Fantasy Football: Week 9 Waiver Wire Watch
In order to be successful in your fantasy league, you will need to be on top of your waiver wire. Knowing which players are available, and of those, which have value is an important part of building a winning team as the season goes on.
It can be difficult to identify such players, and that is why we here at TPS are going to help you out. Each Tuesday for the remainder of the season, we will give you some players to look out for that may be on your waiver wire. These players are the ones we assume are available in most leagues, but beware. There may be better free agents out there that we have not listed because we just assume that someone should already have taken them. If one of those guys is a free agent in your league, PICK HIM UP!
Here is a look at some guys you may want to take a look at in you league:
Alex Smith, SF, QB: If you are looking for a quarterback and haven’t went out and got Alex Smith yet, we recommend you act quickly. The former first overall pick seems to finally be coming around and that has been great news for the San Francisco 49ers. While Smith did not put up great numbers last week against the Colts, he did post 198 yards and a touchdown against an Indianapolis pass defense that had previously given up only two scores through the air. With games against the Titans, Bears, Jags, Seahawks and Lions still to come, Smith may become a valuable second half fantasy sleeper.
Ryan Moats, HOU, RB: When Steve Slaton was benched for fumbling early in the Texans’ game at Buffalo, several fantasy owners saw their first round pick continue what has been a disappointing season thus far. If they are looking for some way to make up for this bust, we recommend the addition of Ryan Moats to their team. Moats was spectacular coming in to relieve Slaton as he rushed for 126 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns. While Gary Kubiak has not yet decided who his feature back will be, you can expect Moats to get plenty of carries as he has become the Texans most reliable backfield option.
Justin Fargas, OAK, RB: Don’t expect Fargas to save your fantasy season, but he can provide some quality numbers to those looking for a week nine replacement. With McFadden out, Fargas has done an impressive job carrying the load in the Raiders’ backfield and their match up next week against the Chiefs is an intriguing one. Last time the two teams met, the Raiders got their first, and only, victory of the season. Expect this match to be another close one and that should give Fargas plenty of opportunities to run the ball against a poor Kansas City run defense. If you need a one-week replacement, Fargas may be your man.
Malcolm Floyd, SD, WR: With Chris Chambers now out of the picture, Floyd has moved into the Chargers starting line up along side Vincent Jackson. Although he will not be putting up similar numbers to the Chargers go-to guy, he will see more action in their aerial attack, and that can make him a valuable addition to any fantasy team in need of a wideout. In his first stint as a starter in week 8, he posted 64 yards on two catches. Expect those numbers to improve as he becomes more familiar with his upgraded role.
Kevin Walter, HOU, WR: Not only was there a change in the Houston Texans backfield over the weekend, but they also lost their star tight end Owen Daniels for the season, causing them to make some adjustments in the passing game. Matt Schaub struggled throughout the game without Daniels, but with a full week of practice ahead, they should be able to sort out a new game plan in their passing attack and you can expect that to involve a lot more of Kevin Walter. Injuries have slowed him through the first half of this season, but given the opportunity he may be able to get back to the form that saw him record eight touchdowns in 2008.