Week 9 of the regular NFL season is in the books and fantasy owners are looking for bye week and/or injury replacements. We bring you our weekly list of players who might be potential waiver wire busts or who have downside. Some of these players may appear in our waiver wire suggestions, but this list is designed to simply point out factors that could impact or limit their production.
RB Chris Ivory, New York Jets (45 percent owned)
It was the Chris Ivory show Sunday when the Jets faced his former team, the New Orleans Saints. Rex Ryan enjoys trolling fantasy players and seems to enjoy rotating his running backs. Ivory would appear to be the favorite but health issues have plagued him all season. Bilal Powell offers more value as a receiver, though he was targeted three times Sunday with no receptions. The Jets running backs come with a matchup notation. They are on a bye in Week 10 and will return to face the Buffalo Bills.
TE Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (50 percent owned)
Coby Fleener caught three passes for 64 yards on five targets Sunday night against the Houston Texans. Fleener is a guy who has struggled with consistency but it does appear the light bulb may be starting to shine for him. Still, until he shows better consistency, he is going to be a low-end start. He is averaging roughly 37.38 receiving yards per game and has three receiving touchdowns.
RB Ben Tate, Houston (52 percent owned)
Ben Tate is still struggling with rib issues, though he still managed to rush for 81 yards on 22 carries. With Arian Foster also struggling with injuries, Tate would appear to be in line for some good touches but his health is of concern right now. On the year, Tate has 399 rushing yards on 88 carries for a 4.5 yards per carry average. If healthy, Tate should be a safe play so keep an eye on the situation. He could also be on a snap count if available. The Texans will travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals in Week 10.
TE Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12 percent owned)
Tampa Bay tight end Tim Wright is a nice-looking player with a good skill set. A former wide receiver who converted to tight end, he is second on the receiving list now with the season-ending injury to Mike Williams. Wright should be owned with the caveat that comes with having a rookie quarterback who will inevitably play inconsistently. On the year, Wright has 24 receptions for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
RB Andre Brown, New York Giants (36 percent owned)
Andre Brown is expected to return to action in Week 10 and the Giants are certain to want to get him involved. Coming off a fractured leg, it could take a while for Brown to shake off the rust. Brown says he is healthy but this is a leg that has been fractured before. The Giants reportedly have some packages for Brown, though he could be on a snap count. He will be a risky play while he regains his playing legs and becomes more involved in the offense. This will be his first regular season game of 2013. With offensive line issues, the Giants are averaging only 3.2 yards per carry.