Week 10 Sleepers: Robert Meachem and More Under-the-Radar WRs to Start

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 6, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Robert Meachem #12 of the San Diego Chargers warms up before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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What do the Buccaneers, Titans and Patriots all have in common in 2012? They are all terrible at defending the pass, which is why a trio of under-the-radar wide receivers are set to shine for some lucky fantasy owners in Week 10.

Some are coming back from injury, while others are just waiting for the opportunity. Regardless of their circumstance, they will steal the show on Sunday.

Let's take a closer look at three underrated WRs fantasy owners must start this weekend.


Robert Meachem, San Diego Chargers

The veteran wideout has been limited recently because of a hamstring injury, but is expected to suit up for San Diego on the road at Tampa Bay in Week 10. That's phenomenal news for fantasy owners because the Buccaneers' passing defense ranks dead last in the NFL

Philip Rivers should have a monster day, and expect Meachem to be the beneficiary of Rivers' spectacular numbers. 

Tampa is giving up more than 320 passing yards per game this season and has allowed 13 touchdown passes in eight games. With yards on the ground very difficult to come by against the Bucs' D, watch for Rivers and Meachem to hook up early and often in the passing game. 


Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is figuring out the NFL with ease it seems, and that bodes extremely well for Dolphins receiver Davone Bess on Sunday vs. the Tennessee Titans.

Despite boasting 38 receptions for 483 yards this season, the former Hawaii wideout is owned in less than eight percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues. The most obvious reason for Bess' lack of popularity though is that he has yet to score a touchdown in 2012.

Well, that should change in Week 10, as he and Miami will square off against one of the league's most dreadful secondaries in the Titans. Sure, Tennessee is surrendering yards in bunches through the air this fall. But more importantly, the Titans have given up 20 passing touchdowns in just nine games so far. 

Expect Bess to see plenty of opportunities at home this weekend, especially with No. 1 wide receiver Brian Hartline receiving most of the defense's attention.


Donald Jones, Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones isn't a household name by any means, but his production has been quite solid through the first half of the season. The 24-year-old has over 300 yards receiving and three touchdowns in eight games for the Bills in 2012.

On Sunday, Jones will be pitted against a struggling secondary in the New England Patriots. In the two teams' first meeting in Buffalo, Jones caught two balls for 90 yards and a score. 

In eight games this season, New England has given up 17 touchdown passes, which is worst of any team to have played just eight games through nine weeks. Therefore, fantasy owners can expect that Jones will see some targets and chances at the end zone in Week 10. 

Jones is only owned in about one percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues heading into this week. But that should change with fellow wide receiver Steve Johnson suffering from a thigh injury.


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