Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 9: Waiver Wire Adds
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 9 Waiver Wire
October 29, 2013
Week 9 Waiver Moves
Andre Ellington - Ellington was given the chance to start on Sunday and he took full advantage of his opportunity. Ellington had a breakout performance rushing 15 times for 154 yards and a touchdown. Ellington has had some good games earlier this year, but this one will put him on top of the waiver wire list. Ellington showed that he deserves to the lead the Cardinals backfield in touches, and he should be a productive player the rest of the season and a nice flex play in most leagues.
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sport
Marvin Jones - Jones was another player that had a breakout game in week 8. Jones caught 8 passes for 122 yards and 4 touchdowns. A performance like this will make Jones a very popular pickup this week on the waiver wire. Jones has several factors going in his favor, and its hard to argue that his performance on Sunday was a fluke. Jones will not score 4 touchdowns every week for sure, but he should be a more reliable waiver pickup then Eddie Royal was after his two big touchdown games to start the season. Jones has seen increased targets over the last three games, and he has taken those opportunities and turned them into solid production on the field. Jones has at least 57 receiving yards and a touchdown in his last three games and he has caught six total touchdowns over that span as well.
Before fantasy owners label Jones a solid #2 fantasy WR, there are a few more things to consider. The Bengals have a lot of options in their passing game including a speedy running back and two big tight ends, and there could be games in the future where Jones does not see a lot of balls thrown his way. Also, Jones has only become a fantasy force because Andy Dalton has landed in a midseason zone. Dalton is on fire right now, but he has shown to be a streaky player in the past. If Dalton finds himself in another cold streak, than Jones could struggle to produce fantasy points. Jones is worth an add, but his current situation does not support the idea that he will be a consistent fantasy producer. However, if Dalton has finally emerged as an elite QB, than Jones may follow along and emerge as a great waiver wire pickup.
Timothy Wright - Wright has popped onto the fantasy scene over the last few weeks, and he produced another solid game on Sunday. Wright had 5 catches for 48 yards and a touchdown against a tough Panthers defense. Wright makes for a solid pickup because his production should only improve as the season continues. The Buccaneers have placed their #2 receiving option, Mike Williams, on injured reserve and now Wright will have the opportunity to become the #2 option in the Buccaneers passing attack behind Vincent Jackson.
Kenny Stills - Stills had a huge game statically on Sunday, and he will also garner a lot of waiver wire attention. But fantasy owners should be wary of adding Stills of the waiver wire this week. Stills caught three passes and took them for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he only had 4 targets on the day. Stills is the deep threat for the Saints and Brees can get him the ball, and that is why fantasy owners will speculate on Stills. But the Saints also love to spread the ball around as ten players caught passes on Sunday. Right now the only consistent performer in the Saints passing attack is Jimmy Graham, and while Stills put up attractive numbers, he cannot be trusted on a weekly basis.
James Starks - Starks looks healed up and he had a nice game on Sunday rushing for 57 yards and a touchdown on only 7 carries. Eddie Lacy is the lead back in Green Bay, but Starks has looked like an improved runner this year and he makes for a great handcuff to Lacy. It is hard to gauge how much Starks will be used going forward, but Lacy owners should definitely consider making room for Starks on their benches.
Other players that should already be owned:
Jarrett Boykin and Jordan Reed both had solid performances after their breakout games two weeks ago. Boykin looked like he could be a solid fantasy option the rest of the season even when James Jones returns, and Reed has stepped up to be a top target in Washington. Both Boykin and Reed should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
For Fantasy Football Updates and Insights follow Jason on Twitter @TheSuperCommish