Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 10 Emergency Waiver Wire Starts

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent INovember 14, 2010

Joel Dreessen isn't exactly a household name, but he is the starting tight end this week for the Houston Texans against a suspect Jacksonville defense.
Joel Dreessen isn't exactly a household name, but he is the starting tight end this week for the Houston Texans against a suspect Jacksonville defense.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” — author unknown

Success is what we’re all shooting for in fantasy football, isn’t it? After nine weeks of play, we’re all starting to look at the upcoming fantasy playoffs and determine if we have enough mojo to make the final push needed for a potential championship run.

If you’re looking at your roster and need an emergency Week 10 band-aid to help keep your season on track, consider one of the following:

Joel Dreessen, TE. Owned in just five percent of Yahoo leagues, Dreessen has officially become the bona fide starting tight end for the Texans this week in a juicy matchup with the Jaguars. Owen Daniels has been ruled out. Dreessen produced 67 yards on five catches last week, and should be a solid spot-start for this week if you need a tight end lifeline.

Mike Goodson, RB. The Panthers are down to their fourth-string running back after injuries have decimated their RB depth. Goodson has the ability to produce both on the ground and through the air and will be extra motivated knowing this is likely his only chance to truly showcase his skills on an NFL level before DeAngelo Williams returns next week. A matchup against Tampa Bay isn’t as intimidating as it may sound. Goodson is available in 75 percent of Yahoo leagues at the moment.

Tim Hightower, RB. The seesaw has flopped back in Hightower’s favor, as Beanie Wells was limited all week with a sore knee. While Beanie may get a few carries, Hightower stands to get the bulk of the action against a Seahawks defense that has been hit with key injuries.

Mario Manningham, WR. Already with a few solid fantasy games under his belt, Manningham stands to see a bigger role in the offense with the news that Steve Smith is out for at least the next two weeks. Add in that Dallas is a very generous defense to opposing pass catchers, and Manningham is a nice under-the-radar start this week.

Mike Thomas, WR. People fixate on the statistical roller coaster ride they’ve gotten from Mike Sims-Walker this season, but few look past that to the consistency with which Thomas has produced this season, especially in PPR leagues. This week, he has the league’s most generous pass defense in Houston and will see a big spike in production.

Mike Williams, WR. The last time Williams played against Arizona, he had 11 catches for 87 yards and a TD. There is no reason he couldn’t do it again, and is owned in just 38 percent of Yahoo leagues.

David Garrard, QB. Owned in just half of all leagues at the moment, Garrard is coming off a four-TD performance against the Cowboys…and the Texans are even worse in defending the pass than Dallas. Garrard will be pitching the pigskin all game, and will produce elite numbers. In fact, he very well could be the top-producing fantasy QB in all of football this weekend.

Shaun Hill, DET. How fickle we fantasy people are. Seriously. Just a few weeks ago while filling in for an injured Matthew Stafford, Hill was a top-10 fantasy QB. What’s to think he’ll do less now that he’s again filling in for an injured Stafford AND has a cupcake matchup with the Buffalo Bills? And yet, he’s still only owned in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues at the moment.

Tampa Bay D/ST. Owned in just half of leagues at the moment, the Bucs play the dismal Panthers. The same Carolina offense that is starting its fourth-string RB and rookie QB.

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