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Sneaky fantasy pickups entering Week 10

Updated: November 11, 2011, 3:06 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

By Week 10 of a fantasy football season it might seem more difficult to find sneaky free-agent pickups, but I hearken back to around this time seven years ago. Way back in 2004, the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans was Steve McNair, until an injury shortened his season. That's when backup quarterback Billy Volek and ordinary wide receiver Drew Bennett got started. From Weeks 12-14, the combination was lethal; Volek threw 11 touchdown passes and averaged 395 passing yards in that stretch, while Bennett caught eight touchdowns passes and averaged 172 receiving yards. You thought Denarius Moore was good Thursday night? Bennett was unreal for three weeks.

Of course, Volek and Bennett did little before or after that three-week stretch. But I won't soon forget one of my undefeated fantasy teams losing in the first round to an owner relying on the Volek-Bennett combination. Hey, it happens. It's fantasy football.

That brings us to Friday's sneaky pickups blog entry, folks! This isn't about Week 10, but beyond. And if we're talking about unlikely fantasy combinations, you won't find Matt Schaub-Andre Johnson, Josh Freeman-Mike Williams or other highly owned options below. Like Volek-Bennett, we have to go way, way off the grid, and don't worry so much about the veteran-rookie angle, either.


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