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For Week 9, we take a look at players that are owned in 10 percent of leagues or less.

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Rob Foldy

We're roughly a month before most fantasy playoffs. As usual, plenty of fantasy owners are queuing up their waiver claims as we head into Wednesday. This week, I've decided to target players with 10 percent ownership or less (according to Yahoo!). Even if some of these players are claimed, you could save your priority and grab a handful of these in free agency.

Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: After spending the first six weeks of the season inactive for the Steelers, Bryant has quickly emerged as the red zone threat that Pittsburgh drafted him to be. At 6'4" and 211 lbs., Bryant has surprising speed and is a big target for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The knock on Bryant leading up to the NFL Draft was his lack of polish as a route runner. He also had unreliable hands. On Sunday, Bryant caught five of his seven targets for 83 yards and two touchdowns. It's worth mentioning that one of Bryant's drops could have been a third score. Perhaps his time off the field helped him develop the finer points of the game. Or perhaps it was simply just a big day for the Steelers offense all around. Regardless, at 10 percent ownership, Bryant is worth a grab in 12-team leagues or more. He'll likely be the most targeted player in your fantasy this week.

Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If you didn't grab Sims in Week 8, this week may be your last chance. Sims is expected to return from Injured Reserve and could reward anyone taking a chance with him. Doug Martin is on the trading block, and even if he stays in Tampa Bay, Sims could outplay the currently struggling Martin down the stretch. There are durability concerns with Sims, but he's a fresh set of legs for the tail end of your fantasy season. He's owned in eight percent of leagues at the moment.

Kenny Britt, WR, St. Louis Rams: With Brian Quick out for the season, Britt should see more of a workload. A word of caution: Britt has been nothing but a disappointment since he got off to a promising start in 2011. You could argue that someone has to compensate for Quick's absence, but I wouldn't put too much stock into Britt. The fact that he's in his first year on a new team and he's completely healthy by all accounts warrants a look in deeper leagues. At this point in the season, fantasy owners just need a spark even if brief.

Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore Ravens: I've mentioned Taliaferro in the past, and I'm only doing it this week because he's still just owned in 10 percent of leagues. I truly believe that Taliaferro will continue to see his opportunities increase. I don't believe Justin Forsett can handle the workload he's been getting for the remainder of the season. Of course, my assumptions could take until Week 14 to come true. However, Taliaferro should see plenty of third down and goal line opportunities in the meantime. After his two-touchdown performance on Sunday, he's worth a reactive grab in 12-team leagues. Smaller leagues may want to stash him if they have space on their bench.

Jonas Gray, RB, New England Patriots: Look, the Patriots backfield has always been a tricky one for fantasy purposes. Gray has been a hot topic this week, and for good reason. He saw 17 rushing attempts and managed 86 yards on Sunday. With that said, it's important to stress that Gray won't be an every-week starter for fantasy owners. Even if he's a slightly improved version of Stevan Ridley (in terms of ball security), I'd still consider him a Ridley replacement. Use him like you would Ridley in 2014. If that's appealing to you, grab him because he'll be owned in much more than 7 percent of leagues come Wednesday.

Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Gillmore didn't see much work on Sunday. He caught two passes for 23 yards. However, I wouldn't be surprised if Gillmore continues to improve. Steve Smith Sr. has slowed down a bit, and Flacco has been searching for a reliable tight end after injuries took out Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels. He's worth a grab if you need some depth at the position. Even if he emerges as a low-end TE1, he likely won't cost you much with three percent ownership.

Editor's Note: FanDuel is hosting a $500,000 one-week fantasy football league this weekend. It's $10 to join and first place wins $40,000. League starts Sunday 1 PM ET and ends on Monday night. Here's the link.