Week 10 of the fantasy football season is here, and the playoff races are starting to heat up. We have only two weeks of bye teams left to get through, although this week's teams could leave the quarterback market thin.
This week, the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers have the week off, leaving Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan unavailable. To help you navigate this week, here are some potential waiver wire options owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! leagues.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (50 percent)
Taylor made his return from a knee injury and looked none the worse for wear. He didn't have to do much with Buffalo's run game humming, but Taylor was still impressive, completing 11 of 12 passes for 181 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He also had 44 rushing yards.
Taylor will have a tough matchup with the New York Jets defense this Thursday, but if he continues to play efficient football, he'll be a high-end QB2 this week.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (44 percent)
Believe it or not, Cutler has actually been a bright spot in Chicago's season. Since coming back from a hamstring injury in Week 4, he's committed only three turnovers and looks like a great fit in offensive coordinator Adam Gase's scheme. If there's one concern about Cutler's fantasy upside, it's that he has a matchup with the St. Louis Rams defense in Week 10, and will possibly be without Matt Forte another week. Cutler's upside is more QB2 than QB1 this week.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (35 percent)
Mariota had his best game yet as a professional, out-dueling Drew Brees in the Superdome. He threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns to no interceptions in an upset road victory. Interim coach Mike Mularkey shook up the offensive line, and the changes seem to have paid dividends -- Mariota didn't take a single sack last Sunday. He'll have a tougher matchup with the undefeated Carolina Panthers this week, though.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (28 percent)
Winston is making real progress after a rough start to his rookie year. He just finished his fourth straight game without an interception and looks a lot more comfortable than he used to. That comfort hasn't quite translated into fantasy points -- Winston has yet to clear 300 passing yards this year -- but he'll get a friendly matchup with the Dallas Cowboys defense this week. Winston is a potential DFS value play, particularly if Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are able to return.
Landry Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers (1 percent)
Ben Roethlisberger has a foot sprain and is expected to be out for a couple weeks. With the Steelers' bye coming in Week 11, he could end up missing just one game, but that still leaves Jones to start. Jones was pretty mediocre in his Week 7 start, completing 16 of 29 passes for 209 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Look for the Steelers to lean heavily on DeAngelo Williams.
That said, if you're desperate for quarterback options or are dumpster-diving in DFS, you could probably do worse than Jones going up against the Cleveland Browns' defense, which is 21st in passing yards allowed per game.
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