Week 9 Waiver Wire: Highlighting NFL's Best Fantasy Roster Additions
Week 8 of the 2013 NFL season saw its share of breakout performances. This is going to lead to a busy Week 9 on the waiver wire at this pivotal time in the fantasy season.
At the midway point, it is critical to identify key additions for the remainder of the season as options become more scarce. In light of that, I'm going to focus on players who are available in over at least half of NFL.com leagues and are more than a one-week fix.
The following three guys are all worthy of permanent roster spots.
Percentage-of-league-owned stats via NFL.com.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Raiders
Percentage of Leagues Owned: 47.4
Terrelle Pryor's fantasy production is not going to be consistent. He is working with a bad offensive line, he doesn't have a dominant weapon in the passing game and he's a work in progress in the passing game.
Still, with his ability to bust for 93-yard runs like he did in Week 8, Pryor always has the potential to score big.
For the season, Pryor has 391 rushing yards gained at an average of seven yards per carry.
This makes him a valuable option as a second quarterback. When facing a defense that isn't adept at rushing the passer or particularly stingy in pass defense, Pryor will still be able to produce. He has a matchup like that this week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Also, with a Week 10 game against the New York Giants, a Week 13 game against the Dallas Cowboys and a matchup against an avearge San Diego Chargers defense in pivotal Week 16, Pryor is a quality option to have on the bench.
Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals
Percentage of Leagues Owned: 2.4
I don't think I'm letting the cat out of the bag by highlighting Marvin Jones here. The Bengals receiver took care of that himself by grabbing a whopping four touchdowns last week.
As a result, it is going to be a mad rush to grab this readily available player off the waiver wire.
Jones is a clear second option at wide receiver to A.J. Green, but he is also a second-year player starting to find his role. Facing a steady diet of single coverage, Jones has caught at least one touchdown in each of his last three games. He's also set a new season high in targets in each of the last three weeks starting with five, six and finally eight last week. He caught all eight last week.
There is no reason to think Jones' opportunities in this offense will drop off. While his massive Week 8 performance isn't likely to be replicated, he will be a valuable and consistent producer moving forward in an offense that is fifth in the league in offensive yards and eighth in points.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Percentage of Leagues Owned: 25.5
The Cardinals are on bye this week, so if you're looking for a one-week fix at running back, Ellington definitely isn't your guy.
However, this should make him slightly easier to add off the waiver wire.
Me and the eight other guys who were hoarding Andre Ellington on 2 fantasy teams for a solid month are really excited right now.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 27, 2013
With Rashard Mendenhall sidelined with a toe injury, Ellington has emerged as the workhorse in the Cardinals backfield.
Last week, Ellington torched the Falcons for 154 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries.
Mendenhall could return after the bye, which will undoubtedly cut into Ellington's opportunities, but Mendenhall has rushed for just 281 yards at an average of 3.1 yards per carry this season.
Bruce Arians would be crazy to not at least give Ellington a shot at keeping the starting role, as he is averaging 7.7 yards per carry along with nine yards per reception.
This makes him worth the gamble for fantasy owners with a roster spot to play with. While the Cardinals' weak offensive line makes any back in the desert suspect, Ellington proved he can produce. This explosive 24-year-old rookie is always just one play away from a big gain.
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