Fantasy Football Week 9: Sleepers and Waiver Wire Targets


Well folks the NFL season has passed the halfway point, which meant Fantasy Football is officially heating up. We here at Detroit Jock City are ready to help you make that playoff push, thus bringing you our Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire Must-Haves column.

There are many reasons to hit the waiver wire this week. A few teams have byes, like the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, and as we have said before — there are no shortage of injuries around the league. If you have guys like Matthew Stafford or Matt Forte on your fantasy football rosters and additional help is needed during their absence, were here to help you decide who you should go after.


WR Brandon LaFell (NE)

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It’s no secret, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are on fire right now in the NFL and Brandon LaFell is Brady’s go to guy on the outside. In the games since the Patriots loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Brady has throw 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions in that stretch. His QBR of 91.1 ranks second in the NFL to only Peyton Manning. He threw five of those TD’s last Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

LaFell has quietly emerged as one of the more solid options at wide receiver. He has been the eighth-best receiver in standard leagues and the seventh-best in PPR leagues since week 4 and is coming off a game in which he seen 11 targets thrown his way — catching everyone of them.

With the way the Patriots offense is playing and LaFell’s recent production, he’s worth an  add this week.

WR Allen Robinson (JAX)

Allen Robinson’s performance as of late was brought to my attention by a good friend of mine.

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At first glace you may be skeptical when you consider these facts:

  1. He plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. He has a rookie QB in Blake Bortles throwing him the football
  3. He plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  4. Cecil Shorts III is also healthy for the team from Florida’s east coast

Did I mention I’m leery of playing any members of the Jaguars? Jokes aside though, if you need wide receiver help in fantasy football Robinson is your guy. He seen a season-high 10 targets thrown in his direction last week and has seen at least nine in four of his last six games. With the Jaguars always playing from behind, like they probably will be this week in Cincinnati, they will throw the ball more often.

RB Bobby Rainey (TB)

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Yes, I know, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense is less than stellar and inconsistent at best in 2014. However, if you look at the running back situation that may actually play into the favor of Bobby Rainey.

To this point in the season Rainey has outplayed the often-injured, Doug Martin — who has been a major disappointment to say the very least. Rainey has averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 8.2 yards per reception, compared to Martin’s 2.9 and 6.0, respectively.

Rainey is an even better pick-up in PPR leagues, totally 66 yards on 14 touches last Sunday.

RB Jonas Gray (NE)

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Up in New England, it’s no secret that Bill Belicheck loves the running back by committee approach. When Stevan Ridley went down with a season-ending injury, it was expected that Shane Vereen would see a much heavier work load in his fellow RB’s absence. This did prove true in week 7 when the Pats faced the New York Jets, but Gray got his opportunity last Sunday.

Against an abysmal Chicago Bears run defense, Gray carried the ball 17 times for 86-yards , averaging 5.1 YPC. It’s very likely that Gray will continue to see an increase in carries, especially in goal line situation. Pick him up if you need a RB2 this week.

Thank you for reading our Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire Must-Haves. Be sure to check back into Detroit Jock City all week long for all your Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em and other advice!