Fantasy Football Week 9: Breaking Down Most Intriguing Waiver-Wire Pickups

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28:  Titus Young #16 reacts to a late fourth quarter call during the game against the Seattle Seahwaks at Ford Field on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Seahwaks 28-24.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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While things ultimately will change throughout the week as injury reports come out and new players are given increased roles, the waiver wire looks a bit slim this week for fantasy owners.

Sure, there will be a rush to add Jonathan Stewart if he's still available in your league after news hit this week that the timeshare in Carolina is over. But take him away, and you have to dig a bit deeper to find diamonds in the rough.

But they are out there, and they could potentially do big things for your team down the stretch. From a running back who deserves a starting gig to a backup quarterback that might soon be given a promotion, these players are intriguing additions for your team this week.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

After getting the start on Sunday, you might think Dwyer would be more widely owned. He's easily the most obvious player on this list. And yet, he's owned in just 29.6 of ESPN leagues and 46 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

If he's available, PICK HIM UP THIS WEEK!

Dwyer has rushed for over 100 yards two weeks in a row and is averaging 6.7 yards per carry in his two starts this season. And from ESPN's Jamison Hensley to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, people are starting to call for Dwyer to be given the starting job.

#Steelers latest great controversy? There'll only be controversy if they don't start Dwyer vs. #Giants. Here's why:…

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 29, 2012

I tend to agree, and I'm telling you now that you need to add Dwyer this week. It's rare that you can add an RB1 in Week 9, but that could be the case here.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

If you can afford to add a speculative player to your team and you really want to annoy the guy or gal who owns Michael Vick in your league, go ahead and snatch up Foles this week.

Reports out of Philadelphia (via, but stemming from radio and television personality Howard Eskin, who is generally plugged into the team) suggest a change could be coming this week. And I don't care if Ron Jaworski starts for the Eagles this week—you want to have whoever is playing quarterback against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

So unless Andy Reid suddenly comes and backs Vick, go ahead and add Foles on a speculative basis. He could put up really big numbers this week, and if nothing else, Vick may end up getting benches this year even if it isn't this week.

Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions

Oh Titus Young, why must you torture me so?

One of my favorite sleepers heading into the year, Young spent the first five games for the Lions on the back of a milk carton, compiling just 17 total fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues during that span (and 13 of them came in Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans).

Like many folks, I gave up on him and dropped him. And once again, he found a way to make me look bad.

But Nate Burleson broke his leg two weeks ago against the Chicago Bears, ending his season, and Young has taken off since. In the past two games, he has 30 fantasy points and absolutely went off on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, catching nine passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

So yes, I'm back on the bandwagon. I believe again, Titus. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me a third time, and I'm fairly certain I will spontaneously combust. 

Third time's the charm, right?

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