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Week 9 Waiver Wire Report


Quarterback

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QB Jeff Garcia - DET

Even if Garcia continues to make costly blunders (like the one that lost the game this week in overtime), heís not likely to concede the starting job back to Joey Harrington. The Lions schedule has a few good matchups the rest of the way with a couple tougher ones, too. Garcia could come in handy against Minnesota (twice), Arizona and New Orleans

QB Brad Johnson - MIN

Itís looking like Daunte Culpepper will be out for a while after spraining his knee on Sunday. Johnson has been successful in the past, but itís hard to get too excited about the Vikings offense this year no matter who is leading the ship, so to speak. Johnson stepped in and threw for 162 yards but completed only 13 out of 28 passes while throwing one TD. Surprisingly he ran for 30 yards, too. Donít count on that happening again. At this point in the season, Johnson might be at the top of the free agent QBs in your league.

QB Chris Simms - TB

In Simmsí first start since replacing Brian Griese, he started slowly, but finished strong throwing for 264 yards highlighted by a 78-yard TD to Joey Galloway. In most leagues, Simms was snatched up quickly a couple weeks back when Griese tore up his knee. If heís still available, heís definitely worth a roster spot even if you have a strong starter Ė just for insurance. Heís in a good offense and he could easily be a top 10 or 15 fantasy QB for the remainder of the season.

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QB Kyle Boller - BAL

Boller could be worth a look in deeper leagues for the rest of the season. The Ravens defense isnít playing very well so they may not have the luxury of running the ball as often as they have in the past. Boller should benefit from an improved receiving corps even though his early season struggles would suggest otherwise. The whole Ravens team is in a downward spiral, but Boller could be a decent backup option if the matchup is right and you get a little bit lucky.

QB Gus Frerotte - MIA

Frerotte probably wonít lead anybody deep into the playoffs Ė including the Dolphins Ė but heís a decent guy to stash as a backup or third QB for those of you in deeper leagues. Heís inconsistent, but heíll jump up and produce some big games occasionally, too. He didnít do much against a beatable Saints secondary this week. He passed for 168 yards with a TD and an interception. Thatís about par for the course for Gus.

QB Vinny Testaverde - NYJ

Testaverde is hanging around in most leagues, but heís just not very inspiring as a fantasy QB. He may put together a couple nice games over the last couple of months, but more often than not, he wonít help you in most leagues.

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QB Charlie Frye - CLE

As the losses mount Romeo Crennel will almost certainly turn to this local product out of Akron. Frye looked good in preseason, but it would be presumptuous to think heíll step right in as a rookie and become productive. Ben Roethlisberger did it last year, but thatís more of the exception than the norm. Frye is a great dynasty league prospect, especially if Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow live up to expectations.

QB Kyle Orton - CHI

Orton doesnít look pretty most of the time, but heís forging ahead and the Bears are winning a fair amount of games thanks to their ability to run the football and play sound defense. Orton produced 230 yds and a TD this week against the Lions (on the road no less). He might put together a couple surprisingly productive games down the stretch. He may have lost rookie starter Mark Bradley for a while to injury this week, but heís still an option in deeper leagues or those where you must start 2 QBs.

QB Billy Volek - TEN

McNair continues to grind through the season, but heís banged up (as always) and heís probably going to be no better than ďquestionableĒ from here on out. His ailing back is an ominous sign. Volek has proven ability to step in and guide the Titans offense productively. It might only be a matter of time before heís starting again.

QB Kurt Warner - ARI

Josh McCown didnít look good again this week. Who knows if Dennis Green will make the switch back to Warner? If McCown continues to stink up the joint like he has the past two weeks, Warner might get another shot. Heís a decent speculative pickup if you can afford the roster spot.

Add for Next Year (Dynasty potential)

QB Cody Pickett - SF

It took about one series to realize that Cody Pickett is a better fantasy QB than Ken Dorsey is. Alex Smith is obviously the teamís QB of the future, but Pickett looks like the teamís best long-term backup unless they draft or sign another QB in the off-season. Pickett can run and heís at least more athletic than the noodle-armed Dorsey is. Neither one is anything to get excited about, but Pickett could be a late bloomer. With a stroke of luck, he could emerge as a player down the road. Unfortunately, his only shot at becoming a player with any fantasy value would be if Alex Smith suffers a long-term injury.

