2012 Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Advice for NFL Week 9

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 29, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 28: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to pass the ball against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 28, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

There were some unusual heroes this week in the NFL. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters. 


Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

He showed some toughness and delivered with 303 yards and a score. Look elsewhere.

Ruling: Don’t sweat 'em. 


Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Freeman threw three touchdown passes for the third straight game. He’s averaging 336.7 yards during that stretch. He has some favorable matchups coming up and is turning into a good QB2 again.

Ruling: Get 'em. 


Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts


He returned with 80 yards on 14 carries. Ballard still played well. This will likely remain a committee. That said, Brown should be owned.

Ruling: Get 'em. 



Ronnie Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers


Brown caught seven passes on eight targets and ran for 17 yards. It was a solid day, but he’s not a good option.

Ruling: Don’t sweat 'em. 


Clyde Gates, WR, New York Jets

Gates caught seven of 11 targets for 82 yards. Nice game, but not a guy to grab.

Ruling: Don’t sweat 'em. 



Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams

He did little after his 50-yard touchdown, but he’s been solid five weeks in a row.

Ruling: Get 'em. 



Michael Jenkins, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Jenkins caught four of nine targets for 78 yards. He doesn’t get enough separation, and Ponder is floundering.

Ruling: Don’t sweat 'em. 



Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers

He caught three of his four targets for 88 yards. LaFell is starting to come around. He was a "Get 'em" pick last week as well. Good for depth.

Ruling: Get 'em. 



Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Kansas City Chiefs

McCluster ran twice for 15 yards and caught six of eight targets for 54 yards and a touchdown. He has solid value in PPR leagues, but that’s it.

Ruling: Don’t sweat 'em. 



Cecil Shorts III, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

He had eight catches on 12 targets for 116 yards. It was his second straight good game. Last week, I said, "Don’t sweat ‘em." He changed my mind by backing up his strong effort.

Ruling: Get 'em. 


Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions

Young caught all nine of his targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns. With Burleson out for the year, he should be owned.

Ruling: Get 'em.


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