Waiver Wire Wizardry: Pickups for Week 9


Here's Carson Palmer saying "start me."
Here’s Carson Palmer saying “start me.”

Carson Palmer (50% Y!): He has thrown for at least 250 yards and 2 touchdowns in each of the 3 games he has started since returning from injury. Palmer continues to find targets to throw to, even if it isn’t Michael Floyd (unfortunately). With a receiving core of Fitzgerald, Floyd, John Brown and pass-catching tailback Andre Ellington, Palmer needs to be owned. Palmer is playing at a high level and has only thrown 1 pick since returning. Owners should roster two quarterbacks and Palmer should definitely take up one of those slots. Grab him quick.

Andy Dalton (68% Y!): I have two bits of good news regarding Dalton. First, he ran for 2 rushing scores on Sunday. And two, there is a chance A.J. Green returns in week 9 as well. Now the bad news. He is simply playing nowhere near the elite level with which he played in 2013. He has thrown for over 1,600 yards, but only 6 touchdowns thus far. But as I pointed out, he may very well indeed get his All-Pro wideout back in this week. If that is indeed the case, look for Dalton to flourish in a juicy matchup against the Jaguars. Green’s presence changes the entire complexion of the Bengal offense. If you need a streaming option this week, Dalton is your man.

Running Back:

Denard Robinson (57% Y!): Who would’ve thunk it? “Shoelace” has back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances since being named starter. He has the starting job locked down as Storm Johnson was a healthy scratch on Sunday and Toby Gerhart played a minimal role. Considering the frequency with which Jacksonville has fed him the ball and the way he has turned those chances into yardage, he’s got to be owned in all formats. If he’s out there in your league, he needs to be restored. Start him with confidence this week against a weak Bengals run defense.

Lorenzo Taliaferro (8% Y!): He has surpassed Bernard Pierce as the #2 backfield option in Baltimore. Pierce was a healthy scratch on Sunday and Taliaferro didn’t disappoint, as he served as the short yardage back scoring twice. He also led the Ravens in receiving yards. He seemed to have sealed the deal on becoming the new goal line back for the Ravens, along with getting looks in the receiving game. He may be touchdown dependent, but the Ravens offense finds ways to score. Add him as an RB3 or FLEX play moving forward.

Jonas Gray (6% Y!): After only receiving 2 carries last week in his season debut, Gray got 17 carries for 86 yards on Sunday in the rout against Chicago. Gray has clearly taken over the Stevan Ridley role in this offense. Given the lack of proven depth behind Shane Vereen, Gray is going to be in line for carries going forward. He has the ability to put up some good numbers in an improving offense. Just be aware of the volatility of the New England backfield.

Wide Receiver:

Brandon LaFell (36% Y!): He caught all 11 of his targets (which led the team) on Sunday for 124 yards and a TD. In the 6 games that he has actually made a catch (weeks 3-8), he has 44 targets, 30 catches, 461 yards and 4 scores. That is a weekly average of 7.3 targets, 5 catches, 76.8 yards and .66 TDs. That is a weekly average of 16.7 points in PPR (11.7 points in standard). He has earned the trust of Tom Brady and should continue to garner looks in the passing game. New England’s offense has found it’s identity again and LaFell will certainly benefit from that.

Allen Robinson (23% Y!): This is Robinson’s fourth time on this list. How is he owned in under a quarter of Y! leagues? Now the proud owner of two straight games with a TD, Robinson will continue to be on this list until he is rostered in more than he is right now. He has 63 targets on the season, which is in the top 25 in the NFL. He has led all Jaguars’ wideouts in snaps for 3 straight weeks now and outside of week 1, he has been targeted at least 6 times per game. In 6 of the 8 games so far this season, Robinson has scored double-digit points in PPR leagues. Clearly the favorite WR for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars coaching staff, I cannot preach enough on how Robinson needs to be owned. Raise the totals folks, pick him up.

Davante Adams (14% Y!): Surpassing Jarrett Boykin is checked off of Davante Adams’ to-do list this season. Now the #3 pass-catcher in a high-powered Packer offense, Adams needs to be owned in all formats. Most gamers are pegging Adams as a WR3 moving forward, but I’d say he is a high-end WR4 with upside. With Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson receiving so much attention from the opposing defense, Adams is a guy that will be looked at a lot. I believe he will have more games like he did yesterday and should be picked up before he does and everyone else catches on. His role is expanding each week.

Tight End:

Heath Miller (61% Y!): While he hasn’t proven to be a consistent threat this season, Miller is a reliable target in an emerging offense. The Steelers now rank 3rd in the NFL in average yards per game with over 400 yards of offense. While Miller may not catch 10 balls for 100 yards and a score every week, he is still a nice bet to give you some points at the tight end position with a chance to have a big game like he did on Sunday.

Dwayne Allen (74% Y!): Again, this goes to show how shallow the tight end position in fantasy football is. Allen has now scored in 6 of 8 games this season and has at least 3 catches and 38 yards in all but 2 games in 2014. He is a weekly threat to score in a potent offense. Allen is arguably the top red zone target for the Colts. Because of his 6 scores, he is in the TE1 discussion and should continue to put up low-end TE1 numbers the rest of the way.

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Doug Moore is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @DMM0822!

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