Every week, we compile a list of players that may be worth targeting off the waiver wire.
For players to appear on our list, they need to satisfy two factors: (1) they are owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues and (2) they did not appear on our previous week's list of potential additions. Of course, the other criteria is that we believe they could be useful to fantasy teams based on the depth of the league so, technically, there are three factors.
As an example, a player like Lions receiver Nate Burleson, who appeared on last week's free-agent column, isn't listed below even though he is only owned in 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Burleson, who finished with his first 100-yard game of the season, has 24 receptions for 266 yards and three touchdowns in his past four games.
Here are some players potentially worth adding this week:
QB—David Garrard, Jaguars (owned in 34 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
In his past four games, Garrard has thrown nine touchdowns and rushed for two more while throwing only two interceptions. Against the Cowboys, Garrard finished with a five-touchdown (four passing, one rushing) performance. This week, Garrard and the Jaguars play the Houston Texans, who have allowed a league-worst 298.3 passing yards per game and 20 passing touchdowns.
RB—Mike Goodson, Panthers (four percent)
Jonathan Stewart left Sunday's game with a concussion and DeAngelo Williams has missed the past two games. When The Daily Show left the game, Goodson and Terrell Sutton split the work. Sutton, who left Sunday's game with an ankle injury, and Williams are both listed as day-to-day. While Goodson could be in line for the majority of work in Week 10 depending on the status of the other backs, only six teams have rushed for fewer yards than the Panthers this season and no team has scored fewer rushing touchdowns.
RB—Clinton Portis, Redskins (30 percent)
Whether or not Clinton Portis returns this week or not, he has returned to practice. Per Rick Maese of the Washington Post, Portis said Tuesday, "I may be able to be ready for Monday, but I feel like it's a work in progress." Before suffering the groin injury that has caused him to miss the team's past four games, Portis carried the ball 49 times for 195 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.
WR—Vincent Jackson, Chargers (46 percent)
Based purely on talent, Jackson is arguably one of the league's top 10 receivers. Jackson had a career year in 2009 with 67 receptions for 1167 yards and nine touchdowns. Although he hasn't played yet this year due to contract disputes, he is eligible to return Nov. 28th and has been practicing with the team. Despite missing Jackson and all of the injuries sustained by the rest of the Chargers receiving corps, quarterback Philip Rivers is on pace for over 5,200 yards. In other words, Rivers has been playing out of his mind, Jackson is San Diego's most talented pass-catcher not named Antonio Gates and he should hit the ground running in Week 12 to help you down the stretch.
WR—Nate Washington, Titans (41 percent)
Washington is coming off the best game of the season—four receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown. With the addition of Randy Moss and injury to Kenny Britt, Washington should find himself facing lots of single coverage while getting a decent amount of targets. And as I mentioned when the Titans claimed Moss off waivers, the team has a very fantasy-friendly schedule for their wide receivers as they face the Jaguars, Texans and Redskins -- three of worst five teams in fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers -- four times between now and Week 16.
WR—Mike Thomas, Jaguars (19 percent)
Thomas leads the Jaguars in receptions (33) and ranks second on the team in receiving yards (387). Trailing Mike Sims-Walker by five receiving yards, Thomas has been more consistent. Thomas has four 50-yard games while Sims-Walker has two (both over 100 yards). As noted for Garrard, no team has allowed more passing yards or touchdowns this season than the Texans, the Week 10 opponent for the Jaguars.
WR—Blair White, Colts (seven percent)
When the Colts face the Bengals on Sunday, they will be without Dallas Clark and Anthony Gonzalez, who are out for the season, and Austin Collie, who has been ruled out for Week 10. Jacob Tamme has stepped up at tight end, but White should have plenty of opportunities to make plays in the Colts passing game this week as well. White has nine receptions on 16 targets for 108 yards and a score this season.
WR–Earl Bennett, Bears (two percent)
For three consecutive games, Bennett has had 50-plus receiving yards. Last week, he led the team in receiving with four receptions for 52 yards and a score. He and Johnny Knox led Bears wide receivers in targets (five) while Greg Olsen (eight) led the tight ends. Bennett, who was a college teammate of Cutler, did not have a reception of 10-plus yards through Week 5. Since then, he has had a reception greater than 25 yards in three straight games.
Later in the week, I will release my Week 10 rankings by position at TheTipDrill.com. At any point, however, feel free to submit your specific questions (waiver wire, trade proposals, start/sit questions, etc.) to us via our Fantasy Football Forum or me via Twitter @EDSFootball.
Good luck in your Week 10 matchup(s) and in our free fantasy football contest for Week 10 (new entries welcome and encouraged.)
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