Waiver Worthy: Week 10 Fallout: Lance Ball, Earl Bennett and More

by Will Overton

Week 10 is down and week 11 is around the corner. The coming weeks are probably a big deal for a lot of team, I know they are for me, as the battle for the final playoff positions are going to be decided. And the very things that might be deciding who gets those spots is why you pick up to fill your bye week holes and who you get to replace your injured players.

The choices are no longer endless as they were early in the season, but there are still plenty of choices and you don’t necessarily need to settle for just anyone who plays. Here are some of week 10’s big performers who are going to get a lot of attention on the waiver wire this week and my personal take on whether they’re players you should buy into.

Lance Ball – RB, Denver Broncos: Lance Ball started yesterday’s game as the team’s third string running back, but he quickly got bumped up to first team when Willis McGehee and Knowshon Moreno went down with injuries. As of the end of last night there was no word on whether or not McGehee and/or Moreno were seriously, injured and whether they could be in action against the Jets. In Ball’s favor, the Broncos are working with a short week, playing on Thursday Night, and if things are even a little serious with McGehee and Moreno it’s going to be difficult to come back. Also in the Ball’s favor, the Broncos showed yesterday they are going to run the ball and run it often no matter who is in the backfield. Finally, don’t let the fact that the Broncos play the Jets scare you off. The Jets defense is good, but their run D has been prone to lapses this season. Keep an eye on the RB situation in Denver, and if Ball is going to play he should be a priority pickup. Especially if you own and rely on McGehee regularly.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em

Chris Ogbonnaya – RB, Cleveland Browns: After two weeks of failed playing time chances Ogbo finally had a big week in this third start. Ogbo racked up 90 yards on 19 carries against the Rams on Sunday. Prior to this though Ogbo was averaging 2.9 yards per carry and not really worth using in fantasy leagues. Ogbo’s performance was nice, but it was against the Rams and they’re not exactly a stout run defense. And one of these weeks Peyton Hillis or Montario Hardesty will actually play. I just can’t buy into Ogbo after one good week against the Rams.
Verdict: Deny ‘Em

Damian Williams – WR, Tennessee Titans: It is starting to look like the Titans have found themselves their number one receiver they’ve been looking for ever since Kenny Britt went on the shelf. Most people thought it’d be Nate Washington, but it does not look like that’s going to be the case after all. Williams caught 5 balls for 107 yards against the Panthers and now has 13 catches in the last three weeks including TD’s in back to back games the last two weeks. Chris Johnson is finally starting to get things together in Tennessee which means Hassleback may be throwing the ball less, but it also means Williams should be getting better looks as well. At this point I think you have to trust Williams and if any Titans receiver is ownable it is Williams.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em

Harry Douglas – WR, Atlanta Falcons: You want to talk about coming out of nowhere, Harry Douglas wasn’t on most deep leagues fantasy radars going into week 10, but after catching 8 passes for 133 yards he is on everyone’s radar. Douglas got his chance when Julio Jones got hurt in the game and Roddy White was consistently bottled up. It was a heck of a game, but Douglas is still the third receiver on the team and Tony Gonzalez is still the Tight End. If Julio Jones is healthy he is really starting to take off, and Roddy White is not going to have 7 targets only very often. Douglas is interesting, but there are other more reliable receivers out there.
Verdict: Deny ‘Em

Earl Bennett – WR, Chicago Bears: This is one of those receivers I’d rather have than Douglas. Jay Cutler seems to have found his favorite target and it’s one he is very familiar with in his old college teammate Earl Bennett. Cutler looks better with Bennett on the field and Bennett is a fantasy option as long he is healthy. Bennett had 6 catches and 81 yards yesterday and now in two games since coming back from injury Bennett has 11 catches, 176 yards and a TD. If I had to pick one receiver of the three I have here, I’d choose Bennett.
Verdict: Buy ‘Em

Who are you buying this week? Are you trying to grab any of these guys? Give us your thoughts and leave any questions.

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  1. Randy says:

    Thanks for the article! I am in desperate need of a running back for week 11, and am hoping (selfishly) that I can get Ball if both other Denver RBs are out. If not and I have to try to settle for Ogbonnaya, I realize he’s not great, but would he be a better choice to start over more uncertain options like Woodhead/Ridley/Faulk or Kevin Smith? (yes, I really am this desperate).

    Also, what do you think of Hankerson from WAS?


    • Yes, Ogbonnaya would absolutely be a better option than the questionable NE guys (since you never know who’s going to get the ball).

      As for Hankerson, all of the Redskins are tough to predict at this point (all you need to do is look at how Shanahan is using the RB). Is there a guarantee that he continues to get targeted? I definitely don’t think so.

  2. GT says:

    I’m diggin Damian Williams as well, mostly because I’ve got to get a Titan to exploit that end of season schedule – @Atl, TB, @Buf, NO, @Ind, Jax. MONEY

  3. Randy says:

    Thanks for your help on the earlier post. Just curious, if I was looking to add a TE to my roster (Fred Davis is my starter, but I’m considering adding some depth after a few unproductive weeks), who would you recommend out of Vernon Davis, Brent Celek, and Ed Dickson?

  4. Warren Best says:

    I have taken a good hard look at Vincent Brown and I sense some immediate chemistry between him and Rivers. It is still up in the air wheather or not Vjax returns next year, I don’t think AJ Smith will pay him what he wants. Could Brown be a sneaky pick up in a Dynasty league?

  5. Cara says:

    Okay so out of Damien Williams, Earl Bennett, Vincent Briwn, David Nelson or Jacoby Ford- who would you take going fwd for remaining weeks?? Also do I need to consider replacing Cam Newton??

  6. Randy – I think Davis has to be the first choice due to his upside. I’d probably have Celek #2 on the list.

    Warren – I definitely think Brown could emerge, both for the rest of this season and beyond. In a dynasty league he is well worth adding.

    Cara – I’d go with either Williams or Brown, with Williams probably getting the slightest of edges (though it’s incredibly close). As for Newton, who are your other options?

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