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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fantasy football: Week 10 waiver-wire picks

I realize millions were disappointed I didn't write this piece last week, but real life -- see the arrival of this little guy to the right -- intervened.

Anyway, we're back, only with an altered format.

For this week, since we have been ranking many of the same players each week, we will highlight our top three waiver-wire selections, followed by some honorable mentions.

As always, we only select players who are available in more than half of the leagues on, and we usually go with players who can be had in at least 60 percent of the ESPN formats.

Marcel Reese, RB, Raiders (owned in 0.2 percent of the ESPN leagues): To no one's surprise, Darren McFadden is injured. This time, it's the dreaded high ankle sprain. McFadden's backup, Mike Goodson, has the same injury, which could lead to the combination of Reese and Taiwan Jones sharing carries in Oakland's backfield Sunday at Baltimore.

Reese is a better option than Jones, a second-year pro who has one carry this season. Reese also has one carry in 2012, but he is a threat in the passing game. The latter had eight receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown last week, and he is a decent start this week in point-per-reception formats. In standard leagues, consider Reese a flex play who can be a decent No. 2 running back -- but only if both McFadden and Goodson are out.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers (1.6 percent): Like Reese, Sanders is being considered because of an injury. Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is said to have a "mild" ankle sprain.

If Brown is forced to miss Monday's game against the Chiefs, Sanders should be considered a No. 3 receiver in all formats. He had two catches for 20 yards and a touchdown last week, and the Chiefs have allowed the third-most TD passes in the league (17).

Brandon Myers, TE, Raiders (7.0 percent): We've been ranking Myers in the top five consistently among free-agent possibilities at tight end, and he has done nothing to make us believe otherwise. Last week, Myers had eight catches for 59 yards and two TDs, and he's had at least five receptions in three of his last four games. He is a starting tight end in deeper leagues, and is even more valuable in PPR formats (Myers is on pace for 78 receptions for 884 yards). 

Honorable mention: James Starks, RB, Packers (owned in 5.0 percent of the ESPN formats); LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Cardinals (26.9); Joique Bell, RB, Lions (4.7); Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts (1.1); Donnie Avery, WR, Colts (11.7); Chris Ivory, RB, Saints (0.4); Ryan Broyles, WR, Lions (1.3); Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars (18.3); T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts (0.7); Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks (3.7); Dustin Keller, TE, Jets (37.7).

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