Week 9 has a temporary reduction in the bye weeks from six teams to four, but those four hurt a ton. With Jacksonville, Detroit, Minnesota, & Carolina all off, you have some of the most productive players of the 2011 fantasy season. No Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, or Cam Newton. Plan accordingly.

Your hot waiver wire pick-ups for Week 9 are truly scraping the barrel of desperation. You really should have your team sorted by this point in the season. But, enough scolding and here’s what we can find. The Raiders turning to Carson Palmer might get you out of a jam. Back in the day, Palmer was a regular top 10 fantasy guy. Who knows what he has left to prove in the silver and black. Ignore the week one outing — he was told he would not play and then only knew a handful of plays. On the WR front, Michael Crabtree is healthy and starting to realize Alex Smith is not going anywhere so he has stepped it up a bit and seems to be acting like the number one guy he was supposed to be. Javon Ringer seems certain to usurp CJ as the number one running back in Tennessee. At TE, we like Brent Celek of the Eagles, who has 2 TDs over the past 2 games.

The guys hand out some hardware with their mid season fantasy MVPs. Should not surprise anyone to learn that at QB, Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers (who has had his bye), remains the big dog — leading the pack by 10 pts. Our WR, is no surprise with MEGATRON leading Wes Welker by 25 pts. RB, Adrian Peterson holds a slight lead over Shady McCoy and Fred Jackson for mid-season stud. And on the TE side, Jimmy Graham holds a 23 point lead on the field!

Fantasy Football for James reminds people to know your league’s trade deadline. That is the point at which your roster cannot be improved via trade with another owner in your league. An all to important little part of team management. Good luck!