Waiver Watchers: Week 9

2 Nov

By Curtis M. Gaines

Week 9 is here and fantasy owners are engrossed in their lineups by fine-tuning or packaging trades and fiddling through the waivers. Well this week in Everything Fantasy Football I will attempt to pick out the sleepers of every match-up with a little insight on why and won’t concentrate on obvious starts or sits.

Dallas vs Seattle

Dallas (3-4) and Seattle (2-5) are both coming off huge losses; Dallas to Philadelphia and Seattle to Cincinnati. The biggest question of this match up is will Seattle’s offense show up. Let’s just say they’re probable. Tavaris Jackson came back from his injury to throw for 323 yards against a top ranked Bengals defense only giving up 212 yards per game; however, Jackson failed to score.

Rice, who's only played in five games this year, has 24 rec for 366 yds and a TD this season. His best game this season? Week 3: 8 rec for 109 yds

From a fantasy standpoint Jackson has proven he can spread the ball around with the addition of deep threat Sidney Rice, something Seattle could not get done in Jackson’s absence. This week against Dallas Rice should have a favorable matchup and should see quality targets. Mike Jenkins CB-Dallas will miss 3-4 weeks with torn hamstring thus giving more opportunities for mismatches with Mike Williams and Doug Baldwin.

Sidney Rice: Start
Projection: 6 rec. 85 yards, TD

Doug Baldwin: Sit or Flex
Projection: 5 rec. 80 yards

Mike Williams: Sit or Flex
Projection: 3 rec. 45 yards

Sleeper Starts:

Laurent Robinson has been on my watch-list since the beginning of the season. When I watched him in preseason with San Diego I was positive he would make the team, alas, Norv Turner thought otherwise and cut him; thus beginning his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys. So far he has proven to be more of an asset more than a liability, while stepping in for injured Miles Austin; eclipsing 100 yards receiving in Week 4. He did it again last week with five receptions and a score. This with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant on the field.

Murray is averaging 9.9 ypc THE LAST TWO WEEKS. Murray's Best game this season? Week 7: 25 car for 253 yds and a TD.

The big question is: will he continue to be fantasy relevant? I think he will but there is not enough consistency to warrant putting him on your roster just yet. If you’re willing to gamble, feel free to add him but be forewarned he could put up a measly four or seven points for you. This week I project him to have a medium game from a fantasy perspective with a modest 5 receptions and 65 yards. Seattle is a team you want to run on and I believe Demarco Murray will have a 100 yard performance with a touchdown.

Kansas City vs Miami

Kansas City is now playing up to their potential and the wins are rolling in. My fantasy super sleeper for Week 8 was Jon Baldwin and he did not disappoint. This week I strongly suggest adding Baldwin into your line up against the fourth worst pass defense in the league. Cassel is looking often at the 6-4 wideout and his productivity shows no sign of slowing. (8 targets Week 8, 5 targets Week 7)

Baldwin has only played in two games this season and has six receptions, but he shined in primetime with 5 rec for 82 yds and a TD on MNF last week.

Matt Cassell: Start
Projection: 320 yards 3 TD 1 INT

Jon Baldwin: Start
Projection: 6 rec. 80 yards 2 TD

Steve Breaston: Sit or Flex
Is losing targets to Baldwin but still is fantasy relevant as a flex option or bye week fill in
Projection: 4 rec. 60 yards

Jackie Battle: Start or Flex
Has proven he can pound the ball in when needed.
Projection: 80 yards 1 TD

Miami: Reggie Bush had his second career 100 yard rushing game last week, but I don’t see him rushing for more than 45 yards against KC. Brandon Marshall has been as consistent as he can on this horrible team but I’m willing to bet he has a horrible showing against Flowers and KC’s opportunistic defense.

I’d sit ALL Dolphins this week, yes even Brandon Marshall.

New Orleans Vs Tampa Bay

Okay who predicted that atrocious performance last week against the Rams? Looks as if the Saints took STL for granted and paid the ultimate price. Well this week it doesn’t get any better, the Bucs are coming off a bye after losing to Chicago, and find themselves tied for first in the NFC South with the Saint’s at (4-3).

New Orleans has given up the 13th most points to the run so expect Blount to make his comeback a good showing. Expect the offensive juggernaut called the Saints to air it out against the Bucs who rank 23rd against the pass, giving up an average of 247 ypg.


Winslow has 31 rec for 282 yds this season. His best game? Week 1: 4 rec for 66 yds.

Josh Freeman: Bye week fill in
Projection: 210 yards 2 TD 2 INT

Parker Preston: Start/Flex
Role is increasing with the disappearing act of Mike Williams
Projection:7 rec. 60 yards 1 TD

Arrelious Benn: Sit/Flex
I expect Tampa to control the clock and keep the ball out of Brees’ hands by running and occasionally passing.
Projection: 3 rec. 40 yards

Kellen Winslow: Start
Winslow is emerging as Freeman’s favorite target (57) behind the underachieving Mike Williams(63). The Saints will have to commit to stopping Blount which will open up plays for Winslow.
Projection 8 rec. 60 yards 1 TD

Watch-list: Dezmon Briscoe

New Orleans

Lance Moore: Bye week fill in
Hard to be confident in any Saint WR not named Colston; Brees spreads the ball a lot but seems to keep Moore in the mix more so than others (i.e. Meachem and Henderson).
Projection: 5 rec. 60 yards 1 TD

Washington vs San Francisco

Washington: Other than TE Fred Davis there is no one on Washington worth playing. Gaffney would be an option if Jon Beck was a viable QB however they were shutout against an opportunistic, yet low ranked (26th) Buffalo Bills defense. San Francisco is ranked 10th in overall defense and is allowing the fewest points per game (15.3) against a Washington team averaging 16.6 points per game the outlook is bleak from all perspectives for Washington players.

San Francisco: Showing lots of versatility last week with dump passes to OL Staley and DL Sopoaga SF is looking good offensively. Washington gives up 120 ypg on the ground while SF is averaging 137 per game. Expect the run game to continue to be the focal point of this offense.


Kendall Hunter
As long as Gore is healthy, Hunter will have limited opportunities to shine but this week is the exception against a weak run defense like Washington’s I expect a stellar showing from Hunter.
Projection: 60 Rush, 3 rec. 40 yards 1 TD

Crabtree has 21 receptions for 235 yards in the last four games. Crabtree's best game of the season? Week 6: 9 rec for 77 yds

Delanie Walker 
While Walker wasn’t utilized last week, he could be used against the Redskins, who must account for Braylon Edwards, Micheal Crabtree and Vernon Davis. If you’re TE’s aren’t producing or on a bye AND the waiver wire is slim pickings add him this week and reap the benefits.

Projection: 20 Rush 4 rec. 50 yards 1 TD

Micheal Crabtree
Is starting to be the fantasy player we all thought that he could be, turning in two solid weeks of production. This week shouldn’t be any different, even with Braylon back, last week he saw a team high 9 targets and doesn’t seem to be trailing off.
Projection: 10 rec. 70 yards 1 TD


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