Doug Coutts
Waiver Wire Wonders - Week 9

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A quiet week on the injury front does not leave much to pick from on the waiver wire this week. As a result, we set aside our top category while digging deeply to uncover the next diamond in the rough. Wide receivers dominate this week’s list, with a couple of running backs sprinkled in. We dig deep, hoping to find something for everyone this week.

On to the wonders ...

Solid Pickups

WR Aaron Dobson, New England

The situation at wide receiver for the Patriots is always evolving, for now it is Dobson that is getting the attention of Tom Brady. For the third time in three weeks, Dobson went for more than 60 yards, and this week he added a touchdown reception to his four-catch total. Julian Edelman has peaked, and the struggles of Kenbrell Thompkins have him seeing more bench than playing time, leaving Dobson the opportunity to establish himself as a go-to receiver for the Patriots.

WR Ted Ginn, Carolina

With Steve Smith drawing the attention of the defense, Ginn has been putting up consistent numbers as the Panthers’ third wideout. Five catches for 80 yards against Tampa Bay gets our attention; he’s gone for more than 50 yards four times this season. As Smith continues to burn defenses, that will free up Ginn to be a viable fantasy option.

 

On the Radar

WR Kevin Ogletree, Detroit

Though he has only been on the Lions a short time, injuries have pushed him up the depth chart and into a starting role. Ryan Broyles is done for the year, so expect Ogletree to get a major increase in action. On an offense as pass happy as the Lions, he is worth owning in all formats.

WR Marvin Jones, Cincinnati

Many will have Jones ranked higher this week, but a deep look into the Bengals' depth chart has Jones far down on the list of players on Cincinnati that are fantasy producers. Sure, four touchdowns in a week will get some headlines, but these numbers are not sustainable. He is a red zone threat, and for that reason he is “On the Radar,” at best he’s a fantasy WR3.

WR Rishard Matthews, Miami

The loss of Brandon Gibson bumps Matthews up on Miami’s depth chart, and he is worth a look for fantasy owners. Gibson was having a career year, so the potential is there for Matthews to step in and put up decent fantasy numbers.



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