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Published: Oct. 29, 2012 at 01:29 a.m.

NFL fantasy football: Week 9 waiver wire

Need to improve your fantasy football roster? NFL.com has you covered! Each week, we'll offer up the 10 players you need to target off the waiver wire in that never-ending quest for a fantasy league championship. The number listed in parenthesis next to the player's name is the percentage of NFL.com leagues that he is still available as a free agent.

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  • 1. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers (29.3 percent): 10

    1. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers (29.3 percent):

    Reports out of Carolina suggest the Panthers are listening to trade offers for veteran runner DeAngelo Williams, which means Stewart could be in line for a greater role in the backfield. Regardless, the Oregon product should still see more work on offense whether or not Williams remains on the roster. (Michael Conroy/Associated Press)

  • 2. Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions (45.3 percent): 9

    2. Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions (45.3 percent):

    Young has emerged as the new No. 2 wide receiver in Motown with Nate Burleson out, and he proved that he needs to be on fantasy rosters in Week 8. The Boise State product went off against the Seattle Seahawks, posting nine catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Go out and acquire him now before it's too late. (Rick Osentoski/Associated Press)

  • 3. Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams (69.2 percent): 8

    3. Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams (69.2 percent):

    If you need a wideout and have room to stash a player, go out and get Amendola. He was close to returning in Week 8, so the veteran will no doubt be back at 100 percent when the Rams face the San Francisco 49ers after the bye week. A PPR machine, Amendola needs to be owned in most leagues moving forward. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

  • 4. Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (54.0 percent): 7

    4. Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (54.0 percent):

    Williams had another nice stat line in Week 8, posting 68 yards and one touchdown in a win over the Minnesota Vikings. He has now found the end zone in four of seven games and ranks among the top 25 players at his position based on fantasy points. He should be owned in all leagues at this point in time. (Andy King/Associated Press)

  • 5. Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts (30.9 percent): 6

    5. Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts (30.9 percent):

    Brown was active against the Tennessee Titans and should be back atop the Colts' depth chart sooner than later. The Connecticut product isn't going to set the fantasy world on fire, but he can be good for depth purposes and as a matchup-based starter. Vick Ballard can be moved back to the waiver wire. (Greg Trott/Associated Press)

  • 6. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (84.5 percent): 5

    6. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (84.5 percent):

    I'm not sure Dwyer will keep the top spot on the Steelers' depth chart once Rashard Mendenhall returns to action, but he's been terrific over the last two weeks. As a result, owners who need a running back and are willing to take a chance should consider Dwyer until Mendenhall's status is announced. (Don Wright/Associated Press)

  • 7. Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams (73.7 percent): 4

    7. Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams (73.7 percent):

    Here's the bottom line on Richardson - he is a better running back than Steven Jackson at this point, and the Rams have to realize it. In the event that Jackson is traded at the deadline, the rookie out of Abilene Christian would be a serious fantasy asset. Go grab him now as a fantasy futures option. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

  • 8. Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle Seahawks (75.3 percent): 3

    8. Sidney Rice, WR, Seattle Seahawks (75.3 percent):

    Rice isn't the most reliable wideout in fantasy land, but he has emerged as the top option in the pass attack for rookie Russell Wilson. In fact, he has a touchdown in two of his last three games. With a contest against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, up next, Rice should be very motivated for Week 9. (Tim Fuller/US Presswire)

  • 9. Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers (88.0 percent): 2

    9. Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers (88.0 percent):

    LaFell appears to be getting back into the Panthers offensive attack, scoring a combined 20.1 fantasy points in his last two games. For owners in deeper leagues or in need of a flex player in a PPR format, LaFell is worth a look against the Washington Redskins and their dreadful pass defense in Week 9. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

  • 10. Cecil Shorts, WE, Jacksonville Jaguars (98.3 percent): 1

    10. Cecil Shorts, WE, Jacksonville Jaguars (98.3 percent):

    It's time to give Shorts some respect in fantasy land. He recorded 116 yards in Week 8 and has now scored double digits in four of his seven games this season. While he is inconsistent in the stat sheets overall (he either has a good game or an awful one), Shorts is the best option for Blaine Gabbert. (Mike Roemer/Associated Press)

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