Fantasy Football: Matt Cassel and the 10 Waiver-Wire Must-Haves
At season's midpoint, there's still a bevy of productive players on the waiver-wire that could be beneficial to your squad for the remaining games.
There's only six weeks until the fantasy football playoffs start, so a simple add-on now can mean big points down the road.
Add the following "sleepers" off of the waiver-wire before it's too late.
TE Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs
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Week 9 Opponent: Oakland Raiders
Tony Moeaki has become a prime target for Matt Cassel, being thrown to numerous times a game.
He won't earn the most fantasy points, but he is consistent.
If your in need of a TE, Moeaki is a safe bet.
WR Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills
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Week 9 Opponent: Chicago Bears
Steve Johnson has been a dream for fantasy owners, scoring a touchdown in each of the last five games he's played in, even scoring a pair of TD's in Week five.
Although the Bills haven't won a game this season, Johnson has been extremely productive in terms of fantasy football.
Expect the TD streak to continue, even against a tough Chicago defense.
WR Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins
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Week 9 Opponent: Baltimore Ravens
Only owned by 32.1 percent of fantasy teams, Davone Bess could be a valuable asset to your team. In every game this season but one, Bess has made over five receptions.
Bess has recorded a touchdown in three of the last four games. Against a tough Ravens defense you can expect Bess to see a lot of action, being a prime target because of his speed and versatility.
WR Michael Jenkins, Atlanta Falcons
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Week 9 Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Due to injury, Michael Jenkins missed the first five games of the season. Since he's been back he's been fairly productive, making a combined eight receptions for 124 yards in his last two outings.
In a big divisional game against the Buccaneers, you can expect Jenkins to score his first touchdown of the year.
If you're in need of a receiver, don't hesitate to add the 6'4'' OSU Buckeye to your roster and even give him the start.
TE Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
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Week 9 Opponent: New York Jets
The 6'5'', 265-pound Brandon Pettigrew has become a major target in the Detroit Lions offense, and his role will continue to increase.
Pettigrew will have one of the best seasons among tight-ends.
This week against the Jets he should see a lot of action, being somewhat of a safety net for quarterback Matthew Stafford, trying to avoid the blitzing New York defense.
RB LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Week 9 Opponent: Atlanta Falcons
Rookie LeGarrette Blount has begun to make a name for himself, playing exceptionally well in recent games.
In his first breakthrough performance against the St. Louis Rams in Week 7, Blount made 11 carries for 72 yards. He then had an even larger impact in Week 8, rushing 22 times for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals.
Last week Blount was only owned by 1.0 percent of fantasy football teams, but that has now skyrocketed to 20.7 percent.
Don't miss out on your chance to add this hidden gem that will soon blossom into one of the more dominant running backs in the National Football League.
WR Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
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Week 9 Opponent: Bye
Danny Amendola has proven to be one of the most productive weapons in the St. Louis Rams' offense.
Amendola has made at least three receptions in every game this season, and has scored a touchdown in each of the last two games.
After a bye-week, Amendola and the Rams go up against a fairly easy schedule in the 49ers, Falcons, Broncos, and Cardinals. This should mean that Amendola will have an explosive next few weeks, going up against the 21st(ARZ), 22nd(SF), 27th(ATL),overall ranked passing defenses.
QB Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
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Week 9 Opponent: Oakland Raiders
Matt Cassel has been seemingly flawless of late, throwing for six touchdowns and no interceptions in his last three performances.
In a big game against the Oakland Raiders, expect Cassel to have a multiple touchdown outing, to help lead the Chiefs to victory. With a lot of questionable quarterback play of late, go with the reliable Matt Cassel who is only owned by 36.6 percent of ESPN fantasy football teams.
WR Brandon Tate, New England Patriots
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Week 9 Opponent: Cleveland Browns
Before Week 9, Brandon Tate had not produced the way everyone expected him to once Randy Moss was traded. But this past Sunday, Tate had his first explosive performance of the season and his career.
Tate showed fantasy owners that they may want to scoop him up off the waiver wire before it's too late. Against the Minnesota Vikings, the wide-out from UNC recorded three catches for 101 yards and one touchdown.
Tate has the skill and athleticism to put up numbers like this on a weekly basis and will have another terrific game this upcoming Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
WR Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers
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Week 9 Opponent: New Orleans Saints
Brandon LaFell seems to have some chemistry with quarterback Matt Moore, and has been extremely productive since Moore took over the quarterback position.
In Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers, LaFell made six receptions for 91 yards. Last week in St. Louis, LaFell caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown against the Rams.
LaFell should continue to see increased roles in the Carolina Panthers offense.
WR Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals
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Week 9 Opponent: Minnesota Vikings
Steve Breaston made his return in Week 8 after recovering from a knee injury and showed exactly how much of a role he can play for his team. Against the Buccaneers, Breaston was targeted 11 times, making eight receptions for 147 yards, while also running the ball one time for 14 yards.
Since he has recently returned from injury, many fantasy football users are unaware of the value he brings to your team, only being owned by only 52.4 percent of fantasy teams.