Week 9 Waiver Wire: Emmanuel Sanders and Others You Must Add

John RozumCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 30:  Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers signals a first down against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field on October 30, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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At this point in the fantasy football season, not too many players, if any, are left to add who will significantly boost or propel your team into the playoff race.

But there are some players left who can provide a solid backup slot if you're either unhappy with depth or need a decent No. 2/flex position player.

Ironically, the three listed here are wide receivers, but nonetheless, they would give a little more depth to help you make a playoff push.


Emmanuel Sanders: WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

He's not Big Ben's favorite target, and he's not a weekly starter for the Steelers, but Sanders earned himself some solid recognition in Pittsburgh's home win over New England on Sunday.

With wide receiver Hines Ward out, Sanders had to step up big, and he did. He caught five passes for 70 yards, so for those in leagues that count one point per reception, that's a very good 12-point total Sanders just accumulated.

He will obviously be used more, as Sanders gives Ben Roethlisberger another reliable receiving target. Add him for depth at the very least, because Sanders is deserving of his efforts.


Jason Avant: WR, Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 02:  Jason Avant #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 49ers won 24-23.   (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Right now the Philadelphia Eagles are on the rise, and although Avant isn't Mike Vick's favorite target, he's still a decent fantasy backup.

Last night against Dallas, he had five catches for 74 yards, and on the year Avant has compiled 412 yards on 31 receptions. He has yet to score a touchdown, but with Philly on the rise and their offense appearing to click, it's for certain that Jason will reach the end zone more than once.

As effective as the Eagles are on the ground, they're almost equally effective in the passing game. And Jason Avant's value only increases while Philly continues to rise.


Jason Hill: WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Chances are you have yet to hear of Hill until now, mainly because the Jags are 2-6, start a rookie quarterback and rank dead last in passing offense.

Despite all that, Hill is quickly becoming their best receiving target, as he's accounted for 306 yards on just 19 receptions and has scored a team-leading three receiving touchdowns.

Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert has definitely shown some solid potential, and with Hill on the rise, they're secretly becoming one of the better connections in the league that no one knows of. If you can snag Hill before the fantasy regular season is over, you will be satisfied, because he will produce respectable numbers.


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