Fantasy Football: Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 9
With Nate Burleson out for the season, it creates more opportunities for Lions receivers Titus Young and rookie Ryan Broyles, their second-round pick.
Young and Broyles certainly capitalized on their opportunities against the Seahawks in Week 8.
Both players, who were on my waiver-wire list last week, scored all three of the team's passing touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Seahawks.
Young finished with career highs of nine receptions (on nine targets) for 100 yards and scored twice. Broyles has now scored in back-to-back games.
If you need help at wide receiver, both players are owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues and are worth picking up this week.
Players that appear on this waiver-wire list need to satisfy two criteria: (1) they are owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) they were not on last week's waiver-wire list. And, of course, they are worth adding to your squad(s).
Here are some other players to consider adding to your roster (Yahoo! league ownership in parentheses).
QB - Carson Palmer, Raiders (owned in 47 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
Although Palmer has only nine touchdown passes through seven games, he ranks inside the top 10 in passing yards per game (277.3). If you need a bye-week fill-in for Tom Brady or another quarterback in Week 9, Palmer has a favorable matchup against the Bucs.
Tampa will be without both starting cornerbacks, Aqib Talib and Eric Wright. Both are serving suspensions for failed drug tests (Adderall), via the Tampa Bay Times. Only the Redskins have allowed more passing yards per game than the Bucs this season.
RB - Darryl Richardson, Rams (37 percent)
The Rams are on a bye in Week 9, but Richardson continues to perform well (and better than Steven Jackson). In the past three games, Jackson (31) has only five more carries than Richardson (26) and Richardson should continue to see close to half of the work.
During that span, however, Richardson has 165 rushing yards for an average of 6.35 yards per carry in addition to nine receptions for 63 yards. In comparison, Jackson has rushed for 132 yards for a 4.26 yards-per-carry average in those same games.
RB - Daniel Thomas, Dolphins (12 percent)
Playing for the first time since Week 5, Thomas had 15 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown against the Jets in Week 8. Thomas has now scored in three of his past four games, two of which were against the Jets.
Reggie Bush, Lamar Miller and Thomas have three consecutive favorable matchups coming up against the Colts, Titans and Bills, respectively, all of which rank in the bottom six rushing defenses in the league.
RB - Joique Bell, Lions (10 percent)
Especially in deeper point-per-reception (PPR) leagues, Bell is worth consideration if you need help at running back. In seven games, Bell has 20 receptions for 227 yards on top of his 30 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown.
RB - Ronnie Brown, Chargers (seven percent)
Like Bell, Brown is even more valuable in PPR leagues. Brown has three-plus receptions in all games but one and he set season highs with seven receptions for 85 yards last week against Cleveland.
On the season, Brown has 27 receptions for 257 yards to go along with his 70 rushing yards.
RB - Ronnie Hillman, Broncos (six percent)
Hillman rushed for a season-high 86 yards on 14 carries against the Saints this week. While the matchup was favorable and much of his work came in garbage time, it was a nice performance. Before last week, Hillman had only one other game with double-digit rushing yards.
WR - Kendall Wright, Titans (43 percent)
Through eight games, Wright has 40 receptions for 351 yards and three touchdowns. That puts Wright on pace for a stat line of 80-702-6, which is very respectable for a rookie.
Competing with Nate Washington and Kenny Britt for targets, Wright has yet to finish with more than 71 yards in any game this year. That said, he has had at least five fantasy points in five of his eight games.
WR - Davone Bess, Dolphins (26 percent)
Bess is certainly a better option in PPR than standard-scoring leagues as he has yet to score a touchdown this season. On a positive note, however, he is averaging a career-high 59.4 yards per game and he's on pace to finish with 73 receptions this season.
WR - Cecil Shorts, Jaguars (nine percent)
Unlike Bess, Shorts is a bit of a boom-or-bust option that is better in standard-scoring than PPR leagues. Averaging 20 yards per reception, Shorts has 20 receptions for 400 yards and three touchdowns.
Twelve of those 20 receptions have come in the past two games and he has a total of 195 yards and a touchdown in those games. That said, Shorts has one reception or less in three of seven games this year.
TE - Brandon Myers, Raiders (21 percent)
Through seven games, Myers has a team-high 31 receptions for 383 yards, but he has yet to score a touchdown. With the exception of Week 4 against the Broncos, Myers has at least three receptions and 44 yards in every game this season.
Players from last week's list: Sam Bradford, Brandon Weeden, Rashad Jennings, Jonathan Dwyer, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Jamie Harper, Leonard Hankerson, Brandon LaFell, Titus Young, Ryan Broyles, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller.
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