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2012 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire Most-Dropped Players: Fan’s Review

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Wednesday is usually the first day in most fantasy football leagues where free agents get snatched up off waivers and players get added from the free agent pool. As players get added off the waiver wire, players who struggled, got hurt, or saw a decreased role in Week 8 get dropped. Here's a look at the most popular players dropped prior to the start of Week 9 games.

All drop numbers are recorded for all Yahoo! fantasy football leagues for Wednesday, October 31.

Quarterback

Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings - 36,167 drops

For another week, Ponder was the most-dropped quarterback in fantasy leagues. After a very disappointing 58-yard passing performance in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals, he followed it up with a slightly better showing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8. Up against an even tougher matchup against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9, owners are opting to get rid of Ponder now for better options.

Honorable mentions: San Diego Chargers' Philip Rivers (20,359 drops), Cleveland Browns' Brandon Weeden (19,302 drops), Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler (19,062 drops)

Running back

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys - 52,663 drops

Starting in place for DeMarco Murray in Week 8 against the New York Giants, Jones poor outing was only rescued by a touchdown. Battling a bruised left knee and a shoulder injury, he may not be available for Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons. With consistent health issues and Philip Tanner available, Jones value has dropped significantly since Murray's initial injury.

Honorable mentions: Chicago Bears' Michael Bush (30,412 drops), Arizona Cardinals' William Powell (30,281 drops), Carolina Panthers' DeAngelo Williams (26,251 drops)

Wide receiver

Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams - 44,769 drops

After a couple weeks of decent production, Gibson has recently been outperformed by Chris Givens in the Rams' passing game. With the Rams on bye this week, the Rams have a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers when they return in Week 10. With Danny Amendola also expected to return that week, Gibson's value is quickly dropping.

Honorable mentions: New York Jets' Jeremy Kerley (38,727 drops), Green Bay Packers' Greg Jennings (35,045 drops), Washington Redskins' Pierre Garcon (28,854 drops)

Tight end

Joel Dreessen, Denver Broncos - 43,856 drops

Targeted just two times on Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints, Dreessen failed to have a catch in the game. Despite outperforming Jacob Tamme throughout the season, Tamme and third-stringer Virgil Green had better showings than him against the Saints. With various tight end options in Denver for Peyton Manning, Dreessen is a difficult player to start in most fantasy leagues.

Honorable mentions: Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph (41,871 drops), New York Jets' Dustin Keller (40,749 drops), New York Giants' Martellus Bennett (26,298 drops)

Kicker

Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams - 161,945 drops

One of the most talked about kickers of the season, Zuerlein and the other most-dropped kickers were let go due to their bye-week status.

Honorable mentions: San Francisco 49ers' David Akers (65,194 drops), New England Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski (35,662 drops), Minnesota Vikings' Blair Walsh (31,195 drops)

Team defense

Arizona Cardinals team defense - 88,838 drops

The Cardinals were allowed an excellent outing by 49ers quarterback Alex Smith in Week 8. Despite being a solid fantasy defense all season, Arizona will be a tough Week 9 play against a great Packers offense. Given the matchup this week, the Cardinals are not a worthy start this week.

Honorable mentions: New York Jets team defense (81,449 drops), Minnesota Vikings team defense (81,342 drops), New England Patriots team defense (73,677 drops)

Sources:

Transaction Trends Yesterday All Positions, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Christian Ponder Game Log, Yahoo! Sports

Felix Jones News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

Joel Dreessen News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and fantasy football player since 2005. Follow this Featured Contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.

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