Sneaky fantasy pickups entering Week 9 

November, 2, 2012
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Back in the day, or as recently as last season, when an NFL team sent a player to its injured reserve (IR) list that meant the player's season was officially over, and fantasy owners could move on. No longer! This year, the league allows each team to designate a player for an eventual return from the list. In most cases, the player isn't fantasy relevant, as with Baltimore Ravens Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis or recently with Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook. Then again, there are other players who do matter in the statistical world that we in the fantasy community live in.

Of course, these players aren't exactly the caliber of Adrian Peterson or Wes Welker, but seeing as this is the Friday Sneaky Pickups blog entry, we're not so much concerned with this weekend, but in stashing players for down the line. Perhaps even way down the line. So here are potentially fantasy-relevant options with the new IR status who are readily available and seldom discussed, but hey, would it be shocking if any of them were on an active fantasy playoff roster helping out in Week 16? No, not really.