QB Patrick Ramsey - WAS

Ramsey actually saw some action this week, but thatís not why heís appearing here. The Redskins will ride Brunell until heís done and who knows how long heíll last (maybe not even to the end of this year). Jason Campbell is their QB of the future making Ramsey decent trade bait for another team this off-season. He probably wonít walk into a starting job, but he should get a chance to compete for the job somewhere. Would it be a shock if he landed some place like Detroit with a good young WR corps?

Running Back

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RB Marion Barber III - DAL

The longer Julius Jones is on the sidelines, the better Marion Barber looks. The rookie ran for 127 yards with two TDs this week. Bill Parcells seems increasingly frustrated by Julius Jonesí lack of durability. Until Jones is back in the saddle, Barber looks great. His two game rushing totals as the Cowboysí main back are 49 carries for 222 yards. The Cowboys have a bye week, so itís hard to say whether heíll get another start (or not). Heís definitely worth the gamble knowing that even if Jones does return Ė he could get hurt again.

RB Tatum Bell - DEN

Bell might only be available in six or eight team leagues. If he is still available in any leagues bigger than that, then weíd have to recommend finding a more competitive league. All kidding aside, the primary reason heís on this list is simply acknowledging his ridiculous rushing average of 7.0 yds/carry. Mike Anderson remains the starter, but at his current rate, he seems to be breaking off long TD runs about every 10 to 15 carries Ė or almost once a game and sometimes a couple times a game. Itís scary to start a backup RB, but both Bell and Anderson are on pace for over 1,000 yards this year.

RB Cedric Benson - CHI

Benson got some action this week after Thomas Jones was sidelined with a rib injury and Adrian Peterson didnít do much in his place. Benson flashed his ability running for 35 yards on three carries. Weíve seen how serious Thomas Jones is about keeping his job, so donít count him out, but if heís unable to go then Benson might finally get a shot.

RB Tony Fisher - GB

Fisher was probably snagged in most leagues last week. Heís the Packersí featured back now after injuries sidelined Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport for the year. He ran for 51 yards on 17 carries this week with a TD. He should be a solid starter the rest of the season, especially in PPR leagues since heís a solid receiver. If you can still grab him off waivers, do it.

RB Antowain Smith - NO

Antowain Smith and Aaron Stecker continue to split carries for the Saints. Neither one was very productive this week against Miami. Stecker ran for 23 yards, but also caught three balls for 16 yards. We repeat our assessment from last week. Stecker is a solid option for you off the bench in PPR leagues. Smith is the same in leagues that are geared more towards yards or TDs.

RB Aaron Stecker - NO

Antowain Smith and Aaron Stecker continue to split carries for the Saints. Neither one was very productive this week against Miami. Stecker ran for 23 yards, but also caught three balls for 16 yards. We repeat our assessment from last week. Stecker is a solid option for you off the bench in PPR leagues. Smith is the same in leagues that are geared more towards yards or TDs.

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RB Frank Gore - SF

In some leagues, Gore was drafted, then dropped, picked up again and dropped again. Heís getting a decent amount of work each week as Kevan Barlowís understudy, but if an injury strikes, his value could be great. In the last three weeks, heís carried the ball 8, 9 and 10 times producing 31, 89 and 40 yards scoring 1 TD. Heís like a poor manís Tatum Bell, but he did break off a nice 72-yard TD a week ago. It would definitely be worth adding him to your roster if your starting depth is shaky and heís lingering.

RB William Green - CLE

Green ran the ball 10 times this week for 48 yards. Reuben Droughns isnít playing horribly, but heís not exactly producing as well as hoped. He didnít even rack 100 yards against the Texans in what was supposed to be a patsy of a matchup. Green could earn a bigger role if heís productive with his opportunities. Lee Suggs canít stay healthy, Droughns may be running his way out of the starting job long-term and Green will be a free agent soon.

RB Greg Jones - JAX

Jones was a hot pickup last week and probably a ďdudĒ for many folks this week if they started him thinking Fred Taylor wouldnít play. If Taylor is sidelined, Jones will definitely be a good guy to consider starting, but Taylor looked great running for 165 yards and a TD this week. Jones will now go back to full back.

