Week 10 is in the books and fantasy players are combing the waiver wire looking for injury and bye week replacements. We bring you the list of top 5 players who could be waiver wire duds.
WR Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (44 percent owned)
Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin finally had his breakout game against the Indianapolis Colts. Austin was targeted 3 times and caught two passes for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown. With a conservative mindset coaching the Rams it is entirely possible this is a one week wonder.
RB Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (16 percent owned)
Saints running back Mark Ingram had a monster game on Sunday Night Football with 14 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown yielding him a 10.4 yards per carry average. Lack of consistency has been a killer for Ingram who has never posted a 100+ rushing game in his NFL career. Prior to Week 10, he had one 90 yard one touchdown game in 2012. He also had a 91 yard no touchdown game in 2011. He isn't trustworthy as a solid starter yet but could be worth a pickup in deeper leagues or if you are desperate at running back. Given the injuries this year, that is a distinct possibility.
QB Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (28 percent owned)
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has posted two nice games throwing for 413 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Put him under pressure however and you traditionally bad results. Palmer is a decent enough fill in option if you are desperate but you shouldn't consider him as a regular starter.
TE John Carlson, Minnesota Vikings (2 percent owned)
Vikings tight end John Carlson has taken over for the injured Kyle Rudolph and made a strong statement in Week 10 with 7 receptions on 7 targets for for 98 yards and a touchdown. It was his best performance since Week 1. Of the 2009 season that is when he caught six passes for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks. It is very unlikely he can keeps these numbers consistently in the Vikings struggling offense.
WR Santonio Holmes, New York Jets (5 percent owned)
Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is set to return in Week 11 from a nagging hamstring injury that has limited his 2013 season. The question here isn't Holmes talent but whether he is truly recovered from his injury and what impact he will make on the Jets offense. The Jets under up again down again rookie quarterback Geno Smith are ranked 26th in the league in passing yards. They also get Kellen Winslow back so maybe this helps open up the Jets passing attack.