Welcome to Week 10. Once the week number hits double-digits, it is officially crunch-time. The playoffs in your league are most likely about a month away. If your team is in prime position to make the playoffs, you can try to acquire players who will help you later in the season. If you are fighting for your playoff-life, you need players who can help you win in the immediate future.
I would have to say that 2011 has been an excellent year for the fantasy football waiver wire. Sure we've had quite a few "flash-in-the-pan" types. But overall, you should have been able to find a player to help you on waivers most weeks. And, good news everyone, Week 11 should be no different.
TIM TEBOW (@ KC)—Tebow may very well have been cut in your league. Also, he is still not a very good passer. But he did run for 100+ yards in Week 9. In Week 10 he gets to face a Chiefs' defense that was just shredded by Matt Moore in Arrowhead. You don't have to be a Tebow Lover to use him in fantasy this week.
MATT HASSELBECK (@ CAR)—Despite seemingly losing a receiver to injury each week, Hasselbeck keeps putting up decent fantasy numbers. In Week 10, he gets to face a Panthers' defense that is among the worst in the league in most statistical categories. This could be one of the best fantasy games Hasselbeck has this season.
BEN TATE (@ TB)—I'm guessing that the Texans hold Andre Johnson out one more week. They have a bye in Week 11, so missing Week 10 would give him two more weeks off. And guess what? The Texans are the best rushing offense in the NFL. There is enough work right now for Arian Foster to be a beast and Tate to still be a decent flex option. Not to mention the best handcuff in fantasy football.
ROY HELU (@ MIA)—Sure you could get "Shanahan'd" at any given moment, but the Redskins have come out and said that Helu is the guy, and will be until he fails or gets injured. Helu literally was the Redskins' offense in Week 9. Helu had an unreal 14 receptions against the 49ers. As long as John Beck is at QB, Helu should be a solid RB2 in PPR leagues, and a flex option in standard leagues.
DENARIUS MOORE & JACOBY FORD (@ SD)—I grouped these players together because it is unlikely that they are both good fantasy plays in the same game. But one of them will be. It seems that both Moore and Ford, along with TJ Houshmandzadeh, have leapfrogged Darrius Heyward-Bey on the depth chart. Moore saw more targets than Ford (11 to 6) but Ford was more effective than Moore (105 receiving yards and a TD catch compared to just 61 receiving yards for Moore). Pick your poison.
STEVE BREASTON (vs DEN)—Dwayne Bowe and Jonathan Baldwin get all of the hype, but it was Breaston (7 catches, 115 yards on 11 targets) who lead the Chiefs' receivers in Week 9. In Week 10 against the Broncos, expect Champ Bailey to be all over Dwayne Bowe. That will open things up nicely for Breaston. He should once again be a solid option in Week 10.
LAURENT ROBINSON (vs BUF)—Miles Austin is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with another hamstring injury. Robinson steps into the starting lineup in Week 10 and immediately gets a dream match-up with the Buffalo Bills' pass defense. It is entirely possible that Robinson actually outproduces Dez Bryant in the absence of Austin. Plug and play baby.
AUSTIN PETTIS (@ CLE)—The Rams have now lost two slot receivers this season. Pettis is the third man up. Rams' QB Sam Bradford leans heavily on his slot receiver as his safety blanket. Just check out Danny Amendola last season. Pettis could be a decent WR3 in PPR leagues almost immediately. There's not a ton of upside here and don't expect many TDs, but you could see a bunch of games where Pettis has 4-7 catches with 50-80 receiving yards. Not bad in a deeper PPR league.
JARED COOK (@ CAR)—The Titans continue to struggle with injuries to their receivers, and Cook continues to see his role grow. Cook managed eight targets in Week 9 and Hasselbeck seems to be gaining trust in him. Not only could Cook be a sneaky good start against the Panthers, he could still have TE1 value by the time the fantasy playoffs begin.
JAKE BALLARD (@ SF)—Anybody who watched the Giants/Patriots game on Sunday knows about Jake Ballard. He is Eli Manning's new safety valve. Not to mention he has good hands and is an excellent red zone target. Ballard will not rack up a ton of huge fantasy weeks, but he will be consistent. It shouldn't surprise you at all when you look up at the end of the season and see Ballard as a top-12 fantasy TE in PPR leagues.
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