With Week 9 approaching, the pickings on fantasy football waiver wires are getting slimmer and slimmer with viable options. You need to start planning ahead.
Take a look at some good pickups that can help you this week or in the not-so-distant future. This is a critical point in your fantasy season, you don't want to mess this up!
Quarterback: Brandon Weeden, CLE (Owned in 12.2 percent of ESPN leagues)
Cleveland’s rookie quarterback is slowly becoming a reliable option for fantasy players. Don’t let his poor performance against San Diego in Week 8 fool you. The conditions were terrible and the Browns elected to the run the ball and play conservatively as a result.
Weeden has now had four games with 15 or more fantasy points and has a better matchup this week than initially meets the eye. The Ravens defense is hurting badly and is not the same unit Weeden faced in Week 3. Even then, the rookie put up 10 points and that in itself is good enough for a bye week filler for those still looking for options.
Running back: Daryl Richardson, STL (Owned in 12 percent of ESPN leagues)
Richardson has continued to play a large role in the Rams game plan despite the team having Steven Jackson on the roster. Jackson is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry while Richardson has emerged with 335 yards and 5.4 yards per carry.
Richardson has also recorded 38 fantasy points in comparison to just 52 by Jackson.
Yes, the Rams are on a bye but picking up Richardson now would be a wise move because the Rams are rumored to be in the market to move Steven Jackson before Thursday’s trade deadline, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN (via Twitter).
Put in the waiver claim, get him now and enjoy the benefits.
Wide receiver: Michael Floyd, ARI (Owned in 42.8 percent of ESPN leagues)
The Arizona Cardinals can’t run the football and Michael Floyd has begun to reap some of the benefits of those struggles. He received 11 targets in Week 8 and hauled in five of them for 36 yards.
Floyd has not had the best rookie season but it’s hard to blame him due to the offense he’s found himself in. Going into Green Bay this week, the Cardinals will be forced to throw the ball to play catch-up against a banged up secondary that surrendered 303 yards to Blaine Gabbert last week.
That should say enough.
Alternate WR: Danny Amendola, STL (Owned in 42.8 percent of ESPN leagues)
Everyone knows what Amendola can do. He’s worth picking up this week as the Rams are on their bye week. He should be ready to return in Week 10.
Tight end: Scott Chandler, BUF (Owned in 48.1 percent of ESPN leagues)
Chandler has seemingly been forgotten after starting out hot again in 2012. He’s been dropped by a good amount of players but is still ninth in points per game at the tight end position.
This week the Bills are fresh off their bye and are heading to Reliant Stadium to take on the Houston Texans. They’ll likely be trailing and Ryan Fitzpatrick will definitely be throwing. There’s a good chance Chandler will have a good day as a result.
Defense/ST: Miami Dolphins (Owned in 15.7 percent of ESPN leagues)
The Dolphins defense has quietly become not only one of the best in the league but one of the best fantasy scoring defenses as well. They’re allowing just 18 points per game which makes them the fifth-best in scoring defense.
They’ve accomplished this through controlling opponent’s ground games and by adapting a “bend but not break” approach to make up for the deficiencies in their secondary.
Kicker: Connor Barth, TB (Owned in 11.8 percent of ESPN leagues)
Connor Barth is a solid kicker that’s scored the 11th most and is averaging the 10th most fantasy points per game at his position.
This week the Tampa Bay Bucs head to Oakland to take on the Raiders who are allowing the most points to opposing fantasy kickers.
You do the math.
All fantasy numbers are derived from ESPN’s standard scoring format.
Mike Hoag Jr. is a B/R Breaking News Team writer and covers the NFL and the Cleveland Browns for the site. Follow him on Twitter for analysis and updates on the latest news and happenings in the sports world.