Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups


With six teams on bye last week and not many “no-name” guys blowing up, the waiver wire is a little thin this week. You’re going to want to stay away from guys like Drew Davis, who will be worthless when Roddy White returns, or Dexter McCluster, who is nothing more than a one week wonder. Don’t fret though, in addition to this weeks pick ups, here’s a list of guys I’ve listed before that you may still be able to grab ranked by priority:

Zac Stacy
Jarrett Boykin
Keenan Allen (probably unavailable)
Jordan Reed
Percy Harvin
Terrence Williams
Alshon Jeffery (was on bye last week; maybe you forgot about him)
Chris Ivory (don’t worry…he’ll get touches)
Reuben Randle
Mike James
Heath Miller

And finally, before we get to this week’s list, it’s time to start looking at Andre Brown and Shane Vereen. In fact, I’m clearing spots on all my rosters and looking to grab both of this this week. They both should be significantly productive when they return, but since everyone knows this, you’ll want to be ahead of the curve in rostering them.

Now, onto this week’s pickups:


Marvin Jones (WR – CIN) Owned in 1% ESPN, 23% Yahoo
No matter how obscure the name is, you simply cannot ignore four touchdown receptions, but Jones has been on our radar for at least 3 weeks now having scored at least one touchdown in the Bengals‘ last three games. Andy Dalton always performs well when he has a competent second option opposite A.J. Green, and he may have found one in Jones. He seems unlikely to flame out like last year’s darling, Andrew Hawkins, since he seems to have good talent and a much larger frame. Also, equally as important, Dalton trusts him to catch the football when thrown his way, as evidenced by 19 targets over the same three game stretch. Jones should be owned in all leagues as a WR4, and will almost certainly be this weeks top waiver claim.

Andre Ellington (RB – ARI) Owned in 21% ESPN, 53% Yahoo
I try to make it a point not to list players twice in this column, and you’ll recall that this is Ellington’s second mention as a waiver wire pickup. If you waited to grab him, it may be too late at this point because everyone will be clamoring for him after his 154-yard, 1-touchdown effort against the Falcons. Rashard Mendenhall was inactive on Sunday and Ellington took full advantage of his audition, making it next to impossible for the coaching staff to not at least consider a 50/50 timeshare when Mendenhall returns. If Ellington is still available in your league, he’s a RB3 even behind the Cardinals‘ terrible offensive line, and he should be your number one priority…even over Marvin Jones.

Kenny Stills (WR – NO) Owned in 1% ESPN, 12% Yahoo
Stills is your typical boom or bust player, and in week 8 he definitely boomed. However, you should only chase his 129 yards and two touchdowns if you are completely desperate because he only had three catches on four targets. If you truly need a high reward receiver to plug in this week, Stills certainly fits the mold, although you should be somewhat prepared for him to produce zero fantasy points. Still is a WR4 against the Jets this week.

Team Defense
If you stream defenses, here are a few you can grab for Week 9:

New Orleans (DST)
The Saints take on the Jets this week in New York. While the general pattern for Geno Smith’s bunch is one good game followed by one bad game, that should end here because the Jets will be playing catchup the whole game and the Saints will feast on that to the tune of sacks and turnovers.

Tennessee (DST)
The Titans‘ defense has been good all year long, registering solid point totals against everyone except San Francisco two weeks ago. This week, they play the Saint Louis Rams, which should rub off some of the stink of the 49ers game. Tennessee should be a top 10 defense this week, unless Kellen Clemens suddenly learns that he doesn’t have to run for his life as soon as the ball is snapped.

Dallas (DST)
The Minnesota Vikings are terrible. Period. The Cowboys defense is decent, even without Demarcus Ware. Since the Vikings refuse to give the ball to Adrian Peterson 25 times per game, they should get blown out handily here, and you could even get lucky with a defensive touchdown.

Indianapolis (DST)
Who knew Houston would be terrible this season?? The Colts defense has been playing well and given the play of the 2013 Texans, Indianapolis should be a safe, if unspectacular, play this week. It doesn’t hurt that they’ve had two weeks to prepare for this game, but it is in Houston. I Expect Arian Foster to get his numbers, but the passing game will struggle. Unless the 2012 Houston Texans run out of the tunnel, you can count on at least a couple of turnovers and maybe a pick six.

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About Keenan Keeling

Keenan is the Fantasy Football daily expert of Fantasy Six Pack. He plays on FanDuel (hvillethugg) and on DraftKings (theleafnode). If you see his games out there don't hesitate to pick them up.

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