Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice: Whom to Pick Up in Week 9

Bruno Boys Fantasy FootballCorrespondent IIIOctober 31, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 30:   Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Reggie Bush (Miami Dolphins)

Bush had 15 carries for 103 yards and four receptions for 17 yards against the New York Giants in Week 8, as he took advantage of Daniel Thomas’ (hamstring) absence to top 100 rushing yards for just the second time in his career. Thomas’ injury has seemingly lingered all season, leaving his status going forward dicey and Bush may continue to see plenty of carries if he is out.

Steve Slaton did vulture a touchdown in Sunday’s game, so Bush looks likely to continue to see little or no goal-line work. That said, he is a very good option in yardage-heavy leagues, especially given how hard it can be to find solid running backs at this stage of the season.

Owners that wish to add Bush may have to act fast though, as he is still owned in 62 percent of Fleaflicker leagues.

Consider Adding In: 12-Team and 14-team Leagues

Javon Ringer (Tennessee Titans)

Ringer had 14 carries for 60 yards and five receptions for 42 yards against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8. His 19 touches were actually more than Chris Johnson and his 102 total yards exactly doubled the total yardage Johnson put up in the game.

Ringer has earned a fairly significant role going forward with Johnson struggling to get on track this season and should continue to be productive even in a part-time role.


The Titans are likely to still give Johnson plenty of opportunities given the money they committed to him this offseason, which limits Ringer’s fantasy upside without an injury. That being said, Tennessee’s coaching staff said they will ride the hot hand moving forward, and if Ringer continues to produce it will be hard to justify not giving him more work down the road.

Fantasy owners, especially those who have been disappointed by Johnson’s production thus far, should immediately add Ringer. He should still be available in nearly all leagues.

Consider Adding In: 12-Team and 14-team Leagues

Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Brown had nine receptions (on 15 targets) for 67 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots in Week 8, giving him 16 catches for 169 yards over the past two games while being targeted 24 times in that span.

As long as Hines Ward (ankle) is banged up, and even if he is healthy, Brown looks to have a very significant role in the Steelers’ passing game and as such has elevated himself above being just a bye week fill-in or matchup play for fantasy football owners.

He is still likely to be available in a lot of leagues (54 percent owned in Fleaflicker), but that could easily change dramatically as the weeks go on.

Consider Adding In: 12-Team and 14-team Leagues

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