Week 8 is in the books and it's time to check the waiver wire list for possible bye week and injury replacements. Here is the top 5 five list of possible waiver wire studs for Week 9.
QB Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans (18% owned)
Titans quarterback Jake Locker has been a solid fantasy start this season. He becomes even more valuable heading into the second half of the season where his schedule gets significantly easier. A dual threat quarterback, Locker is making plays with his arm and his legs. On the year, he has thrown for 1047 yards and 8 touchdowns while running for 127 yards and a touchdown while missing two games. Locker should be healthy coming off his bye week when the Titans travel to St. Louis to face the Rams in Week 9.
RB Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams (32% owned)
Rams running back Daryl Richardson becomes a hot commodity because of the unknown nature of Zac Stacy's injury and also because he saw more action on Monday Night Football than he had in a while. Richardson rushed 8 times for 39 yards (4.9 YPC) and caught one pass for 8 yards.
QB Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (60% owned)
Smith has been a solid fantasy start this year and is still only 60% owned. He would be a great bye week replacement or even a good starter if you have someone (ahem Tom Brady) destroying your fantasy team. On the year, Smith has thrown for 1795 yards and 9 touchdowns while only throwing 4 interceptions. He has also rushed for 258 yards and a touchdown.
WR Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (27% owned)
I wrote about Bengals wideout Marvin Jones a couple of weeks ago and he has now strung together 3 excellent fantasy games. Last Sunday he put up record numbers with 8 catches for 122 yards and 4 touchdowns. He caught every single pass thrown to him. On the year, Jones has 24 receptions on 34 targets for 369 yards and 7 touchdowns.
RB Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (54% owned)
It's amazing that Andre Ellington is still only 54% owned in all fantasy leagues per Yahoo Sports. The rookie running back is having a fantastic season in Arizona and the only question is his snap count which coach Bruce Arians is closely controlling. Sunday Ellington rushed for 154 yards on 15 carries while catching two passes for 8 yards. On the year he has rushed 43 times for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns while catching 22 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown.