Nov 6, 2011
Injuries continue to further thin fantasy football rosters and empty waiver wires, making it doubly tough for owners. Fantasy owners will catch a break this week as we take a week off from the BYE’s, however if you find your roster a little thin and need fill holes in your lineup, do check out the Week 10 edition of our Bruno Boys Fantasy Football “Pick Them Ups.”
Quick Note: Not all players that had strong Week 9 outings are on this list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have value. If you have any questions about free agents not discussed in this article, head over to the forums and we’ll help you with the answers.
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Quarterbacks-Pick Them Up
Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams)
Bradford (ankle) returned to action in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals, and went 23-for-36 for 255 yards with an interception in the game. He did acknowledge his injured ankle was sore after the game, but he should be able to continue to play barring any setbacks. A fairly difficult matchup is coming in Week 10 against the Cleveland Browns, but after that things get easier against a pair of NFC West foes in the Seattle Seahawks (Week 11) and a rematch with the Cardinals (Week 12). Bradford’s disappointing start to the season followed by his injury likely led to his being dropped in a lot of leagues (52 percent ownership in Fleaflicker), but he is certainly worthy of a least a speculative add in all league formats.
Consider Adding In: 10-Team, 12-Team and 14-Team Leagues
Matt Moore (Miami Dolphins)
Moore went 17-for-23 for 244 yards and three touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and he has now posted 33 fantasy points (ESPN scoring) over the last two games. He is clearly the Dolphins’ starting quarterback as long as he is healthy, for better or worse, and now gets a favorable slate of upcoming games starting in Week 10 against the Washington Redskins. Washington has intercepted just six passes all season, and has allowed at least 250 passing yards in five of eight games. After that the Dolphins next three opponents, the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders, all entered Week 9 in the bottom half of the league against opposing quarterbacks and that could make Moore a sneaky option in two-quarterback leagues over the next few weeks. He should still be available in nearly all leagues right now.
Consider Adding In: 12-Team and 14-Team Leagues, particularly those where starting two quarterback is mandatory
Carson Palmer (Oakland Raiders)
Palmer went 19-for-35 for 332 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions against the Denver Broncos in Week 9, as he performed fairly well in his first start with the Raiders. Week 10 brings a favorable matchup against the San Diego Chargers, who have allowed eight passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks over their past three games. Also potentially to Palmer’s advantage is the fact the game is on Thursday night and short week does not typically play to an opposing defense’s advantage in terms of preparation. If Raiders’ running back Darren McFadden (foot) is unable to return to action, that could also mean more throwing for Palmer. Turnovers could continue to be an issue as he gets into better playing shape and gets familiar with his receivers, but fantasy owners looking to add a solid backup quarterback can do worst than Palmer.
Consider Adding In: 12-Team and 14-Team Leagues
Quarterbacks Watch List: Alex Smith (San Francisco 49ers), John Skelton (Arizona Cardinals)
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