Presidential hopeful and pizza maker Herman Cain may have his 9-9-9 tax plan, but I have a 9-9 plan to help fantasy football owners make some wise moves on the waiver wire this week.
Week 11 is the final weekend of byes, so this will be the last time fantasy owners will be shorthanded thanks to the schedule makers, although injuries continue to hamstring owners on a weekly basis.
Here Are 9 Players To Pick Up:
John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals (QB)
Strange as it is to say, Kevin Kolb might be out of a job. Skelton, who was downright horrendous last season when he played sparingly as a rookie, has thrown for 537 yards and four touchdowns in two Arizona victories while Kolb has been out injured. Who knows when Kolb will return, injured or not?
With Matt Schaub stunning the fantasy community with a possible season-ending injury, Schaub owners have to scramble like Michael Vick to scoop up Leinart, who will take the reigns in Houston. Leinart’s NFL career has been spotty at best, but by the time he starts for Houston he should have Andre Johnson to throw to, which can only help Leinart’s fantasy value.
Tyler Palko, Kansas City Chiefs (QB)
There’s no telling how long Matt Cassel could be out due to his hand injury. Kansas City is keeping that information under wraps for the time being. The little-known, little-used Palko would start if Cassel will indeed miss a chunk of time. Let’s hope Palko fares better than other infamous KC QBs of the past like Tyler Thigpen and Brodie Croyle.
Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns (RB)
Ogbonnaya rushed for a hard 90 yards on 19 carries this past weekend. Granted, it came against the St. Louis Rams, the worst run defense in the NFL. No matter, though. Ogbonnaya might start for another week or two while Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty nurse their injuries, and available starting running backs are harder to come by these days than happy NBA players.
Chad Ochocinco, New England Patriots (WR)
There has been a Ochocinco sighting! He snagged a 53-yard pass after the New York Jets blew a coverage and let him run down the field unattended. Bully for him! Ochocinco might not shed the “Ochostinko” label just yet, but there are signs he is improving, and New England has the easiest schedule in football from here on out.
Laurent Robinson, Dallas Cowboys (WR)
No need for Miles Austin to rush back. Hamstring injuries are tricky. Give him all the time he needs to recover, and add another week on top of it for precautions. His replacement Robinson has 208 yards and four touchdowns over his last three games and is doing just fine.
Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts (TE)
With Dallas Clark out for multiple weeks and Indy’s quarterbacks unable to throw the ball accurately if asked to throw longer than 10 yards, Tamme should be a pretty busy man. He caught a half-dozen balls for 75 yards against Jacksonville and should continue putting up okay numbers.
Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (WR)
With Jacoby Ford banged-up and Darrius Heyward-Bey being kept off the field for some mysterious reason, Moore has quickly become Carson Palmer’s go-to guy, especially on long passes.
Lance Ball, Denver Broncos (RB)
Do the math—Denver now runs the ball 30-55 times per game in its new “Don’t Throw, Tebow!” offense. With both Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno injured against Kansas City, Ball had 30 carries. He could be in line for another 30 against the New York Jets this Thursday.
Here Are 9 Players To Drop:
Delone Carter, Indianapolis Colts (RB)
Looks like Indianapolis has pushed Carter to the back-burner in favor of Donald Brown, and Joseph Addai will eventually return one of these weeks.
Thomas Jones, Kansas City Chiefs (RB)
When Jamaal Charles suffered his season-ending injury, most figured Jones would be the back who would benefit the most. Too bad Jones is averaging 2.9 yards per carry and has rushed for a not-so-grand total of 38 yards over his last four games.
Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints (RB)
Now that Mark Ingram is back, Thomas’ role gets reduced again. And even while Ingram was out Thomas still was not touching the ball as fourth-stringer Chris Ivory was.
Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys (RB)
Valid arguments can be made that Jones should be held onto, but if you are low on roster room then Jones can get the boot since he will merely be a backup for DeMarco Murray now that the rookie has rushed for 601 yards in a four-game span.
Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders (QB)
If you were holding onto to the injured Campbell hoping that Carson Palmer would fall flat on his helmet, those hopes were probably dashed when Palmer torched the San Diego Chargers last Thursday night.
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers (WR)
Injuries, oldness and young whipper-snappers in the Pittsburgh receiving corps who are faster than he is are pushing Ward to the point of being a complete non-factor fantasy-wise.
Leon Hall, Cincinnati Bengals (CB)
If you owned Hall in a league where you use individual defensive players, it is time to cut this Pro Bowl cornerback now that he will miss the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans (QB)
Wait until you hear the official word from the Texans themselves, but if Schaub ends up definitely being out for the year then there is no reason to hold onto him unless you are in a keeper league.
Knowshom Moreno, Denver Broncos (RB)
A torn ACL equals a pink slip in fantasy football.