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Week 9: Waiver Wire

Here are some players to consider as you try to deal with bye weeks, injuries, and/or your team simply not performing as planned:

QB Matt Ryan (ATL): Ryan is still available in many leagues, I suspect, despite playing pretty well this year. If he is still out there, now might be a good time to add him to your roster. Over the next 6 weeks, he plays New Orleans (twice), Denver, and San Diego, who all give up a ton of yards through the air.

RB Kevin Faulk (NE): Faulk is typically used only as a 3rd down RB in New England, but due to injuries, he was used as a regular RB this past week, and had a fair amount of success (107 total yards, 1 TD).

RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis (NE): He started this past week against St. Louis, but was not very effective. As a result, the Pats turned to RB Kevin Faulk (see above). I think the Pats will use Green-Ellis and Faulk together as long as RB Sammy Morris and RB LaMont Jordan are injured, but it is hard to say who will have the better value. Keep in mind, though, that the Pats play the Colts (and their below-average run defense) in week 9.

RB Fred Jackson (BUF): Jackson has been getting a fair amount of work this year, average just over 9.5 touches and around 50 yards per game. These are not numbers to get overly excited about, but if you are desperate for RB depth, he is a guy who is likely on waivers and will offer some help. And keep in mind that the Bills will likely run the ball more and more as the weather gets worse.

RB Ryan Torain (DEN): Yeah, if you have been to this site before, you knew this was coming. I love this kid. And I think he will be the starter in Denver for the rest of the year, beginning either this week or next week. He has not played yet this year, so it may take him a week or two before he is in game shape, but I think he will be a worthwhile RB2 going forward. Denver has a very powerful offense and he should get 15-20 carries per game, if he is the starter. I already added him in my league. If you have room on your bench, I suggest you do the same.

WR Donnie Avery (STL): I think this kid is for real. He has put up pretty good numbers over the past three games (14 catches, 291 yards, and 2 TDs), but more importantly, he just looks very good playing the game. He has made some very nice adjustments to passes that other WRs might not have caught. And he has great speed. After being fairly quiet to start the year, I think he will be a good option over the final half of the season.

WR Brandon Lloyd (CHI): Lloyd has missed the past 3 games due to a knee injury, but was back on the practice field this week and should be ready to play in week 9. He had one big game in week 3, before injuring his knee in week 4. Do not expect too much, but the Bears are moving the ball surprisingly well through the air, so he could become a valuable WR3 down the stretch.

WR Nate Washington (PIT): Washington only caught one pass on Sunday, but predictably it resulted in a long TD. Washington has three long TD catches in the past three weeks, making him a somewhat attractive option at WR3. However, he only had 1 catch this week and 2 the week before, and I usually try to steer clear of WRs who are feast-or-famine (e.g. Devery Henderson). But Roethlisberger was under heavy pressure against the Giants, and should have more time to throw in the coming weeks.

TE Martellus Bennett (DAL): Bennett is on the waiver wire list and my watch list, because his value all depends on the injury status of TE Jason Witten (ribs). If Witten misses any time, Bennett should step into the starting lineup and could perform fairly well (at least when QB Tony Romo returns), meaing you should add him. But if Witten continues to play, despite his ribs, then Bennett does not have much value.

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