Offensive Deep League Gems: Week 10
Nine weeks of the NFL season is in the books, which means we are drawing closer to fantasy football playoff time at an alarming rapid rate. Now is the time to start stockpiling talent for the home stretch—and this is even that much more important in deeper leagues.
Whether you’re in a 14-, 16-, 18- or more- team league, talent is increasingly harder to come by on the waiver wire. However, as the weather turns colder and dinged-up players become legitimately injured and needing a week or more off, opportunities arise to bolster your fantasy prospects. Here are my three offensive deep-league gems to give you a boost in Week 10 and beyond.
Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (Yahoo! 0% Owned; ESPN .3% Owned)
With Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown dealing with some manner of high ankle sprain which puts his playing status for Monday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in doubt, the fantasy football value of Jerricho Cotchery increases exponentially. Should Brown miss time, Emmanuel Sanders will get the start alongside Mike Wallace, with Cotchery as the team’s No. 3 wideout and also potentially a slot option.
Though the Steelers aren’t a deep passing offense now that Todd Haley is their new coordinator, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is having one of the best seasons of his career. He has an accuracy rating of 77.4 percent, ranking him sixth in the league, and he’s spreading the ball around, game after game. This high-percentage, short-yardage offense can pay off serious fantasy football dividends for any Steelers skill player on the field.