FF Pickups WEEK 9


For the first time since Week 5 when Cedric Benson and Ryan Williams got hurt, we went a week without a starting running back being lost for a significant amount of time. That’s the good news. The bad news is we might be looking at a quarterback change in Philadelphia with Michael Vick getting benched. Andy Reid has yet to make an announcement on his quarterback heading into Week 9 at New Orleans.

For this reason, I recommend Nick Foles as a speculative add. Here are some other players to consider adding this week, followed by a recipe for Honey Grilled Shrimp, perfect for a backyard bbq and tailgate party.


Pickups of the week (by position)




Titus Young

Titus was considered a sleeper coming into the season, but it’s safe to say he had been a disappointment through 6 weeks. Everybody just assumed the Lions would never keep the veteran Nate Burleson opposite Calvin Johnson and ahead of Titus Young, who was ready to explode. Well, they did. However, in Week 7 Young got an opportunity as Burleson went down for the season. He then proceeded to prove any doubters of his talent wrong as he led all receivers in points for Week 8. With Calvin Johnson getting every bit of the opposing defense’s attention, there’s no reason to think he won’t be able to keep up WR2 production from here on out.

Cecil Shorts

has clearly emerged as the number one receiver for the Jaguars, and so far he has caught 20 balls for 400 yards and 2 touchdowns. I love the lineup of teams Shorts has down the stretch as he plays Detroit, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Buffalo, NY Jets, Miami, and New England and there will lots of points to be had against these teams.


Kendall Wright

Wright has been the most consistent Titans receiver this year and could be a nice WR4 or FLEX for your team.




Daryl Richardson

Multiple teams have expressed interest in trading for Steven Jackson, and if he gets shipped out of St. Louis, Richardson would instantly become a low-end RB2. Over the past three weeks, Richardson has only one less touch than Jackson and is averaging 6.3 yards per carry compared to Jackson’s 4.3. Even if Jackson stays, Richardson has low-end RB3 value and will continue to eat away at Jackson’s playing time as the season goes on. He is on a bye this week, so if you have the space great, but you may want to wait a week.


Joique Bell

In Detroit, Mikel LeShoure sits atop Detroit’s depth chart, but Bell produces 23% more fantasy points per snap. That’s an especially valuable attribute on a team that leads the league in passing attempts. On Sunday it was clear that it’s no LeShoure thing that Mikel will continue to lead the Lions’ backfield. He was pulled in favor of Bell in the second half, getting only one touch to Bell’s 11.


Ronnie Brown

RonnieB has 15 catches in his past three games with at least six Fantasy points in two of those outings, he could be a fill in FLEX.


Daniel Thomas

Thomas has scored in three of his past four games and even though he’s missed time with two different concussions, he still has double digits in carries in three games this season. He could be a flex option in deeper leagues because he continues to take touchdowns away from Reggie Bush while also averaging 43 total yards a game.





Nick Foles

Foles could step into the starting role for the Eagles and play like a star. After all, Vick has four games with at least 19 Fantasy points this season and former Philadelphia backups like Kevin Kolb, A.J. Feeley and Vince Young have had success before. In deeper leagues, every Vick owner should add Foles, but in standard formats you might want to wait to hear what Reid says heading into practice Wednesday




Honey Grilled Shrimp

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails attached
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 tablespoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dry white wine
2 tablespoons Italian-style salad dressing
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

In a large bowl, mix together garlic powder, black pepper, 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce, wine, and salad dressing; add shrimp, and toss to coat.
Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat grill for high heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.
In a small bowl, stir together honey, melted butter, and remaining 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Set aside for basting.
Lightly oil grill grate.
Grill shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque.
Baste occasionally with the honey-butter sauce while grilling.



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