Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 9 Running Back Pickups

Here are some of the top available players available on the waiver wire heading into Week 9. See the full article including all positions here: ($)
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    Tim Hightower, NO
    A case of fumblitis has landed Mark Ingram in the doghouse and opened an opportunity for Hightower to take over as lead running back. Hightower made the most of his chance Sunday, finishing with 26 carries for 102 yards against a good Seattle defense. Reports Monday from unnamed sources said Hightower has earned more carries coming off this performance.
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    Charcandrick West, KC
    Spencer Ware had a juicy matchup lined up with the Colts Sunday, but his day was cut short after he sustained a concussion. He'll enter the league's concussion protocol and probably miss at least this week's game against Jacksonville. Now healthy, West was already getting a few touches spelling Ware with Jamaal Charles out. West finished Sunday with 16 touches and had some productive games as the lead back last season.
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    Antone Smith, TB
    It's been a terrible season to be a Tampa running back as Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers have been bitten by the injury bug. Rodgers' injury is listed as a foot sprain, but it seems like he's going to miss some time considering the team quickly signed running back Mike James on Monday. Smith got four carries to one for Peyton Barber, who was mentioned here last week. Smith is also the better receiver between the two and showed his big-play potential two seasons ago in Atlanta.
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    Rob Kelley, WAS
    Kelley was anointed the starter before kickoff Sunday morning yet wasn't even picked up in the majority of leagues leading to only a 35 percent ownership on Yahoo. He responded to getting his first start with 87 rushing yards and a short touchdown, leading to a respectable game. It's unknown how long Matt Jones will be out with a knee sprain, but the fact is Kelley didn't put the ball on the ground.