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Week 10 working the waiver wire: Shopping for a used Carr

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Week 10 is already on the horizon, so let's see which free agents are still available. This week, 6 teams won't be playing so expect this to be a pretty busy week on the waiver wire. Keep in mind the owner % mentioned is for 10-team standard ESPN PPR leagues. Some of these players below are good for the short-term, while others have more long-term value. You have to make the call on what your team needs. Immediate help to start this week, or a player to stash on your bench and hope he breaks out. Let's get started.

QB

Jimmy Garoppolo: He's only rostered in 33% of ESPN 10-team leagues, which makes sense. You'll probably have trouble finding him in 12-team leagues. He faces the Seahawks and Cardinals over the next 2 weeks, so the matchups are good. Plus, he just threw 4 TDs against Arizona, so you there's a good chance he lights them up again in 2 weeks.

Derek Carr: I know it's hard to trust Carr off of name value, but he's been good for fantasy. His rookie RB Josh Jacobs looks like a stud, and Tyrell Williams has been a nice addition. He also has a good o-line and a below average defense, which are both great for fantasy. He's rostered in 37% of 10-team leagues, and he has good matchups against the Bengals and Jets coming up after this Thursday's game. Caution: This week could be tough since he's playing the Chargers, but at least the game is at home and stashing him to use for Weeks 11 and 12 could pay big dividends.

Nick Foles: Foles will be the starter when they play in Week 11. His matchups won't be great having to face the Colts at Indy and the Titans on the road, but if you're desperate he might help you out. He's widely available.

RB

Ronald Jones: Bruce Arians is finally giving Jones a sizable workload getting 20 touches against the Seahawks last week. He's only rostered in 38% of 10-team leagues, and this might be your last chance to pick him up.

Adrian Peterson: He's still out there in 40% of 10-team leagues, and he's clearly more valuable in non-PPR. He has 2 great matchups after the Redskins off week, so he's worth grabbing. Also, he might get dropped since he doesn't play this week, so add him if he's available. We'll see if Guice is ready to return from his knee injury after the off week, so that could change things. We'll have to wait and see.

Derrius Guice: If Guice is ready to return from injury he could make Peterson worthless. It's hard to know what the Redskins will do though. Maybe just stash him and see what happens. His first 2 matchups are great if he returns for Week 11.

Alexander Mattison: This guy could win your league for you if Dalvin Cook goes down. He's worth stashing for sure.

WR

DeVante Parker: I didn't want to trust Parker when I wrote this article last week, but he can't be denied anymore. Which probably means he'll put up a goose egg this week...You can't argue with his production because he's scored in 4 out of his last 5 games. His schedule isn't great though facing the Colts and Bills over his next 2 games. He's only rostered in 23% of 10-team leagues.

Zach Pascal: He's a decent #3 WR until Hilton returns from injury, and he plays Miami this week. He's widely available.

Josh Reynolds: He's worth consideration until Brandin Cooks returns, but he faces tough matchups against the Steelers, Bears, and Ravens. He's available in almost every league.

Josh Gordon: I'm not going to take a flyer on this guy, but if you're desperate for upside maybe he'll prove me wrong. He's rostered in 54% of leagues.

Corey Davis: I'll give him one more shot hoping he does something against the Chiefs' underwhelming defense. If he can't get things going, we might have to label him a bust. He's out there in about half of 10-team leagues

A.J. Brown: Just like Davis, the matchup could help him this week, and he's been the more productive WR for the Titans as of late. You can pick him up in about 85% of leagues.

TE

Gerald Everett: He's likely owned, but grab him if he got dropped during his off week.

Darren Fells: He's been a huge addition for the Texans, and Watson clearly loves throwing to him. Hell, Watson will even throw him the ball blindly as we saw against the Raiders. Fells scored again against the Jags, and he's very much a part of the offense. He's off this week, and gets the Ravens in Week 11. He might get dropped, so keep that in mind.

Noah Fant: I know it was just one big game last week (115-yards, 1TD), but there's a reason he was drafted in the 1st round, and he should continue to get targets with Emmanuel Sanders in San Francisco now. He's widely available.

DEF

The Ravens and Colts are good streaming options this week, and Baltimore's defense is only rostered in 34% of 10-team ESPN leagues. They get the Bengals on Sunday, so it doesn't get much better than that. The Colts play the Dolphins, enough said.

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Texans 20 , Colts 17

Texans vs Colts: Good, bad and ugly

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In a Thursday Night Football battle, the Texans edged out the Colts in 20-17 hard fought victory. Here's how I saw things play out:

The Good

-DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller re-established themselves as one of the best wide receiver duos in the league this game. 13 catches on 19 targets for a combined 234 yards and two touchdowns (both by Hopkins). Whenever Deshaun Watson has Hopkins on the short to intermediate stuff and Fuller stretching the field, it gives him more options in the pass game.

-Deshaun Watson completed 63.3% of his passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns. While he did throw an inexplicable interception and took a sack, he still did enough to guide his team to a win. This kid is going to be a star and eventually lead his team to great things one day.

-The defense came up big against a division rival. Zach Cunningham and Benardrick McKinney combined for 27 tackles, 19 of those were solo tackles. This wasn't an easy game. It was a grinder, and the defense deserves some love for their contribution.

The Bad

-Watson's interception in the 2nd quarter hurt their momentum. The Colts had just punted the ball to the Texans. With a 3-0 lead, they could've taken a two score lead with a touchdown drive. Instead, pressure up the middle tipped the pass and Colts corner Kenny Moore made a great play to pick it off. Sometimes good defense beats good offense.

-Back to back Colt possessions swung momentum back in their favor. At the end of the 1st half, the Texans gave up a field goal to tie the game at 10. To start the 2nd half, the Texans failed on a 4th&3 conversion. The Colts went on an 11 play drive (10 runs, one pass) and scored after Benardrick McKinney failed to make the tackle when he met Jonathan Williams in the gap.

-The Colts ran the ball 39 times for 175 yards at a 4.5 yard per carry clip. Losing the rushing yardage differential by -76, turnover game by -1, and time of possession by almost seven minutes is normally a recipe for a loss. These metrics need to be cleaned up moving forward, or else this team will be out early in the playoffs.

The Ugly

-The Colts convderted 9/15 of their 3rd down conversions. Giving up 60% on 3rd down conversions isn't what good football teams do. If the Texans expect to advance in the AFC playoff picture, they have some work to do as far as 3rd down conversion percentage.

-Dylan Cole went down with a calf injury in the 2nd quarter. He's not only one of their more athletic linebackers, he's alos the leading special teams tackler. Hopefully he's okay as this team, particularly the defense, has suffered enough injuries.

-After the field goal early in the 2nd quarter, I heard them playing "Football Time In Houston" by Clay Walker. Will they PLEASE get rid of that damn song?!? I'm sure there's a rap song they can use that's better. Hell, get a local band to do a rock song. Anything but that tired ass song!

Now that the Texans have won this game and firm control of the AFC South, they have about a 75% chance at making the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Colts have only about a 20% chance to make it. The Texans have five games left: Patriots, Broncos, @Titans, @Bucs, and Titans. None of those teams pose a serious threat outside the Pats. Winning all these games would give them a 12-4 record and a shot at a first round bye depending on what happens with other teams. Winning this game puts them in the driver's seat in the AFC South, and helps them in the race for a first round bye. They'll need some out side help to get first round bye in the playoffs, but health is a major component moving forward. Especially on the defensive side of the ball. With the Pats coming into town next Sunday night, the Texans have a chance to make some noise in the AFC. Next week will be the new biggest game of the Bill O'Brien era.

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