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San Francisco 49ers v Indianapolis Colts

This week’s waiver wire pickups are all about bust franchise quarterback coming back and playing well. Vince Young and Alex Smith have had their share of problems in the past but now both have a new opportunity to prove themselves. Not only are both quarterbacks receiving an opportunity, but they are both producing for their teams. Below we have the top players you might want to pay attention to, for waiver pickups. Even if you don’t select a waiver (or have already done so) it’s good to keep these names in mind for the future weeks.

Jacksonville Jaguars v Tennessee Titans


Titans- Vince Young

Now that Vince Young as the starting job and has a win under his belt it is safe to pick him up off the waiver wire. Young may not have that bad of a second half of the fantasy season if the head coach Jeff Fisher opens up the offense.

With receivers like Justin Gage, Nate Washington and Kenny Britt, Young now has good weapons in the receiving core. This is different than when Young used to be the quarterback in years past.

49ers- Alex Smith

Former top pick Alex Smith is back and looking better than ever before. Smith also has added fantasy value now that Vernon Davis is the stud tight end the 49ers drafted him to be a few years ago.

Not to also add that rookie Michael Crabtree appears to be the real deal as he followed up his good debut against the Texans with an eight catch performance last week.

If Smith can get his career started again it would be a very nice story.

Running Backs

Texans- Ryan Moats

Last week Steve Slaton went into the dog house for good as he fumbled once again in the first quarter against the Bills. This was the fifth game that Slaton had lost a fumble this season and head coach Gary Kubiak had seen enough.

After Slaton was benched Ryan Moats got into the game and had a great performance. For the game Moats had 126 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Moats may not be a starting fantasy football running back right now but fantasy owners should stash him away.

Chiefs- Jamaal Charles

Larry Johnson will be out for at least this week, and we will have to see if he retains his starting job when he comes back. For this week Jamaal Charles isn’t a bad play against the Jaguars’ defense that gave up two long touchdown runs and over 200 rushing yards to Chris Johnson.

Charles is a speedster like Johnson and can take it the distance if he finds a crease.

Raiders- Justin Fargas

While it’s hard to recommend anyone on the Raiders sorry offense for fantasy football, I do believe Justin Fargas has earned a roster spot. Darren McFadden won’t be back with the team for awhile and fellow runner Michael Bush has struggled.

In the past two weeks Fargas hasn’t run that bad and last week he plunged in a touchdown score. If you need a pinch starter, Fargas could be serviceable.

Wide Receivers

Chargers- Malcom Floyd

On Monday the Chargers released veteran wide receiver Chris Chambers and will now move Malcom Floyd into official starting line up. Floyd has been coming on in recent weeks and makes for a solid fantasy pickup.

49ers- Michael Crabtree

I recommended fantasy football owners grab Michael Crabtree up and stash him away last week. This week if you can still get Crabtree on your team, I suggest you nab him up right away.

This kid is the real deal, and he is worth starting in PPR fantasy leagues right now.

Tight Ends

Redskins- Fred Davis

After the Redskins past game against the Eagles it was reported that tight end Chris Cooley would be done for the season. Cooley now is saying that he thinks he might be able to play in a month.

While that may be wishful thinking, I do believe you should pickup Redskins new starting tight end Fred Davis as a replacement. Davis may not be a very good blocker, but he is a solid pass catcher.

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