We get a little relief from the 6-team bye weeks with only 4 teams taking time off here in Week 10. As the week-count rolls to double-digits, it’s time to get ready for the playoffs, or at least do your best to play spoiler. I call out a few of my favorite deep waiver adds here, enjoy!
Jay Cutler – Chicago @ Tampa Bay (Pick ‘em), +/- 45.5
Cutler is owned in only 20% of Yahoo leagues for good reason. Coming off the bye, though, the Bears head down to Tampa Bay to take on a defense that just surrendered 4 touchdowns and 300 plus yards to Matt Ryan. Yes, Matt Ryan is a better quarterback with better weapons than Jay Cutler, but Cutler isn’t out there passing to a bunch of jabronies at wide receiver. Cutler shouldn’t have any problem putting up a couple of touchdowns and plenty of yardage in a game Vegas thinks is too close to call.
Adam Humphries - Chicago @ Tampa Bay (Pick ‘em), +/- 45.5
We’ll look to the other side of the Bears / Bucs matchup for our wide-out help this week. Humphries is expected to play Sunday. Yeah, I know, that may not seem like much, but its more than you can say for most of the Bucs’ other offensive weapons. We know Jameis will throw the ball to Mike Evans 20 times, but that should still leave about 15 targets for someone else. The Bears secondary has been a great matchup for opposing wide receivers all year, and I don’t expect that will change with Tampa Bay looking to rebound after being throttled by the Falcons last week.
James Starks – Green Bay (-2.5) @ Tennessee, +/- 49.5
It may be a week early to rely on Starks to put up big points, but we’ve seen him produce when given a big workload in the past. You may be better served picking up someone that has been getting a steady but shared workload like Chris Thompson, but if Starks looks even serviceable in what is expected to be limited action against the Titans, he’ll cost a pretty penny when you try to grab him next week.
Richard Rodgers – Green Bay (-2.5) @ Tennessee, +/- 49.5
The Packers offensive struggles are well documented, but last week, when A-A Rodge was looking to shake things up, Richard Rodgers ended up with 6 catches for 64 yards on 10 targets. The tough part here is that R-R-odgers could easily regress to the 1-catch-for-6-yards form he’s shown most of the year. But, maybe, last week was the start of something good. I’ll take a shot on a position that has paid nice dividends in the past.
Washington – Minnesota @ Washington (-3), +/- 41.5
The Vikings we saw in the first half of the season have been replaced by the Vikings team I though I’d see when I heard about the Sam Bradford trade. Bradford is taking sacks and throwing picks like the good ole Sam Bradford we all know and love. Against a Washington defense that has been serviceable against bad teams, you can get a nice plug and play start here.
Nick Novak – Houston (-1.5) @ Jacksonville, +/- 42.5
The Texans score against bad team and struggle against the good ones. This week, they’re playing the Jaguars. The Texans shouldn’t have much trouble moving the ball, and Novak has proven one of the more consistent pieces of the Texans offense this year.