Wow, it’s Week 10! The first double-digit week, and thankfully, the last of the NFL bye weeks. Hopefully you’re still in the running for your league title, but if not, maybe you can be a giant-killer and still get to talk to smack during the offseason to the team that whooped everyone…except you! Think about dealing depth for better starters, and get ready for that all-important stretch run. And of course…check out this weeks hot waiver wire picks!
Derrick Blaylock RB Kansas City Chiefs
Rumor has it that Priest Holmes is on crutches with a strained MCL and his availability for this weekend is sketchy at best. If he’s indeed unable to play, Derrick Blaylock becomes an excellent start against the lowly Saints! Mookie Jr. has proven that he’s a suitable fill-in for the Priest in his absence, and I think Re-Run from Good Times could run for 100 yards behind the Chiefs line. Or even Ron Dayne. Anyhow, Blaylock has been banged up himself of late but is expected to be the starter should it come to that. Jump on Blaylock right away, but keep an eye on the situation this week…if Blaylock is hurt too, Larry Johnson would be next in line to get the nod in this super-cushy fantasy gig.
Boo Williams TE New Orleans Saints
Wouldn’t ya know it! I’ve started this guy just about every week in my Dynasty league, and the one week I sit him he snares 5 balls for 71 yards and a touchdown. The agony of defeat…arrrggghhh!!! Anyhow, much of Boo’s damage was done in garbage time as the ‘Aints were being spanked by the upstart Chargers. But if Haslett has re-discovered Boo as an offensive weapon, he could have a nice little run as he did at the end of last season. This guy was a preseason top 5 pick on many lists, but is currently on the waiver wire in many leagues. If you’re not happy with your current TE, Boo is far from a sure thing but has a very nice upside. And by the way…has anyone seen Joe Horn lately?
Az-Zahir Hakim WR Detroit Lions
This guy not only has the most fun name to say since Biakabatuka, he’s been pretty hot the last few weeks for the Lions. Traditionally a dangerous slot receiver, he’s been getting lots of looks with Charles Rogers back at collarbone camp, and he’s been making the best of it. He lit up the Redskins secondary with 7 catches for 120 yards this past weekend, this after going 4 for 90 against Dallas the week before. For a guy on the waiver wire in week 10, you certainly could do worse. The Lions have great passing matchups the next three weeks against Jacksonville, Minnesota and Indy. If the trend continues, Hakim makes a great #3 and even a sneaky #2 for your squad.
Johnny Morton WR Kansas City Chiefs
After a slow start, the Chiefs passing game has been on fire the past few weeks, and Morton has been part of this success. Six catches for 69 and a TD last week, almost identical to his 5 for 69 and a TD performance of the week before. The Chiefs should torch the Saints through the air next week, and will be playing a beat-up Patriots secondary the week after that. Morton is certainly a very startable waiver wire pickup in many leagues.
Travis Taylor WR Baltimore Ravens
TT has been a giant bust since being chosen 10th overall in the 2000 NFL draft, but he’s strung together a couple of pretty fair weeks. He grabbed 7 for 58 yards this past weekend, following up a 6 for 80 week against Philly. He’s starting to look a lot more like the #1 WR the Ravens envisioned when he was drafted. But this becomes a ‘tree falling in the forest’ kind of question…if a reciever is the #1 on a team that doesn’t throw, is he really a #1? In this case, probably not, but if you’re hard-up at WR, ride the tide and hope Taylor continues this production.
On the Radar
Quincy Carter QB New York Jets
Chad Pennington looks to be out for a few weeks with a shoulder strain, and Carter looks to be the new QB for the Jets. Don’t expect an All-Pro performance, but Quincy has more starting experience than most backups, and can hurt a defense running as well as through the air. The Jets are a solid team, and look for Carter to post no worse than average numbers as long as he’s in the lineup.
Julius Jones RB Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are pretty much in the tank at this point, and Jones is close to returning from injury. Parcells and crew will give him plenty of carries to see exactly what they have and evaluate their draft needs for next year. Eddie George is wearing down and Jones could actually be a valuable member of your fantasy squad down the stretch. He’s a couple of weeks from returning, but beat the Thanksgiving rush and grab him now if you have the roster space. You’ll likely see him listed again in coming weeks, but the early-bird special has begun in leagues in which he’s available!
Antonio Bryant WR Cleveland Browns
Bryant has worked himself into the Browns passing rotation and caught 4 for 43 this week. He’s a real talent and could flourish in a change of scenery. Unfortunately, that ‘scenery’ is Cleveland, but you can’t have everything, right? If only Jeff Garcia didn’t think Bryant looks so much like Ed Reed…