Waiver Wire Pickups Week 9
With week 9 we will see the New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and the St. Louis Rams on BYE. This week will be extra tough on our Tight Ends and Kickers so make sure to check out my suggestions to replace your studs for a week. Make sure if you need help at a specific position to target getting the guys I have listed below off the waiver wire.
Carson Palmer – 47% owned – The Raiders square off in week 9 against a Tampa Bay team that is the 5th worst pass defense in the league. Denarius Moore has emerged from the rest of the wide receivers that were drafted in the middle of the round and proved he should have been highly considered as a WR2. Lucky for me I got Moore a couple weeks ago off the waiver wire. He has been the reason Palmer has been even close to fantasy relevant and with a good match up this week against the Bucs, Palmer will be sure to find Moore and both players will benefit.
Nick Foles – 1% owned- Well, apparently since Michael Vick knows what Andy Reid is thinking, everybody knows. Because if you were considering benching your starting quarterback because of poor play, you probably wouldn’t tell them until you had made a decision. Unless you (like Andy Reid) were attempting some kind of plan to attempt to make your quarterback play better. Personally I don’t think Vick will be benched, and I said that in the beginning of all this talk, but for the lucky people who grab Nick Foles I sure hope he gets benched. Foles looked sharp in the preseason. He was 40 for 53 with 553 yards 6 touchdowns and 2 INT’s with a 110.1 passer rating. I think that is an upgrade but with Vick coming out and saying in an interview that he might be benched, now is a good time to stash Foles if you haven’t already, especially if you own Vick. I’m gonna grab Foles but a few more fumbles on the goal line would make me more optimistic.
Jonathan Stewart – 70% owned – The Panthers have given Stewart the nod to be the clear cut starter in their backfield. While he has yet to produce any decent numbers, most fantasy owners believe in him and think he will be worth the money the Panthers contract is paying him. Personally I think he might be a top 25 back based on match ups every week. If someone offers you Darren Sproles or Steven Jackson or someone like that for him then, do it in a heartbeat. Cam really hurts Stewart’s value but the fact that the Panthers are passing to Stewart is a boost as well. He caught six passes last week. Very good guy to stash on your bench if he is still available in your league, but don’t trade too much for him.
Donald Brown – 59% owned – Brown is going to be decently available coming back from a knee injury that sidelined him for two weeks and gave Vick Ballard a good opportunity to show case his skills. Ballard did not squander his chance by scoring the game winning over time touchdown against the Titans. But on the other side of the coin Brown still got two more touches than Ballard. It’s unsure how the touches will play out, but with them attempting to get Brown back as quickly as possible it would seem like they are more comfortable with him in the backfield and Vick may be a change of pace back going forward. Also they could be more comfortable with Brown catching passes or blocking for Luck, but whatever it is Brown does it better and should regain his job barring any set back with his knee.
Jonathan Dwyer – 46% owned – After carrying the Steelers to another win on the ground Dwyer looks to be the back to own in Pittsburgh. Dwyers has been very impressive in yards after contact and is averaging 5.2 yards per carry while Mendenhall is at 3.9 and Redman is at 2.5. This seems like a no brainer to me. Go get Dwyer. He will be well worth your time. He has had back to back 100 yard games and might be the waiver pickup of the year if he keeps this up. Dwyer also proved that it was just the Bengals defense that made him look good. He took it to the Redskins in a powerful way. He has great yards after contact and is just going out there and producing.
Titus Young – 40% owned – With quarterback Matthew Stafford struggling, the Lions needed a true number two receiver to step up and hopefully this is the final emergence of the most talked about sleeper of the year Titus Young. Calvin Johnson has been one of the biggest top ten draft pick busts of the year this year and rightly so. Most people were chasing last year’s numbers. You gotta think about the future and not the past. But Young might be the future. He is no Calvin Johnson but there is no reason he can’t be a James Jones. Johnson has been doubled or tripled all year and Young took this man coverage opportunity and ran with it. He was targeted 9 times and caught 9 passes for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Make sure you grab this guy as quickly as you can. He can start for you in most weeks.
Brandon LaFell – 20% owned – Here is an under the radar player that could be a decent start for you. Brandon LaFell has had one zero and two other games under 5 points and an 8.8 point outing and three 10+ point outings. LaFell was a hot option but after his zero he was widely dropped. Fantasy owners are too reactionary. I didn’t see Vernon Davis getting dropped after his 0. But that is beside the point, LaFell is a decent WR3 option based on match ups and with the Panthers facing the Redskins this week I would say he is a strong WR3 play.
Cecil Shorts – 9% owned – Shorts is available in deeper leagues for my deeper league friends. He has been a very hit or miss receiver, but when he hits, it’s big. He has developed into a good vertical threat and the WR1 in Jacksonville. Shorts has had back to back strong weeks and faces a very weak Detroit secondary this Sunday, so he is primed for another big day. Good WR3 in deep leagues but other than a 14 or 16 team league I would probably say a decent flex play.
Anthony Fasano – 8% owned – Fasano keeps finding the end zone, and on a week with Gronk, Keller, and Vernon Davis out you are going to need some kind of production from lesser known tight ends. In fact this may be the roughest week for waiver wire tight ends. So I have decided to make sure you know about some lower end guys that will still produce. Obviously if there is someone like Kyle Rudolph or Greg Olsen out on the waiver wire they would be a better play, but just in case Fasano is a red zone target and nothing more but he has 3 touchdowns this year and out of 8 games he is almost a 50/50 bet to catch one.
Dallas Clark – 12% owned – With the Tampa Bay Bucs attempting to open the play book up some more, Dallas Clark, Mike Williams, and of course Vincent Jackson will get some more looks. Oakland is a pretty good match up for Clark and Freeman is starting to get the big guy involved in the passing game. Clark is not a field stretcher but is a great check down and catches the ball very well..
Rob Brionas – 44% owned – Tough Bye week for Kickers as well. Going up against the Bears I have a feeling Bironas will kick a ton of field goals and try to field goal them to death the same way the Panthers did. Bironas should get some decent looks from probably good distance. He will also help you this week if you had Young GZ, Akers, Nick Folk, or Gotskowski.
Detroit – 44% owned – The Lions face off against a very poor Jacksonville team without their stud running back and have been playing better as the weeks go by. They have a good pass defense so if the Jaguars want to win this one they will have to get in a shootout with Stafford but in order to do that they have to be able to throw it, which they can half the time and can’t the other half. The Lions are a very sneaky good defense this week if you need to replace the Patriots, Jets, 49ers, or Rams.