Fantasy Football Pickups Week 9 Waiver Wire

Rather than letting you know exactly which players and their positions are on bye, the following teams will not play week 9, Sunday, November 8:

Arizona Cardinals
Baltimore Ravens
Detroit Lions
Houston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs
Seattle Seahawks.

Read on to find out more about potential bye-week and injury subs for week 9.

**UPDATE: Jordan Todman, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers named no. 2 back**

**UPDATE: Running backs Shaun Draughn and Pierre Thomas sign with San Francisco 49ers.

Quarterback (QB)
- i's -
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (thumb)

- R's -
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 20% of all ESPN leagues): the Chicago Bears receiving corps is finally coming back online, and Jay has seen what his backups can do.  He could be a sneaky streaming option against a Chargers defense who gave up 24 points to Joe Flacco in week 8, even after Smith Sr. went down.  Look for Cutler to connect with Bennet, Jeffery, and Wilson, and dump the ball off to Langford, a rookie wideout-turned-running back if Forte is rulled out.

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 41.6% of all ESPN leagues): Romo can return to practice on November 4 to prep for week 9 after being on short-term IR for the last 6 weeks.  Buyer beware, just because he can return doesn't necessarily mean he will.  When he does, he'll have the whole gang to throw to, including a reliable outlet in Darren McFadden.  Dez Bryant can take the top off of defenses, leaving intermediate routes for Witten and the short stuff for DMC.  The 'Boys face the Eagles this week, the same team that broke Romo's collarbone in week 2.

Running Back (RB), Wide Receiver (WR), FLEX
- i's -
Le'veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (knee)
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears (knee)
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers (foot)
Reggie Bush, RB, San Francisco 49ers (knee)
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys (abs)
Khiry Robinson, RB, New Orleans Saints (leg)
Steve Smith Sr., WR, Baltimore Ravens (achilles)
Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers (kidney)
Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets (ankle/toe)
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans (knee)
Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears (knee)
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills (ankle)
Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills (hip)

- R's -
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 27.6% of all ESPN leagues): The former Panther ran 9 times for 71 yards and caught 4 for 36 after Le'veon Bell was carted off the field.  Williams has had his moments this year, scoring 41.4 points in Bell's absense during weeks 1 and 2.  The upside is that the steelers still have some great matchups left in the schedule. The downside is Williams' durability.  He has been prone to injury lately, playing 6 games in the Panthers' 2014 campaign.  If you do pick up Williams, you may want to pick up the handcuff for your handcuff, Dri Archer.  Bell will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn MCL.

Dri Archer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues): Not much is known about the sophomore speedster other than he stands at 5'8", 174lbs, and ran a 4.26-40 at the 2014 combine.  He hasn't received a carry in 2015, but handled return duties after Bell went down.  He is a dual threat as a runner and pass catcher in college, and is elusive in open space.  However, the unproven rookie has a very low floor given that he is unproven and could simply become a change-of-pace back in a committee setup with Jordan Todman and Isaiah Pead if Williams goes down.

CJ Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 57.1% of all leagues): And then there were 2 in the Saints' backfield.  If this walking injury report has been dropped in your league, pick him up now.  He may have been dumped due to lack of usage, but Khiry Robinson just went down with an injury, so Spiller will see plenty of snaps. He should be at least looked at in all ESPN leagues since he's usually thrown to in a pass-heavy offense.  He's not on the field often, but he's a homerun threat whenever he is.

Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 2.2% of all ESPN leagues): The 6'1", 208lb rookie out of Michigan State looked shifty and explosive running against a tough Vikings front.  The former wideout/defensive back-turned-running back can run, cut, catch, make defenders miss, pick up blitzes, and was the featured back after Forte went down with an injury.  Keep an eye on Forte's injury status this week.  With Jacquizz Rogers on IR, Langford would carry the load for the Bears if Forte misses extended time.

Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 21% of all ESPN leagues): Baltimore will attempt to recreate Steve Smith Sr. in the aggregate, as the Ravens run game has been ineffective this season.  Aiken may be the biggest beneficiary of Steve Smith's injury.  He's the third on the team in receptions with 25, trailing Forsett who has 27, and Smith Sr. who led the team with 46.  Aiken led the team with 6 catches for 62 yards in week 8, and will be leaned on in the absense of the future hall-of-famer.

Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 49.6% of all ESPN leagues): Looks like LaFell finally cleaned the butter off his fingers from his week 7 debut.  He caught 4 for 47 yards and will look to improve on that performance.  He'll give Brady a big outside target if Gronk and Edelman aren't open in the middle, and will try to work his way into the #2 wideout spot.  He posted some strong stats in the second half of the season, catching 74 passes for 953 yards and 7 scores.

Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 26.7% of all ESPN leagues): The elder statesman of the Bolts' receiving corps is still one of Rivers' most reliable targets.  He can still make all he catches and could see more targets if Keenan Allen misses significant time with kidney issues.  He may have a tough matchup this week against the Chicago Bears, but could be a good start if Allen can't go and Stevie Johnson stays sidelined.

Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 5.6% of all ESPN leagues): Woods was the man, again, in week 7 for the Bills.  He caught 9 passes for 84 yards and a score in the absense of Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin.  This should come as no surprise given the injury histories of Watkins and Harvin.  Woods could continue to see targets due to a lack of healthy receiving options in Buffalo, and therefore continued production.

Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 29.3% of all ESPN leagues): Marques showed why he's still the man in New Orleans.  He played his part, catching 8 throws for 114 yards and a score.  In light of their receiving woes and struggling defese, Brees may keep connecting with Colston in a late-season run for an NFC playoff spot.  He and the Saints will look to win again when they face a Titans defense that allowed 235 yards and 2 scores to Brian Hoyer and an average Texans offense.

Tight End (TE)
- i's -
Larry Donnell, New York Giants (shoulder/neck)
Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers (ankle)

- R's -
Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 13.8% of all ESPN leagues): With Smith Sr. sidelined for the rest of the season, Gillmore looks to be the other beneficiary of Smith's targets.  Flacco has connected with the sophomore tight end 20 times, 4th on the team, for 242 yards, 3rd on the team, and a score so far this season, and could've done better if he wasn't hurt this season.

Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 5.7% of all ESPN leagues): Matty Ice found the forgotten tight end 10 times for 103 yards and a score in week 8.  Buyer beware, the Falcons offense has been struggling lately, the Falcons have other weapons to throw to, and their run game can pound the rock.  However, Tamme could see additional looks if teams continue to stack the box to stop the run and Julio Jones is still double-covered.  Nevertheless, Tamme's a capable tight end who still has some game left, so monitor his performance in the next couple of weeks.

Troy Niklas, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 0%, that's right, NOT A SINGLE ESPN league): Well, he has our attention now.  Although this unknown entity only had 2 catches for 12 yards in week 8, both went for touchdowns.  The issue is Arizona has a lot of options in Fitz, Brown, Floyd, Ellington, Johnson, etc.  Grab Niklas if you're truly desperate.

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