Week 9 – Wavier Wire Pickups. If you are looking for a free agent or waiver wire pickup, here are a couple of the best options likely available in your league. Pickups at every position are posted, including QB – RB – WR – TE – K – D. Each players ownership percentage in 10 team yahoo public leagues is listed after their name.
Matt Hasselbeck – Sea = Det / 61%
Hasselbeck has inconsistent all season, but a matchup at home against the lowly Lions defense should make him spot starter worthy on fantasy teams this week. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him tally 250 passing yards and 1-2 touchdowns.
Alex Smith – SF = Ten / 19%
Smith faces a Titans defense that has been destroyed by opposing offenses passing game all season…well that was up until last week when they downright handled David Garrard. If left tackle Joe Staley hadn’t been injured last week for the 49ers (Staley is out for this weeks game), Smith would be an even better QB pickup for this week. However as it stands, Smith has a healthy Frank Gore running the ball and two solid playmakers in Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree. A very solid fantasy day could be in store for Smith this week, so if you are in QB2 sets, Smith is a good sleeper play.
Vince Young – Ten = @SF / 9%
Some may feel that winning the game for the Titans last week gives Young a boost in confidence, I would say that NOT throwing an interception or turning the ball over is a much greater confidence booster for Young. Now with a seemingly firm grip on the starters job heading into this weeks game, a matchup against a 49ers defense that just lost Nate Clements and is giving up an atrocious 252 passing yards per game, could be just what Young needs to turn in a solid fantasy game this week. 200 passing yards, 40 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
Matt Cassel – KC = @Jac / 49%
Julius Jones – Sea = Det / 69%
A prime matchup and the reality that he is available in 30% of 10 team leagues makes Jones a top RB pickup this week. If you are looking for a solid RB2 or flex option, Jones is the guy you want to start. 75-100 rushing yards, 1-2 touchdowns.
Laurence Maroney – NE = Mia / 41%
After posting a so-so game right before the Patriots bye week, many Maroney owners cut him loose last week. Now available in over 50% of leagues heading into week 9, Maroney is a solid pickup and flex starter this week. As long as Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor are out, Maroney will be given every opportunity to claim the starting RB job full time even after Morris and Taylor come back. Even if you don’t need a spot starter at RB for this week, try to add Maroney in hopes of him having a big second half to the season. 50-75 rushing yards, maybe a touchdown.
Ryan Moats – Hou = @Ind / 26%
If you are a Steve Slaton owner, Moats is nearly a must add. In leagues of 14 or more, Moats is definitely worth a roster spot and a waiver wire request. The Colts have been so-so against the run this year so Moats has an outside chance at putting up 100 rushing yards. However better yet for fantasy purposes is that Moats notched 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter during last weeks game, and it now looks like the Texans may have finally found their goal line back. 50-80 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards, 1 touchdown.
Jamaal Charles – KC = @Jac / 28%
Charles will get the start for the Chiefs this week, and if all goes well, he may just end up with the full time RB job for the remainder of the season even when Larry Johnson comes back. The best thing for Charles is that he will be facing a Jaguars defense that just gave up over 200 rushing yards to Chris Johnson last week, and are now giving up an average of 128 rushing yards per game this season. 75 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards, 1 touchdown.
Kevin Walter – Hou = @Ind / 61%
Yes the Colts secondary has been solid against the pass this year, but with Matt Schaub tossing the ball around there are definitely receiving yards to be had. Compound that with the fact that there is one less receiving weapon in Owen Daniels to throw to, and it only seems obvious that Kevin Walter sees additional passes his way this week. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Walter break out with 75-100 receiving yards and 1 touchdown.
Mike Wallace – Pit = @Den / 32%
With the Denver defense allowing just 86 rushing yards per game this season, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers air attack should be out in full force this week. So that leaves Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes being covered by Champ Bailey and the Broncos #2 coverman, while Mike Wallace demands the Broncos third corner. Considering how well Big Ben is throwing the ball this year, I will take my chances with Mike Wallace against a backup defensive back this week. 50-100 receiving yards and 1 touchdown is very possible.
Jeremy Maclin – Phi = Dal / 47%
After seeing Maclin haul in another touchdown reception last week, it looks like he may be turning into a star WR right before our eyes. The Dallas secondary has been fairly poor against the pass this year, and Donovan McNabb was on fire throwing the ball last week. If McNabb can carry over his hot arm, and DeSean Jackson keeps the defense on his side, Maclin could enjoy an excellent game this week. 50-100 receiving yards and 1 touchdown is more than possible.
James Jones – GB = @TB / 3%
With both Greg Jennings and Donald Driver getting banged up in last weeks game, Jones as the #3 WR could see even more playing time against the lowly Buccaneers defense this week. If you are looking for a deep WR option, Jones should be your sleeper pick. 50 receiving yards and a touchdown is possible.
Kelley Washington – Bal = @Cin / 6%
Mark Clayton hasn’t done much this year, and Derrick Mason sees all the defenses coverage. That leaves Washington 1-on-1 nearly every time, and with Washington’s size at 6-3, Flacco is definitely finding ways to get him the ball. Already averaging 46 receiving yards per game, Washington could be in store for 60-80 receiving yards this week with a touchdown always possible.
Ben Watson – NE = Mia / 38%
If you like playing the matchups, Watson against Miami is the one you want to play at TE this week. Miami’s linebackers have been terrible at stopping tight ends this season, and if Channing Crowder misses this game, Watson could have an even bigger day. 50-80 receiving yards is likely with a touchdown very possible as well.
Todd Heap – Bal = @Cin / 57%
After tallying 7 receptions for 41 receiving yards in their matchup earlier this season, Heap should once again be a favorite dump off target for Flacco this week. In PPR leagues, Heap is a top 10 TE option this week. Expecting 50 receiving yards is a good bet, and a goal line touchdown is always possible.
Fred Davis – Was = @Atl / 6%
Considering Jason Campbell loves passing to the tight end, Davis could actually put up Chris Cooley type numbers this week. 4-7 receptions and 50 receiving yards seems like a solid outcome.
Marcedes Lewis – Jac = KC / 19%
Sean Ryan – KC = @Jac / 3%
Steven Hauschka – Bal = @Cin / 4%
Just 4% owned. Are you kidding me!
Olindo Mare – Sea = Det / 4%
If Seattle does not score in this game it would be a miracle.
Jeff Reed – Pit = @Den / 15%
Robbie Gould – Chi = Ari / 46%
Ryan Succop – KC = @Jac / 2%
Seattle = Det / 18%
If you play matchups, Seattle is your no doubt defensive pickup for this week.
San Francisco = Ten / 41%
If they can contain Chris Johnson, the 49ers defense could have some success against the turnover prone Vince Young.
Atlanta = Was / 17%