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As we head into Week 10 of the NFL season, several young players are being thrust into the limelight after they've performed well in spot duty for their respective teams. They've performed so well, in fact, that they're likely to continue to get opportunities to succeed going forward. Those players highlight this week's best fantasy football waiver wire adds.
Jaguars QB David Garrard. Clearly, he's not a newbie playing well after being pressed into action, but if he's available in your league, grab him, start him in Week 10 and laugh maniacally at the other owners who missed out on a golden opportunity. Garrard is coming off of a bye week, should be well-rested, and will face a Houston pass defense that makes everyone they play into fantasy superstars. Garrard is in line for a huge week.
Raiders WR Jacoby Ford. Ford had the breakout game of all breakout games on Sunday against Kansas City, hauling in six receptions for 148 yards in Oakland's overtime victory. He made huge, game-altering receptions in the process, displaying the type of game-breaking speed that made him a worthy Al Davis prospect in the first place. Oakland has a bye in Week 10, so don't claim him to start him this week, but he's got the look of a potential starting receiver as the fantasy playoffs come down the pipe.
Colts WR Blair White. With Peyton Manning's offense, fantasy owners can play the guys that are on the field. With Anthony Gonzalez on IR and Austin Collie likely to miss some time with a concussion, White is set to become Indy's third receiver for the short-term future. White will need to compete for touches in Indy's diluted offensive arsenal, but Manning will find the open guy, and White has proven some level of reliability in his rookie season.
Vikings WR Sidney Rice. If you're in a league that doesn't feature an owner that stashed Rice all season to prove how smart he is, the time is now to make your move for Brett Favre's favorite target. Don't expect him to contribute right away - he's still iffy for Week 10, and even if he plays, it'll likely be a reduced workload as the team eases him back into the flow of things off of hip surgery. But Brett likes his play things, and Rice shouldn't have trouble getting targeted in this offense when he does return to the field.
Saints RB Reggie Bush. The second of our just-off-of-injury specials this week, Bush - injured since Week 2 - appears set to assume a heavy workload once the Saints get through their Week 10 bye. With Pierre Thomas still injured and Chris Ivory set to join him on the sidelines, Bush will likely split reps with Ladell Betts to start - but if he's healthy, don't be surprised if Sean Payton leans heavily on his most talented offensive weapon. Go get Bush now if someone in your league let him go early in the season.
Texans TE Joel Dreessen. Owen Daniels is in and out of Houston's starting lineup more frequently than Matt Schaub has been, and with the stud tight end sidelined by an always-tricky hamstring injury, Dreessen has helped pick up the slack. He led the Texans with five receptions for 66 yards in Week 9, and while third-teamer James Casey is stealing some of his targets, Dreessen is the more reliable option at this point. Keep an eye on Daniels' availability, but if he can't go, Dreessen could put up nice numbers as a spot starter in Week 10.