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RB J.J. Arrington - ARI

Arrington is still struggling and seems to go down the instant heís hit by a defender. Marcel Shipp hasnít been very productive either. As the losses mount for the Cardinals, Green might want to get more touches to his rookie back to see what kind of production he might get out of him in the future. The jury is out right now.

RB Nick Goings - CAR

Stephen Davis continues to be a TD machine and DeShaun Foster is quite a talent as far as backups go. Yet we all know both backs could go down at any time. Goings proved himself last year as a capable back. The coaches love him and if either of those guys get hurt again, he could slide right back into a starting or backup role. Heís probably not worth grabbing yet, but things would change quickly if either back in front of him has a setback.

RB Brandon Jacobs - NYG

Jacobs is a rock solid pickup if you have Tiki Barber. If not, heís still a good player to gamble on if you can burn the roster spot. Heíll continue to get some opportunities spelling Tiki and heíll steal a few TDs, too.

RB Alvin Pearman - JAX

Pearman broke off a 45 yard run this week. While Greg Jones got the bulk of the work when Taylor was out, Pearman is more reliable because he plays on third downs when Taylor is healthy. In PPR leagues, heís worth rostering, but in regular leagues, heís still a long shot to be the teamís featured back barring a run of injuries.

RB Duce Staley - PIT

Staley remains inactive each week and he probably wonít be activated anytime soon. However, if Willie Parker or Jerome Bettis arenít available for any reason, then he could be valuable. Bill Cowher said Staley might not be 100% at any time this year, but heís probably out there in most leagues and could still re-appear at some point.

Add for Insurance (Injury or bye week replacement)

RB ReShard Lee - GB

Lee is backing up Tony Fisher and could work his way into a bigger role over the last two months. Heís only worth a look in deeper leagues or if you have Fisher and want to lock in the Packers RB. Normally, that would be a good ploy, but this year the Packers are struggling on the ground.

RB Adrian Peterson - CHI

Thomas Jones was forced out of this weekís game with an injury to his ribs. Jonesí has been incredibly focused on keeping his job, so donít count him out next week. However, if Jones is sidelined, then Peterson will almost certainly split carries with Cedric Benson, possibly even start ahead of him.

Others to Keep an Eye On

RB Shawn Bryson - DET

If youíre in a league that rewards points for receptions, give Bryson a look. Heís strictly a 3rd down back, but he might be worth a look in deeper leagues and would definitely play a larger role if Kevin Jones were to get hurt.

RB Kyle Johnson - DEN

Johnson is scoring consistently enough that he might be worth a look in deep leagues that start fullbacks or those that are TD only.

RB Derrick Ward - NYG

Who knows if Ward will ever amount to anything? He was an extremely productive back coming out of collegeÖ albeit, a small college. He got some carries this week because the game was out of hand and the Giants were coasting. Heís not likely to see much time looking ahead though, barring injury of course. In dynasty leagues, he might be worth a look if you can stow him away on some sort of practice squad.

Wide Receiver

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WR Antonio Chatman - GB

Chatman is doing a nice job filling in for the Packers. He caught 8 passes for 97 yards this week. The way the Packers are going, theyíll continue throwing the ball a lot. Chatman is a great short-term solution over the next 2-3 weeks or until Robert Ferguson returns. Even then, heíll be targeted often in the slot and he could continue to have some value.

WR Bobby Engram - SEA

Engram might be able to return to the starting lineup following the Seahawksí bye week. He was productive earlier this year in that capacity and figures to resume where he left off providing that he is good to go with his ribs. Heís floating around in quite a few leagues, so if pick him up before he returns and has a good game if heís out there.

WR Bryant Johnson - ARI

If Anquan Boldin is out for a few weeks or longer, Johnson will have a greater opportunity to produce. Johnsonís been targeted often at times this year with poor results, so the jury is out whether heíll be able to fill Boldinís shoes adequately or not. The key here is opportunity. If heís available, he might be the top guy on your waiver wire. The Cardinals canít run the ball, so the table is set for Johnson to live up to his draft billing.

