Whether you're a fantasy beginner or don't have as much time to devote to your fantasy team during the week, I'm here for you with the newest edition of Fantasy 101 - all your fantasy needs in 15 minutes or less. That's how long you'll need to digest this column and make your appropriate moves. Remember, your Week 9 byes are the New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams, so adjust your lineup accordingly. Continue to be diligent, because right around Halloween is where some owners slack off a little bit and aren't as consistent with picking up free agents and checking on injuries as they've been the last few weeks. That means you may have a better chance at waiver pickups than in the past because you're competing with fewer people.
Big injuries to watch
Thankfully, injuries were at a minimum this week, but keep an eye on the Jordy Nelson situation in Green Bay, as he was a surprise late inactive for Week 8. Donald Brown returned from injury for the Colts, which takes Vick Ballard's value down as well. It looks like that backfield is headed for the dreaded time-share.
Free agents to pick up
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: He now has four double-digit fantasy point games in 2012. He's earned the trust of Blaine Gabbert, and in the slot he can use his speed and quickness to his advantage. Hey, we recommended Josh Gordon to you a couple of weeks ago, and think of Shorts as the same kind of player: electrifying, on a bad team where for now, he's the number one WR.
Titus Young, Sr., WR, Detroit Lions: If Williams is priority waiver acquisition number one, Young is a close second. The Lions have been looking for someone to become a complement to Calvin Johnson and it looks like they've found him. Young is fast, talented and after Sunday has broken through to where Detroit had hoped he'd be at the beginning of the season.
Other notes of note
5) Keep playing Jamaal Charles. He's too big of a homerun threat to sit on your bench, even if Peyton Hillis did get some carries Sunday -- even if Romeo Crennel doesn't have an idea why and how his running backs play.