Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: RB - Week 9

by Nicholas Minnix and Bryce McRae on November 4, 2009 @ 15:00:00 PDT


If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.

Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses

Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Ryan Moats, Houston Texans (99 percent)

Here's a no-brainer. Head coach Gary Kubiak said he won't commit to Moats despite his 151 total yards and three rushing touchdowns Sunday against the Bills. Steve Slaton fumbled for the seventh time - and lost one for the fifth - this season Sunday, though. Coaches abhor nothing more than turnovers. Moats is unlikely to become featured because sophomore Slaton is too dynamic, but the former has definitely gained favor.

LenDale White, Tennessee Titans (56 percent)

Tennessee Titans RB LenDale White
The big man is relevant again....

The Titans earned their first win of the year last week and scored more than 20 points for the second time this year. They finished with 305 rushing yards combined. White was utilized 13 times, including twice in the red zone, and he finished with 13 rushes for 47 yards (3.6 yards per carry). His numbers weren't great, but there should be plenty of work in this run-first offense, especially if Tennessee can at least remain competitive.

White's matchups during the traditional fantasy football playoff weeks include the St. Louis Rams (Week 14) and the San Diego Chargers (Week 16) - both favorable for this position. He also faces the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (40 percent)

Charles was relegated to the watch list last week; the Chiefs were on a bye and starter Larry Johnson hadn't been suspended yet. Well, LJ will miss Week 9 because of suspension, and Kansas City has explored releasing him. They don't want to release him just yet, but they'll wait to see how he reacts to his forced time off.

The Chiefs head to Florida to face the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend; the Jags gave up 275 yards to running backs last week. Charles (5-foot-11, 199 pounds) figures to be the primary back replacing LJ. The Chiefs line is blocking at a junior varsity level, but if you need a " starting" back, Charles should be in line for touches. He'll likely be solely a matchup play, though; he has some unfavorable games on the docket.

Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire

The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.

Jerome Harrison, Cleveland Browns (68 percent)

Cleveland Browns RB Jamal Lewis
Lewis plans to retire after '09

Harrison has been an afterthought since Jamal Lewis returned from an ankle injury. That's a shame considering Harrison's 237 total yards, 10 receptions and 59 utilizations combined in Weeks 3 and 4, when Jamal was unavailable. Hold on: Lewis, 30, struggling to get going and perhaps just frustrated, stated he plans to retire after this season. Cleveland, at 1-7, has little reason to continue feeding the vet. Harrison is an excellent commodity to stash.

NEW - Kolby Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (98 percent)

Smith (knee) likely will be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list for this week's game. We've gone over him in our Waiver Wire report each of the last two weeks here and here; he's worth stashing because he fits the feature back and goal line molds better than Jamaal Charles. There could be a starting job available in KC with Larry Johnson suspended and possibly done in Kansas City. Though Charles will probably start in Week 9, Smith has handled a full workload in the past. If he can find reps, he has some favorable matchups, particularly in the playoff weeks (the Buffalo Bills in Week 14 and the Cleveland Browns in Week 15).

Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays

The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

NEW - Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks (87 percent)

Forsett was a sleeper even before moving up the depth chart because of Edgerrin James' release. At 5-foot-8, 194 pounds, he's more lightning than thunder, but the 'Hawks are looking for - NEED - a spark to their running game. James was averaging seven utilizations per game; Forsett should receive a large part of those. His three fumbles in the last three games is a red flag, though.

The Detroit Lions, Seattle's Week 9 opponent, are giving up 110.7 rushing yards per game to this position over the last month, putting them around the middle of the league. More importantly for Forsett, though, Detroit is allowing 5.33 receptions per game to this position. The pass catcher could be heavily utilized this week, especially if Seattle takes an early lead and need to run the clock down.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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