Waiver Wire Week 9 Pickups
Just like last week, Week 8 didn’t leave us with much when it comes to waiver wire options. No one guy really broke out this week that is widely available in most leagues. But, at least we had a trade, albeit a disappointing one, as Kenyan Drake was shipped to the Arizona Cardinals. This worries me a bit for David Johnson’s rest of the year status but doesn’t really move the needle for Drake much, if any, when it comes to his rest of season value. Chase Edmonds is doubtful for this Thursday’s game against the 49’ers so Drake could be a low-end flex if he gets a full workload against this stout 49’ers defense. He should be the backup to whoever gets healthy first out of Johnson and Edmonds. On the other hand, Mark Walton is finally locked into a near every-down role and should be a volume-driven RB3 the rest of the way. I have been saying to pick up Walton for over a month now, so if you haven’t done so already, it’s most likely going to cost you this week. As a result, Walton is my number one claim for this week. So let’s get down to the rest of the guys you should consider heading into Waiver Wire Wednesday. As always, the names listed are only owned in less than 60% of leagues.
Quarterback | 18% owned
Before Sunday, I tweeted out that Derek Carr was a prime buy-low candidate for me. He was getting back touchdown machine Tyrell Williams, gets a new toy and the untapped potential of Zay Jones, Hunter Renfrow is progressing weekly, has one of the best young tight ends in the league in Darren Waller and is anchored behind a solid run game led by Josh Jacobs. Carr went on to prove me right, playing a brilliant game where he threw for just under 300 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Carr has a nice rest of season schedule with a four-game slate of the Lions, Chargers, Bengals, and Jets to close out the season. Three out of those four teams are positive matchups and with the Raiders contending weekly, his opportunity for volume will be steady.
Quarterback | 43.9% owned
Kyle Allen almost had us all fooled after his hot start in relief of Newton, but the past few weeks have shown us that he is just a replacement-level talent. While Newton did look awful in the games he played, Allen’s play recently basically cements Newton back as the starter as soon as he’s healthy, which could be next week. If he was dropped, he could provide you with upside QB2 numbers, possibly more if this time off helped him get back to 100%.
Running Back | 8.9% owned
Here we are again. Matt Breida and Jeff Wilson both left this week’s game with injuries. The 49’ers play the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, a dream matchup for whoever is carrying the ball for the Niners. If Breida and Wilson end up missing this week, which is most likely a high chance given the short week and opponent, Mostert could be a perfect bye week fill-in once more. Tevin Coleman will surely cede carries to Mostert, especially if they are up big early, which could lead to Moster putting up respectable flex numbers with upside for much more.
Wide Receiver | 8.5% owned
After a monster Week 1, Amendola cooled off from Weeks 2-6, only bringing in five catches for 43 yards. But the past two weeks, Amendola has posted back to back 8 catch outings for a total of 200 yards. The loss of Kerryon Johnson could force the Lions to pass a little more moving forward and so far, Amendola has capitalized. He’s worth a look as a high-end WR3 in PPR leagues if he keeps this up.
Wide Receiver | 26% owned
Beasley has averaged 11.3 PPR points so far this season and is proving to be a reliable option at WR. He isn’t going to blow you away with big games, but it’s looking like he is going to provide you with a nice floor for the rest of the season. In the next three weeks, he will see some uber positive matchups going against the Redskins, Browns, and Dolphins. With most fantasy leagues regular season-ending Week 12, he and John Brown could be two guys who can give you that edge you need to get in the playoffs.
Wide Receiver | 0% owned
We’ve found the Mohamed Sanu replacement in the form of Russel Gage. Gage had a nice game, converting nine targets into seven receptions for 58 yards for 12.8 PPR points. The Falcons have long sustained three receivers in fantasy and Gage has a real opportunity to be a difference-maker in deeper leagues where there is not much available. In smaller leagues, you can probably do better but if you’re in a larger league with deep rosters, Gage could very well be your best option available. The Falcons do have a bye Week 9 but Gage should be locked into seven or so targets a game moving forward.
Tight End | 12.5% owned
Fells has been hot lately and with Will fuller out of the picture, his usage only went up, especially in the red zone. Averaging just over 14 PPR points a game, Fells has shown increased chemistry with Watson as of late and seems to always be in the right spot. This is important when dealing with a Quarterback who scrambled and creates plays as much as Watson does. With scarce other options available at Tight End, Fells will give you an advantage at the position over most in your leagues if you’re able to grab him. He was already looking good with Fuller but should be a low-end TE1 moving forward for as long as he is out.
Its that time of the year where it would be a good idea to cut that useless end of bench guy and replace him with a handcuff or high upside stash instead. So scour the wire and see what’s out there. Feel free to reach out to me via twitter if you’re a little stuck on guys to grab who fit that mold.
- Daniel Jones and Gardner Minshew have been mentioned by me multiple times, so I didn’t bother including a write upon them. If available, both will make nice options if you’re in a bye week bind or dealing with an injury.
- While we all thought Daesean Hamilton was going to be the main beneficiary of the Sanders trade, it turned out to be Fred Barnes (who?) who got the opportunity and predictably did nothing with it. The real guy to keep an eye out for is Tim Patrick, who for deep leaguers could be a nice playoff piece come playoff time as I anticipate that he will slide in as Sanders replacement once healthy.
- Available in about 75% of leagues, Chris Herndon should return this week and will be a low-end TE1 option to start moving forward, as the Jets have already had their bye.
- Keep an eye on the status of Delanie Walker and Brandin Cooks going into next week. Their replacements, Jonnu Smith and Josh Reynolds excelled this week when called upon. It’s not out of the question that Smith could outright start over Walker when he gets healthy. Both these guys are great dynast buys as well. Walker is most likely in his last year and I fully expect the Rams to move on from at least one of Robert Woods or Brandin Cooks as they look to free up cap space to re-sign Jalen Ramsey.