Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 9
Josh Freeman (TB): Freeman is owned in quite a few leagues by now, but he can still be had in 38% of Yahoo leagues. Freeman is averaging a stunning 327.3 yards with ten touchdowns to only two interceptions over his last four games. I had been holding off on him due to the poor defenses he had been facing, but he's won me over after an impressive performance against the Vikings' 12th ranked pass defense last Thursday. He's definitely worth a pickup as a bye week fill-in or matchup play.
Carson Palmer (OAK): Palmer doesn't often shock you with numbers, but he's been a model of consistency in the fantasy realm, putting up 297+ yards or 2+ touchdowns in all but one game. Palmer is set to face the Buccaneers' 31st ranked pass defense this week.
Jonathan Dwyer (PIT): Dywer has now put together two straight games with 100+ yards rushing, and has averaged over six yards per carry in each of those games. He's earned the trust of the coaching staff, and reports indicate that he'll be the Week 9 starter. With other Steelers' backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman dealing with injuries, Dywer could be a solid option for a couple more weeks.
Daryl Richardson (STL): The Rams have been willing to throw Richardson into the mix more than Steven Jackson's past backups, and Richardson has impressed with 41.9 yards per game on 5.4 yards per carry. Peter King of Sports Illustrated is now saying that there is a 55% chance that Jackson gets traded before the deadline, which would likely make Richardson a workhorse in St. Louis. He's worth picking up and holding on to until the trade deadline passes.
Titus Young (DET): Young began the season poorly as the third receiver in Detroit, but has been playing great since former No. 2 receiver Nate Burleson broke his leg. In the game Burleson got hurt, Young had six catches for 81 yards. He improved on those numbers this past week, catching nine balls for 100 yards and two touchdowns. He's a must-add in all leagues.
Cecil Shorts (JAX): Shorts is coming off of a career game in which he had eight catches for 116 yards. The week before, he caught four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. With fellow wide receiver Mike Thomas being traded to Detroit on Tuesday, Shorts could begin getting enough looks to make him a consistent fantasy option.
Danny Amendola (STL): Amendola was a PPR beast before breaking his collarbone in Week 5, averaging nearly eight catches per game. The Rams expect him to be back after their Week 9 bye and he'll immediately return to being Sam Bradford's top receiving option. Even though he has a bye this week, you might want to grab him before someone else does if you're weak at receiver.
Ryan Broyles (DET): Broyles now has three catches and a touchdown in each of his past two games. He's now the slot receiver for the Lions with Nate Burleson out for the season, and you can expect the rookie's involvement and production to grow as he gets acclimated to the NFL.
Chris Givens (STL): Givens had benefited from the Amendola injury, scoring two touchdowns and averaging 68 yards per game since Amendola got hurt. Though Amendola - a possession receiver - is expected back after the bye, I expect Givens to maintain a big-play role in St. Louis, while Brandon Gibson - another possession receiver - is the player who will lose looks to Amendola.
Chargers: The Chargers aren't talked about too often when it comes to defense, but they've quietly earned the 9th ranking in both scoring defense and takeaways. They've been somewhat inconsistent, but they're facing the Chiefs this week. The Chargers just played the Chiefs about four weeks ago, and they forced six turnovers.