Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: QB - Week 9
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: 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.
The Cardinals have named Anderson the starter for Week 9. Anderson relieved rookie Max Hall Sunday and completed a season-high 66.7 percent of his passes. He finished with 234 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. While DA's Week 8 play wasn't jaw-dropping, it was a step in the right direction. Furthermore, the Cardinals are finally getting healthy at receiver. Turnovers are part of Anderson's game; if your league doesn't penalize heavily, or at all, for mistakes, Anderson is worth a look as a backup in deep leagues.
The Niners are on bye this week, so you can probably wait before acquiring Smith. It appears as though the Ohio State star will hang onto the starting job even once Alex D. Smith (shoulder) is healthy.
Smith was better than expected against the Denver Broncos in their Week 8 tilt. The fourth-year passer completed 63.2 percent of his 19 attempts for 196 yards and a touchdown. He didn't turn over the ball and chipped in a rushing touchdown in his third ever pro start.
If you are in a deep league and want to take a chance on Smith, add him before the bye to ensure another owner doesn't. In all likelihood, he'll be an erratic fantasy option and may never crack your starting lineup with byes ending after Week 10. His schedule is so-so, with matchups against the St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, respectively, in the four weeks following his bye.
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.
Freeman travels to the South to face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 9. The Dirty Birds are coming off a bye week but in the previous three contests allowed a whopping 324.7 passing yards and 2.33 touchdowns per game through the air to the position prior to their one-week hiatus. Freeman has thrown for at least 212 yards and a touchdown in four straight games; he hasn't thrown an interception in his last three starts. Those numbers are not great by any means, but he is consistently being decent. With a strong matchup ahead, fantasy owners looking for a Week 9 fill-in can confidently turn to Freeman. At worst, he isn't likely to hurt you with a real stinker of a game.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors. Follow @CoryKFFL
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