Fantasy Football Week 10: Claim/cut advice

Fantasy Football Week 10: Claim/cut advice
January 23, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Some possible claim and cut suggestions for your fantasy football team(s) as we head into Week 10. Keep in mind that the potential pick-ups might not be available in your league…
This week’s byes: Arizona, Cleveland, Green Bay, Washington.
Claim
● Raiders running back Darren McFadden left Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay with a left ankle injury. Mike Goodson replaced him – then he left the game with a right ankle injury. Marcel Reece was the next guy in line for the Raiders and somehow managed to finish the game without injuring either ankle. Reece had eight receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown. If McFadden can’t play this week, Goodson would get most of the work. If McFadden and Goodson are out, then Reece – or possibly Taiwan Jones, who’s technically listed as the team’s third running back – should be added.
● Brandon Myers never recorded a touchdown in his career – until Sunday, when he scored twice. The Raiders’ tight end had a career game (eight catches, 59 yards, two TDs), and he’s become a solid part of the team’s offense. Over the last four weeks, he’s been targeted 33 times. Tight ends have been hit and miss all year, but Myers should be considered in deeper leagues (at least 12 teams).
● Since Cedric Benson went down with a toe injury, Alex Green has gotten most of the carries for the Packers. That changed over the weekend. Green had 11 carries for 53 yards while James Starks finished with 61 yards on 17 carries. If it remains a timeshare, it will be tough to trust either of them, but Starks can be added as a speculative bench option.
● The Cardinals have a bye this week. In week 11 they face the Falcons. That might be the last time LaRod Stephens-Howling is a viable fantasy option. Beanie Wells – who went down with a toe injury earlier this season – is expected to return in Week 12. It’s hard to imagine Arizona not giving Wells a chance to get his starting job back. That makes him worth a waiver wire claim.
Cut
● Andrew Hawkins got off to good start this season, but he’s faded of late. The Bengals’ wide receiver has been held to fewer than 50 yards in each of his last five games. And he hasn’t produced more than four fantasy points since Week 3. That makes him easy to dump if you need a roster spot.
● Wells is almost back for the Cardinals. LSH is clearly ahead of him on the depth chart. And William Powell carried the ball just one time for three yards on Sunday. Powell shouldn’t be on anyone’s roster moving forward.

● It’s tough to tell who’s been worse lately: Martellus Bennett, who hasn’t had a double-digit outing for the Giants since Week 3, or Kyle Rudolph, who hasn’t had a catch in the last two games. Either way, you can find better tight ends on the waiver wire.