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Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 9

Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

Week 9 Waiver Wire PickupsWeek 9 is here and we are just a few short weeks away from the fantasy postseason. This season has flown by and the waiver wire has most likely been an integral part of your team’s success.

Hopefully, you tuned into last week’s article that featured JuJu Smith-Schuster, Andy Dalton, Josh McCown, Kenny Stills, and Jack Doyle who all had nice fantasy performances. Once again like last week there are six teams on bye. But do not worry. I have done the digging and found the gems on the waiver wire that you need to win your fantasy leagues.

  • Week 9 Byes: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh
  • Week 10 Byes: Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland, Philadelphia
  • Week 11 Byes: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco

Key Tips:

  • Stay in the flames! Sometimes players just get hot and you just need to ride them.
  • Look at who your opponent has in your weekly matchup. Even if you feel great with your lineup, see if you can block your opponent from picking up a player that they are targeting, by picking them up yourself! Especially with the quarterback position. If you have space grab an extra quarterback with a favorable matchup limiting the streaming ability of your opponent.

Here are your waiver wire pickups for Week 9!


Jared Goff

Quarterback | LAR

  • ESPN: Less than 30% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 47% owned

Jared GoffGoff was dropped in many leagues last week but needs to be picked up this week if you are in need of a streaming quarterback. Goff this season has had four games averaging 19.45 fantasy points and three games where he has averaged 10.48 fantasy points. The lower average games were all poor matchups, but this week Goff has a favorable matchup against the Giants defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to the quarterback position in 2017. He has a nice floor this week.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Quarterback | SF

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 2% owned


In a surprise move by the 49ers, Garoppolo was traded from the Patriots for San Francisco’s 2018 second round draft pick. After seeing a few weeks of C.J. Beathard, the 49ers had seen quite enough and made a move for their franchise QB. He is definitely worth a pick-up in deeper leagues and could be played in fantasy in Week 9 if the 49ers feel he is ready to start. They will be playing the Arizona Cardinals who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the quarterback position this season. Interestingly enough Garoppolo made his first NFL start against the Arizona Cardinals.

Running Backs

Alex Collins

Running Back | BAL

  • ESPN: Less than 32% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 34% owned

Alex Collins dominated against the Dolphins rushing for 113 yards on 18 carries. Collins has been consistently getting the rock for the Ravens and has seen at least 10 carries in four straight games. He has looked like the more superior runner to Buck Allen, who seems more destined to be the main pass-catcher. And even with Terrance West possibly returning, the Ravens will go with the hot hand in Collins. Collins seems to have fixed his fumble problem from earlier in the season which has seemed to garner him more touches. However, just be aware that Collins still has yet to see a red zone rush and Allen leads the team with 18 red zone rushing attempts. Collins does not have great upside to score, especially in an offense like Baltimore, but can still be a serviceable running back especially in the right matchups. Collins takes on the Titans in Week 9 who have allowed the 19th most fantasy points and the fourth most receiving yards to the RB position.

Darren McFadden

Running Back | DAL

  • ESPN: Less than 35% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 35% owned

Somehow still available in numerous leagues, McFadden needs to be picked up now that Ezekial Elliot’s suspension is confirmed for the next six games. I believe that the Cowboys have saved McFadden this season, in case Elliot ultimately would serve his suspension. If McFadden is gone in your league, make sure to also check on Alfred Morris who also has the potential to get carries with Elliot out. Morris is owned in less than 30% of ESPN and 38% of Yahoo leagues.

Orleans Darkwa

Running Back | NYG

  • ESPN: Less than 40% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 47% owned

The lead running back for the Giants, Darkwa is nice to add if somebody left him hanging on the waivers this week. Darkwa’s next two games are against the Rams and 49ers who have allowed the third and single most fantasy points to the RB position respectively. Darkwa has had an inconsistent volume amount but could be a nice play in a pinch this week and next. He has averaged 12 fantasy points per game over the last three weeks, so even if he does not have great upside with a volume cap, he does have a solid floor for your team.

Wide Receivers

Robby Anderson

Wide Receiver | NYJ

  • ESPN: Less than 27% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 28% owned

Left for dead after the Jets traded for Jermaine Kearse, Anderson has quietly had himself a productive eight games. Anderson leads the Jets in targets (51) and has scored in back to back weeks for the first time this season. We saw Anderson flash at the end of the last season, and with Josh McCown continuing to play at a high level that should continue for Anderson. He has big-play upside every single week and looks like the number one receiver on the Jets. He has favorable matchups against the Bills and Buccaneers over the next two weeks and then a bye in Week 11.

Paul Richardson

Wide Receiver | SEA

  • ESPN: Less than 11% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 32% owned

Currently the no. 26 ranked wide receiver in standard Yahoo Leagues Richardson has been very consistent all season. He has only had one game with less than 9 fantasy points and has averaged 12.77 fantasy points per game! That is more points per game than Keenan Allen, Amari Cooper, Kelvin Benjamin, and Alshon Jeffery! Part of his consistency comes from the fact that he seems to have a knack for the end zone. Five receiving touchdowns on the year with three coming in his last two games, as the Seahawks are forced to throw Richardson will benefit greatly. Week 9 presents a tough matchup against the Redskins, but after that Weeks 10-13, are all very favorable against the Cardinals, Falcons, 49ers, and Eagles.

DeDe Westbrook

Wide Receiver |JAX

  • ESPN: Less than 2% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 10% owned

The preseason leaders in receiving yards for the Jacksonville Jaguars plan to come back for Week 9 and needs to be on your radar. Westbrook looked like the best receiver on Jacksonville during the preseason and even though Marquise Lee has flashed here and there, the passing game for the Jaguars has been underwhelming, to say the least. I fully expect Westbrook to get involved right away and is worth a stash before too many owners catch on to him. I would not advise starting him.

Tight Ends

Vernon Davis

Tight End | WAS

  • ESPN: Less than 14% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 12% owned

Ugh…Jordan Reed does it again. He fools us with a two-touchdown performance a week ago, just to pull a hamstring and crush our dreams all over again. Luckily for the Redskins and hopefully your fantasy teams, Vernon Davis can pick up the slack. A must add for any Reed owner or anyone struggling at the TE position.

Jack Doyle

Tight End | IND

  • ESPN: Less than 40% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 51% owned

Jack Doyle was on the list last week, and man… he did not disappoint. Despite being in the tough matchup volume once again showed supreme and introduced Doyle to 12 receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. Brissett continues to look his way especially against Houston who gave up two touchdowns to Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham. Doyle definitely needs to be added and kept for the rest of the season because his Weeks 12-16 schedule has him facing all opponents with favorable matchups. And who knows, maybe Andrew Luck will be back by then…


Thanks for reading!

Andrew Erickson

Andrew is a Roger Williams University graduate where he majored in Marketing. While there he interned at a sports marketing agency where he had the opportunity to work with many professional athletes like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

After college, Andrew started to write his own fantasy blogs via to show his friends why he calls himself the Fantasy Football Master. He calls himself this because back in '07 in his first ever fantasy football league he drafted the Bears defense in the 1st round. He then proceeded to win the entire league. #DefenseWinsChampionships

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