By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
Another week, another decimated roster in fantasy football. If your
fantasy team (or NFL team)didn't sustain an injury in week eight,
consider yourself lucky. It's time once again to get those waiver wire
pickups in whether it's to cover a bye week or replace a player lost to
DeAngelo Williams- Running Back- Pittsburgh Steelers- Week eight was
very cruel to fantasy owners. Many lost their first round pick in
Le'Veon Bell for the entire remainder of the season. This makes DeAngelo
Williams a must add heading into week nine. Even non Bell owners will
want Williams on their roster. In the first two games of the season when
Bell was out due to suspension, Williams scored over 13 fantasy points
and over 27 fantasy points respectively. Now that Williams will carry
the load for the rest of the season, owners that are lucky enough to
grab him off of the waiver wire just got themselves a starting running
back in week nine. That move could be a potential game changer as
fantasy playoffs get closer.
Jeremy Langford- Running Back- Chicago Bears- With a knee injury
sidelining Matt Forte for at least two weeks, Jeremy Langford becomes a
must own for Forte owners. While fantasy owners have nothing in terms of
fantasy production to go on, once again, Langford steps in as a
starting running back and finding those at this stage of the season is
not an easy task. In the six games Langford appeared in so far this
season, he already has two touchdowns on 27 touches and five targets in
the passing game. It appears Jeremy Langford will fill the hole Forte
left quite nicely.
Vernon Davis- Tight End- Denver Broncos- With the acquisition of former
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, Peyton Manning now has
another weapon to add to his arsenal. That could mean big things coming
from VD. Having been lost in San Francisco for the last couple of
seasons, this may be the move that revitalizes the career of VD. Coming
off of his best game this season where he saw eight targets and caught
six of them, fantasy owners in need of a tight end or just want to
upgrade should definitely take a flyer on Vernon Davis.
Kamar Aiken- Wide Receiver- Baltimore Ravens- Now that Steve Smith Sr is
done for the season (thanks again to the week eight injury bug), the
Ravens will need another receiver to step up in his absence. With the
rookie Perriman still not ready to debut, that leaves Kamar Aiken to
fill the void. On the season, Aiken has over 330 yards on 25 receptions
with two touchdowns to go with it. Now that he projects to be the number
one receiver in Baltimore, fantasy owners can expect those numbers to
jump up a bit.
Malcolm Floyd- Wide Receiver- San Diego Chargers- Fantasy owners can
thank the week eight injury bug on yet another major player going down
in Keenan Allen for at least a few weeks. That would make sense for
Malcolm Floyd to step in and while Floyd could be a nice addition to a
fantasy roster, he himself has a history of not staying healthy. Feel
free to use a waiver wire priority on him if you need a receiver being
that Philip Rivers is playing out of his mind right now in terms of
passing yards. Floyd hasn't had a bad season up until this point hauling
in 21 balls for over 400 yards and three scores.
Heath Miller- Tight End- Pittsburgh Steelers- For fantasy owners in need
of a tight end, you can do worse than Heath Miller. Just be cautious
that you don't expect too much from the Steelers star as he has a few
big games here and there then can disappear for a few weeks altogether.
On the season, Miller has 27 catches for over 270 yards and is coming
off of his first double digit fantasy points game of the season. Grab
him if you need a tight end but again, don't expect a repeat performance
week in and week out.
Nate Washington- Wide Receiver- Houston Texans- While Washington has
been a more productive wide out than anyone would've thought this
season, he's a very streaky player who may be good for a few weeks and
that's it. With 26 catches for over 400 yards up until this point, he
can only keep this up for so long before he disappears completely. With
the Texans a team that has to play catch up a lot, fantasy owners can
expect a lot of passing from them but it's hard to go into a week
relying on Nate Washington to give you much of anything.