Week 9 Waiver Wire October 29, 2013  |  gregsauce


Welcome to the Week 9 Waiver Wire, fake footballers. Whether you’re in a battle for first place or simply scrapping to stay out of the cellar, finding value in the free agent pool is the easiest way to improve your team. The road to championships is rarely easy, however. None of the waiver options listed here are without limitations. For a more significant impact to your fantasy fortunes, turn to the trading block. Start exploring your trade options now because the deadline tends to creep up when you least expect it and most need the help. Until you can swing a deal to better your team, these guys will have to do:

 

QUARTERBACKS

Better late than never: Jake Locker, Case Keenum, Mike Glennon, Josh McCown

Matt Barkley is the last quarterback standing for the Eagles after Week 8 and he’s probably available in your league if you’re desperate. I’d much prefer Locker, Keenum, or Glennon to Barkley, but if Nick Foles returns to practice this week and is ready to go against the Raiders, he would slot in between Locker and Keenum.

 

RUNNING BACKS

If you preemptively moved in on Darrius Heyward-Bey last week, Andre Brown presents a similar opportunity right now. Brown is eligible to return against the Raiders after the Giants’ Week 9 bye. You’ll lose some roster flexibility if you grab him this week, but Brown could pay huge dividends in Week 10 and beyond. On the other hand, he could end up splitting carries with Brandon Jacobs, Peyton Hillis, and eventually David Wilson. The potential reward outweighs the risk in this case, especially considering the otherwise slim pickings at running back this week.

Speaking of splitting carries, Montee Ball carved out a larger role in the Denver backfield on Sunday while Ronnie Hillman rode the pine. His 11 carries for 37 yards were nothing special, but it’s promising that his 4-yard touchdown came at a point in the game when the Broncos were trailing, as opposed to in garbage time. Knowshon Moreno is still the Denver back to own, but if Ball can maintain John Fox’s trust in important situations and Hillman stays in the doghouse, Ball’s stock rises significantly.

BLTN: Mike James, Mike Tolbert, Lance Dunbar

Andre Ellington grabbed the fake football headlines on Sunday in Rashard Mendenhall’s absence. Meanwhile, Stepfan Taylor quietly handled the other half of Arizona’s carries (14 to Ellington’s 15). It’s clear that the Cardinals have no intentions of going with a featured back, so Taylor could have some sneaky value going forward should Mendy continue to miss time.

Jonathan Stewart was back at practice last week, but I’m skeptical that his eventual return will be as triumphant as the other Jon Stewart’s return to The Daily Show. DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert aren’t going anywhere, so Stewart’s workload might never justify fantasy ownership.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Better late than never: Jarrett Boykin, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Aaron Dobson

Marvin Jones put a fantasy beat-down on every wide receiver not named Calvin Johnson on Sunday, catching all 8 of his targets for 122 yards and 4 (Four!) touchdowns. Beware the lesson Roy Helu taught us last week New York Jets v Cincinnati Bengalsregarding multi-TD efforts out of nowhere. Still, even if Jones isn’t scoring multiple times every week, he should hold value as the Bengals’ #2 wideout opposite A.J. Green.

Kenny Stills caught his own pair of scores and Lance Moore also found the end zone as the Saints topped the Bills on Sunday. It’s nice to see Moore contributing again for New Orleans, but he and Stills both pay a penance to receive passes from Drew Brees. The Lord Breesus works in mysterious ways and the love he has for his many receivers manifests itself in different ways each week. All the Saints’ Week 9 TDs could end up in the hands of Darren Sproles and Marques Colston for all we know. With that said, the injury to Jimmy Graham definitely opens the door for guys like Stills and Moore to see more targets in the weeks to come.

Drew Davis started in place of Roddy White against the Cardinals on Sunday and caught 5 passes for 77 yards and score. White will regain his starting spot when healthy, but Davis is a nice deep-league option until then.

The Rams are a mess and Chris Givens still doesn’t have a touchdown yet this season. On the other hand, he’s easily been the most productive St. Louis wide receiver in terms of yardage. His 354 receiving yards are 70 more than Austin Pettis has this year, but Pettis has hogged the teams TDs. It’s hard to trust Givens given his situation, but look at Zac Stacy’s performance Monday night. There’s fantasy value to be mined from the Rams personnel. Givens burned those who drafted him, but he could still be of use to the owners willing to give him a second chance.

The Vikings train wreck of a season continued on Sunday night against the Packers, but they were obviously trying to get Cordarrelle Patterson more involved in the offense. Patterson is raw and all three of his possible quarterbacks are shaky at best, but the rookie wideout’s value will rise as his usage increases.

 

TIGHT ENDS

BLTN: Jordan Reed, Coby Fleener

Timothy Wright rebounded from a lackluster Week 7 performance to deliver 48 yards and a touchdown on 5 receptions in Week 8 against Carolina. His 8 targets tied him for third-most among tight ends on Sunday with Tony Gonzalez and Charles Clay. That’s pretty good company for a guy owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues and less than 1% of ESPN leagues. Mike Williams is done for the season, so these gaudy target numbers for Wright should continue to pile up.

So which tight ends saw more targets than Wright? Jordan Reed, noted above, was one of them (14 targets) and Scott Chandler was the other (11). Chandler has flashed upside in the past, but always fades back into inconsistency eventually. Regardless, he’s played the security blanket role well for Thad Lewis lately, taking a lot of the targets that were being aimed at Robert Woods under E.J. Manuel’s command. For now, it seems like the fates of Chandler and Lewis are intertwined. All bets are off when Manuel returns.

