With the storm bearing down and the chance of a lengthy power outage in my area a real possibility, I am putting this week’s waiver wire segment together with hurricane-like speed!
Stay safe my East Coast friends, it looks like we are in for quite a wild ride.
Let’s take a look at some waiver wire suggestions for Week Nine!
QB Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins – After starting QB Ryan Tannehill went out of the game due to injury, the former Dolphins starting option came in and actually played pretty well. I wouldn’t look to Moore as a savior, but if Tannehill is out for a period of time, Moore could help out in a pinch.
QB Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs – Demoted in favor of backup QB Brady Quinn, Cassel didn’t have to wait long to be back in the saddle. After Quinn got his bell rung, Cassel came in and did what he could for a Kansas City offense that looked off kilter all afternoon. However if you find yourself in a bind, the Chiefs have an intriguing matchup this Thursday against the San Diego Chargers.
QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – Look, you’ve heard the whispers, so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention him. That said, he is a big, immobile QB behind a sieve of an offensive line starting two rookies and a second-year player. His pre-season wizardry aside… Desperation move by both Philadelphia and any fantasy owners thinking of grabbing and employing Foles. Since QB Michael Vick was named the starter still, his value is left to when the Eagles decide the season is a total loss.
QB Kyle Orton, Dallas Cowboys – I quite honestly don’t expect the Cowboys to sit starting QB Tony Romo, but stranger things have happened on Jerry Jones’ watch.
QB John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals – You’ll want to pay close attention to his performance against the 49ers on Monday Night Football. If he plays as well as he did against them the last time he faced San Francisco, Skelton deserves some roster consideration. He has the weapons around him to be successful. If he bombs on MNF, move along as I wrote this pre-storm chaos!
RB Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos – He is more of a handcuff than anything else, but RB Willis MaGahee is no stranger to the injury bug. Hillman flashed some skill Sunday night against the Saints, and if the Broncos passing game continues to fire on all cylinders, the running game will thrive. If you have the roster space, Hillman could be worth stashing away.
RB Joique Bell, Detroit Lions – Speaking of stashing away.. Bell is worth a looksee, despite the fact that Detroit is far from a running team and their backfield is perplexing. RB Mikel LeShoure seems to be entrenched as the starter, but Bell has done some good things with his opportunities and bears keeping a watchful eye on.
WR Vincent Brown, San Diego Chargers – Remember him? Brown broke his ankle in the preseason and was placed on the new look IR. He is eligible for return, and even though Chargers Head Coach Norm Turner hasn’t set a timetable, if you have a spot on the far reaches of your roster, grab him. Once he starts practicing and news gets out, he won’t be as easy to obtain. As it stands now, he is off everyone’s radar.
WR Ryan Broyles and WR Titus Young, Detroit Lions – With WR Nate Burleson out for the season, it looks like the benefactors of his injury will be the tandem of Young and Broyles. The Lions are a pass-heavy team and with a HUGE attention-taker like WR Calvin Johnson out there as well, there will be plenty of opportunities for them both to shine.
WR Santana Moss, Washington Redskins – With three touchdowns in his last two games, the lack of fantasy love received by Moss is mildly confusing. With the injury to WR Pierre Garcon, Moss is by far the most reliable receiving option a rookie QB Robert Griffin III’s disposal. The schedule is fairly kind to opposing wide receivers, so the addition of Moss could be quite beneficial.
WR Cecil Shorts III, Jacksonville Jaguars – Ok, so what if it’s the Jaguars and so what if it’s QB Blaine Gabbert? The fact is Shorts is staring to assert himself as the premier option at receiver for the Jags and twelve targets are hard to ignore. Also playing from behind more often than not helps the passing attack and Shorts will play a solid part.
TE Dustin Keller, New York Jets – Despite the Jets myriad of issues, Keller is back, healthy and a viable option at receiver. With eleven targets and seven receptions for 67 total yards, QB Mark Sanchez certainly took notice. If Keller is stranded on the waiver wire due to past injury woes, his acquisition could benefit down the stretch.
TE Anthony Fasano, Miami Dolphins – For a bye week fill in option, I like him. But I honestly like him even more if QB Matt Moore is at the helm. Before Moore was an afterthought behind the rookie, he made it a habit to always look in the direction of his big trusty tight end.
TE Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs – Moeaki is a solid option who fell off the radar after a knee injury last season. He seems to be back and should be monitored as he could come in handy as the season progresses. He was targeted a total of nine times Sunday against the Raiders.
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