Fantasy Football Week 10: Waiver-Wire Sleepers You Can't Pass Up

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IINovember 7, 2012

Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander (84) runs after catching a 20 yard pass during the third quarter while defended by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Travis Daniels (34) at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Week 10 of the 2012 fantasy football season has made way for some interesting contests. There’s still a lot of talent out there on the waiver wire who have favorable matchups this week.

No matter where you stand in your league rankings, it’s never too late to add what could end up being the critical piece to your championship run.

With only a handful of weeks remaining until the playoffs (sooner in some leagues), you’d be wise to add a couple of sleepers to your bench or to supplement struggling performers or bye week victims.

Take a look at some sleepers who are widely available and could boost your team both in Week 10 and down the stretch.



Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill is having a decent fantasy season for a rookie quarterback. He’s not lighting the world on fire but is coming off of another solid performance against Indianapolis last week.

The Dolphins QB put up 15 points against the Colts in a losing effort, but will have the Tennessee Titans in Week 10. He also has a very favorable remaining schedule.

Tannehill will have Buffalo (Week 11, 16) and New England (Week 13, 17) as well as a date with the Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 15) down the stretch, but also face San Francisco and Seattle once each, before the playoffs.


Wide Receivers

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

Despite the growing number of options in Indianapolis, rookie receiver T.J. Hilton has had a formidable fantasy season and could be in line for even more work after having the second-best game of his young career in Week 9. Hilton caught six passes for 102 yards with one touchdown (16 points).

The increased role came due to a hip injury to fellow receiver Donnie Avery. Avery is questionable, but has little time to rehab as the Colts face the Jaguars and their 25th-ranked pass defense on Thursday Night Football.

He’s developed a nice rapport and trust with Andrew Luck and could be a key performer down the stretch as the Colts will attempt to shock the league and make the playoffs.

Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions

Titus Young stepped up immediately in the wake of losing veteran Nate Burleson for the season to a broken right leg injury. Since then, rookie receiver Ryan Broyles has begun to get into the mix.

Playing primarily in the slot, the rookie from Oklahoma has come on strong to help the depleted Lions’ wide receiver corps. He’s recorded 25 points over the past three weeks on 12 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

While these numbers may not jump off the page at you, Broyles was the second-most targeted receiver by Matthew Stafford against Jacksonville last week and is becoming an integral part of the team’s offense. If the Lions make a playoff run, it’ll come from the success of Stafford and the passing game.

Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers aren’t the same team they’ve been in the past. Without a true No. 1 receiver, Phillip Rivers has looked out of sync and has been completely reliant on Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd.

Enter Alexander.

The receiver stepped in last week after the team lost Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem to hamstring injuries. He had three catches for 61 yards and could be in line for a greater workload against a poor Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass defense that is being gouged by everyone.

Head coach Norv Turner said Alexander will play a “big part” in what the Chargers do moving forward, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.


Running Backs

Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders

Reece saw the most action after teammates Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson left last week’s game against Tampa Bay with high ankle sprains. Both are unlikely to be available again this week against a poor Baltimore rush defense.

Reece is the fullback and may not get the bulk of the carries from the tailback position, but he is a key utility player that will be given his share of reps due to his reliable nature as both a runner and pass catcher.

High ankle sprains can linger, so Reece may be an option for the foreseeable future until McFadden and/or Goodson are able to get back into the lineup.

Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins

Despite being regarded as second fiddle to Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas is receiving a larger portion of snaps for the Dolphins than Reggie Bush. He’s more durable and there isn’t much of a talent drop off so that should come as no surprise.

He isn’t as explosive as Bush, but is a solid runner with good vision. He’s pretty strong, too, and is good in the red zone and goal line. This week, the Dolphins have a very favorable matchup against the 29th-ranked Tennessee Titans rush defense.

Moving forward, Thomas and the Dolphins have favorable rushing matchups against Buffalo (twice) and Jacksonville.

Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons

Rodgers is the clear-cut backup to Michael Turner, but there’s going to be plenty of carries to go around against the leagues’ worst rush defense in New Orleans. Turner is going to have a huge day, but there is still going to be opportunities for ‘Quizz to get in on the fun.

Roll with Rodgers if you need a bye-week fill in and are confident the Falcons are going to run all over the Saints this weekend. If not, it’s best to pass on him because he doesn’t hold much value in most weeks as the backup in the Falcons’ pass-happy offense.


Tight Ends

Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders

If you haven’t picked up Brandon Myers yet, what are you waiting for? Sure, last week’s breakout performance came against the awful Tampa Bay pass defense. However, it wasn’t a one-week thing for Myers.

The tight end has emerged as one of Carson Palmer’s favorite targets. He’d been racking up the targets and catches over previous weeks and finally saw increased looks in the red zone this week with the team’s running backs nicked up.

That’ll be the case again against Baltimore this week. He’ll likely get 10-plus targets and at least one touchdown from Palmer against the beat-up Ravens defense.

Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

Coby Fleener missed the Colts’ Week 9 matchup against the Dolphins and unsurprisingly Dwayne Allen had the best game of his young career. He hauled in six passes for 75 yards (7 fantasy points).

Fleener won’t be returning this week and the Colts have a very favorable matchup against the 25th-ranked pass defense. He’ll work a lot as a blocker to help keep Andrew Luck upright but his value as a pass catcher is too high to keep him back there for all of the action.

Allen was still a pretty active part of the game plan even with Fleener active. If Luck and the tight end can build an even stronger rapport in Fleener’s absence, this could be his time to emerge as the team’s primary tight end pass catcher.