 

26 Responses

  1. Anthony says:

    Great stuff. Q: I dropped K for J Thomas w Gronk on bye next week in an 8 tm. lg. Got Pryor to cover Peyton’s bye this week. Drop Nicks for a K, and try to pick up a WR next week after I drop Pryor? WRs on WW are G. Tate, K Wright, Stills, Colston, V. Brown, Thompkins, Dobson, Burleson, Crabtree, T. Wright. Thanks.

  2. Andy says:

    One more question…just wanted to get your opinion on a lineup question:
    12 team PPR, I have both Foster and Tate…Do I wait until Sunday night and if Foster is a no go, just start Tate or lower my stress level and just start a healthy L.Bell?

    Thanks.

  3. Andy says:

    Who do you like better as a bye week fill-in for Jordan Cameron week 10? I currently own Tim Wright (vs. Mia). Garrett Graham (@ AZ), Delanie Walker (vs. Jax), Tyler Eifert (@Bal) and Zach MIller (@Atl) all on the waiver wire.

    Thanks!

    • gregsauce says:

      @Andy: I like Graham sliiiiiiightly more than Wright in Week 10. The Cardinals routinely let opposing fantasy tight ends feast.

  4. jesse says:

    should I trade S Jackson and w welker for McCoy and Blackmon think McCoy will bounce back. I already have Moreno and Forte but my receivers are weak with t smith s smith colston stills and wright

  5. Guy says:

    Drop Tate for Ball in PPR? I’ve been unable to work out a trade with the leagues Foster owner. Now Foster is practicing again and Tate has four broken ribs. Last year I held onto Tate too long and missed some good opportunities.

    • gregsauce says:

      @Guy: I’d still rather have Tate. Foster may be practicing, but he’s not 100%. If his condition worsens, Tate will be in line for a big workload. Tate has already shown he can play through the broken ribs. Ball, on the other hand, is blocked by a healthy Knowshon Moreno and would compete with Ronnie Hillman for carries if Moreno winds up missing time.

  6. Pete says:

    12 team standard
    I have
    QB stafford, pryor
    RB m james, mjd, forte, martin
    WR blackmon, andre johnson, h. douglas, m jones
    TE cameron
    Kicker crosby
    Def chiefs

    I was offered e. lacy and RG3 for stafford and MJD, should I take that? i’m currently 4th

    • gregsauce says:

      @Pete: I wouldn’t be excited to give up Stafford, but that deal could be for your team. RGIII is starting to look like himself again and Lacy upgrades your RB group. If you didn’t have Pryor to backup RGIII, I would like the deal a lot less.

  7. Jeff says:

    I have Randle as my WR4, would you drop him for Marvin Jones? Also, looking at Fleener for my TE2. How do you feel about Fleener ROS?

  8. Jeff says:

    My 4th WR is Randle. After the stinker he laid this past week, would you drop him for Marvin Jones? Also, Reed is my TE1, thinking of picking up Fleener as my TE2. Do you like Fleener ROS?

    • Jeff says:

      Sorry for the double question….

    • gregsauce says:

      I like Randle more than Jones ROS. As for Fleener, he has a lot of upside, potentially taking over a lot of the “possession” targets that Reggie Wayne was getting pre-injury. Fleener is a solid TE2 with TE1 upside ROS.

  9. Andy says:

    Thinking ahead to week 11 when Romo is on bye, better matchup: Dalton vs. Browns or Palmer@Jaguars? Both available on the waiver wire…might even beat out Peyton’s owner to Dalton for this week.

  10. Norman says:

    12 Team PPR, should I start R Wilson or Rivers this week? I’m leaning towards Rivers. But…if Harvin plays, then do I start Wilson? Also, if Percy’s a go, do I flex him over Boykin?
    Thanks!

  11. NoSurrender says:

    Rookie needs roster improvement help!
    Colston is torturing me… I think it is time for him to go. Would you drop him for…
    M.Jones? (with his low snap count and Hawkins returns)
    T.Wright? (TE/WR dual designation, M.Williams out, M.Glennon in)
    N.Burleson? (Week 10 return with Stafford & Calvin)
    Also I’ll need a roster spot for week 10 Romo bye, who would you drop?
    What part of this roster would you focus on for getting playoff ready?

    12 Team – Standard Scoring League – QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, WRT, K, DST

    QB:   T.Romo
    RB:    A.Morris F.Gore G.Bernard   A.Ellington  J.Bell A.Brown
    WR:   P.Garcon M.Colston J.Gordon  J.Blackmon A.Jeffrey
    TE:    J.Graham 
    K:      D.Bailey
    DST:  Kansas City

    I know it’s a lot, Thank you

    • gregsauce says:

      @NoSurrender: Colston is certainly the most droppable commodity on your roster. I think you can cut him loose for a Romo-replacement. You are solid at WR otherwise, so I wouldn’t worry too much about adding Jones, Wright, or Burleson.

  12. Cochise says:

    Whad up gregsauce, I got some serious wr bye probs with megatron and decker not too many options thoughgts on Mccluster, Sanders or Jeffrey?

  13. DJ says:

    Thoughts on Locker vs. Pryor at QB? Everyone seems to be very high on Pryor, but Locker’s numbers (when he’s played) have been better, and Locker’s schedule for the rest of the season looks pretty soft. Thanks.

    • gregsauce says:

      @DJ: They’re both pretty close and you can’t go wrong with either given the price tag, but I still slightly prefer Pryor. The steady number of rushing yards he provides create a more solid basement level of production.

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