Waiver-Wire Pickups, Keeper Sleepers and Spot Starts: Week 9

Well, we’re halfway through the regular season in the NFL, which means we’re almost 2/3 of the way done with the fantasy football regular season. If you still have a chance to make the playoffs, but are stuck with some bye week/injury issues, you might consider picking up the following players this week…

Running Backs

Ryan Grant (GB): DeShaun Wynn hurt himself during Monday night’s game and Grant replaced him with success, rushing for over 100 yards. He will start at least one more game and if he can rack up another good performance, he could be the new starter in Green Bay.

Selvin Young (DEN): Did you leave Travis Henry in your lineup this past weekend, hoping that he’d start on Monday? If you did, you were angered to see that he took the night off and one Selvin Young was in the backfield for the Broncos. If he’s available (he should have been hand-cuffed with Travis Henry), you should pick him up. With Henry’s legal/suspension troubles about to rev up, Young could see an increase in playing time soon.

Justin Fargas (OAK): LaMont Jordan began the season with a bang, but since then the running game of Oakland has seemed to deteriorate. Domanic Rhodes isn’t proving to be the number one running back he thinks he is and Jordan is still not at full health. When given the opportunity, Fargas has played well, rushing for over 5 yards a carry and also catching a few passes out of the backfield. If he continues to get chances, he could be a spot-start for your team for the rest of the season.

Chris Henry (TEN): Similar to Oakland’s situation, Henry is the Fargas of that group and Chris Brown’s injury has allowed him to get the carries to prove that he has talent. Brown might not play again next weekend, so Henry should get some carries and could help your squad if you’re struggling at the RB position.

Adimchinobi Echemandu (HOU): If you’re looking for this player in the available player list, just copy and paste the name into the search box, otherwise you’ll never find him. I’m not sure where he came from, but he got a fair share of the rushing carries for Houston this weekend and turned in a 6.2 yard/carry performance. He could be helpful to your team if you’re in a deep league and are in serious need of running back depth.


Sage Rosenfels (HOU): If you’re looking for a spot-start at quarterback this week, Rosenfels could be one to consider. He’s playing a fairly tough Oakland passing defense, but he still could be better than some of your other options at the position.

Kellen Clemens (NYJ): It appears that the Pennington era in New York is over. Clemens will get the start this weekend and should continue to start as long as he doesn’t completely screw up. Unlike the situation in Miami, the Jets actually have decent wide receivers, so Clemens could be able to put up some decent numbers if he remains the starter. He also makes a decent keeper league pickup at this point.

Wide Receivers

James Jones (GB): Is James Jones still a free agent in your league? He had a big game this past weekend and we know Favre and the Packers love to throw the ball. Jones makes for a decent third receiver on your team at this point.

Chris Henry (CIN): What are the odds that both Chris Henry’s would make the Waiver-Wire list in the same week? Well, it is only one more week until this edition of Chris Henry returns from his suspension and if you’re looking for a boost at the WR position to make a late season run at a playoff spot, Henry could be the man for you.

Tight Ends

Greg Olsen (CHI): If Olsen is still a free agent in your league and your tight end’s last name is not Gates, Witten, Clark (Dallas), Gonzalez or Winslow, pick him up. He’s becoming a favorite target of Griese and should continue to be a force in the end zone for the remainder of the season.

Tony Scheffler (DEN): If you didn’t pick him up last week, you missed out on a touchdown and a few receiving yards. While not all that spectacular, he is proving to be one of Cutlers favorite targets and he should continue to produce on a week-to-week basis. If you’re in search of a startable TE for the rest of the year, consider Scheffler.