Week 10 Add/Drop: Bucs QB Josh Freeman Draws Attention

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Matthew Berry On Sleeper Receiver Pickups

Matthew Berry digs deep to highlight some wide receiver sleepers who could pay big dividends over the last two months of the season, including someone from one of the teams with the easiest fantasy playoffs passing schedule:

Justin Gage, WR, Titans (17 percent): Maybe a bit of a surprise for the No. 2 slot on the pickup list but I mentioned him last week in the Mendoza section as someone whom Vince Young was looking at in his first game as starter. It continued in Week 2 of VY’s reign as he caught four for 97. In the two weeks Young has been the quarterback, Gage has 13 targets to Nate Washington’s seven. Now, I don’t like his Week 10 matchup against a better-than-you-realize Buffalo pass defense (I do, however, love Chris Johnson’s chances against the worse-than-you-can-imagine, generously named run defense). But, I do like Gage going forward and especially as long as Vince is the quarterback. Talk about things you never thought you’d write. […]

Lance Long, WR, Chiefs (0 percent): Hah! Thought I’d put Chris Chambers (27 percent) here, didn’t you? In that case, you probably skipped the intro. You might want to go back and read it, it’s got actual football in it and no stalkable celebrities are mentioned. (Sorry, Alanis.) Well, obviously, after Chambers’ two-touchdown performance on Sunday, we have to discuss him, but I actually like Long a little more. Long used to be with the Arizona Cardinals, so he is familiar with Todd Haley’s playbook and clearly, Haley wanted him (he came over after Haley became the Chiefs’ head coach) and in the two games that Long has been active, he has 16 targets. He snatched eight catches for 74 yards last Sunday. He’s playing in the slot (the Steve Breaston role in the Cardinals’ offense) and I don’t think you can count on Chris Chambers to repeat that kind of production, well, ever. Does Chambers warrant a pickup? I guess so, in deeper leagues, but Long is the guy I am more interested in, due to opportunity and role in the offense.


Yahoo!'s Brad Evans Dispenses Add/Drop Wisdom

Who are some waiver wire pickups who might be flying below the radar? Yahoo!’s Brad Evans highlights some admittedly big names who, through a combination of injuries and poor play, are widely available in leagues, and could be poised for second half surges:

Darren McFadden (RB) Oakland Raiders

Logging extensive time on the trainer’s table, McFadden, reportedly fully recovered from a knee injury, is expected to see the field in Week 10’s futility war with Kansas City. Prior to the setback, the top RB selected in the ‘08 draft was criticized by scouts and the media for his unassertiveness and fumbling woes. Due to his sprinter’s style, he has lived a Reggie Bush(notes)-like existence during his short time in the league. But his home run hitting ability could prove fruitful this week against KC. In three career contests against the Chiefs, including one game this year, he’s averaged 97 total yards per contest and totaled two touchdowns. Justin Fargas(notes) and Michael Bush(notes) will also be involved in the rotation, but McFadden, who is the future in Oakland, will likely net roughly 10-15 touches. Obviously, he’s only flex material in deeper leagues, but 50-70 total yards with one score is attainable. The Chiefs have surrendered 5.0 yards per carry and the 10th-most fantasy points to rushers this year.

Antonio Bryant (WR) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Suffice it to say, Bryant has taken up residence on the Isle of Disappointment this season. Limited by injuries and poor QB play, the popular early round pick has had few achievements. In six games he’s found the end zone twice and has averaged a mere 2.7 receptions and 38.2 yards per game. But Freeman’s sparkling debut gives Bryant backers new hope. Assuming the wideout’s lingering knee soreness subsides, he could be productive down the stretch, especially Week 12 at Atlanta and Week 15 at Seattle. If his knee responds positively in practice this week, he could be a quality WR3 stopgap at Miami. Over the past five weeks the Fins have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to receivers.


Michael Fabiano With Waiver Wire Advice

Over at NFL.com, Michael Fabiano chimes with a waiver wire piece for Week 10. Lots of the usual suspects including Ladell Betts for Clinton Portis, but how about a Bucs QB? Sure enough, Josh Freeman is on the radar after producing three TDs in his first start for Tampa Bay. Rookie QBs are a gamble but if you’ve been having QB issues, maybe the kid is worth a try.

If we’ve learned anything from Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez over the last two years, it’s that rookie quarterbacks can sometimes make an impact in fantasy circles. Freeman further proved that in Week 9, posting 205 passing yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Packers. If you’re in a deeper league or need to start two quarterbacks, Freeman is worth a look.


Andy Behrens Week 10 Gems (Video)

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Week 10 Add/Drop: Sweet Chamber(s) Music



Chris Chambers - Chambers has had a rough few weeks. It was revealed that he's being stalked by an ex-girlfriend, then he was cut by the Chargers. Then, to make it worse, he was signed by the Chiefs! He's trying to make the best of it though, pulling in three catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. He might be older, but Chambers still can have a big game once in a while.  Just don't expect too much.

Ladell Betts - Betts looked good against the Falcons, finishing with 93 total offensive yards with a touchdown. Clinton Portis left the game with a concussion and it's not clear when he'll return, but a concussion can be a lingering injury so Betts should find playing time the next few weeks.

Joey Haynos - The Dolphins continued their offensive plan of throwing the ball to guys you've never heard of, this week throwing a TD pass to TE Haynos. Joey H becomes the first Dolphin with more than one receiving touchdown if you can believe that. Chad Henne will never throw for 300 yards but Haynos could be good for a few more touchdowns this season.  Or, next week it could be another guy that wasn't on your draft list.


Maurice Morris - When Lions' RB Kevin Smith went down with an injury last week, Morris stepped in and looked like a great waiver wire pickup. When Smith started practicing, the Detroit coaching staff made noises about Morris and Smith sharing time so Morris still looked like a good choice. When this week's game had finished, Morris had only four carries (for 20 yards) compared to Smith's thirteen carries (for 67 yards). So much for sharing time. Kevin Smith has regained his starting role, so unless you're keeping Morris as a handcuff it's time to dump him.  

Darren Sproles - Worst.  Franchise Player.  Ever.  Darren Sproles was once again invisible in the Chargers running game (one rush for one yard) and insignificant in the passing game (five catches for 22 yards). During the preseason he was considered a candidate to be the Chargers starting RB or, at worst, to share time with Tomlinson.  That hasn't worked out as so far this season Sproles has a combined 459 total rushing and receiving yards. Ugh.

Ted Ginn - Everybody off the bandwagon!  If you league scores return yardage/touchdowns for individual players, then Ginn might still be worth a bench spot.  If you're expecting him to produce as a WR, you're going to be sadly disappointed.  His Sunday line of one catch for seven yards has become all too common this season. 

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