Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups, which breaks down players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest pickups at each position heading into Week 9 of the NFL season. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Nick Foles PHI | QB

There is a good chance that Vick could be out for an extended period of time and it’s clear that Barkley isn’t ready to take over the starting gig. Foles still needs to be cleared from his concussion symptoms, but once he is ready he should go right back into the starting role. He has looked good at times and he could offer decent value in deeper leagues. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Jake Locker TEN | QB

When healthy Locker puts up solid fantasy stats and I really like the match-ups he has coming up. The Titans have a decent amount of weapons on that offense and a healthy Jake Locker could be the last piece of the puzzle for them to get back on track. One of the things I like most about Locker is that he can do damage with his legs as well as his arm. If you at all need help a QB he could be a nice high upside guy to add. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Andre Ellington ARI | RB

I have been talking about this guy all year and after a monster week 8 he needs to be owned in all leagues. Mendenhall isn’t the same guy he was a few years back and the Cardinals would be crazy to not let Ellington touch the ball more. There has been much mentioned about how the coaching staff doesn’t think he can handle a full workload, but he gives them the best chance to win. Look for Ellington to continue to see a ton of touches even when Mendenhall comes back. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Montee Ball DEN | RB

The Broncos are now 7-1 and there is already talk about trying to decrease the workload of Moreno. I think this was the first week of the Broncos trying to get Ball more involved and he might have finally climbed out of the dog house after his early season fumbles. Ball is a talented back and at this point his needle is pointing back up. At the very least he is a high upside handcuff, but I think he might get enough touches each week to have value in really deep leagues. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Roy Helu Jr. WAS | RB

Helu didn’t have the game that a lot of people were hoping for week 8, but I still think he needs to be owned in more leagues. As we get through bye weeks you need to fill your bench with as much upside as possible and that mainly means picking up high upside running backs and wide receivers. Helu is a guy that could be a top 15 running back if given the chance to start and he is an awesome bench stash for the rest of the year. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Kendall Hunter SF | RB

I was shocked to see how many leagues that Hunter was available in. Especially when you consider how old Gore is and the fact that his owners need to have Hunter on their bench for security. He has a huge upside and while he is mainly considered a change of pace guy I think he could handle a full workload. If Gore were to go down with injury then Hunter could have huge value. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Andre Brown NYG | RB

Brown can return week 10 and all signs are pointing to him being ready. The Giants have been desperate for any spark in their running game and they have yet to find it. It’s still a mess with Jacobs, Hillis, and eventually Wilson getting back in the mix, but Brown is in a great spot to maybe be the Giants running back to own. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Marvin Jones CIN | WR

Where did that 4 touchdown performance come from. Being a Bengals fan I should be nothing but excited about Jones blowing up, but he cost me one of my fantasy leagues so I was a little bitter. Even though I think he is a must add in all leagues he only had 16 catches on the season heading into week 8. So there is a chance that he will not be very consistent, however he is worth the gamble just to make sure that this performance wasn’t a fluke. He is a talented receiver and with A.J. getting so much attention he is going to get a lot of single coverage. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Aaron Dobson NE | WR

It appears that Thompkins has been passed on the depth chart by Dobson and the rookie out of Marshall now appears to be the guy to own out of the two. The two Patriots rookie receivers have struggled at times this year but we knew that one of them would emerge as a guy with fantasy value. With 22 targets in the last 3 weeks it appears he is the guy to own. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Darrius Heyward-Bey IND | WR

Heyward-Bey would have been picked up in a lot more leagues if he wasn’t on a bye week 8. With Wayne out for the year this is going to mean a lot more looks for the former first round pick and he should have some nice games down the stretch. The Colts are still going to throw a good amount, so look for Heyward-Bey to get plenty of targets each week. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Kenny Stills NO | WR

Stills is going to be a frustrating fantasy receiver because he will be inconsistent, but he will have a big upside from week to week. Even though the Saints spread the ball around a ton on offense, Stills is a guy that is going to be a potential home run each week if you are looking for a guy with an upside. He could be a great receiver to pick up as a bye week fill-in. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

David Nelson NYJ | WR

David Nelson isn’t a name that we have heard in the fantasy world for a while, but the former Buffalo Bill has a nice opportunity to produce for the Jets. He had some good games for the Bills back in 2011 and it looks like the Jets plan on getting him involved with their offense. He has had 2 solid games in a row and he could be a sneaky play next week if you have any bye week issues. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tight Ends

Tim Wright TB | TE

Wright is quietly having a decent fantasy season and with Mike Williams out for the year this could mean a few more targets for this young tight end. The Bucs have had a lot of injuries on offense this year and they don’t have too many offensive weapons left. Look for Wright to be a good safety valve for the Tampa Bay rookie quarterback. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defense/Special Teams

New Orleans NO | DEF

The Saints defense has been solid all year and while they haven’t had many great games they have had a lot of good games. They looked good last week against the Bills and they have another solid matchup week 9 against the Jets. Even though they are on the road I like the Saints as a nice pickup and play option for defense this week. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play