Week 9 Pickups: Fantasy QBs Who Will Explode in Second Half of Season

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IINovember 1, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) throws a pass under pressure from San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) during the fourth quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-US PRESSWIRE

So, it’s the midway point of the 2012 season and you’re looking for a quarterback to carry you into the fantasy football playoffs. Look no further for some Week 9 fantasy football advice.

Whether you pick one up this week on the waiver wire or through a trade, the following list is a couple of under-the-radar guys who will help you bring home the championship.

Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns (Owned in 11.6 percent of ESPN leagues)

The Cleveland Browns' rookie quarterback has shown promise over the past five weeks, despite putting up a stinker in Week 8. Cleveland’s weather was terrible on Sunday and the rook still performed mistake-free in order to guide his team to a win.

Weeden’s biggest draw is his big arm and big-play potential that’s helped him average 14.6 points per game, with the exclusion of last week’s matchup in terrible conditions (five points) and his opening stinker against the Philadelphia Eagles (-2 points).

Weeden has favorable matchups against Kansas City, Oakland, Baltimore and Washington remaining in his final eight games.

Pick him up now, especially if you need a fill in for Week 9. His matchup against the thin Ravens secondary should entice you if nothing else I’ve said does.

Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders (Owned in 64.7 percent of ESPN leagues)

Carson Palmer is averaging 15 fantasy points per game and has topped, or nearly topped, 300 yards in four games this season. He may not have fully returned to his Cincinnati form but the veteran has been a consistent fantasy producer so far in 2012.

He’s also got an emerging supporting cast around him that has huge quick-strike ability. Darren McFadden, Darrius Heyward-Bey and a healthy Denarius Moore have the potential to be one of the league’s top trios.

All of those positives pale in comparison to the extremely favorable remaining schedule for Palmer. He has games against Tampa Bay (Week 9), Baltimore, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Carolina and San Diego again (17 points in Week 1 matchup).

If you don’t have him yet, which it looks like some of you don’t, get on it—you’re slacking. He’s saved my fantasy season; don’t be afraid to roll with the trustworthy veteran.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (Owned in 100 percent of ESPN leagues)

Chances are, no matter what format or outlet you play in, Cam Newton is taken in your league. However, Newton has largely disappointed and failed to meet some pretty lofty preseason expectations due to one reason or another.

Now is the time to go and get the extremely athletic and gifted sophomore quarterback.

With remaining games at Washington (Week 9), Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Atlanta, San Diego, Oakland and New Orleans, Newton has one of the best remaining schedules in the NFL.

The last time he faced the Falcons he tore them up for fantasy points. He scored 25 against the Saints in Week 2, and faces them again in Week 17.

If you’ve got league championship aspirations, do whatever it takes to get Newton on your team, now.


All fantasy statistics used are ESPN standard scoring numbers.