Of course the weekend I visit Philadelphia is the weekend the worst storm to venture north of Carolina decides to run rampant through the northeast. I’ve managed to weather the storm just fine, but this waiver wire piece was delayed due to intermittent internet and power. Thank you for your patience and stay safe if you’re still being affected by the storm.
Nick Foles, PHI – I can run through the reasons I don’t believe Foles will replace Michael Vick this week, but it doesn’t really matter what I think. If Vick struggles at all this week against the Saints, Foles will be the starter heading into Week 10. By then, it will be too late to buy because someone in your league is going to invest in a Foles this week. Ask yourself how valuable that Foles lottery ticket is and set your waiver wire claims accordingly.
Matt Moore, MIA – Ryan Tannehill injured his knee on Sunday and Moore played well in relief with 131 yards and TD. If Tannehill can’t play in Week 9, Moore will be a decent option against the Colts for managers in 2-QB leagues.
Donald Brown, IND – Brown returned to action on Sunday and out-rushed Vick Ballard by 25 yards. Ballard saved his fantasy day with a game-winning touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, but Brown figures to return to the starting role for the Colts in Week 9.
Daryl Richardson, STL – The ever present thorn in the side of Steven Jackson owners, Richardson lengthened his string of productive games with 53 yards on a lean 7 carries. There’s a non-zero chance Steven Jackson gets traded before the deadline and that would certainly send Richardson’s value through the roof, but D-Rich should be owned in most leagues, regardless.
Daniel Thomas, MIA – Thomas continues to get work alongside Reggie Bush. Bush had 19 more yards on Sunday, but Thomas scored a TD to lead the Dolphins running back corps in fantasy points.
Joique Bell & Kevin Smith, DET – LeShoure was a no-show in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. Bell will be the primary beneficiary if LeShoure misses Week 9, but Kevin Smith could also rise from the fantasy grave and get some carries.
Ronnie Hillman, DEN – Willis McGahee had a fine game on Sunday, but Hillman got his too, finishing with 86 yards on 14 rushes. Keep in mind that this outburst of rushing yards came against the Saints before you go crazy for Hillman. Still with a nice match-up on deck against the Bengals, he should see another healthy dose of carries this week.
Shane Vereen, NE – Vereen vultured another Stevan Ridley TD on Sunday. Now that he’s healthy, Vereen is a passable fantasy option in deeper leagues.
Beanie Wells, ARI – The Cardinals are falling apart in front of our eyes. Wells won’t necessarily be the team’s savior when he returns from injured reserve, but he certainly won’t make the team any worse. Stash him now if you have roster space.
Titus Young & Ryan Broyles, DET – I talked about these two last week. Since then, Broyles had a nice game (3 rec/37 yds/1 TD) and Young had league-leading 22 fantasy points (9/100/2). Calvin Johnson admitted after the game that he was hampered at least somewhat by injury, but played because the Lions were thin at WR. Young is a must-add if he’s still available in your league and Broyles is a fine upside add.
Brandon LaFell, CAR – LaFell awakes from his Chicago Bears match-up nightmare to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a warm stack of Washington DB flapjacks on which to feast. If you missed out on Titus Young, LaFell is a decent fallback.
Cecil Shorts, JAC – Apparently, Blaine Gabbert lives to salute his Shorts. Meanwhile, Justin Blackmon remains a disappointment. In redraft leagues, drop Blackmon for Shorts if you haven’t already.
Chris Givens & Danny Amendola, STL – The Adam Dunn of fake football, Chris Givens, hit another 50+ yard “homer” on Sunday. In the meantime, Amendola could return to action this week thanks to his Wolverine-like healing factor.
Brent Celek, PHI – As the tight end carousel goes round and round, there’s a slight chance Celek is available in your league. If Nick Foles takes over at QB for the Eagles, Celek could see some extra check-down targets, but with a juicy match-up against the Saints looming, it shouldn’t matter who the quarterback is in Philly for Celek to be productive.
Brandon Myers, OAK – Myers continues to be a target-sink for Carson Palmer. The window to buy him in PPR leagues has likely closed, but non-PPR managers should take notice too. With such high usage, Myers is a lock for at least 4 to 6 fantasy points each week.
Dwayne Allen & Coby Fleener, IND – It was a quiet week overall for tight ends, but that didn’t stop Dwayne Allen from out-producing Coby Fleener yet again. These two have been close in value all season, but Allen is the one I want right now. With that said, Fleener still has value in keeper leagues. He might just need a little more seasoning in the NFL before he’s ready to deliver on his 2nd-round draft pedigree and surpass Allen.