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Fantasy Football: Week 9 waiver wire

10.29.12 at 1:57 pm ET
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Welcome to the Week 9 waiver wire. I’€™m hunkering down with Hurricane Sandy approaching Rotobahn headquarters. This week’€™s wire will be written before Monday Night Football because I probably will be without power by the time the game starts. There were some bust-outs this weekend and I want to touch on them now while I still can. Free agent moves could be tricky this week with so many people losing access to power. This is the point where I usually tell you to go to Rotobahn for more information, but this week, Rotobahn won’€™t have much more than you find right here. One thing I would recommend checking out are our full season rankings that I posted last week.  It’€™s a great way to weigh trade offers and to establish player values if you are constructing a trade offer.

Good luck to all over the next few days.

QUARTERBACKS

Josh Freeman, Buccaneers

His team is improving around him, and a rising tide lifts all boats. That is to say, I’€™m not sure Freeman is playing that much better than he’€™s played in prior years, he just has a much stronger hand to play with Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin on board. Now the Bucs have the run feeding off of the pass and vice versa. This all bodes well for Freeman’€™s fantasy value going forward. He’€™s a guy to own in all formats.

Carson Palmer, Raiders

As I said last week, he is out there cheap and he won’€™t hurt you if you need to start him. The Raiders slowly are rounding into form and Darren McFadden finally showed up against the Jets last week, which could really help Palmer going forward. Palmer is a solid QB2 who can start for you in all formats when you need him.

Sam Bradford, Rams

He can’€™t help you this week, but he apparently is getting Danny Amendola back after St. Louis’ Week 9 bye. That gives him a nice assortment of weapons to work with. He will be a legit QB2 from Week 10 on.

Jake Locker, Titans

He should be back soon, and with so many healthy receivers and a fired-up ground game, he could do very well for fantasy purposes. Locker gives you the big play and he gives you points with his feet, which raises his floor. Be aware of his Week 11 bye, but we like him as a very strong backup option that can be had in many leagues. It’€™s hard to imagine the Titans not taking this soon-to-be-lost season and developing Locker regardless of how well Matt Hasselbeck plays.

RUNNING BACKS

Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

He is the guy now in Carolina. Don’€™t let last week’€™s light numbers against a strong Bears defense sway you. If Stewart is out there, go get him. If he gets cut by an impatient owner, pick him up. He could be a viable RB2 in all formats starting now. He even has upside to play like an RB1 if the Panthers offense gets it together. Oh, and he is past his bye week, too, which is nice.

Rashad Jennings, Jaguars

We’€™d be surprised if Maurice Jones-Drew is back before Week 11, and with the Jags past their bye week, Jennings could have extended value. He’€™s taken in most leagues, but he is very much worth chasing if he somehow is available. As of Monday afternoon, you could still get him in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Alex Green, Packers

The stats look ugly, but just look at the confidence that coach Mike McCarthy is showing in Green. He’€™s heavily involved and looks very confident in all the different formations they use in Green Bay. We think he will bust out eventually and we are picking him up wherever he is available. Once the Pack is healthy and clicking, Green could be very useful for fantasy GMs. We also like him a lot in dynasty leagues and other long-term formats. He is a great fit for the Green Bay offense.

Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers

Did you listen to us last week? I hope so. Dwyer has been so good over his two starts that he might just hang on to the role. Keep him rostered in most formats and you might end up hitting a home run. It’€™s possible now. He is the healthiest back on the roster and the most productive, too. He is a must-own player in 12-team leagues.

Daryl Richardson, Rams

He must be owned in all formats because he is a good back and because Steven Jackson could be traded this week. If that deal goes down, Richardson becomes a weekly starter, even in 10-team leagues. Pick up this guy.

Beanie Wells, Cardinals

When he comes back he will be the starter, and from all accounts, his turf toe injury is doing very well at this point. Pick up Wells in all formats if you have the bench space. He has RB1 upside when healthy. He should return for Week 12.

Andre Brown, Giants

Starter Ahmad Bradshaw always is a play away from missing time, and by all accounts Brown will be the guy to own at least in the short term if Bradshaw goes down. In long-term formats we’€™d be rostering David Wilson behind Bradshaw, but in redrafts Brown would be our priority. In big leagues, we are very much in favor of rostering both.

Jacquizz, Rodgers, Falcons

He looked better last week than we’€™ve seen him all year, and as the season progresses they might begin to feature Rodgers’€™ young wheels over Michael Turner‘€™s nearly bald tires. We definitely want to own Rodgers in all PPR formats and in all 12-team leagues.

Shane Vereen, Patriots

He’€™s scoring touchdowns and looking spry. Vereen is a player to own in 12-team leagues, and doubly so if you own Stevan Ridley.

