Waiver Wire Week 9
When the NFL said that they were going to have a season during the pandemic, I would bet that 80% of people you knew believed that it wouldn’t make it through. Well, here we are, officially at the halfway point of the NFL season. But at what cost? Injuries have piled up week by week and week eight was no different as more guys went down with an injury, most notably star tight end George Kittle and his quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who is expected to miss the remainder of the season. We will get to some names to consider as replacements for them, but first, let’s do a quick review of previous articles for the sake of repeating myself. Basically, every receiver in last week’s article had good games and are once again adds. So Jalen Reagor, Brandon Aiyuk, Corey Davis, Mecole Hardman, and Denzel Mims are still targets of mine if available. Damien Harris has been mentioned multiple times in recent articles and he had another 100-yard game, making him two for two when receiving at least 15 touches and is the clear lead back moving forward. Still available in around 60% of leagues, grab him if he’s there. Tevin Coleman started the game but later went down with injury so it’s back to Jerrick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty. McKinnon is the clearly superior back as he turned seven touches into 39 yards and a score as opposed to Hasty’s 13 touches for 31 yards and a score. Both are worth adds on the Waiver Wire Week 9.
Quarterback 0.4% rostered
With Garoppolo out for an extended period, it will be the Nick Mullens show in San Fran. Now obviously with no Deebo or Kittle, his upside is almost non-existent, but if you are in Super Flex leagues, or very deep redraft leagues he is worth a look as a starting NFL Quarterback. Just don’t expect much production out of him. He gets a tough draw in week nine against the Packers but gets a more favorable matchup in week ten against New Orleans. If anything they will be playing from behind in both of these games, giving Mullens plenty of garbage time volume.
Running Back 48.8% rostered
Running Back 4.8% rostered
Both of these guys looked like far superior options opposed to Mark Ingram for the Ravens in week eight. Edwards finished with a 16-87-1 line and Dobbins a 16-121-0 line in a game against a very good Pittsburgh defense. I would not be surprised if Ingram is phased out upon his return and this becomes the JK Dobbins/Gus Edwards show with Dobbins leading the way. Add in the fact that the Ravens have arguably the best fantasy playoff schedule of any team, facing the Cowboys, Browns, Jaguars, Giants and Bengals in weeks 13-17 and Dobbins is a legitimate league winner and worth whatever you have left in FAAB and a number one waiver spot. Edwards will still be a valuable piece as well and is worth an add in all leagues, but not as much of a priority as Dobbins is. He makes for a fine consolation prize if missing out on other guys as Harbaugh clearly likes him and will keep him involved.
Running Back 0.5% rostered
I have always been a Jordan Wilkins fan because whenever he gets a chance he ends up playing pretty well. For some reason, Jonathan Taylor is having a hard time putting it together at the next level so the Colts decided to feature Wilkins and he rewarded them with a 20-89-1 line adding one catch for 24 yards. Nyheim Hines was also involved with two receiving touchdowns and is a target in PPR leagues as the pass-catching complement. The Colts get a very tough draw next week against Baltimore but the rumor is Taylor may have been dealing with an ankle injury so if it comes out that that is true, Wilkins could once again get the lions share of the carries and should be available in most leagues, even rather deep ones. His expected volume would be worth taking the gamble on in deeper leagues.
Running Back 36.2% rostered
Could we be seeing a changing of the guard over in Buffalo? This backfield was an even split in Week nine, with both backs receiving 14 carries. Singletary finished with slightly more yards, but it was Moss who was the preferred back in goal-line situations, cashing in two of them for touchdowns. If Moss is indeed going to be the goal-line back moving forward, it gives him value in an above-average Buffalo offense. Josh Allen is always a threat to run one in but Moss will still get his opportunities it seems. He’s worth an add in all leagues if available on the Waiver Wire Week 9.
