Riding the NFL Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 9

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Updated: October 31, 2012

Last week I took a different spin on the waiver wire by exposing poor value on some of last week’s top waiver pick-ups. This week there are some players available that are worth adding to your roster not only for the playoff push, but also worth considering in dynasty league formats. Let’s take a look at this week’s waiver wire pick-ups.

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Titus Young WR DET – If you follow me you know I’ve dropped his name a couple of times as I’ve watched tons of game tape on him in College and in the Pros. My biggest knock on him up to this point has been his snaps. It’s hard to have a player on your roster that is only in for a third of the offensive possessions. Now, with Nate Burleson out for the season with a broken leg, this is the time for Titus Young to shine. Against the Jaguars, he had 9 receptions for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns (including the game winner with 20 seconds left) and did a very good job of putting faith in the coaching staff that he’s for real.  This should lead to more playing time and will help to make Young a viable fantasy option down the stretch.  The fact that Matt Stafford showed improved play this week only helps Young’s cause as well.

Ronnie Hillman RB DEN – Hillman is having a solid year as Willis McGahee’s back up. With 4.4 YPC he is slowly cutting into McGahee’s carries, not to mention that the veteran back just turned 31. Hillman possesses great speed and vision finding the hole and turning up field. Who knows what the Denver front office will do once the 2013 NFL Draft comes but if Hillman can keep up grinding out yards this will allow them to spend higher draft picks on other positions rather than picking up another RB. Hillman ADP in 2013 will be much higher so if you can pick him up now he should pay off for you into next season

Cecil Shorts WR JAC – I was pretty impressed with Shorts’ game play on the weekend. Towards the end of the match against Green Bay I actually was wondering who this guy was and had to check him out on the web. Shorts is out of Mount Union University, the same university Pierre Garcon attended. He has great speed and good agility. In his two last games starting across from Justin Blackmon he has put up 12 receptions for 195 yards and one score. With MJD out of the line up the Jaguars might look to go to the air more often with their new weapon. Shorts is in his second year and could be a huge addition to your dynasty team depending on how his production is down the stretch.

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Jason Witten TE DAL – I must say “wow”, what a breakout game for Witten against the Giants, and what a return to form for him.  Witten had so many dropped balls at the beginning of the season and it started to cut into his targets, making his production very poor. Witten’s fantasy owners had no choice but to start looking elsewhere trying to add a half decent Tight End to their roster, and Witten was dropped and is on the waiver wire in many leagues. With Tony Romo starting to look for the easy check down pass to the Tight End the Cowboys have added  wrinkle back into their offence and are starting to march the ball down the field. Watch for DeMarco Murray to return to the lineup this week or next. His return will help the Cowboys be a more balanced attack and could lead to increased offensive production for someone like Witten who will feed off the play action.

Riding under the Fantasy Waiver wire
Kenny Britt WR TEN – Many of Britt’s owners still believe that Britt should be a top 10 receiver in the league but with being plagued by injuries and being off for a year there starting to lose hope. Whenever players are off for a whole season it usually takes them a full season to get back into “Football Shape”. Britt’s snaps have been limited this season and he isn’t in there red zone package. If Britt can get through the season with re-injuring himself he’ll be a nice sleeper heading into the 2013 fantasy season. If you’re at the bottom of your league and hurting at the WR position this is a good time to buy low on Britt and start rebuilding for next year. This all comes down to low production

Thanks again for reading and I hope some of my picks have helped you in your Fantasy Leagues. Good Luck this Week!

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