Week 9 Waiver Wire: Available Players That You Should Avoid

Ryan BothmannSenior Analyst IIOctober 30, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 28: Starting quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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We are now two months into the NFL season, and for fantasy football owners, that means the playoffs are quickly approaching. All of us are constantly checking the waiver wire in our fantasy leagues to see what players can help out our teams, but there are many players on the waiver wire who you should stay away from. Here are three players that you should avoid this week.


Brandon Weeden

Most players are probably not looking for a starting quarterback right now, but I do know that the Patriots and 49ers both have byes this week, so maybe you are looking for a guy to replace Tom Brady or Alex Smith for a week. Weeden may look like a good candidate, but stay away.

Weeden's stock has been on the rise over the past few weeks as he has had two touchdown passes in three of his last four games. Last week, he had an awful day against San Diego, only throwing for 129 yards, and with the Browns facing the Ravens this week, things are only bound to get tougher for the rookie.

Some fantasy owners may be grabbing Brandon Weeden, but you should stay away from him if you want to win in your fantasy league.


Andre Brown

The New York Giants running back is owned in over 40 percent of fantasy leagues on ESPN, but you do not want him on your team. Brown has scored five touchdowns this season and one in each of his last two games, which makes him a decent pickup at a flex position. However, with the Giants playing the Steelers this week, it is best to stay away.

Brown has only had 46 carries on the season, so the only way he is going to get points is if he scores a touchdown, which is highly unlikely against Pittsburgh.


Devery Henderson

It appeared that New Orleans was finally back on track after winning back-to-back games against San Diego and Tampa Bay, but since they were hammered by Denver on Sunday night, it appears that is not the case.

Henderson had good games against San Diego and Tampa Bay, but he did not have any catches against Denver on Sunday, and during the course of the season he has made only one touchdown.

New Orleans receivers are typically known for being good fantasy pickups, but Henderson will not help your team this year. The Saints are having some problems right now, and the schedule is only going to get tougher for them, with games against Atlanta, San Francisco and the New York Giants waiting on the horizon.