The Fantasy Football Waiver Wire pickups from week 8 were good again with Steve Johnson, who just continues to score the ball week in and week out. Patrick Crayton also was a positive pick up this week with many injuries around the Chargers receiving core. Moving on to my Fantasy Football week 9 waiver wire pick ups, which I have selected based on some of the key injuries and lack of production by a few other people this week.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups
- Keiland Williams, RB, Washington Redskins: We have always known that Ryan Torain was injury prone; so this pick up was most likely inevitable, but it is now the time. Torain has been an absolute fantasy stud [335 rush yards, 3 TD] since entering the starting lineup when Clinton Portis went down, but with a hamstring injury and a bye coming up for the Redskins, Keiland Williams should be the healthy option for at least the next few weeks for Washington.
- Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions: With Matthew Stafford back at quarterback for the Detroit Lions, I feel Burlesons’ fantasy value just got to the highest it could possibly go. Being targeted 9 times this week against the Redskins for 7 receptions shows that Stafford might be looking to his wide receivers more than Shaun Hill did [who seemed to like his tight ends more]. With Buffalo, Dallas and New England coming up on the schedule for the Lions you have to like the chances for Burleson in the weeks to come.
- Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers: It seems like every week fantasy experts are going back and forth between fantasy receivers on this team other than the obvious Steve Smith. But with David Gettis [3 targets, 0 receptions] really not even being a part of the gameplan this week for Matt Moore and Brandon LaFell looking like the number two wide receiver for good [4 receptions, 40 yards and a TD]; if Brandon is not picked up in your league he is a good replacement down the stretch.
- Steve Breaston, WR, finished with eight catches for 147 yards, a career high. Breaston missed the previous three games following knee surgery and as usual looked strong opposite Larry Fitzgerald.
- LeGarrette Blount, RB, Blount rushed for 120 yards and 2 Touchdowns on 22 carriers. No doubt he is now the featured back in Tampa.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire QB’s: Desperate Bye Week Quarterback Replacements and Injury Fill In's
- Kerry Collins- Vince Young left the game on Sunday versus the Chargers with a left ankle injury. Collins is both experienced and a better pocket passer than VY and should be considered a very good backup if applicable.
- Derek Anderson- Max Hall was replaced in the 2nd quarter by Derek Anderson after Hall threw 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns. Even if Ken Whisenhunt took out Hall to just stop the bleeding and give the Cardinals a chance to win, Anderson looked decent and could replace Hall at any given moment going forward.
- Tim Tebow- He is obviously the back up to Orton here, but with him getting a touch or two a week and only getting goal line carries, you could do much worse than the NFL fan favorite Tim Tebow.
- Tarvaris Jackson- Brett Favre left the Vikings game on Sunday in the 4th quarter with a laceration to the face, which required 8 stitches. With that being said, Favre is an absolute warrior and you never want to count him out of anything, but at this point with that Vikings offense, owning Favre’s back up would probably be a good idea [especially after Tarvaris threw a TD this week in the 4th quarter].
- Jon Kitna- Kitna has already been the starter for the Cowboys for almost 6 quarters so this is no shocker that he should be picked up, but since he has had almost zero success in those quarters he may still be available in some leagues for a bye week replacement.
- Troy Smith- No Alex Smith, No David Carr, enter former Heisman award winner Troy Smith. What seemed to be a San Francisco 49er home game in London on Sunday, Smith scored 2 total TD and led SF to their 2nd win of the season versus the Broncos. In the weeks to come, we are not sure Smith will be the starting QB, but what we are sure of is Troy Smith looked better than Alex Smith has all season, so there is your upside in picking him up.