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Fantasy Football Week 9 Pickups

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles With Michael Vick’s future in question, Foles is the next man up. He was impressive in pre-season (completing 40 of 63 passes for 553 yards and six touchdowns) and has been waiting for Vick’s next mistake. No starter has been named yet, but his chances look good following Sunday’s 30-17 pummeling. Still, that team is a mess up and down the roster, so buyer beware. Recommended only to those with very serious QB situations and a depleted wire. Available in 99 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins – Another game, another touchdown. On Sunday, Moss hauled in four passes for 21 yards and a touchdown. In the last four games, Moss has tallied 214 yards and four touchdowns. He isn’t getting a ton of looks, but his ability to find the end zone makes him a good WR3. Available in 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts – Brown returned to action on Sunday with 80 yards on 14 carries against Tennessee. While Vick Ballard got the start, Brown still proved to be an effective back, splitting the carries. This week the Colts face a Miami defense that has been tough against running backs, so consider him an RB3. Available in 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions – With Nate Burleson out, Young is seeing an increased workload. On Sunday, he posted career numbers, reeling in nine catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. With Calvin Johnson getting double coverage, Young is poised to be a reliable WR3, and perhaps WR2 with the right matchups. Faces a Jacksonville defense on Sunday that is mediocre against the pass. Available in 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Freeman impressed on Thursday, going 19-of-36 for 262 yards and three touchdowns against the Vikings. He was flawless too with no turnovers. Freeman has had a remarkable turnaround over last year and becoming a good play, especially Week 9 against a subpar Oakland defense, which surrenders the ninth most fantasy points to QBs. Available in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers – LaFell’s strong start to the season had been forgotten by most fantasy owners (including me), because he had done nothing since. That changed Week 7 when he revealed he still had a pulse. Over the last two games, he’s boasted 141 yards and a touchdown. Not magical statistics, but certainly serviceable in the throws of the bye weeks. And he’s an even better play this week as the Panthers take on the Redskins, who yield the second most fantasy points to wide receivers. Available in 80 percent of Yahoo! leagues.