How important are waiver wire sleepers? I’ll tell you.
As you know, I’m currently competing for a pair of Super Bowl tickets in the P&G-sponsored Blogger Fantasy Football League*. I faced one of my stiffest opponents in Week 9, and I only had a chance to win because of one move: less than 30 minutes before kickoffs of the early games on Sunday I picked up Chargers WR Seyi Ajirotutu.
With Antonio Gates out, and the Chargers facing the Texans, I figured Seyi had a chance to have a good week. Two TDs and 20+ fantasy points later, it turned out to be one of the best moves I made all season.
Granted, I didn’t highlight Ajirotutu in last week’s waiver wire sleepers column, but I did highlight names like Josh Freeman, Willis McGahee, and Nate Burleson, all of whom helped you win if you were paying attention.
Who are this week’s waiver wire sleepers? Read on and I’ll highlight a bunch of guys with a chance to be the different between winning and losing in Week 10.
Special note: as you know, I’ve been giving away a free P&G gift pack each week to one participant of our Sunday morning live chat. This week’s gift pack is awarded to live chatter AJ Purps. Make sure to tune in next Sunday, as I’ll probably be giving away TWO gift packs!
Fantasy Football Week 10 Sleepers
The following teams are on by in Week 10:
- Green Bay Packers
- New Orleans Saints
- San Diego Chargers
- Oakland Raiders
Remember, the rules for this post are: a player must be owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues to be included; and, I focus on guys who are playing in Week 10, although I’ll recommend players on bye if they especially stand out as valuable long-term acquisitions.
Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire Sleepers: QB
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (at San Francisco, 41%)
Bradford has been a frequent entrant in this space over the last few weeks, mainly because this article is geared towards exactly who Bradford is at this point is very young career: a decent bye week fill-in option.
The 49ers recently made Matt Moore a startable quarterback. Bradford is light years ahead of Moore in terms of presence, poise, and accuracy. Sam’s 11:8 TD:INT ratio isn’t anything special, but he’s a decent option if you own Rdogers, Brees, or Rivers.
This is the gold star pickup of the week.
Houston has given up 20 passing TDs in 8 games this year. They have by far the worst secondary in the NFL. And in Garrard’s last time out (two weeks ago at Dallas) he accounted for 5 TDs. Oh, and Garrard is usually a much better play at home.
This is as much of a slam dunk as you’ll get for a QB owned in barely more than a quarter of leagues. I imagine he’ll make my top 10 this week, maybe the top 5. I’m not kidding.
Derek Anderson, Arizona Cardinals (v Seattle, 6%)
Derek Anderson is awful as a real quarterback. Ask any Browns or Cardinals fans. However, he can be slightly productive for your fantasy team, because he will take chances down field and has some decent receiving options at his disposal.
In Week 9, Anderson threw for 179 yards and a TD, which is passable for a bye week fill-in. The Seahawks were awful in Week 9 against the Giants, their second week in a row of terrible defense. Since Anderson is available in almost all leagues, desperate owners could do much worse.
Note: I am writing this before anything definitive is known about Matthew Stafford‘s injury. If he is out for Week 10, Shaun Hill is an outstanding sleeper candidate with Buffalo on the schedule if he is healthy enough to play. He’s owned in 95% of leagues, and he had many good weeks filling in for Stafford earlier in the season. Hill returned to practice last week and was the Lions’ emergency QB Sunday.
Fantasy Football Week 10 Waiver Wire Sleepers: RB
Willis McGahee, Baltimore Ravens (at Atlanta, 31%)
Look, I know this is Willis’ 3rd or 4th (5th?) appearance in this column. He and Sam Bradford end up here almost every week. Well guess what? He warrants it.
McGahee scored another touchdown in Week 9, his 5th of the season and the 4th straight game he’s had a carry in which he’s scored a TD. McGahee won’t get more than 8-12 touches per week, but he’s been making the most of them. If you own Darren McFadden and need someone for a flex, why not go for a proven touchdown creator like McGahee?
Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (v Cincinnati, 33%)
With Joseph Addai and Mike Hart unable to stay healthy, Donald Brown is the guy running with the Indy first team right now. He hasn’t exactly taken the job by the horns and made it his, but he does have Peyton Manning as his QB. And with Indy having so many injuries, he is perhaps the third most talented playmaker on offense after Wayne and Garcon.
I know Brown has been disappointing, but anyone playing RB for the Colts is worth starting. (So if for some reason Javarris James ends up as the starter between when I post this and next Sunday, I give you my permission to grab him also.)
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