Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 9

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Published: October 28, 2013

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Waiver Wire PickupsIt seems most fantasy owners were able to escape week eight without any major injuries. Week nine includes six teams on a bye: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, and San Francisco.

Over the course of the season, I have for the most part preached patience and strategy when picking up waiver wire players. Yet as we get closer and closer to the playoffs, those teams that aren’t in need of a weekly pick up are starting to look long term, for fantasy match-ups and potential depth in the most important part of the season, the playoffs.

Before we jump into these waiver wire ROS pick ups, I suggest you read over my waiver wire rules to live by:

Waiver Wire Rules to Live By:

  1. Ask yourself: Will I ever start him? If the answer is no, then don’t bother picking that player up.
  2. Try to avoid dropping talented RB2′s. Injuries can create starters overnight.
  3. The Drop can sometimes end up being better than the pick-up. Fantasy noobs will drop great talent all the time, read over the transaction log regularly.
  4. If you have a winning record, why mess with the Wire?
  5. The less you pick up, the higher your waiver claim. Patience is a virtue.

The following Waiver Wire pickups are ranked for not only short term play, but rest of the season (ROS) potential:

Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups

Quarterbacks Team Own% Mike Rigz Jody Smith Zach Greubel Bob Talbot Rank
Terrelle Pryor OAK 25.2 2 1 1 1 1.25
Jake Locker TEN 5.5 1 4 3 2 2.5
Ryan Tannehill MIA 14 3 2 2 6 3.25
Case Keenum HOU 0.8 4 3 4 7 4.5
Alex Smith KC 63.4 7 5 5 3 5
Jason Campbell CLE 0.8 5 7 7 4 5.75
Geno Smith NYJ 12.4 8 6 6 5 6.25
Chad Henne JAC 0.8 6 8 8 8 7.5

One player that I really like, especially over the last few weeks, is Jake Locker. I have Peyton Manning on a bye this week in one of my leagues, and I’m confident that Locker will produce against the Rams on a short week.

QB Wildcard: One quarterback that isn’t on this list is Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles. I didn’t really want to bring him up after suggesting him against the Cowboys a couple weeks back, yet considering Foles has a QB rating of 101.3 and has yet to turn the ball over this year, the 24 year old 2nd year QB may deserve a second chance. Foles was off an NFC player of the week award, but unfortunately stunk the joint up at home against the Cowboys. 33 year old Mike Vick is extremely frustrating and useless without his legs; Foles may be worth a bench spot as the team continues to grow under Chip Kelly and a new offense.

Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups

Running Backs Team Own% Mike Rigz Jody Smith Zach Greubel Bob Talbot Rank
Andre Ellington ARZ 21.1 1 1 1 1 1
Pierre Thomas NO 34.7 2 5 2 3 3
Andre Brown
NYG 18.2 5 2 3 4 3.5
Mike James TB 14.3 3 4 5 2 3.5
Mike Tolbert CAR 17.3 8 3 4 5 5
Daniel Thomas MIA 6.1 4 7 6 10 6.75
Brandon Jacobs NYG 16.9 7 9 7 6 7.25
Willis McGahee CLE 29.2 9 8 9 7 8.25
Donald Brown IND 5.1 11 6 8 8 8.25
Joseph Randle DAL 49.9 6 10 10 9 8.75
Brandon Bolden NE 3.7 10 11 11 11 10.8

I was happy to help a few fantasy teams on Twitter Sunday with the suggestion of Andre Ellington. Fans are no doubt going to hype this week eight fantasy stud to unrealistic fantasy proportions, but he is our top running back suggestion moving forward. Another sleeper is forgotten Saints RB Pierre Thomas. All the hype goes to Darren Sproles, but this workhorse has been worthy of a flex spot against the right defenses.

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups

Wide Receivers Team Own% Mike Rigz Jody Smith Zach Greubel Bob Talbot Rank
Terrance Williams DAL 58.8 1 2 1 1 1.25
Keenan Allen SD 34.1 3 1 2 4 2.5
Jarrett Boykin GB 61.1 2 3 3 5 3.25
Darrius Heyward-Bey IND 10.8 5 4 5 2 4
Brian Hartline MIA 50.8 4 5 4 8 5.25
Marvin Jones CIN 1.8 6 7 8 3 6
Jeremy Kerley NYJ 4.9 7 6 6 7 6.5
Brandon LaFell CAR 7.1 8 8 7 9 8
Kenny Stills NO 1.1 11 9 9 6 8.75
Donnie Avery KC 6.7 9 10 10 10 9.75
Michael Crabtree SF 4.5 10 11 11 11 10.8
Tiquan Underwood TB 0.1 12 12 12 12 12

Marvin Jones has been solid these last few weeks, but he only played on 19 snaps in Sunday’s win over the Jets, so don’t go nuts. Remember to look at match-ups down the road and build a team you can use, not a team full of one-week wonders. While I’m not saying Jones is the second coming of Eddie Royal, I am saying I don’t expect to see a performance like that from him again… ever.

Tight End Waiver Wire Pickups

Tight Ends Team Own% Mike Rigz Jody Smith Zach Greubel Bob Talbot Rank
Heath Miller PIT 21.8 1 2 1 4 2
Charles Clay MIA 51.1 3 4 2 1 2.5
Coby Fleener IND 26.6 4 1 3 5 3.25
Timothy Wright TB 0.4 2 5 4 2 3.25
Garrett Graham HOU 20.7 5 3 5 3 4
Jeff Cumberland NYJ 14.2 7 6 6 6 6.25
Zach Miller SEA 9.3 6 7 7 7 6.75

Tight Ends: There are no world beaters in this bunch, but the following are productive starters that you can stream over the next few weeks.

Key:

Own%- Percentage of ESPN fantasy leagues in which that player is owned in.

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