WR Courtney Roby - TEN

Roby filled in for the Titans this week as both Drew Bennett and Brandon Jones were unavailable. He was a track star at Indiana and McNair looked his way often against the Raiders. He caught seven balls for 83 yards and a TD. As long as Bennett or Jones are out, Roby is a solid addition and sleeper play as a spot starter. Long term, he could be one of the Titans top three receivers along with Bennett and Jones.

WR Ernest Wilford - JAX

Reggie Williams was roughed up this week and Ernest Wilford took advantage of increased playing time. Wilford made an excellent TD grab on a deflection and he finished with six catches for 145 yards. Wilford brings a lot of size as an inviting target downfield and in the red zone for Byron Leftwich. He has great hands, too. If Williams is unable to play, then Wilford is an excellent player you could pickup and possibly start depending on your current talent.

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WR Arnaz Battle - SF

Battle began the season great, but then he was sidelined because of injury and subsequently cut in most leagues. Now, Tim Rattay has been traded and Alex Smith is the teamís starter Ė when healthy. Worst yet, Battle still isnít 100% and Ken Dorsey started for the 49ers this last week. When/if Battle returns heíll be worth a look, but mostly in PPR leagues. The 49ers passing attack wonít be too productive with Smith at the helm, at least not right away.

WR Keary Colbert - CAR

Colbert was dropped in lot of leagues after not producing anything during the first two months. He only caught two balls this week for 32 yards, but finally scored a TD, too. The way Steve Smith is scorching defense, Colbert will be lucky to get table scraps and Rod Gardner remains a threat to his playing time. Heís still a decent receiver and worth a look depending on your current roster, depth and league size.

WR Justin Gage - CHI

If Mark Bradleyís out for any length of time then Justin Gage gets a brand new lease on a potential starting job. He caught two balls for 47 yards this week against the Lions after Bradley produced 88 yards on five catches. Heís been long on sleeper talent and short on production in the past, but itís still too early to write him off. He might be worth a roster spot in deeper leagues, but mostly if Bradley is out. Otherwise, heís not targeted enough to make a difference on a weak passing team.

WR Rod Gardner - CAR

Gardner is slowly growing into a larger role with the Panthers. With his size, he could be a good red zone option opposite Steve Smith. Jake Delhomme is playing out of his mind, so if he gets an opportunity for an expanded role, then consider picking him up.

WR Charles Rogers - DET

Rogers is back in week 9 after serving his four-game suspension. Thereís no guarantee that heíll be productive, but he did seem to click a little better with Jeff Garcia in the preseason, so you never know. He was cut in most leagues after his suspension was handed down by the league. If heís out there, then he could be a solid gamble for the rest of the season.

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WR Andre Davis - NE

Davis is healthy and working his way into the Patriots rotation again. He still has excellent speed and can return kicks, too. If he ever stays healthy long enough to earn a role on this team, he could flourish with a QB like Tom Brady.

WR Matt Jones - JAX

Jones keeps making big plays, but not frequently enough to have much value in a starting capacity. Heís excellent in dynasty leagues, of course, but still not productive or consistent enough in redraft leagues. If youíre looking for a rookie who could blow up for a couple of big games in the second half of the season, Jones might be your guy.

WR Jerome Mathis - HOU

Mathis had a 34-yard TD this week and produced a few big kickoff returns for the Texans. Heís only a rookie and heíll only get better with time. As a dynasty league option, he shouldnít be on the waiver wire. He has elite speed and decent size, but heís short on experience against NFL caliber talent since he played at Hampton. Donít worry though. Heís a keeper. For re-draft leagues, he could emerge in the last two months as a big play threat and possibly move up as high as the teamís third receiver.

WR Roscoe Parrish - BUF

Parrish is getting closer and closer to being 100%. At least heís back on the field and getting some playing time in the slot. Heís lightning quick and he could be a sleeper in the second half of the season. He supplanted Josh Reed in training camp before he got hurt. If the Bills can get some decent play from Holcomb, Parrish could have a couple breakout games down the stretch. Heís a nice dynasty leaguer.

WR Scott Vines - DET

Vines played well this week against the Bears filling in for the injured Roy Williams. Heíll be relegated back to the bench next week though. Charles Rogers returns from suspension and Williamsí might be back from his sprained ankle, too. Vines has good size and decent speed. He caught five balls for 61 yards and rushed for 7 yards on a reverse.

