games, 10 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown. Not only does he have great Red Zone/Jump Ball size at 6-foot-3, Cooper is stretching defenses, averaging 18.1 yards per catch. The Eagles have been searching for a consistent option opposite DeSean Jackson. As long as Foles remains under center, Cooper is that guy and one who won't face double teams. Can be used as WR3 against the Packers in Week 10 and the Redskins in Week 11.

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Savvy owners sprinted to the waiver wires last week upon hearing the news about Justin Blackmon's season-long suspension and grabbed Brown. Considering Brown is owned in just over 25 percent of MyFantasyLeague leagues, there is still time. Over the Jaguars' last three games - and playing with Blackmon and Cecil Shorts - Brown caught nine passes for 212 yards and one TD. Obviously Jacksonville isn't a source for fantasy consistency, but we also know plenty of garbage time awaits. The schedule shapes up nicely as well during the playoff weeks: at Cleveland (Joe Haden takes Shorts), then home games versus Houston, Buffalo and Tennessee. Consider him a WR4 with matchup potential for more.

 
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