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Fantasy Football: Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups; Midseason Awards

Is Chiefs' WR Jon Baldwin worthy of a roster spot?

Week 8 of the NFL season wasn’t injury-riddled like prior weeks, which means that the waiver wire will likely be less active than usual. Also, the week marked the middle point of the regular season, which means one thing: Midseason Awards.

Fantasy MVP: QB Cam Newton

Newton gets it ahead of Rodgers simply because Rodgers is a 1st/2nd round pick. It’s Most Value-able Player.

Biggest Draft Steal: TE Jimmy Graham

This guy was going in between rounds 12-15 before the season began. Next year he’ll be going in rounds 3-5.

Brandon Lloyd Award: QB Cam Newton

The Lloyd Award is a player who can be found on the waiver wire and ends up tearing it up the rest of the season. No doubt Newton gets it.

Biggest Bust: RB Chris Johnson

Not sure what’s going on with this guy, but it’s not funny for owners.

Here are my waiver wire pickups for the week:

Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams

 

Bradford is out of the walking boot and ready to sling it to newcomer Brandon Lloyd. He has a favorable matchup this week against Arizona.

Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

You gotta like Cassel in the second half of the season. Not only have the Chiefs drastically improved their game altogether, but Cassel gets to face Miami, Denver, and New England in the next three weeks.

Javon Ringer, RB, Tennessee Titans

Like I said last week, Ringer should be seeing more and more time ahead of fantasy bust Chris Johnson. He got 33 snaps to Johnson’s 30 against Indianapolis, and it’s only a matter of time before Johnson’s warming up the bench.

Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Big Jon Baldwin made some big plays for the Chiefs in their win over the Chargers Monday night. Baldwin’s got the size and skill, but the Chiefs’ offense raises a concern and I don’t think he’ll be consistent for the rest of the year. Pick him up if you really need a WR.

Early Doucet, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Doucet has made good on his limited play, scoring once in each of the last two games. If the Cards ever decide to give him more snaps, he’ll be pretty productive.

Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Twenty five points in the past two games for Celek should result in a waiver wire pickup for most teams. Also, he gets the Bears, who give lots of leeway to opposing tight ends, on Monday night.

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Fantasy Football: Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

Something like this probably happened to one of the players on your fantasy team

Week 7 of the NFL season was probably one of the most frustrating weeks in recent memory if you were relying on studs like RB Darren McFadden, Beanie Wells, Marshawn Lynch, Earnest Graham, Tim Hightower, and Ryan Mathews amongst others to save your team. All pulled up with injuries and less than ten fantasy points. Some injuries worse than others. Graham and Hightower unfortunately have been lost for the season, while the rest should see time in the upcoming weeks. Here are my pickups of the week:

Alfonso Smith, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Smith, like last week’s waiver wire pickup Jackie Battle, is more of a downhill runner. Starter Beanie Wells left the game with a mysterious knee injury that nobody knows anything about. Wells’ injury could sideline him for at least 1-2 weeks, opening the door for Smith. The bad news is, however, Smith will have to face the tenacious Ravens’ defense in Week 8. The good news is, if Wells isn’t back by Week 9, Smith gets to face the Rams’ defense. Potential Smith suitors hope and pray.

Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins

I guess it’s finally time to bring out old Roy from the depths of the waiver wire. Just don’t come crying to me when coach Shanahan decides to still give RB Ryan Torain 30 carries while Helu gets a modest 7-10.

Keiland Williams, RB, Detroit Lions

The Lions clearly really wanted to split carries between Keiland Williams and Maurice Morris. Both had exactly nine carries. Both should get a few more against a very weak Denver Broncos team. When the Lions score early and often, the Lions will look to both of their backups to run out the clock.

Kregg Lumpkin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lumpkin is the only healthy back right now on the entire Tampa Bay roster. The Bucs have a bye week coming up, and by Week 9 starter LaGarrette Blount will probably be back in the lineup. Lumpkin did not look all that great against the Bears last Sunday, but from a PPR standpoint, he looks like a sure-fire pickup. He’ll do exactly what Earnest Graham was doing before going down with a season-ending achilles injury.

Javon Ringer, RB, Tennessee Titans

No, Chris Johnson did not get hurt last week. I have an eerie feeling though that he might get benched due to his horrendous production. CJ had 10 carries for a measly 18 yards while Ringer enjoyed a nice three carries for 31 yards. Stash Ringer on your bench if you have the room to.

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings

I’m not going to lie, Ponder impressed in his first career start versus Green Bay. He threw two touchdowns and two interceptions, but he showed great┬áresilience and almost lead the Vikings to a huge upset over undefeated Green Bay. Not worth a start just yet but could be a roster stash for when he faces a weak defense.

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Like last week’s waiver wire winner Demaryius Thomas, Brown looks to capitalize on an injury to second string WR Hines Ward. Brown had his first 100 yard game of his career last week on seven receptions and could easily produce like this when given the opportunity.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Sanders, like Brown, shared second string WR duties and was able to produce. Sanders caught a touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger in addition to his 46 yards. Brown seems to be the more polished receiver of the two so look to him first on the wire.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Washington Redskins

Starting WR Santana Moss broke his hand and is scheduled to be out five to seven weeks. Gaffney should be relatively productive in the starting spot, competing only with TE Fred Davis. Davis won’t catch everything QB John Beck throws, so Gaffney should garner the rest of his passes.

Jake Ballard, TE, New York Giants

Ballard has been surprisingly productive the last few weeks, averaging a solid 10 fantasy points per game. QB Eli Manning has been looking his way more and more, and hopefully that doesn’t change as defenses start to take notice. Buyer beware.

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