Add for Next Year (Dynasty potential)

WR Jerricho Cotchery - NYJ

Cotchery probably wonít do anything this year. However, if the Jets ever get a quarterback, then Cotchery is well worth a roster spot for next year and beyond. Heís still developing, but at NC State, he was extremely productive and quite a playmaker. Wayne Chrebet wonít be back in 2006 and Cotchery will likely be the Jetsí slot receiver in the worst-case scenario.

Others to Keep an Eye On

WR Todd Devoe - DEN

Devoe got an opportunity this week and he took advantage of it catching five balls for 59 yards including a 44-yard TD. Heís competing with Charlie Adams and Darrius Watts for the Broncos backup spots, but Watts is heading in the wrong direction and DeVoe is getting more playing time as a result. He might simply be a flash in the pan and one-week wonder. Ashley Lelie was banged up this week, so Devoe could get some looks next week, too.

Tight End

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TE Bubba Franks - GB

Franks is still hanging around in smaller leagues after missing about a month with a sprained knee. The Packers are hurting for healthy receivers. Franks is going to continue seeing more activity and heíll remain productive as long as he stays healthy himself. He caught 8 balls this week for 73 yards and a TD.

TE Erron Kinney - TEN

It must be the Ben Troupe mystique. There really isnít a good explanation to it, but Kinney continues to float around on the waiver wire in a great deal of 10 and 12 team leagues that require TEs. Heís second to Antonio Gates in receptions among the leagueís TEs and heís been incredibly consistent from week to week. His caveat has been finding the end zone (no TDs yet). If heís out there, grab him. You could do a lot worse each week.

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TE Alex Smith - TB

Smith had a decent game this week catching two balls for 43 yards against the 49ers. Heís still not consistent enough to count on, but heís definitely a great player for dynasty leagues and he remains a sleeper for the second half of this year.

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TE Michael Gaines - CAR

Gaines has a mini-breakout game this week. He caught two balls for 67 yards. Keep in mind, this came against the Vikings (the worldís worst team at covering a tight end). Kris Mangum also caught a 1-yard TD against the Vikings this week for the Panthers. Gaines probably wonít have any consistency and be a worthy pickup in most leagues. He might be worth a spot in really deep dynasty leagues, but otherwise keep an eye on him and if he has another solid game then make a move.

TE Donald Lee - GB

Lee is running third string for the Packers, but heís been productive because of injuries to Bubba Franks and David Martin. Brett Favre seems to look for him when heís on the field, so if he continues to get playing time because injuries, then keep an eye on him. The Packers are using their TEs a lot now due to injuries in their WR corps. He produced 28 yards this week on three catches.

Add for Next Year (Dynasty potential)

TE Bo Scaife - TEN

Scaife is only the Titans third string TE. Ben Troupe and Erron Kinney are playing well and thereís no guarantee heíll even emerge as anything more than the Titans No. 2 tight end down the road. Heís still getting plenty of looks in the short passing game from Steve McNair. He caught five balls for 19 yards this week. Not a great average per catch, but for PPR leagues, thatís note worthy.

Kicker

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PK Lawrence Tynes - KC

Tynes almost lost his job in training camp, but since then heís been rock solid. Heís had only one moderately bad week so far. If thatís any indication of his consistency then heís well worth a roster spot.

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PK Olindo Mare - MIA

Mare is coming off three outstanding weeks in a row. Can the Dolphins help him sustain good numbers? Itís hard to tell, but theyíre running the ball better (at least against the Saints) and they still play good defense. So, Mare should be a decent option as long as the Dolphins arenít in a game where there is the potential for them to fall way behind.

Add for Later (Sleeper potential)

PK David Akers - PHI

Heís supposed to be ready as soon as next week, but possibly not for another couple of weeks. Akers has been one of the most prolific fantasy kickers over the last several years, so if heís out there, you might try grabbing him before the masses figure it out.

Add for Insurance (Injury or bye week replacement)

PK Shaun Suisham - DAL

Heís the Cowboys kicker at the moment, which means as long as he doesnít get Parcells ticked off, then heíll be productive more often than not.

Defense



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