Week 9 Waiver Wire: Identifying Week's 3 Best Pickups

John RozumCorrespondent INovember 1, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 23: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter on October 23, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Packers defeated the Vikings 33-27. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Each week in fantasy football is very important when it comes to making moves to improve your team. Because no one wants to miss the postseason by an means, and doing everything you can to get there goes without saying.

To that end, here are three of the best moves you can make this week to give yourself the best of chances.


Scott Chandler: TE, Bills

Bills TE Scott Chandler may only have 133 receiving yards this season, but he's tied with RB Fred Jackson for a team leading six TDs. Chandler is clearly QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's favorite red zone target, and you can expect more from that as the season continues.

Chandler is quietly becoming one of the more reliable TEs in the game, and with Buffalo's solid ground game, it's only going to keep their passing offense open for business.

Now, Chandler's not going to put up the yards like a Tony Gonzalez, but he's become a threatening target and with all of Buffalo's offensive weapons, defenses have no choice but to leave him mono-e-mono.


Christian Ponder: QB, Vikings

Although the Vikings are on a bye this week, it's not a bad idea to pick up Christian Ponder for future references. Minnesota has a good enough run game that's going to take a lot of pressure off the rookie QB, so there's not as much risk here.

In addition, he's already enhanced the Vikings passing offense despite the lack of targets. Ponder is mobile, keeps his eyes down-field, and has developed a little quicker than anticipated the past few games.

Your best bet is to pick up Ponder so someone else doesn't grab him and then defeat you in an upset. Christian is emerging fast and it couldn't hurt to add him for depth even though he's a mid-season rookie starter.


Jason Hill: WR, Jaguars

Sure his QB is rookie Blaine Gabbert, but Jags WR Jason Hill has quickly become Jacksonville's best receiving target.

Currently he's second on the team with 306 yards, first with three TDs, first in yards per game, and second in first-downs. Hill isn't going to dominate defenses like the majority of WRs because the Jags passing offense is just that bad. However, with a stout ground game it does provide him with more opportunities.

Now include Jacksonville's next two games against the Colts and Browns, and Hill is very capable of putting up some solid numbers in Weeks 10 and 11. Just be aware of him now because he may be gone before Week 9 begins, especially with some teams having injury situations.


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