By MV November 2nd 2015
Yes, “Week 9” waiver wire article is up. It’s sad isn’t it? The season just moves so fast, I will say that these 14 hour football Sundays have to end. It is far too much for a guy that cannot refrain from watching every game the NFL sells. It is clear that the NFL and Roger Goodell hate my marriage.
In other sad news we lost one of the best today as Le’Veon bell was declared out for the season with a torn MCL. Based on the first 2 week performance DeAngelo Williams was the biggest “must own” handcuff to any running back in the league. I guarantee that he is available in some leagues.
DeAngelo is worth 100% of your remaining FAAB budget.
The basic rule of thumb is to keep the cost of your pick-up beneath 20% of your total FAAB for any one player. There are always exceptions to this rule (DeAngelo Williams) and it is contingent upon a ton of variables; what week we’re in, situation, opportunity, etc.
Blake Bortles JAX – Blake is coming off a bye week and a quiet offensive performance in Week 7. We like him to post great fantasy numbers (Top 12) the rest of the way.
Jay Cutler CHI – Even with Forte out for the next couple of weeks, Cutler has a lot of weapons. He plays Monday night against the San Diego Chargers and I would expect a whole lot of points.
Derek Carr OAK – Derek keeps performing like he is here to stay. I am excited to watch how this guy progresses over the next few years. He will have some growing pains in the remaining games facing a few of the better defenses, but he should put up some legit fantasy numbers versus San Diego, Kansas City (twice), Detroit, and Green Bay in week 15 which should be a shootout in Oakland.
DeAngelo Williams PIT – Duh. This is a difference making fantasy starter. You want to see what the owners have left in FAAB and factor what it is going to take to own him, but only if you absolutely need him. I would guess that 90% of leagues out there need a difference making running back in week 9; therefore using all of your FAAB is totally acceptable at this stage of the season to get him.
Jeremy Langford CHI – Jeremy is the backup to Matt Forte who will be missing the next couple of weeks with a knee injury. He has a decent matchup this Monday night against the San Diego Chargers.
Christine Michael DAL – Same story as last week, Michael is worth a stash in deeper leagues. We love McFadden’s talent but we cannot keep total faith in him given his injury history.
David Cobb TEN – The Titans said that he showed up out of shape which is not great, but we still like his chances of taking the reins over Antonio Andrews. The Titans will want to get him involved when he comes back this week to see what he’s got.
Kamar Aiken BAL – Again? Yes, with Steve Smith going down with season (career) ending injury to his achilles tendon opens the door for someone to get the volume in Baltimore. Kamar looked pretty good this week catching all 6 of his targets.
Davante Adams GB – Don’t believe what you saw this weekend. Denver’s defense is the real deal.
Nate Washington HOU – OK, I will eat crow, last week I told you to pick Nate up, but I urged you to not start him. This week he played well again. He has carved himself out a decent role in this offense.
Malcolm Floyd SD – Malcolm has been playing with Phillip Rivers for 23 seasons now, I think. As long as the Chargers continue to play from behind Phil and squad will continue to put up big fantasy numbers, and Floyd will have some hit or miss games down the stretch.
Vernon Davis DEN – This was a smart and interesting trade for the Broncos. Well last week we said to grab him, but now it seems like a must add in most leagues. The Broncos aren’t what they once were in terms of a reckless passing team, but Vernon will fit in nicely as a 2nd or 3rd passing option for Peyton down the stretch.
Heath Miller PIT – It was an ugly bunch of weeks for Heath while Big Ben was out recovering from his knee sprain. Well Ben is back and Heath is sure to pick up some of the Le’Veon Bell void in the short pass game.
Ben Watson NO – After a huge night a couple of weeks ago we all chalked the performance up as an anomaly. Ben Watson, ladies and gentlemen, has found the fountain of youth by landing in Drew Brees target land. Grab him if he’s still available. He is a total target monster.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB – Austin should be returning from shoulder injury this week. ASJ was well on his way to a great season before going down a few weeks back. Great speculative add, but keep in eye on his shoulder when he returns.