Week 9 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Javon Ringer and Top RBs Available

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Javon Ringer #21 of the Tennessee Titans runs against the Baltimore Ravens at LP Field on September 18, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 26-13.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The most important position in fantasy football is often debated, but to me, it's easily the running back. 

Most leagues make you start two of them, and if you have a scrub player in there, then chances are it will hurt you against your opponent. Many folks have been spurned big-time by guys like Chris Johnson and DeAngelo Williams this season. 

Plus, with key players on a bye this week, hitting the waiver wires is the best way to improve your team. Nobody wants a running back they start to only get three or four points, which is why making adjustments to your lineup is very important. 

Not every pickup is a home run hit right off the bat, but occasionally that will occur. You can't expect phenomenal performances from backup running backs, but these guys will do enough to help you win this weekend. 

Here are the three best RBs available on waiver wires for Week 9. 

Javon Ringer 

The Tennessee Titans continue to have problems with their running back situation, but it's no secret Ringer is stepping his game up and making the most of his time. 

Ringer is starting to split carries with Chris Johnson, and since the Titans take on the Cincinnati Bengals, who are No. 2 rush defense in the NFL on Sunday, don't be surprised if Tennessee pulls Johnson for Ringer once again.

Be forewarned, Ringer is the backup, but he will still get a good number of touches. If Johnson can't get anything going early on, expect a heavy dose of Ringer. 

He's only owned in six percent of ESPN leagues and 13 percent of Yahoo! leagues. 

Chris Ogbonnaya

The Cleveland Browns are another team that keep having running back problems, as both Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are banged up for Week 9. 

Ogbonnaya was picked up off the Houston Texans practice squad, and now he may get the start against his former team. Can you say motivation? 

Everybody knows the Browns love to run the ball, and while the Texans will prevent Ogbonnaya from having a monster performance, he'll still get a great number of carries to put solid points. 

Ogbonnaya is owned in only one percent of ESPN leagues and five percent of Yahoo! leagues. 

Delone Carter

The Indianapolis Colts have reached a crazy streak of bad luck, and at this point in the season they wish they could just play the Miami Dolphins. 

Their run game is subpar, but Carter is still a decent option for a fill-in for Week 9. The Colts take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and even though their a top five rushing defense, Carter will still produce. 

Carter does split carries, but I believe he'll find the end zone on Sunday afternoon, which is why he's worth the add. 

He's owned in 35 percent of ESPN leagues and 36 percent of Yahoo! leagues. 

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