Week 10 of the 2013 NFL regular season is approaching fast, and it’s time for fantasy owners to hit that waiver wire hard to find the late-season pickups that could win their team a championship.
All of the following breakout fantasy stars had explosive games in Week 9 and should be on every owner’s radar.
*All stats via NFL.com.
Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have found an offensive stride with Nick Foles under center, and his seven touchdowns Sunday tie the NFL single-game record. Three of those passing touchdowns went to wide receiver Riley Cooper.
Cooper has been targeted at least six times in three of the last four games and has eclipsed 100 yards twice. The receiver’s power and speed along the outside has given Foles the complement to DeSean Jackson the offense needed.
With Cooper taking the No. 2 spot on the depth chart and Foles likely stealing the starting job even when veteran Michael Vick returns from a hamstring injury, this is the perfect late-season addition that could win fantasy owners a title.
Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans
The Houston Texans may have lost Sunday night to the Indianapolis Colts, but the direction that new starting quarterback Case Keenum led the team made it very clear that he is the starter for at least the next several weeks.
Veteran Matt Schaub was awful in his time as the starter, and Keenum’s gunslinger mentality has been infectious. With a roster full of talented weapons (made even more potent if running back Arian Foster can stay healthy), the undrafted rookie will continue to put up monster numbers.
As if his 621 passing yards and 118 quarterback rating through two games weren’t impressive enough, the four touchdowns and no interceptions he has thrown is a sign of his natural maturity.
Fantasy owners who need a starting quarterback during a bye week should look no further than Keenum.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders starting running back Darren McFadden hurt his hamstring once again Sunday, per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, but fantasy owners were lucky enough to watch the emergence of backup Rashad Jennings against Philadelphia.
Jennings amassed 102 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown (as well as another 74 receiving yards), and he made a clear statement that he deserves the lion’s share of the work if McFadden is out of the lineup.
While there is no timetable for Run-DMC’s eventual return to the field, the intense work ethic of Jennings will earn him a place in the starting lineup. Fantasy owners should be on notice and make this pickup in Week 10.