As we now enter Week 10 of this fascinating 2013-14 NFL season, we are quickly approaching the fantasy football playoffs. Not every team advances to the postseason so it is extremely important to improve and fine tune your roster, in the necessary areas, in order to create a championship contender. Making use of the waiver-wire, or free agency list, is the absolute key to your success in the playoffs.
It is time to drop the dead weight from your team and cut underperforming players to form some reliable depth in your roster. With quite a few talented players still lurking on the waiver-wire, now is the time to strike. From Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, a simple player pickup can change the postseason destiny of your fantasy squad.
The following five free agent players should be heavily considered when constructing your fantasy team in preparation for the playoffs.
WR Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers)
Cotchery is off to a great start this season, currently on pace to have the best year of his career since 2009. Only nine weeks in Cotchery is just one touchdown shy of his career best(6). Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has relied on Jerricho quite a few times his season, targeting the wide receiver a total of 42 times. In which, number 89 caught 29 receptions.
Now at the midway point of this season, Cotchery has put up 424 receiving yards, five touchdowns and a total of 71.90 fantasy points looking incredibly impressive to date. Owned by less than 10% of Yahoo! Fantasy teams, he should be an easy pickup.
If in need of a wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery is definitely the best bet available.
TE Tim Wright (Buccaneers)
Tim Wright is in his first NFL season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but by the way he has been playing of late one would think this Tight End is a seasoned veteran. Earning a combined total of 22.60 fantasy points the past two weeks, Wright is starting to find his NFL comfortability and will only continue to get better.
The 6’4” rookie out of Rutgers has put up over nine fantasy points in three of the last four weeks. Wright is a great addition for any fantasy team in week 10, going up against a Miami Dolphins defense that has given up the third most fantasy points to tight ends this season.
WR Riley Cooper (Eagles)
Although Riley Cooper hasn’t been very consistent from a fantasy football standpoint so far this season, he has already recorded career-high numbers for receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Cooper may not be worth starting every week, but he definitely deserves a roster spot. In Week 6 the University of Florida product scored a total of 18 fantasy points and than put up an absurdly high 33.70 fantasy points in Week 9.
He may not hit a home run for you every week but Cooper has the potential to attain over 15 fantasy points in at least three more games for the remainder of the season. That alone gives Cooper some serious fantasy value. Pickup the emerging young receiver before it becomes too late.
QB Mike Glennon (Buccaneers)
Mike Glennon has still yet proven to exhibit the traits of a fantasy quarterback that can give you over 20 points per week, but the rookie has been nothing short of incredibly consistent. In the last four games Glennon has scored a total of seven touchdowns while only throwing one interception. This earned him an average of just over 17 fantasy points per game during that period.
Glennon may not be a top 10 quarterback just yet, however, if he continues to build off of what he has already started his future will be quite luminous. This week Glennon and the Buccaneers will be going up against the Miami Dolphins, which is the ideal situation for a test run as your starter. Whether it is due to constant injuries or a lack of production, if you are already experiencing quarterback troubles Mike Glennon is a perfect fix for the problem.
WR Marlon Brown (Ravens)
Marlon Brown is still a rookie but he has already been given a substantial role with the Baltimore Ravens. During the past four weeks Brown has seen an average of seven targets per game and scored a total of three touchdowns. The rookie wide receiver has already put up nine fantasy points in at least four games this season, quickly becoming a favorite of Joe Flacco. Not only can you expect Brown to have continued success with the Ravens, but he will also finish as one of the top rookies this season. Marlon Brown is hands down one of the best receivers currently on the waiver-wire.