Fantasy Waiver Wire Adds Week 9
As we enter the second half of another fantasy season, injuries are really starting to mount. I may have inadvertently cursed a few guys myself, as several of the top waiver suggestions from my Week 8 column ended up getting hurt.
Perhaps we can turn those aches and pains into a positive. Last week’s injured players are this week’s opportunity to pick up another player to fill in. Week 9 offers one of the worst bye weeks on the 2016 NFL schedule as tons of fantasy talent is unavailable this week due to the six teams that are off.
Let’s take a look at some of the player that you should be bidding on this week. Even some of the players that are actually on bye in Week 9 are worth acquiring as they have the chance to be productive adds for the playoff stretch.
Week 9 Byes: Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England, Washington
Waiver Wire Pickups: Quarterbacks
Josh McCown – McCown returned from an injury to put up 341 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It’s possible that Cody Kessler could be cleared for Week 9’s matchups with a banged up Dallas secondary, but if McCown gets the nod again, which I believe will happen, he’s my favorite streaming play on this short slate.
- McCown’s next game: Dallas at Cleveland
Sam Bradford – The Vikings aren’t exactly throwing the ball all over the field, but Bradford is doing a solid job managing the offense and avoiding turnovers. For Week 9, I’ll end up putting Bradford in the QB2 range because the Vikings are hosting a Detroit Lions secondary that has allowed the third-most fantasy points (25.7) and a league-high 21 touchdowns to opposing signal-callers. If you want to avoid the Cleveland QB quandary, Bradford is a nice pivot.
- Bradford’s next game: Detroit at Minnesota
Trevor Siemian – This isn’t a good week to need a fill-in, but with six teams off, there’s likely somebody out there that’s going to need to dig deep. Siemian has been serviceable but could be decent this week against an Oakland defense that allows a hair under 24 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Some reports indicate that Siemian’s grasp of the starting job could be fading, so view him only as a week-to-week prospect.
- Siemian’s next game: Denver at Oakland
-Ownership data based on ESPN public leagues
Waiver Wire Pickups: Running Backs
Charcandrick West – Spencer Ware is in the NFL’s concussion protocol and Jamaal Charles is off to see Dr. James Andrews due to the recurring of swelling in his surgically-repaired knee. Charles will most certainly be out and Ware could be. It’s possible that West could be thrust into a featured role this week at home versus a bad Jacksonville defense. At the very least, West would see an increase in usage behind Ware, especially in the passing game. It’s the upside of knowing West could get 15-20 touches that make him the top add at RB this week.
Rob Kelley – A combination of fumbles and a knee injury forced Matt Jones to miss Washington’s Week 8 game in London. Kelley, forced into the starting lineup, responded with a decent 21/87/1 performance. There’s a good chance that Kelley will maintain that starting role, or at the very least, play in a committee with Jones and Chris Thompson. I would be higher on Kelley’s prospects if it weren’t for Washington being on bye this week, then playing Minnesota in Week 10. Still, he’s definitely on the fantasy radar and worth a look.
Tim Hightower – After an early fumble, Sean Payton benched starter Mark Ingram for the rest of Week 8’s victory over the Seahawks. Hightower’s 26 carries and 102 rushing yards were key factors in New Orleans’ win. After the game, Payton said that Hightower has earned a larger role and hinted that the club would enter a committee with Ingram and Hightower both sharing carries. Hightower has proven he can still be an effective player, as evidenced by his play late last season when Ingram was hurt. I would bid more aggressively for the 30-year-old veteran if he were promoted to starter and played a bigger role in the passing game, but he’s certainly worth an add in most leagues.
Waiver Wire Pickups: Wide Receivers
Sammie Coates – After a Week 8 bye, I’m hoping that Coates will be recovered from his finger injury that limited him to a single catch in Pittsburgh’s past two games. But the biggest factor that makes Coates an appealing add is that Ben Roethlisberger could return to the starting role as soon as this week. Big Ben has a strong rapport with Coates on deep throws, as evidenced by Coates’ 21.3 yards-per-catch average. If both players are in the lineup for Week 9, they have an appealing matchup with Baltimore’s bottom-10 secondary.
Jamison Crowder – Crowder manages to make this list almost every week, but the window to add him on waivers should close this week. Crowder has back-to-back 100-yard games and continues to play a big role in Washington’s passing game- especially in the red zone. The Redskins are off this week, but Crowder, who is the WR15 for the season, is worth a big bid and a zero this week. Washington has some favorable games upcoming and his role as the Redskins’ go-to receiver looks secure.
Waiver Wire Pickups: Tight Ends
Eric Ebron – Ebron returned from a three-week absence to have an excellent Week 8 performance against Houston’s tough defense. Ebron isn’t a consistent weekly starter, but he has some pass-catching ability and is worth a spot start in favorable matchups. Two of Detroit’s next three games are against the Vikings, so be cautious not to overreact to one game. Instead, view Ebron as a TE2 with some upside and worth a modest bid.
Ladarius Green – Green began practicing last week and could be activated anytime. The prized free agent has yet to take a snap with the Steelers, but his size and downfield ability make him a potentially dangerous addition to an already potent Pittsburgh passing attack. If 100% healthy, Green has TE1 potential for the rest of the season, and that makes him quite valuable as a potential difference maker. Pittsburgh’s next four games, at Baltimore, Dallas, at Cleveland and at Indianapolis all look like great matchups.
Virgil Green – Maybe a trade was all Green needed for motivation. After the Broncos acquired AJ Derby from New England last week, Green had his best game of the 2016 season against San Diego. Denver plays Oakland’s beleaguered secondary in Week 9, so it’s possible that Green will have another decent game. He’s worth a look as a cheap streamer this week.
Deep Sleeper Adds
- Quarterbacks – Jay Cutler, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Joe Flacco
- Running Backs – Terron Ward, Ka’deem Carey, Jeremy Langford
- Wide Receivers – Tyreek Hill, Dontrelle Inman, Dorial Green-Beckham
- Tight Ends – Austin Hooper Cameron Brate, Lance Kendricks