Whether you're panicking, trying to sneak in to the playoffs, or sitting pretty and contemplating your super bowl run, week 10 is upon us, and time is of the essence. I'll go over a few of my favorite desperation adds (players owned in less than one-third of Yahoo leagues) from the waiver wire this week below.
Hoyer is owned in just 13% of leagues, so he's likely out on the waiver wire for you. Despite the Texans overall poor play, or maybe because of it, Hoyer has put up several good scores this year. This week, Hoyer and the Texans will be on the road to face the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have been putting up points this year, and I expect they'll continue that trend against a soft Texans defense. When Hoyer has been asked to air it out, he's been able to hook up with the DeAndre Hopkins led receiving corps. I wouldn't expect the world from Hoyer this weekend, but he's a nice bye-week fill in injury or the byes force your hand.
Cassel is coming off of a great fantasy performance and has a favorable matchup this week against the Buccaneers. It's unlikely that Cassel will post another 3 touchdown, nearly 300 yard game, but I would be surprised if he didn't end up with a couple passing touchdowns this week. With the return of Dez Bryant, the Cowboys are looking better on offense. This will, hopefully, be Cassel's last week for the Boys, I think he'll make the most of his opportunity.
If you have the spot on your roster, you need to find a way to get Bell this week. He looked good in limited work against Kansas City in week 8, and coming off his week 9 bye, he has a decent matchup against a bend-but-don't-break Packers defense. The Lions could change everything coming out of the bye, feature Ameer Abdullah, and make me look super smart for this recommendation, but I think the Lions will feature Bell on early down and goal line work as long as he can hold up. If the Lions can find a little life, they have plenty of talent on offense to make Bell a viable low end RB2 or flex play.
This is a speculative add, a stash play. The general consensus is that James White will step in for Dion Lewis, but with the Patriots, you never know who is going to get touches out of the backfield. If you have an extra spot on the bench, taking a shot on Bolden before we know how the New England backfield shakes out may end up giving you a nice end of the year boost.
Nate Washington - Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals
Washington has put together a couple of nice games for the Texans. With DeAndre Hopkins drawing so much attention, the auxiliary Texans receivers have a nice opportunity. Washington's 2 game touchdown streak may end this week, but Hoyer has found Washington early and often since Washington returned from injury in week 7. I expect the Texans will be forced to air it out against a Bengals squad that has no problem scoring. Washington should have a nice role, and good day for you on Monday Night.
Beckham is getting more playing time, and he is making the most of his opportunities. DGB is a tall, athletic rookie, and the Titans coaching staff is smartly looking to get him more involved in the back half of his inaugural season. If the Titans continue to put Green-Beckham on the field with Marcus Mariota to build some chemistry, the new passing battery for the Titans could end up helping you make that push to the championship.
The Ravens can't catch a break this year, but they do have a ray of hope with young tight end Crockett Gilmore. With all the pass-catcher injuries the Ravens have had this year, Gilmore will be a nice receiving option for Joe Flacco coming off the Ravens' bye. The Jaguars are improved, and their defense is not as bad as it has been in the past, but they are still not a very good unit. I think the Ravens have trouble keeping up with the Jags this week, though, and I think that translates in to a nice day for Gilmore this week.
Sturgis has stepped in to a fairly nice opportunity with the Eagles offense starting to round in to shape. The Dolphins should be able to move the ball and score, and the Eagles can certainly put up points. You're really just looking for scoring opportunities with your kicker, and the Eagles should have plenty against the Dolphins this week.
Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay
The Cowboys have the fewest turnovers in the league, and their coming off a bad game against the Eagles last week. But this week, the Boys will travel to Tampa Bay. Jameis Winston is playing better, but the Bucs are still not a very good team. If the Cowboys can get out front, their defense could make it a tough day for ole Winston and crew. I don't like many of the low-owned DST matchups this week, but if I had to pick one, I'd take my chances on Big D.