We get an unusual break from the byes this week, but that doesn’t mean teams won’t have emergency holes to plug on a short timeline.
Injuries have wreaked havoc with numerous starters, and the last thing you want is to finalize your Week 10 lineup without some decent starting options. Here are a few that should be available for a quick snag out of free agency and into your starting lineup.
Matt Cassell, QB, KC: Surprising he is still on so few teams. According to a quick check just now, Cassel is owned in just 42 percent of leagues, and has a great matchup this week against division rival Denver.
The Broncos aren’t exactly world beaters when it comes to their passing attack, and as I’ve pointed out in previous columns, Cassel has a surprisingly good cast of receivers to throw to (Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston).
Colt McCoy, QB, CLE: Available in well over 60 percent of leagues, McCoy draws a St. Louis team that struggles to stop opposing quarterbacks.
It helps, too, that the Browns’ running game is in shambles and that McCoy will need to keep the ball moving through the air to keep the Browns active on the field.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, CLE: That Browns running game I mentioned? Ogbonnaya will be starting in that backfield. And while he seemingly disappeared last week from a stats standpoint, Ogbonnaya plays a Rams team that struggles to stop the run.
The extra bonus is that Ogbonnaya used to play for the Rams and may have some extra motivation to show them what they’re missing. He is available in 75 percent of leagues.
Delone Carter, RB, IND: The free-agent pool at RB is pretty thin at best this week, so Carter is a bit of a stretch. Word is that Joseph Addai will be limited this week, which means more opportunities for Carter and Donald Brown. And while Brown has had a couple of OK performances, Carter is the team’s future at the position.
This week, the Colts play a Jacksonville team that is one of the least intimidating of the squads they’ve seen to date this season. Carter is available in 73 percent of leagues.
Brent Celek, TE, PHI: Until Celek is owned in more leagues, he will find his way to this list on a regular basis. Finally, the Eagles are remembering what Celek can do in the offense when given the opportunity, and he’s been one of the more productive players at the position lately.
This week against the Cardinals, Celek should continue to have some breathing room over the middle. He’s owned in just 33 percent of Yahoo leagues at the moment.
Earl Bennett, WR, CHI: Last week, after a long absence from the field, Bennett clicked in his return with five catches, 95 yards and a TD against an Eagles secondary that is supposed to be stifling.
This week, the Bears will be in a similar situation against a team that can run up a score in Detroit. Bennett seems to have the confidence of Jay Cutler, and could have yet another big week. He’s owned in just 31 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Laurent Robinson, WR, DAL: A popular waiver-wire addition this past week after yet another solid showing and a multiple-week injury to Miles Austin, Robinson is still available in more than 50 percent of leagues.
He has earned the respect of Tony Romo and should fare well opposite Dez Bryant in the Cowboys offense. The matchup vs. the Bills should be a fairly high scoring affair.
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