Guest Writer: Fantasy Football Week 9

Hey all!  We are officially over halfway done with the fantasy football season. Man has the time flown by. There were a bunch of injuries last week, most notably Spencer Ware. Though you may have lost a player for the season, or all your Patriots players to a bye, below are my recommendations for waiver pickups this week.

Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco) — The quarterback pool is incredibly thin this week.  Most have poor matchups, and the rest are on byes. However, if you are in desperate need, The 49ers are facing one of the worst defenses in the league this week: the New Orleans Saints. Kaepernick hasn’t exactly dazzled in his two starts this year, but he will put up decent numbers this week.
Nick Foles (Kansas City) — Breaking news out of KC is that Nick Foles was named the starting quarterback for this week’s game. It seems as if the Chiefs are taking the cautious route with Alex Smith’s recovery from a couple of big hits in Indianapolis last week. The Chiefs have an incredible matchup with the Jaguars this week, which will afford Foles a plethora of scoring opportunities on Sunday. He is the perfect start this week against a porous Jaguars defense, start him in all formats.

Running Backs
Charcandrick West (Kansas City) — This one is remarkably similar to the Foles situation. Ware suffered a concussion  in Indianapolis, and if the situation at quarterback is any indicator as to how the Chiefs will proceed with Ware’s recovery, West will likely get the lion’s share of carries this week. The Chiefs will be playing ahead for likely the whole contest, leaving West with abounding opportunities against a middling Jaguars run defense. Pick him up and start him in all formats this week.
Tim Hightower (New Orleans) — With two consecutive weeks of untimely Mark Ingram fumbles, it appears that Hightower will be getting a fair amount of carries in the Saints backfield for the coming weeks. He performed admirably against a gritty Seahawks defense while Ingram was benched, helping the Saints score an upset victory. If his performance both last week and last year are any indication as to his point total this year, it’s safe to say Hightower is a good pickup.

Wide Receivers 
Corey Coleman (Cleveland) — Remember that rookie that had 28 points through the first two weeks and then broke his hand? Yeah, me too. Coleman is aiming for a return this week against the Cowboys, providing a spark to the sluggish Browns offense. With Terelle Pryor receiving a lot of the DBs attention on routes, Coleman is free to outrun any defender on a fade route to the end zone. This kid has track star speed, and looked unstoppable the first two weeks. He deserves a look on the waiver wire.
Kendall Wright (Tennessee) — I’ve been keeping my eyes on Wright all year, and it looks like he’s finally regaining the form he had in the first few weeks of last season. Coming off an injury, Wright played sparingly his first 5 games this year, but has put up 2 touchdowns and 229 yards over the past three weeks. Yet his ownership rate is only at a measly 8.2%. With a favorable matchup against San Diego this week, I’d say it’s time to roster Wright.

Tight Endx
C.J. Fiedorowicz (Houston) — I told you so. My man scored 10.3 points last week against Detroit and NEEDS to be rostered. This is what, the 4th time he’s appeared on this blog? Yeah, he’s on a bye this week, but has a great schedule the rest of the season. Give my man a look if you have a spot available.
Ladarius Green (Pittsburgh) — After missing the entire first half of the season, Pittsburgh’s prime offseason acquisition is healthy and ready to put up big numbers this week against the Baltimore Ravens. Green will be a huge boost for the ailing Ben Roethlisberger and a rather lethargic Steelers offense. While there are no more “HEEEEATH” calls at the Heinz anymore, I expect there to be some “GREEEEEEN” chants during his tenure in Pittsburgh.

Defense of the Week
Detroit Lions — Sporting a low, low ownership percentage of 13.7%, the Lions are likely available in your league. Going up against a beleaguered Minnesota offense this week, in what will likely be a low-scoring affair, I suggest starting the Lions this week if your defense is on a bye or faces a tough matchup.

Wil Lutz (New Orleans) — So here’s the deal. The Saints offense scores A LOT. Lutz has been a top 15 kicker this year, coupling an 8.6 PPG average with a low 5.7% ownership rating. After an incredible 16 point performance against Seattle last week, look for Lutz to keep it going this week against the poor, unfortunate San Francisco 49ers.

Well, that’s all the time I have for this week. Good luck to everyone Sunday, and don’t forget to trash talk!

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