Week 9 - Buy & Sell Report
By Mike Beacom
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Talk of a change at quarterback in Philadelphia has desperate fantasy owners running for the waiver wire to pick up Mike Vick’s backup, Nick Foles. If for nothing else, Foles can be used to provide insurance for Vick owners, and it’s possible he could provide the Eagles with a much needed boost of energy after suffering through a string of three straight losses.
But fantasy owners must be cautioned that Foles has not attempted an NFL pass, and while he threw for a lot of yards and touchdowns at the University of Arizona last year, he also threw a lot of interceptions. Add him for roster depth, not to be an every-week starter.
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates to consider …
RB James Starks, Packers
Starks only touched the ball twice on Sunday but he looked fresh. The Packers are committed to Alex Green for now, but fantasy owners can expect to see more reps for Starks in the coming weeks. If he continues to produce results, who knows? Maybe he will have a strong finish the same as he did in 2010.
WR Ryan Broyles, Lions
Same as Titus Young, Broyles is reaping the benefits that come with Nate Burleson’s absence from the lineup. The young receiver has caught a touchdown in each of the last two games and will continue to push for reps. He is behind Young on the depth chart, but Young’s inconsistency could open the door for more opportunities in the future.
WR Clyde Gates, Jets
The Jets have to throw to someone, and when it’s not Jeremy Kerley it might as well be … Clyde Gates? Sure, why not. The second-year receiver picked up seven catches for 82 yards in garbage time on Sunday. Those numbers will earn Gates more opportunities in future weeks.
TE Virgil Green, Broncos
Green is part of a trio of Denver tight ends with potential. Only thing is, Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen have had their shot and done little with it; Green is more athletic and still getting comfortable with Peyton Manning (Green missed the first four games due to suspension). He has the most upside of the three, and could have a strong second half if he continues to make plays like he did on Sunday night.
The waiver wire isn’t the only way for fantasy owners to improve their roster; a well-crafted trade proposal can help every bit as much as picking up an up-and-coming free agent. Here is a look at this week’s buy and sell candidates:
RB Alfred Morris, Redskins
Morris is coming off of his worst performance of the season (59 yards, no touchdowns) and he still averaged 4.5 yards per carry. The rookie back has either scored or gained more than 100 yards in six of eight starts this season. Morris is a top 5 fantasy back – period – and if ever there was a time to make a trade offer, it’s now.
WR Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
The Jaguars put the ball into Blackmon’s hands a lot in the first half of their loss to Green Bay. With Laurent Robinson banged up and the running game in shambles, they need other players to step up. This rookie could finally be ready to turn the corner.
WR Antonio Brown, Steelers
Brown’s asking price may be low after posting a pair of dismal performances in October. But he is still a No. 2 fantasy receiver, and someone who could have a strong finish to the year, as Pittsburgh’s remaining schedule favors their passing offense. He’d make a nice addition to any fantasy team.
RB Chris Johnson, Titans
The honeymoon is over. Johnson has produced several nice weeks as of late, but the Titans now enter a stretch in which they’ll face the Bears, Dolphins and Texans. Don’t allow Johnson to make your hair turn gray early; let him be someone else’s problem. Sell high.
WR Michael Crabtree, 49ers
Crabtree’s two touchdowns on Monday were a gift from the gods. He has been one of football’s biggest disappointments and most inconsistent players. Coming off his best fantasy effort in some time, put him on the market and entertain any reasonable offers.
WR Brandon Lloyd, Patriots
Same advice here as for Crabtree. Lloyd caught two touchdowns in London, but those were the only two balls he caught all game. The Patriots look to him after the tight ends and Wes Welker have been fed.
Mike Beacom is a contributing writer for FootballDiehards.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebeacom