With the start of Week 9 right around the corner, owners continue to scramble to the waiver wire to grab players that will help them through the bye weeks. Several superstars are off this week including Matthew Stafford, Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, Victor Cruz, Frank Gore and Wes Welker. If you need a hand adding a player, look no further! I’ve done all of the research for you. The players listed below are widely available in most leagues and offer a ton of value moving forward.
Add Jake Locker – As I mentioned earlier, several big name quarterbacks have a bye this week, which thrusts Locker solidly into QB2 territory. In his return against the San Francisco 49ers he threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns despite clearly not being 100 percent. The Tennessee Titans take on a subpar defense this upcoming week against the St.Louis Rams, which should definitely place Locker on your radar.
Add Jason Campbell – The Cleveland Browns coaching staff made it quite clear that they don’t have much faith in Brandon Weeden at this point, and given how Campbell played against the Kansas City Chiefs, I’d expect him to have the role moving forward. He totaled nearly 300 passing yards and two touchdowns, and more importantly didn’t turn the ball over once. The Browns still have several dangerous weapons in their offense with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, and next weekend’s matchup against the Baltimore Ravens isn’t terrible either. If you need a fill-in, look no further.
Add Andre Brown – I recommended grabbing him in last week’s article as well, but this is your last and final warning. Brown said that he is ready to go, and expects to take over as the New York Giants starting running back in Week 10. He is a major upgrade over both Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs, and is likely to offer FLEX/RB2 upside moving forward. Last year, Brown averaged over 5.3 yards per carry and also has the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. This may be the last time that you’ll be able to acquire his services on the cheap.
Add Shonn Greene – Want to look really deep this week? See if you can fit Greene on your roster moving forward. Here are a few things to consider. First and foremost, Chris Johnson has been absolutely terrible (again) so far this season rushing the ball. He’s averaging just 3.2 yards per carry, and his touches have decreased steadily since Week 3. The Tenneessee Titans schedule is an absolute joke moving forward, as they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts twice, along with the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, St.Louis Rams and Houston Texans. Greene will get the goal line work and a much larger role in that offense as the season wears on. I’d make sure to add him to my team if possible.
Stash Daryl Richardson – Although Zac Stacy looked fantastic last night against the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense, he suffered a sprained ankle and had to be removed in favor of Richardson. He was sent to get X-rays following the game, and coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that he had a sprained ankle. Given the unpredictable nature of the injury, I’d attempt to stash Richardson if you have the bench depth today in case Stacy misses next week.
Drop Willis McGahee – Since inheriting the Cleveland Browns starting running back position back in Week 4, McGahee has eclipsed the 50-yard mark only once and has scored just one touchdown. This is mostly due to the Browns playing from behind the past several weeks against tough opponents, which has severely limited McGahee’s carries. He is still the starter for the time being, but offers very little upside.
Add Marvin Jones – Jones absolutely exploded against the woeful New York Jets secondary last weekend, torching them for 122 yards and four touchdowns. At this point, he’s clearly passed Mohamed Sanu as the complimentary receiver to A.J. Green, and with Andy Dalton playing solid football Jones needs to be added immediately in your league if he’s available. He likely won’t be cheap since he’s scored six times over the past three weeks, but a bid of around 25-30% of your FAAB should add him.
Add Kenny Stills – Normally, I’m not high on recommending boom or bust players. However, considering how badly the New York Jets secondary played last weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals, this may be an exception. Jimmy Graham is still recovering from a partially torn plantar fascia injury, which led to the New Orleans Saints spreading the ball around more on Sunday. I see that trend continuing, and given the rapport that Stills is generating with quarterback Drew Brees, he may be in for a big day. After his breakout week he will likely cost you between 15-20% of your FAAB.
Stash Nate Burleson – Burleson has been sidelined since Week 3 after breaking his arm in a car accident, and is targeted to return after the Detroit Lions bye this week. With fellow receiver Ryan Broyles going down with (yet another) season ending injury, he will immediately slide into an incredibly pass-heavy offense. Despite Kris Durham playing well the past few weeks, it wouldn’t surprise me if Burleson reclaims his former spot across from Calvin Johnson. Prior to being injured, he was averaging over six catches and close to 80 receiving yards per game. Add him now while you can.
Stash Mike Brown – Despite being third in the pecking order behind both Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon, Brown has seen a major uptick in targets over the past three weeks. Unfortunately, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a bye this upcoming week, but they have a moderately easy schedule for the remainder of the season afterwards. If you are in need of a WR4 with upside, feel free to add Brown now.
Drop Sidney Rice – Truth be told, I’ve cautioned people to stay away from the Seattle Seahawks receiving corps this entire season, so this should come as no surprise. Through eight games, Rice is on pace to catch just 30 passes for 462 yards, which makes him Fantasy irrelevant. He was also removed from last night’s game against the St.Louis Rams after banging up his knee and head. Given the fact that he has a history of concussions and Percy Harvin is returning soon, I don’t see any reason to keep him on your team.
Add Delanie Walker – With the tight end position being a desolate wasteland this year, Walker makes for an interesting bye week fill-in if you own either Vernon Davis or Julius Thomas. With Jake Locker returning to the Tennessee Titans helm, Walker immediately became a central part of the offense with over 50 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Titans take on the terrible St.Louis Rams team this weekend, so Walker makes for an interesting play and is available in virtually all leagues.
Drop Jermaine Gresham/Tyler Eifert – Andy Dalton has been absolutely on fire the past few weeks, but neither of his tight ends has really benefitted all that much. Since Week 6, they have combined for 15 receptions and 164 yards. By this point in the season I had hoped that Eifert would have separated himself from Gresham, but that hasn’t been the case. As each one limits the other’s upside, both are droppable barring an injury.