Fantasy Football Week 9: Waiver wire pickups

As we begin the second half of the season, injuries are becoming more and more prevalent throughout the league so it is imperative that you choose players off of waivers carefully and be mindful of their match-ups. If you are in 10 and 12 player leagues, a lot of you are 4-4 or 3-5 and need to begin making a move before you find yourself on the outside looking in. It’s also a time to clean house and consider dropping early round draft picks that have not panned out.

Take Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall for example. Not only has he played but three games this season, but he’s found himself in a very crowded backfield, which includes Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer. And here’s a stat for you Mendenhall owners out there who are still waiting for that ‘big game’ from him; he has only rushed for more than 100 yards in a game twice since December 5, 2010! Now that we’ve got your attention here are this week’s pickups…

 Titus Young-WR-Lions- Since Nate Burleson is now out for the rest of the season, Young has more than admirably filled in for the veteran exploding for 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns last week against a pretty good defense in the Seahawks. He was targeted nine times and caught nine passes! Does it get much better than that? In his last two weeks he has 15 receptions for 181 yards and two scores and now he’ll go up against a Jags defense that is 22nd in the league vs the pass. He is currently 58% owned in ESPN leagues and around 40% in most others. For those Jordy Nelson owners not sure if he’ll play this weekend, Young could be a decent replacement, especially in PPR leagues.

Carson Palmer-QB-Raiders- We’re not sure why Palmer isn’t more widely owned especially when compared with other quarterbacks who are putting up similar or less impressive numbers as he is. For example, Tony Romo has thrown for 132 more yards than Palmer but has more interceptions (13) than Palmer (5). Their fantasy points are similar (Palmer has 4 more than Romo), but Romo is owned in 90% of leagues while Palmer stands at 49%. The Raiders’ veteran QB has thrown for around 300 yards or more in four of the seven games this year so you know he can still bring it. And if you look at the remaining schedule, some of the teams he’ll face are just calling out his name; K.C., N.O.,T.B., Carolina, and S.D. Need a replacement for Eli in week 11? Carson will be facing the 4th worse defense in football, the Saints, at the Black Hole. Read more…

Fantasy Football 2012: Favorite late round sleeper picks

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Often times, fantasy football leagues are won at the end of the draft, rather than the beginning. Anyone can pick the most popular guys, but it’s the guys that not everyone are talking about that can help you win your league. Here are a few guys that I’m targeting in the late round of my fantasy football draft. All theses guys are currently going in the 13th round or later in fantasy football drafts, but could pay big dividends for owners.

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Carson Palmer (ADP: 127.1)

After sitting on his couch all of last offseason contemplating retirement, it naturally took Palmer a while to get back into a grove and he finally started to find that groove in the final half of last season. He has two burners out wide in Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey and Darren McFadden in the backfield. The defense is putrid so you figure they will be in a lot of shootouts. 4,000 yards and 28TDs isn’t of reach for Palmer. Heis currently going as a low-end QB2, but has the upside to reach low-end QB1 status.

Jacquizz Rodgers (ADP: 138.7)

Rodgers is easy to get excited about. He’s an electrifying player that has that look that any time he touches the ball he might take it to the endzone. He also has a great situation in Atlanta. Michael Turner is on the decline and if you’ve read any reports or watched the Falcons in the preseason, you know they are switching to a more vertical, passing based offense, that the lighting fast Rodgers is perfectly suited for. He gets an extra bump if your in a PPR leagueRead more…

Raiders won’t lose another first-round pick for Palmer

Carson PalmerDespite reports that the Raiders could have to send their 2013 first-round draft pick to the Bengals in the Carson Palmer trade, Oakland is locked into sending only its 2013 second-round pick to Cincinnati.

A Raiders official told Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times that the Raiders, who already traded away this year’s first-round pick for Palmer, will conclude the trade by sending next year’s second-round pick to the Bengals. Read More…

Carson Palmer endorses T.O.

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At least one of Terrell Owens‘ former quarterbacks likes him. Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer, who completed 72 passes to Owens during the 2010 season when they were teammates in Cincinnati, invited Owens along for a workout this offseason with Raiders receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey and Eddie McGee and tight end David Ausberry. Palmer said it was great for those youngsters to see how an old veteran like Owens works. Read more here…