Mike Tolbert, Panthers

If DeAngelo Williams is traded this week as rumors suggest, Tolbert would immediately get a significant bump in value, but his real value would be as a handcuff option behind Jonathan Stewart, who has a well-known injury history that includes missing time in 2012. Pick him up in deep leagues now, and you can cut him if Williams stays.

Ronnie Hillman, Broncos

Hillman looked great vs. the Saints, but most do. Still, he clearly is Denver’s second option behind an aging Willis McGahee, so he is a player to own in all 12-team leagues.

Peyton Hillis, Chiefs

He is healthy and he should be owned in 12-team leagues. If you own Jamaal Charles, you really want to own Hillis, too. He is a quality handcuff option.

James Starks, Packers

He has been active for a few weeks in a row now, and he looked healthy in his limited action. If you are banking on Alex Green and you have some bench space, Starks is a good way to hedge your bets.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Titus Young, Lions

He is owned in just 37 percent of Yahoo leagues. You should pick him up in all formats as he could finish the season very well as a full-time player. His QB, Matt Stafford, busted out last week, too, so there could be better days ahead in Detroit.

Danny Amendola, Rams

He has a Week 9 bye, but he should return from his clavicle injury in Week 10. Amendola should be owned in all formats and league sizes. He is taken in just 57 percent of Yahoo leagues.

Ryan Broyles, Lions

We love this kid. We are picking him up wherever we can. With Matt Stafford‘€™s seeming resurgence and Nate Burleson‘€™s season-ending injury, Broyles could have legit sustained value in redraft leagues. He is a must-own in all long term formats.

Chris Givens, Rams

Amendola’€™s return will complicate the Rams’€™ receiving situation, but Givens has shown enough to hang on to most of his role based on what we’€™ve seen. He has a bye week coming up, but he’€™ll return in Week 10, so we’€™d be picking him up in all 12-team leagues, and look for him being dropped this week due to the bye week squeeze.

Brandon LaFell, Panthers

LaFell came back to life in Week 8, and we like his potential going forward. He’€™s been caught up in the Panthers’€™ dysfunction, but he is not the cause of it. He should be owned in all 12-team leagues and even some smaller leagues with sufficient bench space.

Jeremy Kerley, Jets

He’€™s a little hit and miss due to Mark Sanchez‘€™s inconsistency, but he is a quality bye week option in 12-team leagues and even smaller formats. Kerley is on the bye this week, so be aware of that.

Cecil Shorts, Jaguars

If you’€™ve been a Rotobahn reader, then you know how much we like this kid. He is a pure football player and he is performing as the Jaguars struggle all around him. Shorts is going to be inconsistent due his team’€™s situation, but he can help you in 12-team leagues and in long-term formats.

Alshon Jeffrey, Bears

He could be back soon, and we think he steps right into the No. 2 receiver role upon his return. Jay Cutler was really looking for him early in the year, and we project Jeffrey to be a valuable commodity from Week 10 through the end of the season. He should be owned in all 12-team leagues and in all long-term formats.

Golden Tate, Seahawks

He is an option in leagues with 12 teams or more. Tate has looked better this year than at any point in his career. He had a solid outing last week, and with all the injuries in Seattle, he could have some value over the next few weeks. His bye is Week 11.

Josh Morgan, Redskins

He’€™s only an option in very deep leagues, but Morgan seems to gaining Robert Griffin‘€™s trust. If you are in a 14-team league, he might be worth a look if you are hurting due to the byes.

Clyde Gates, Jets

For big leagues and long-term formats only. Gates is a player with a ton of talent and great speed. He is not a great bet to thrive in the current Jets offense, but he could help down the stretch as a depth option in very deep formats. We really like him as a dynasty option if you have a bench spot to play with. He was with new Jets OC Tony Sparano in Miami, so he knows the offense. Gates has a Week 9 bye.

TIGHT ENDS

Dustin Keller, Jets

He looks fully recovered from his hamstring injury, and that is the key for him. The Jets are on the bye this week, but we really like Keller as a starting option in 12-team leagues for the rest of the way. Mark Sanchez trusts him and looks for him when the play breaks down, which happens often in New York this season. Keller is a viable play in 10-team leagues, too.

Brandon Myers, Raiders

They need reliable targets in Oakland, so Myers’€™ role could continue to grow. He’€™s been a yardage guy so far, but he could start to emerge as a red zone option soon. He is worth owning in 12-team leagues.

Rob Housler, Cardinals

Todd Heap always is banged up, and Housler has upside in this offense. We like him a lot in 12-team leagues with adequate bench space. Stash him for now and he could help you later.

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