NFL.com offers up 10 players to target off the waiver wire to improve your fantasy team after Week 9. The number in parenthesis is the percentage of NFL.com leagues that the player is still listed as a free agent.

Team Player Analysis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman, QB
(Free agent -- 94 percent): If we've learned anything from Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez over the last two years, it's that rookie quarterbacks can sometimes make an impact in fantasy circles. Freeman further proved that in Week 9, posting 205 passing yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Packers. If you're in a deeper league or need to start two quarterbacks, Freeman is worth a look.


Team Player Analysis

Washington Redskins

Ladell Betts, RB
(Free agent -- 89 percent): Redskins coach Jim Zorn has labeled RB Clinton Portis (concussion) as "doubtful" for Week 10, so it looks like Betts will start and see most of the carries against Denver. Betts, who rushed for 70 yards and scored a touchdown against the Falcons in Portis' absence, will likely be the hottest name on the waiver wire this week. He'll be a viable flex starter in most leagues with at least 12 teams.


Team Player Analysis

Seattle Seahawks

Justin Forsett, RB
(Free agent -- 75 percent): Forsett is becoming a prominent option in the Seahawks' pass attack. In his first game since the release of RB Edgerrin James, he was targeted eight times and finished with five catches for 45 yards. By comparison, Saints RB and PPR star Reggie Bush saw nine targets against the Panthers. If you lack running back depth in a PPR league, Forsett is worth adding off the waiver wire.


Team Player Analysis

Oakland Raiders

Darren McFadden, RB
(Free agent -- 41 percent) Yes, I know what you're saying -- "Anyone wearing a Raiders uniform is useless in fantasy leagues!" Still, I'd take a chance on McFadden if he's a free agent on the waiver wire. He's expected to return from an injured knee in time for Week 10, when the Raiders will host the Chiefs and their porous run defense. Barring setbacks, McFadden could be a risk-reward flex option.


Team Player Analysis

Kansas City Chiefs

Kolby Smith, RB
(Free agent -- 95 percent): The release of troubled RB Larry Johnson opens the door for both RB Jamaal Charles and Smith to make an impact down the stretch. Charles looks like the starter and has more fantasy appeal, especially in PPR leagues, but Smith saw red-zone work against the Jaguars and could turn into the team's short-yardage and goal-line option. That makes him worth a look in larger leagues.


Team Player Analysis

Chicago Bears

Earl Bennett, WR
(Free agent -- 69 percent): Bennett hasn't found the end zone this season, but he did show some flashes of potential with seven catches and 93 yards in a loss to the Cardinals. With eight games in the books, Bennett is on pace for 64 receptions and 854 yards. That's more than both Anquan Boldin and Terrell Owens! If you need wide receiver help down the stretch, consider Bennett a viable option.


Team Player Analysis

Cincinnati Bengals

Laveranues Coles, WR
(Free agent -- 63 percent): Coles has seen his fantasy value drop this season compared to his previous stock, so he's been released in a lot of leagues as a result. However, the veteran receiver will be more involved in the Bengals' improved offense after the loss of WR Chris Henry for the season. Coles has some worth as a potential No. 3 or 4 fantasy wideout in larger leagues, especially against weaker teams.


Team Player Analysis

Green Bay Packers

James Jones, WR
(Free agent -- 96 percent): Jones, a Week 9 sleeper on NFL.com, made good on his potential with four receptions, 103 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the creamsicle-clad Buccaneers. He's now scored a touchdown in three of his last four games and will continue to see more targets with both WR Jordy Nelson and TE Jermichael Finley out due to injuries. Take a chance on Jones in larger leagues.


Team Player Analysis

New Orleans Saints

Robert Meachem, WR
(Free agent -- 85 percent): With WR Lance Moore out of action due to an injured ankle, Meachem stepped up and produced five receptions for 98 yards and one touchdown in a Week 9 win against the Panthers. While it's hard to trust any Saints wideout not named Marques Colston, Meachem has the tools to make an impact in the team's explosive pass attack. Take a chance on him in larger leagues.


Team Player Analysis

Detroit Lions

Brandon Pettigrew, TE
(Free agent -- 90 percent): Pettigrew broke out against the Seahawks, catching seven passes for 70 yards and scoring his first NFL touchdown. While it's hard to envision a scenario where he produces those kind of numbers on a regular basis, Pettigrew is an interesting sleeper pick against Minnesota in Week 10. The Vikings have allowed more fantasy points to tight ends than any other defense in the league.


Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com. Have a burning question for Michael on anything fantasy football related? Leave it in our comments section or send it to AskFabiano@nfl.com!

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