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Waiver Wire Pick Six, Week 10

By R.J. White

Week 10’s waiver wire picks include a rookie receiver who just led his team in targets, a tight end whose trips to the end zone were long overdue, a rookie QB that’s been phenomenal at home and three RBs who saw a boost in value over the weekend.

1. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

Hilton topped 100 yards and scored a TD for the second time this season in Sunday’s matchup with the Colts, hauling in a season-high six passes. He saw a team-high 11 targets in the game, and he could continue to see plenty of balls his way if Donnie Avery’s hip injury persists in the coming weeks. Andrew Luck looks to be getting more comfortable with the co-rookie, and it wouldn’t surprise to see the freshman pair finish the season strongly.

2. James Starks, RB, Packers

With the way Alex Green had played over the past few weeks, the Packers were forced to work Starks back into their gameplan. Starks received 17 carries Sunday, and while a 3.6 yards-per-carry average is nothing to write home about, the committee approach certainly worked for Green Bay’s running game overall, as the team rolled up 176 rushing yards on the day. Look for Starks to stay involved in the coming weeks, making him worthy of an add.

3. Brandon Myers, TE, Raiders

It certainly seems fluky to some that a guy with no TDs this year managed to catch two on Sunday, but I’ve been plugging Myers for weeks, feeling the flukiness was with the fact he hadn’t scored. Everyone else with 30 catches or more on the season heading into Week 9 had caught at least one TD, and Myers finally put things right with two trips to the end zone. He see a ton of targets and catches more balls than a lot of TE1s, and I expect him to continue to produce TE1 value the rest of the way.

4. Chris Ivory, RB, Saints

A mid-week injury to Darren Sproles left a hole in the Saints’ attack, and Ivory wound up seeing his first game action of 2012 as a result. Ivory rushed for 48 yards and a TD on 10 carries on Monday night against the Eagles. Both the rushing yardage and carries were team highs, and it’s possible Ivory could continue to have a significant role for as long as Sproles is sidelined. He’s worth flex consideration in deeper leagues next week, making him a quality waiver pickup in those deeper leagues this week.

5. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

Wilson continued his pattern of playing outstanding football at home last week, gashing the Vikings for three TDs while passing for just 173 yards. He has a 9:0 TD:INT ratio at home in four games and a 4:8 TD:INT ratio in five road games this year. Up next for Wilson is another home game against the Jets before a Week 11 bye and two road contests. However, two of his three fantasy playoff games are at home, and the other is against a bad Bills defense on the road. He could be usable in a pinch this December.

6. Marcel Reece, RB, Raiders

The Raiders saw both starting running back Darren McFadden and backup Mike Goodson suffer high ankle sprains on Sunday, and that allowed Reece, a fullback by trade, to stay on the field and scoop up 95 receiving yards and a TD in comeback mode. While he has just one carry for zero yards this season, Reece has managed to catch 26 passes for 272 yards, including posting 50 receiving yards in three of the past four games. The Raiders are unlikely to lean heavily on Taiwan Jones, so Reece is a fantasy factor for as long as McFadden and Goodson are out.

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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