Week 9 Waiver Wire: Jacob Hester and Others Worth Adding

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVNovember 1, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9: Jacob Hester #22 of the San Diego Chargers rushes the ball against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers won 29-24. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
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All hail the Monday night game.

The two waiver-wire suggestions I'm giving you here have increased value in the wake of the Week 8 Kansas City Chiefs-San Diego Chargers Monday night contest, giving you even more waiver options to help stave off that oft-inevitable panic that comes after yet another fantasy week ends.


FB/RB Jacob Hester, San Diego Chargers (vs. Green Bay Packers)

The healthy man gets the start, and for the Chargers, who have a short week to prepare for the league-leading Packers only one clearly healthy rusher as of Tuesday, fullback Jacob Hester looks to be that guy.

Mike Tolbert was inactive against the Chiefs while dealing with a hip injury, Ryan Mathews left the game with a groin injury and Curtis Brinkley, activated on Monday from the practice squad, suffered a concussion.

While Tolbert may be available to start against the Packers, the short week and the nature of the injuries have Mathews' and Brinkley's respective statuses in doubt.

Enter Jacob Hester. Hester, while not the most explosive runner on the team (he is the fullback, after all), is a reliable option not just as a starter for San Diego but also for your fantasy team if two (or even all three) of the Chargers' other backs are out on Sunday.

Hester has 15 rushes for 61 yards and six receptions for 28 yards in limited action so far this season, with his biggest contribution coming as an injury replacement for Tolbert and Mathews in Week 5, where he had 11 carries for 47 yards and two receptions for 13.

The Chargers will likely look to match the Packers' aerial attack with a pass-heavy game plan of their own, but don't discount Hester's usefulness to the team, especially in short-yardage and goal-line situations.


KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31:  Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin #89 of the Kansas City Chiefs pulls in a 39-yard touchdown pass against the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter on October 31, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Phot
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WR Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. Miami Dolphins)

Though Baldwin was fully recovered from the broken thumb he suffered in a preseason locker room fight with running back Thomas Jones, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley didn't activate the rookie receiver until Week 7.

While he performed marginally in his debut, he impressed with a breakout performance in his team's Week 8 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers, catching five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Baldwin was targeted eight times by quarterback Matt Cassel, second only to Dwayne Bowe, and despite a few unfortunate drops, looks to figure heavily in the Chiefs' passing game from here on out.

He will appear in two- and three-receiver sets, depending on what the particular situation calls for, and should be a major factor in the team's Week 9 contest against the Miami Dolphins, whose defense ranks 26th against the pass.

If you choose to add Baldwin, there is quite an argument for him being a Week 9 must-start; depending on your receiver corps, he may be worth a matchup-based start for the remainder of the season, especially considering how many weak passing defenses are in the Chiefs' future.