2016 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 10

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 10 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore Ravens (50 percent)

Returning from a multi-game absence, Smith had four catches for 47 yards on seven targets plus a two-point conversion to finish the week as fantasy's WR39. The even better news is that he didn't seem limited as he was on the field for more than 80-percent of the team's offensive snaps and he has been removed from the injury report ahead of Thursday's dream matchup against the Browns.

Granted, the Ravens offense has been extremely sluggish this season. The Ravens (4.807) average the third-fewest yards per play; only the Vikings (4.6771) and Texans (4.7194) have averaged fewer yards per play.

With that said, only the Cardinals and Patriots are projected to score more points this week than the Ravens. The Browns have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to wide receivers, but Cleveland has allowed 12 receivers to score double-digit fantasy points in just nine games this season.

In fact, 10 of those receivers -- including seven in the past five games -- have finished as a weekly top-15 fantasy wide receiver this season. No team has allowed more yards per reception to opposing receivers than the Browns (15.15 Y/R) and they have allowed the fourth-most receiving touchdowns (12) to the position as well.

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2. J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals (16 percent)

From Weeks 1 to 6, Nelson had just four catches for 51 yards on six targets. In the two games prior to the bye, however, Nelson had become much more involved in the offense as he's moved into the starting lineup. One week after a 3/84 performance on seven targets against the Seahawks in Week 7, Nelson had 8/79/2 on 12 targets and finished the week with the second-most fantasy points (19.9).

Coming out of the bye, the Cardinals get a soft matchup against the 49ers. I expect David Johnson to rush for 300 yards or so (ok, maybe less but still ...) against a defense that has now allowed seven consecutive 100-yard rushers, but Nelson and the Cardinals are projected to score a league-high 31.0 points this week based on Vegas odds.

So, in other words, even if the team is taking their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter, the (fantasy) damage may have already been done.

3. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans (31 percent)

Matthews set season highs in targets in both absolute terms (10) and relative terms (24.39-percent market share) in their Week 9 loss to the Chargers. Matthews turned those 10 targets into a 6/63/2 line and finished the week as fantasy's WR4.

The overall volume of targets has been a bit of concern in the team's run-dominant offense, but Matthews has now scored a total of five touchdowns in his past five games. During that five-game span, he has 21 catches for 240 yards and five scores on 28 targets. In addition, Matthews has eight-plus fantasy points in five of his past six games.

The team's wideouts get a favorable matchup this week against the Packers, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to the position this season, and then the Colts and Bears before their Week 13 bye.

4. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (31 percent)

When healthy, Watkins is one of the most physically-gifted wide receivers in the league. Currently on Injured Reserve, Watkins is eligible to return as early as Week 12 and there is some hope that he may be able to do so. Certainly if you have the room and patience to stash him, he's the biggest per-game difference-maker at any position among players owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! leagues.

5. Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers (42 percent)

Over the past month (three games and a bye), Coates has one catch for four yards on 10 targets. Just as bad for his fantasy owners, Coates dropped a touchdown pass last week. Immediately prior to that three-game stretch, the second-year speedster had a 6/139/2 line as he finished as the top-scoring fantasy receiver in Week 5. There is plenty of boom-or-bust with Coates, but as he (hand) and Ben Roethlisberger (knee) get healthier, there is the potential for more big games in his future.

6. Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (11 percent)

Woods had the best game of his career against the Seahawks on Monday Night Football as he finished with 10 catches for 162 yards on 13 targets. The Bills head into their bye, but Woods now has at least six targets in six consecutive games played. During that six-game span, he has 34 catches for 422 yards on 50 targets, but he has scored only one touchdown this season.

Even though the Bills are on bye this week, Woods has a favorable schedule down the stretch: Bengals, Jaguars, Raiders, Steelers, Browns, Dolphins and Jets. Five of those seven matchups are against teams that are among those that have surrendered the 13th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

7. Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers (four percent)

Inman finished Week 9 with six catches for 56 yards on nine targets and now has six-plus targets and 56-plus yards in three consecutive games. With Travis Benjamin battling a knee injury, it's possible that Inman continues to flourish along with Tyrell Williams. Benjamin left Sunday's game early and the team has a bye in Week 11 so it's also possible that they rest Benjamin.

When all three receivers are healthy (or on the field), it's more difficult to trust Inman. But if Benjamin is inactive this week, Inman will have some appeal as a WR3/flex option against the Dolphins.

8. Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams (10 percent)

Teammate Kenny Britt is owned in 51 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but he would rank near the top of this list if he were at 50 percent or less. Either way, Quick has been quietly productive for most of the season. Against the Panthers on Sunday, Quick had four catches for 48 yards, a six-game low, and has averaged 62.33 yards per game over his past six games.

9. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (four percent)

For the second time in three games, Lee had eight targets and 80-plus yards. In addition, the third-year wide receiver now has four-plus catches and six-plus targets in six of his past seven games. During that seven-game span, Lee is averaging 60.0 receiving yards per game, but he has yet to score a touchdown this season.

10. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (five percent)

Thielen is a low-upside but solid PPR option for those in deeper leagues. With 24 targets over his past four games, Thielen has 16 catches for 287 yards and a touchdown. That said, his best game (7/127/1) happened with Stefon Diggs out of the lineup and the team's first-round pick, Laquon Treadwell, got his first reception last week.

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