Allow me to vent a little bit here, as we take a look at players that may very well be available to acquire in your league. Fantasy football is fun, but it is also about competition and fairness. To maintain the aformentioned competition and fairness, as well as league integrity, it is paramount that owners stay completely involved in the improvement and maintanence of their teams. I say this whether your record is 6-2, 4-4 or 1-7. With many leagues running a two-division style, most teams are not out of it until the last few weeks. Even if you are mathematically eliminated, you owe it to your league and to all of it’s owners to stay involved and field the best most complete lineup all eason long. If you don’t subscribe to this line of thinking, FIND ANOTHER HOBBY.
There is nothing more maddening and irriatating than having an owner who no longer cares. Don’t be one of those owners.
With all that said, we’re all looking to improve right? We’re all looking to gain that edge no matter what! It just takes one week to turn things around, and it could be courtesy of some of the players listed below! Let’s take a look at some waiver wire candidates for week nine:
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins – Mistakes directly and indirectly related to Tannehill are preventing his progression to true fantasy viability, but he’s been quality enough to warrant a look as a bye week replacement. Bottom line, you could do worse and Tannehill has the weapons to be a decent fantasy producer.Jason Campbell, Cleveland Browns – He started out slow, but seems to gain his stride and showed some arm strength and mobility that was a welcome sight behind center for the Browns for sure. He’s already been tabbed as the Week 9 starter against the Ravens, and if he did well against the Chiefs, why not the Ravens? He’s worth keeping an eye on as the bye weeks roll on.
Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals – He was the pick du Jour a few week back then quickly fell out of fantasy favor as the Cardinals tried to work him in slowly. Well with the injury issues plaguing RB Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington is getting an opportunity and he’s making the most of it. If he is still available in your league, make a play for him.Alex Green, New York Jets – A deep flier for sure, but look it is not as though RB Chris Ivory and RB Bilal Powell are lighting up the scoreboard, right? The Jets were in the midst of getting dismantled by the Cincinnati Bengals, but Green still managed to gain 20 yards on three carries, averaging just under seven yards per tote. What do the Jets have to lose by giving this kid another opportunity?
Andre Brown, New York Giants – He’s been getting snapped up in leagues all over the country due to his pending return. If he’s still available, make a play for him. Sure the Giants offense is a mess, but Brown has some skills and could make an impact soon after the bye week.
Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals – If you recall, Jones was mentioned in this column last week. Did you listen? Well safe to say he won’t be under the radar this week with his four touchdown performance this past week. But he’s a must add as it’s nice to see someone FINALLY settle into that fantasy relevant spot running opposite WR A.J. Green on the Bengals.
Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans – Am I joking? Not really. Rumor has him on the trading block for a low asking price. This in itself is intriguing because while he’s been an unproductive headache this season in Tennessee, he still has skills and a change of scenery might do him a world of good. New England is not out of the question and if he clicks with QB Tom Brady, look out.
Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions – If he was dropped in your league due to the arm injury a month ago, now is the time to add him. He led the team in receptions prior to the injury and the Lions have been hard-pressed to replace him since losing him back after Week 3. He’s looking to return in a few weeks and could be a nice free agent steal.Drew Davis, Atlanta Falcons – With WR Julio Jones gone for the year and TE Tony Gonzalez drawing plenty of attention, it opens up the opportunity for some lesser known options to make an impact. WR Harry Douglas aside, keep an eye on Davis. He would settle in as a solid second option on the team and ultimately put of serviceable fantasy numbers as long as WR Roddy White continues to ail.
Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints – Look, take this with a grain of salt. It was a great performance from the rookie, no doubt. But there are a LOT of options in the Saints receiving corps. If you might recall, it is reminiscent of WR Devery Henderson or WR Robert Meachem. One would have a stellar performance, folks would run out to add one of them to their roster and the following week? DUD.
Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – granted it was a late, fantasy performance salvaging touchdown, but that doesn’t mean to ignore Wright. With each passing week, QB Mike Glennon seems to build a bit more confidence. With that, the performances of the weapons around him seem to grow. Wright was targeted eight times this past week and it is likely to continue moving forward. if you missed out on the TE Jordan Reed sweepstakes, take a flier on Wright.Anthony Fasano, Kansas City Chiefs – He’s been a mild contributor, but realize he recently returned from an injury, and will take some time to get settled in with the offense. If you know how much head coach Andy Reid utilizes the position, coupled with Fasano’s skill, he might be a nice later season sleeper at the position.
TE Fred Davis, Washington Redskins – Of course for how long, is the question. As long as he is in Washington, move along. The emergence of TE Jordan Reed has seen to that. However if he gets traded to the right place, Davis will be back in the fantasy conversation in the blink of an eye.
Stay involved – never say die.
Good luck this week!!
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