Week 9 Pickups: Waiver-Wire Additions to Boost Your Fantasy Squad
As with every week, there are plenty of fantasy football gems sitting out there on the waiver wire.
The best fantasy players remain aware of the best matchups each week. Those matchups can be the great leveler between a stud like Peyton Manning and somebody like Alex Smith, who's capable of going off against the right kind of defense.
Most leagues are beginning to reach the critical stretch of the season. You want to lock up that high playoff seed and avoid having to play the top teams. Make sure to scour the waiver wire and look for any players who could be big performers.
These three players should be on your radar as you try to give your fantasy team a boost going into Week 9 action.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders
As a suggestion, just go ahead and pick up whoever is starting against the Philadelphia Eagles every week if he's on the market. According to Football Outsiders, the Eagles are 29th in pass defense.
Terrelle Pryor has been hit-or-miss this season. He was dreadful in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs and had just 88 passing yards and two interceptions against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. Those 106 rushing yards and a touchdown helped to salvage some fantasy points.
Give Pryor credit in one area: He's done well against poor secondaries. He had 281 passing yards and a touchdown against the Denver Broncos and 221 yards against the San Diego Chargers.
Pryor isn't the kind of quarterback you want to start every week. In the right situation, though, he can be a fantasy stud. Take a chance on him this week against that bad Philadelphia secondary.
Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams
If anything, the injury to Sam Bradford only emboldened Zac Stacy's standing as a viable fantasy back. With Bradford out and Kellen Clemens under center against the Seattle Seahawks, Stacy had 134 rushing yards.
Although the Seahawks haven't been dominant against the run, it's still a strong statement that the rookie running back could have a performance like that.
Now the St. Louis Rams have a date with the Tennessee Titans. Football Outsiders ranks the Titans at 24th in the league against the run.
Jeff Fisher will continue relying on Stacy because the alternative is having Clemens or Brady Quinn try to move the ball through the air.
Should he get 20-plus carries again, Stacy is a lock for 100 yards.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
On the subject of the Titans, you should feel confident about Tennessee's receivers once again. Jake Locker returned in Week 7 against the San Fransisco 49ers and he's had a bye week to continue healing.
QB Jake Locker said he feels well rested and ready to go after bye. Feels like he's moving around "a lot better" #Titans— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 30, 2013
Kendall Wright has received the most targets of any Titans receiver so far in 2013. Now that he's got Locker instead of Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing him passes, Wright should become a viable fantasy option on a weekly basis.
Although the Rams are only surrendering 228 yards a game through the air, opposing quarterbacks have an average passer rating of 104.5.
Locker should have success, and since he'll be targeting Wright often, the second-year wideout is due for a strong game.
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