The waiver wire suggestions list is short and sweet heading into Week 9. In most leagues, the waiver wire is picked clean. However, there are still a few gems out there to be mined. The wide receiver situation in Detroit looks good after a big week against Seattle. Oddly enough, the first guy on our list, Ryan Broyles, has more TDs in the past two weeks (two) than Calvin Johnson has (one) all season.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit: While Broyles has amassed just six grabs for 88 yards over the past two games, he has sniffed out the end zone in each game. He appears to be fully healthy after suffering an ugly ACL injury at the University of Oklahoma. Broyles has been targeted nines during the past two games, and looks like a more than adequate replacement for the injury WR Nate Burleson (leg).
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh: Dwyer (quadriceps) is nursing a quadriceps injury this week, and he is not expected to practice Wednesday, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. If the injury proves to be minor, Dwyer should be a great play in Week 9. He has 17 carries in each of his past two games, and he has averaged 114.5 rushing yards per contest during the span. Regardless of the health of RBs Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles’) and Isaac Redman (ankles) om Week 9, Dwyer should see a lion’s share of the totes. This is the best the Steelers rushing attack has looked all season, and Dwyer is the main reason why.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia: Foles is worth keeping an eye on at this point, although no official change has come down the pike in Philadelphia. Head coach Andy Reid is thought to be considering a change at quarterback, although the team will not resume practice until Thursday due to a Monday night contest in Week 9. So that would have given the Eagles sports radio callers plenty to talk about if not for Hurricane Sandy actually giving them some perspective. Then again, even a hurricane can’t keep the rabid Eagles fan base from complaining.
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville: Shorts is coming off a career-high 116-yard performance in Green Bay in Week 8. It was his first time topping the century mark, and the QB situation in Jacksonville is still not optimal. However, Shorts might be worth a look as a WR4 or ‘flex’ play in leagues of 12 or more teams since he has rolled up 12 catches, 195 yards and a score over his past two games. He has a little extra added value in formats which reward longer scoring plays.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami: Thomas was back in action in Week 8 after missing one game due to a concussion. So far, he has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games played. He saw one more carry than backfield mate Reggie Bush against the Jets last Sunday, and might be carving out a bigger role for himself if he can keep sniffing out the end zone. For now, Thomas is not worth consideration as anything more than RB depth, or perhaps as an RB3 in leagues of 12 or more teams.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit: Young blew up with 100 yards and two scores in a win against the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. He and Ryan Broyles have really stepped up big since Burleson (leg) went down two games ago. As long as teams continue to double Megatron and force others to beat them, Broyles and Young might have very solid stat lines. For now, Young is worth a look as a WR3 or ‘flex’ play.