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Week Nine Waiver Wire Pickups

Mike Singletary is wasting no time putting his mark on the team in San Francisco.  First, Vernon Davis is told to leave the game (fantasy owners would wonder if he was on the field playing in the first place).  Now he’s announced a change at quarterback.  So comes to an end the J.T. O’Sullivan Era.  Enter Shaun Hill.  In addition to Hill, we’ve got a bevy of quarterbacks to talk about in the “Deep Only” section, some I’m more serious about than others. 

Solid Pickups

WR Kevin Walter, Houston

Five catches for 70 yards and a couple of touchdowns makes Walter an easy selection for this week’s top segment.  Matt Schaub and the Texans are passing on nearly every down, all of the wide outs are benefiting.  With Andre Johnson on the other side, Walter is becoming a solid WR3. 

RB Leon Washington, New York Jets

The Jets are turning to Washington as a change of pace more and more as the season goes on, and he is responding.  He has scored three touchdowns in the past two weeks, and this past week he put in a 100+ total yard effort.  He’s earned a steady diet of touches, it’s not out of the question to consider him as a flex in your starting lineup. 

QB Shaun Hill, San Francisco

The 49ers have announce a change, and the JT O’Sullivan era has ended in San Francisco.  Hill is definitely worth owning, head coach Mike Singletary is looking to make his mark on this team, so look for the Niners to open thing up.  After a bye week, the Niners opponents include Arizona and St.Louis so Hill makes a decent QB2.

On The Radar

RB Dontrell Savage, Kansas City

Jamal Charles got hurt this week, that bumps Savage up the depth chart a notch.  Reports are coming out of Kansas City indicating that Larry Johnson will not play this week.  That means the Chiefs will be going with Kolby Smith and Savage as their only running backs. 

RB Pierre Thomas, New Orleans

Thomas was the backup for the Saints, then McAllister jumped him on the depth chart.  Unfortunately for McAllister, his name is being paraded around on “that list”.  Not good news.  With Reggie Bush out for another couple of weeks, New Orleans may be forced to dig a little deeper on into their running back depth, Thomas would see some significant action if McAllister was forced to sit out. 

WR Nate Washington, Pittsburgh

Gotta get a mention here of a guy that has found the end zone in each of his last three games.  Sure, only 3 catches in the last two, but two of those hit paydirt.  Washington is hit or miss, but so far he is hitting, and that can work in a pinch in your lineup as a WR3. 

PK Shaun Suisham, Washington

After two quiet weeks, Suisham exploded this past week with four field goals.  Three of those boots were 40+, extra bonus for those of you in leagues with yardage bonuses.  Washington should be able to get into his range this week against the Steelers, so look for his scoring ways to continue. 

RB Antonio Pittman, St.Louis

Steven Jackson should be back for the Rams next week, but Pittman may have earned himself some regular work.  If nothing else, Pittman is worth a roster spot in case Jackson misses any more time.

Deepy and/or Dynasty Only

RB Leonard Weaver, Seattle

Don’t go crazy here.  I think by rule, since Weaver caught 116 yards worth of passes last week, he gets a mention in this week’s column. 

QB Tyler Thigpen, Kansas City

Just a mild recommendation here for those owners needing a one week fix to cover a bye week.  280 yards, a couple of TD (what, from a Kansas City Chief??!!?), no interceptions.  For better or for worse, Thigpen will be on the field for Kansas City. 

QB Brooks Bollinger, Dallas

This is less than a mild recommendation.  The natives in Dallas are restless.  A dismal week by Brad Johnson, and really the entire Dallas team in general, has everyone’s panties all in a bunch.  You never know what will happen in Dallas, keep an eye on the situation if you are in desperate need.  Tony Romo should be back very soon, too. 

QB Daunte Culpepper, Free Agent

The recommendations get milder and milder, you can’t get any more mild than this.  If you are in a league that starts 5 QBs and the rosters are 50 players, you may want to take a chance on Culpepper being signed somewhere. 


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