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Waiver Wire Wednesday
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – New England Patriots were so worried about not letting Mike Wallace beat them deep, and thus played a ton of soft Cover 2 against the Steelers’ spread formations. This was great for Brown and Heath Miller, who were open underneath all day. Keep an eye on Hines Ward‘s ankle injury, it should be back soon and he’ll steal targets. Brown has separated himself as the best No. 2 target here behind Wallace. .
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders: If you are in need, especially once Carson Palmer gets going. Heyward-Bey should definitely be owned in all leagues. The Raiders’ pass attack won’t look as terrible as it did in Week 7 versus the Kansas City Chiefs; Carson Palmer simply didn’t know the offense. Bey is absolutely the Raiders’ No. 1 wideout.
Javon Ringer, RB, Tennessee Titans: I think he’s definitely worth a stash as this CJ2K drama continues Ringer basically replaced him in the fourth quarter in the last game. Ringer still isn’t startable. but let’s see what happens.
Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs : While Breaston did make a big catch in overtime and managed three grabs for 42 yards overall, it was Baldwin who was on the field more, and appeared to play in most of the Chiefs’ two-receiver sets. I still have questions about this his route running, but he flashed his talent on that long TD catch Monday night. Depending on matchup he could be a low end WR3.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Cleveland Browns: Hillis’ status is still a mystery and Montario Hardesty lasted two carries in his spot Sunday before going down with a calf injury. He’ll certainly miss Week 9 and might be out longer, and Peyton Hillis‘ hamstring may not be ready for Sunday. That might leave Ogbonnaya as the starter by default. He’s big and solid built and will be playing against his old team, the Texans. Ogbonnaya would be a candidate for 15-plus touches, which is never bad news for fantasy owners. The Texans defense has been playing well., so who knows what he will do with all those touches.
Dallas Cowboys Defense: Great matchup against the Seahawks and want paybacks after the beating they took last week.
Kansas City Chiefs Defense – Chiefs seem to be hitting their stride the last few weeks and have a good matchup against Miami. Even though the Dolphins offense looked better, they should still be good for a few turnovers.
Houston Texans Defense – Playing Cleveland.. enough said.
If Your Really Desperate
Curtis Brinkley, RB, San Diego Chargers: Brinkley was the victim of a shooting in 2009, and apparently still has a bullet lodged somewhere near his heart. Brinkley overcame all that to play a significant role Monday night, as Mike Tolbert missed the game because of a hamstring injury, and Ryan Mathews suffered a groin injury during the game. Unfortunately, Brinkley himself suffered a concussion, and his status for Week 9 is very much up in the air. As such, he’s probably really only addable for deep-leaguers.
Tashard Choice, RB, Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan got another running back to get his large list of RB’s back up after losing one. The Skins grabbed Choice off waivers from the archrival Cowboys. In Dallas, Choice never lived up to expectations, and now will join Ryan Torain and Roy Helu for a chance at some touches. For the moment, Choice is the third-stringer in this offense and It sounds like a hamstring injury will likely keep Choice out for Week 9, but he could be ready if anything happens to the other two guys.
Kevin Faulk, RB, New England Patriots: Week 8’s snap count for Patriots top two running backs broke down like this: Faulk played 39 snaps. BenJarvus Green-Ellis played 13. This basically makes Danny Woodhead obsolete… sucks for Woodhead owners. The very fact that the 35-year-old Faulk could get the rock this much in his first game back from his torn ACL is amazing. but he does seem to be one of Bill Belichick’s favorites.