Running Back 0% rostered
This backfield is still Justin Jackson’s to lose after posting 142 yards on 20 touches but it was Pope, not Joshua Kelley who was the 1B to Jackson’s 1A. Head coach Anthony Lynn clearly doesn’t want to take a bellcow approach to this backfield while Ekeler is out so if Jackson is not available, Pope looks to have gained the upper hand on Kelley for the time being and is worth an add in leagues of 14+.
Wide Receiver 37.1% rostered
Samuel has reached double-digit PPR points in three straight now and it’s encouraging to see Matt Rhule finding ways to get him involved not just through the air, but through the ground as well as Samuel has rushed for a touchdown in back to back games. While his involvement in the ground game may be dialed back once CMC returns, I think Samuel has shown enough to stay involved in the offense as a versatile weapon and is worth a look in leagues with 12+ teams. His snap percentage was raised from 48% in week seven to 75% in week eight, so Rhule most likely agrees.
Wide Receiver 42.7% rostered
Williams is most likely not available in most leagues, but I couldn’t skip over him given his recent performance if he is still available. Justin Herbert continues to show that he has something special and in two of his last three games, Williams has gone over 90 yards AND scored two touchdowns. That game where he did not reach those milestones, he only registered one catch for four yards, and therein lies the problem with Williams. His inconsistency. But with a proven ceiling as high as his though, I am willing to take the gamble as my WR3 or flex moving forward, especially considering his upcoming schedule with games against the Raiders, Dolphins, and Jets on tap.
Wide Receiver 5.6% rostered
With San Francisco suddenly void of any offensive weapons not named Brandon Aiyuk, Bourne was thrust into a significant role and played pretty well, especially with new starting quarterback Nick Mullens. Most of Bourne’s yards came with Mullens at the helm and the hope is that they carry that chemistry over to Week nine where Mullens should be throwing a ton, giving Bourne some nice expected volume as they look to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and that high powered offense. Bourne consistently shows up when his team needs him and he should be a serviceable flex option in deeper leagues for as long as teammate Deebo Samuel is out with his injury.
Wide Receiver 0.5% rostered
Keep an eye on the status of Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry as Meyers looked to be Cam Newton’s favorite target against the Bills this week. If both are expected to miss again, Meyers is worth a look with a juicy matchup against the hapless Jets on deck. If Newton cant perform against the Jets then something is seriously wrong. With only two wins on the season, the Patriots are going to look to annihilate their divisional opponents and put on a show so if Meyers is walking onto the field as the number one option again, I am firing him up as a nice flex option in leagues of 14+, maybe even leagues of 12 teams if you are in an injury or bye week bind. Worth add in deep leagues on the Waiver Wire Week 9.
- Drew Lock is one of my favorite Quarterback streamers heading into Week nine versus the atrocious Atlanta defense. He is coming off a three-touchdown game and should get receiver Tim Patrick back as well. He is available in about 94% of leagues.
- Keep an eye on Tyler Ervin this week. AJ Dillon contracted COVID-19 and Jamaal Williams is considered a close contact. If Aaron Jones misses and Dillon and Williams are both held out, the backfield could be all Ervin’s.
- Brian Hill received the most carries he’s had all year this week and could be a sign that the Falcons are looking to scale back Todd Gurley’s workload. He could be startable in deeper leagues if this is the case.
- With Kenny Golladay all but ruled out today, I am pivoting to Quintez Cephus as opposed to Marvin Hall after his 113-yard game. Sure Hall will see an expanded role and is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues, but it was Cephus who benefited the most during Golladay’s injury earlier in the year and is worth an add in most leagues.
- Other receivers worth looking at are Darnell Mooney, Demarcus Robinson, Hunter Renfrow and Russell Gage.
- Jordan Reed is eligible to be activated off IR this week and it could not have come at a better time as Kittle is most likely out for the remainder of the season. Other tight ends to consider are Trey Burton, Logan Thomas and Ross Dwelley if Reed is not activated this week.
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