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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 9 Waiver Wire

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With the NFL trade deadline just hours away, a few players hold tremendous value from a fantasy perspective.

After passing the halfway mark of the fantasy season, many owners may have to look towards the waiver wire to salvage what’s left of their season. However, if you act fast, you can certainly find some under the radar players that provide big time production for you.

For instance, the possible end of a running back by committee in Carolina could signal the beginning of a fantasy superstar.

Also, I’ve got a quarterback for you that has played as good as anyone (and yes I mean anyone) in football over the past two weeks. So, why is he available?

And how about a wide receiver returning from injury that shouldn’t have been dropped? Or another wide-out that you may never have even heard of.

The following names may not be sexy by any means, but fantasy owners can certainly strike gold if they manage to land one or two of them. Stalking the waiver wire is a crucial aspect of a player’s attempts to take home a fantasy championship. You never know when a sleeper can awake and become a big time fantasy superstar.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the top Waiver Wire targets entering Week 9.

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Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

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After struggling mightily so far this season, the Panthers have decided to mix it up a bit offensively.

Head coach Ron Rivera has named Jonathan Stewart the starting running back, saying he is a much better runner between the tackles than teammate DeAngelo Williams.

Stewart had a tough outing against the deadly Chicago Bears defense, but he is getting all of the work, which is a positive in fantasy land. Also, there have been some rumblings out of Carolina that the Panthers are looking to trade Williams before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

If Williams is in fact moved elsewhere, Stewart is a must add in any league. He is clearly the better back, and will be the only back. Not to mention, he has very good matchups down the stretch, which could solidify your championship when it’s all said and done.

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Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions


If you would have told me that Titus Young would have been the highest scoring receiver in fantasy football this week, I probably would have questioned your sanity.

However, that is exactly what happened, as Young exploded for over 100 yards and 2 scores on Sunday against arguably the best secondary in the Seattle Seahawks. With fellow receiver Nate Burleson out for the season with a broken leg, the opportunity for Young is there.

Matthew Stafford finally appeared to have his breakout game, which benefits Young’s fantasy value. With a nonexistent rushing attack, the Lions will be slinging the ball all over the field, and Young should be a big part of that offense, especially when defenses are doubling Calvin Johnson.

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Danny Amendola, WR, St.Louis Rams


Do yourself a favor and check your league’s free agency list. Like now.

Towards the beginning of the season, Danny Amendola showcased the signs of a PPR monster. However, a nasty shoulder injury hindered his playing time. Amendola recovered a lot quicker than expected, and almost played on Sunday in Wembley Stadium. The Rams have a bye this week and then Amendola is very likely to return to the lineup.

You need to grab him and put him on your roster.

Many owners dropped Amendola, assuming he would be out for much longer. That is not the case, as he will return to action in Week 10, and will immediately be the top wideout in St. Louis.

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Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars


Listen, I know what you’re thinking.

“Really, a Jaguars receiver?” Or maybe you were too busy looking up exactly who this guy is. Anyway, Shorts has quietly had a nice fantasy campaign. He put up 116 receiving yards on Sunday, and has managed to score double digit fantasy points in four of seven games thus far.

It may be very difficult to trust someone who is receiving the ball from Blaine Gabbert, but Shorts has been producing regardless. While he is more of a deeper league add, unless you are desperate, Shorts is worthy of being talked about in fantasy land.

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Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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If you aren’t aware of the recent hot streak from Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, you need to get familiar.

Freeman has been on an absolute tear the past two games, throwing for 682 yards, 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions during the span. That is ridiculous.

It is time for fantasy owners to add him to their roster, as he has a very nice slate of matchups ahead of him in Oakland, San Diego and Carolina. He is showing signs of maturity and it also helps when you have big time targets like Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams to throw to.

Not to mention, he still gets to face the atrocious New Orleans Saints defense one more time this year, which could make for huge production.

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Daryl Richardson, RB, St.Louis Rams


The St.Louis Rams running back situation is similar to that of the Panthers'.

All Pro running back Steven Jackson’s role has been diminishing, as rookie Daryl Richardson has been splitting carries with him. Things are not looking good for Jackson, as he is another subject of possible trade talks. Again, if he ends up being dealt, Richardson needs to be rostered immediately, as he will be the featured back for the Rams.

I’d pick up Richardson now and look towards the possibility of his teammate being traded.