Top 10 waiver claims for Week 10

BY foxsports • November 9, 2009

Houston and the New York Giants have Week 10 byes, leaving owners to find starters at quarterback (Matt Schaub), running back (Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw) and wide receiver (Andre Johnson, Steve Smith). Additionally, some owners may need to replace secondary starters like quarterback Eli Manning, running back Steve Slaton, wide receivers Kevin Walter, Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks, and tight end Kevin Boss. Review the top 10 waiver claims to help fill those openings, or provide a boost in scoring at needed positions. 10. Earl Bennett, WR, Chicago Chicago's defense has struggled for two of its past two contests, allowing an average of 43 points. As a result, Jay Cutler has been forced to throw a total of 84 times for those two contests. Bennett posted season highs of seven receptions for 93 yards last game, indicating his fantasy potential. 9. Sammie Stroughter, WR, Tampa Bay The rookie scored his first NFL touchdown of his career and will be looking to continue to establish a strong rapport with fellow rookie quarterback Josh Freeman. As both rookies continue to progress, Stroughter's stats will likely increase for the rest of the season. 8. Chris Chambers, WR, Kansas City After being released by San Diego, Chambers rebounded in a big way to score twice in his first game with Kansas City. He had scored just once during the first six contests played with the Chargers. Another Kansas City wideout to possibly claim is second-year veteran Lance Long. After catching just two passes for 12 yards with Arizona in the opener, the former undrafted free agent responded with the biggest game of his career. He had team highs of eight receptions and 74 yards. 7. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit The 2009 draft's best tight end prospect is maturing quickly as a rookie, posting his best fantasy game as a pro last game. He led Detroit with season-highs of seven catches for 70 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown. 6. Robert Meachem, WR, New Orleans With Lance Moore battling injuries, Meachem has emerged as Brees' No. 3 wide receiver. He recorded his best fantasy day of the season when he caught five passes for 98 yards and a score against Carolina. The Saints have a favorable upcoming schedule, meeting St. Louis (ranked as 10th-worst pass defense) and Tampa Bay (allowed third-most passing scores) for the next two contests. 5. Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville He scored his first NFL touchdown on a 28-yard run. In order to ensure keeping Maurice Jones-Drew running strong all season, Jacksonville may elect to share more carries with Jennings like it had a platoon last season with Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor. Jones-Drew is on pace for a career-high 290 carries despite never reaching 200 handoffs in each of his first three seasons. Of note, Jacksonville meets Buffalo's worst-ranked defense in Week 11. 4. Justin Forsett, RB, SeattleJulius Jones has averaged a paltry 3.6 rushing average this season, and recorded just a poor 2.3 average against Detroit for the last contest. He ran for only 36 yards from 16 handoffs. Conversely, Forsett has averaged 6.2 rushing yards this season. Additionally, his only carry of Week 9 was for 14 yards, longer than any run that Jones produced for six of eight contests. Forsett also showed he can be a productive receiver, catching five passes for 45 yards against Detroit. Seattle may elect to make Forsett as its featured back for more productivity and big plays from the position. Additionally, after releasing veteran Edgerrin James, the Seahawks could be looking toward the future and continue to give Forsett more playing time. 3. Ladell Betts, RB, WashingtonClinton Portis was knocked out with a concussion in the loss to Atlanta. Betts totaled 93 yards and one touchdown when he replaced the injured Portis. He ran for 70 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry, and caught one pass for 23 yards. Betts could be the featured back against Denver next contest, considering Brian Westbrook has missed the last two games with a concussion. Another player who may benefit from increased playing time because of a Week 9 injury is Cincinnati's Andre Caldwell.Chris Henry injured his arm and may be out for the season. If so, Caldwell has a chance to be a fantasy starter, scoring in two of the last four contests. 2. Devery Henderson, WR, New OrleansDrew Brees ranks among the top five in passing yards (2,336) and is first in touchdowns (17). Henderson has been Brees' second-most productive wideout and is projected to catch 52 passes for 902 yards for a full season. 1. Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay The sky appears to be the limit for this superbly talented quarterback. He spent the first seven games of his rookie season learning the offense and is poised for some big fantasy days this season. He threw for 205 yards and three scores in his first NFL start, and displayed both a strong arm and touch on his completions. Considering Tampa Bay allows the third-most points per game (28.9), Freeman will likely have to throw early and often to keep pace with the opponents. Starting a rookie quarterback in the opener isn't always the best way to introduce him to the NFL. Just look at Carson Palmer who spent his first season studying on the bench before starting in his second season.