Nov 5, 2012
The ninth week of NFL games is in the books and the waiver wire is finally showing some fresh faces again. It’s a big week for waiver wire running backs yet again with new or lingering injuries to several starters. The wide receiver pool is as deep as ever so take advantage if you have any dead weight. As usual, a majority of the waiver wire adds we recommend this week are the same ones we recommended last week. Be sure to check your waivers for the “Carryovers from Last Week”. In a majority of cases those guys hold the most value. Stay tuned for the cut list we publish every week so you can get the scoop on which players to drop.
Quick Note: Not all players that had strong Week 9 outings are on this list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have value. If you have any questions about free agents not discussed in this article, head over to the forums and we’ll help you with the answers. If you are wondering who to cut to pick these one of these players up, stay tuned for our Week 10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Cut List.
QUARTERBACKS—PICK THEM UP
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a career matchup quarterback. He very predictably plays poorly against good defenses and well against bad defenses. This season he has put up stinkers (7.5ppg) against San Francisco, Arizona, Houston and the New York Jets.
His quality starts (20.25ppg) have come against Kansas City, Cleveland (sans Joe Haden), Tennessee and New England. Fitzpatrick’s best game of the year came in the Week 4 blowout by the New England Patriots where he threw for 350 yards and four scores. Don’t underestimate the power of garbage time points!
Fitzpatrick plays the Patriots again this week so expect big things. The Buffalo Bills should be down early and Fitzpatrick should be passing on nearly every down. The Patriots are giving up nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. Fitzpatrick should be a nice spot play this week as well as next week against a very weak Miami Dolphins secondary. He’s available in 38% of Fleaflicker leagues so grab him as needed.
Consider Adding In: 12-team and 14-team Leagues; especially in two quarterback leagues and as a spot play
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Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill has been surprisingly solid this year for a rookie quarterback on a team with no real receiving options. Save a couple of bad games against the New York Jets and one against the Houston Texans, he has actually played pretty well from a fantasy perspective. In fact, outside of those three games, Tannehill has averaged a decent 15 points per game despite having only one decent matchup the entire season. As the matchups get better, so should his fantasy stats.
Tannehill finally has a couple good matchups in the coming weeks against the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills and fantasy owners should take note. Those two teams are giving up 270 yards and two touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. Tannehill looks almost completely settled into the offense and should be a solid bet. Don’t be afraid to start Tannehill if you need a spot play. He’s currently available in 83% of Fleaflicker leagues.
Consider Adding In: 12-team and 14-team Leagues; especially in two quarterback leagues as a spot play
Carryovers from Last Week: Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Carson Palmer (Oakland Raiders)
Quarterbacks Watch List: Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams), Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), Blaine Gabbert (Jacksonville Jaguars)