Fantasy Football Week 9: Last-Minute Waiver Wire Must-Have's at Wide Receiver

Chris FaigCorrespondent INovember 5, 2011

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 25:  Receiver Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown during the 1st quarter of the game against the St. Louis Rams on September 25, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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We are now in Week 9 of the 2011-12 NFL season, and we can only hope that the second half of the year is as exciting and unpredictable as the first.  With a fair amount of injuries at the wide receiver position league-wide, many fantasy football teams have been struggling to find their replacements.   

The following four sleepers show a lot of promise for producing at a high level for the rest of the season.  With not much time left to edit your rosters, add these receivers where needed.


Dane Sanzenbacher, Chicago Bears

Dane Sanzenbacher is an exciting rookie player that has already begun to make his mark in the NFL. Judging by the pattern of Sanzenbacher's productivity, he will be a key weapon for Chicago against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9. 


Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers

Brandon LaFell has only earned seven or more fantasy points three times so far this season, however, LaFell has big-play potential, but doesn't seem to get enough looks.  When LaFell catches the ball, he has been terrific, earning 16.2 yards per catch.  

Soon enough, LaFell will become a bigger part of Carolina's game plan.  The Panthers are on their bye week, but adding LaFell will pay off down the road.  If you can afford to wait a week or two, LaFell is your man.


CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 13:  Brandon LaFell #11 of the Carolina Panthers during their preseason game against the New York Giants at Bank of America Stadium on August 13, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Jabar Gaffney, Washington Redskins

Even though Jabar Gaffney has been in the league for 10 years and has played for four different teams, many football fans still have no clue who the wide receiver is. This year, you can expect that to change as long as his quarterback can deliver him the ball more often.

Gaffney has been able to contribute when he touches the football, but doesn't get targeted as much as he should.  The Redskins go up against the 49ers in Week 9, who have the 21st overall ranked passing defense in the NFL (allowing 255.7 YPG).  

It seems as if Gaffney will be targeted at least five times.  Already owned by 36.7 percent of fantasy football teams, Gaffney should be added ASAP. 


Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

Torrey Smith has really proven that he can make an impact in this league, already assuming a fairly productive role in his first season with the Baltimore Ravens.  Only owned by 24.8 percent of ESPN fantasy football teams, Smith is a receiver who can really impact your roster immediately.  

Although he may not be very consistent, Smith has had a 34 fantasy point game earlier in the season against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3.  I wouldn't expect a 30-plus-point game against the Steelers this week, however, Smith has shown great potential and should register at least five fantasy points this Sunday.