Week 10 brings another chance to revive your fantasy football roster with a huge sleeper or dream pickup off the waiver wire, and if you’re checking out our column this week, you’re in the right place to get things right again.
Before you read our guys to make the list for Week 10 and beyond, check out the stopgap, fill-in guys who could produce this week due to bye weeks and injuries, courtesy of our Week 10 Bye Week Saviors column.
We had a solid week in waiver wire suggestions in Week 9, as Jason Campbell was serviceable, and Bernard Berrian and Nate Burleson had huge games.
Toby Gerhart, Benjamin Watson and Jon Kitna all left a lot to be desired (although we still like Kitna down the stretch).
Check out the guys who are available currently in at least 51 percent of standard Yahoo! Sports fantasy football leagues and could start picking up steam (or already have):
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks (available in 81 percent of all standard leagues)
Hasselbeck missed Week 9′s action with a concussion, but there’s a good chance he’s back this week. If he is, he could make for a very useful start against a terrible Arizona Cardinals pass defense that just let Brett Favre torch them for 446 yards through the air. If you can’t play Hasselbeck this week (or if he’s out with an injury again), he could still make for a decent add with a solid matchup schedule the rest of the way.
Shaun Hill, QB, Detroit Lions (94 percent)
Matthew Stafford is almost certainly out for Week 10 with his second shoulder injury of 2010, and Hill looks to be almost fully recovered from his own injury. If Hill plays, he could be a very solid play against a weak Buffalo Bills defense. Judging by his decent numbers earlier in the year, he could also be used down the stretch this season if Stafford ends up going on injured reserve. Also keep an eye on Drew Stanton in case both Stafford and Hill can’t go this week and beyond.
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills (51 percent)
He’s only available in about half the fantasy leagues out there, but with very little depth on the waiver wire, you should be crossing your fingers that he’s still hanging around. Jackson hasn’t been glamorous by any means in recent weeks, as he’s faced stout run defenses, but a Week 10 matchup with the 27th-ranked Lions run defense could jump-start his mediocre 2010 season.
Willis Mcgahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens (67 percent)
As we said, productive running backs have been few and far between this year on the waiver wire, so you truly have to pick when the pickin's good. McGahee failed to find the end zone out of the backfield last week, but still scored as a receiver, giving him a touchdown in four straight games. He’s also got a decent role in the Ravens balanced offense, so he could pose as a quality Flex play if you need him, both this week and going forward.
Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings (53 percent)
Rice is very close to a return (possibly even for Week 10), so it’s high time he starts getting picked up in fantasy football leagues everywhere. Rice has been seen cutting and catching passes, and Vikings head coach Brad Childress has already said he could play 30 to 35 snaps when he finally comes back. Whether that’s this week, Rice is still too explosive to leave hanging around on your league’s waiver wire. Pick him up pronto if you have the room for him.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams (65 percent)
Amendola will never be a big-play threat or a huge touchdown machine, but he’s still one of the Rams’ top receivers, and can churn out solid fantasy production in any given week. Amendola has a score in each of his past two games, and hasn’t caught fewer than three balls in a game all season. Take a look at his relatively soft fantasy schedule the rest of the way, and you could be looking at a quality WR3, especially in PPR formats.
Seyi Ajirotutu, WR, San Diego Chargers (96 percent)
Trying to pronounce his name might give you headaches, but he gave the opposition even more to think about in his studly breakout game in Week 9. True, he’s enjoying a bye week in Week 10, but with all the injuries in the passing game in San Diego, you’d be foolish not to take a chance on him if you have a roster spot available.
Tony Scheffler, TE, Detroit Lions (94 percent)
Despite solid production for most of the season (although somewhat inconsistent) Scheffler is still available in a large number of leagues. Even with Stafford back, Scheffler notches another solid outing, with five catches and 60-plus yards in Week 9. If Shaun Hill is back in the saddle for another long run, Scheffler’s value could once again skyrocket.
Joel Dreesen, TE, Houston Texans (98 percent)
Dreesen keeps getting ignored in fantasy leagues because of owners’ hopes that Owen Daniels will return to form, but you may not have the luxury of time to wait on Daniels. If that sounds about right, it’s time to act on Dreesen’s availability. He’s scored a touchdown twice in the past three games, and had a breakout game of sorts with five receptions for 66 yards in Week 9. Monitor Daniels’ status to get a better feel of Dreesen’s value, but as long as Daniels is down or out, Dreesen has the role and potential to pay off.
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