Playoff pictures are starting to shake out in the majority of fantasy leagues and managing the waiver wire/free agent pool appropriately down the stretch will be integral to success. Week 9 lacks some of the impact players recent weeks have seen however, there is always value to be found.
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos – 10%
Lock played his first decent game in weeks (months?) on Sunday, going 26/41 for 248 yards, 3 TDs and an interception. This week he’ll travel to Atlanta for a date with a Falcons defense that currently ranks last against the QB position. Lock will be a streaming option for those in a bind at QB.
Cam Akers, Los Angeles Rams – 30%
Akers assumed lead-back duties for the trailing Rams on Sunday following Henderson’s departure. That role saw him turn 9 carries and 1 reception into a total of 54 yards. The carries were Akers first since Week 5. Heading onto their bye, Akers will be worth rostering in most formats just in case Henderson is forced to miss time. In the event he does start, Akers would likely be a Top 25 RB on the run-heavy Rams.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens – 30%
If you ran out and added Edwards last week you were rewarded by his performance against the Steelers elite defense Sunday. In the narrow defeat, Edwards took 16 carries for 87 yards (5.4 YPC) and a TD. He briefly exited the game with a knee injury in the first half but no looked no worse for wear upon returning. Provided Ingram misses next week’s game at Indianapolis, Edwards will offer RB3/Flex appeal.
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts – 29%
Fresh off his vanishing act, Hines racked up 62 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Lions on Sunday. The Colts also lost “top” WR T.Y. Hilton to a groin injury in that game. If Hilton is forced to miss time, Hines will find his way back into the RB3/Flex conversation for this week’s matchup with the Ravens.
Wayne Gallman, New York Giants – 24%
If you were forced to start Wayne Gallman on Monday night, you were pleasantly surprised. Gallman handled 12 carries for 44 yards and a TD and caught his only target for an additional 18 yards. If Freeman is forced to miss Week 9 against Washington, Gallman should once again lead the Giants backfield in touches and profiles as a risky Flex.
Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons – 11%
Hill is more handcuff than anything, but it’s one of those weeks on the wire. Encouragingly, Hill outrushed Gurley 55-46 last Thursday while handling 7 fewer carries in the win over Carolina. Hill has also seen his usage trend up since the beginning of the season and appears to have carved out a reasonable 7-10 touch floor for himself. He’s not worth burning FAAB or priority on but would become a weekly Flex if Gurley were to miss time.
Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts – 2%
Wilkins will likely be this week’s priority add after turning in a career performance against the Lions on Sunday. In that game, Wilkins posted a 20/89/1 rushing line and caught his only target for 24 yards. Wilkins out-snapped Jonathan Taylor 39-26 in the win. Reports also surfaced on Monday that Taylor is dealing with a minor ankle injury. Regardless of whether or not Wilkins has supplanted Taylor moving forward, you can guarantee he’ll be more involved in the coming weeks.
Tyler Ervin/Dexter Williams, Green Bay Packers – 0%
The premise here is simple, if Aaron Jones is unable to go this week Ervin and Williams will be the only men up in the Packers backfield. They’re low risk adds with a 1-2 week shelf life who can be cut instantly if Jones is ready to go.
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles – 24%
Even entering a bye week, Reagor carries the most upside at WR in a quiet week on the wire. Reagor looked solid in his return to the lineup Sunday night, catching 3 of 6 targets for 16 yards, a touchdown and 2-point conversion. The rookie should continue to be more involved after the bye and the Eagles have a friendly schedule down the stretch. Scoop him up where available.
Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears – 21%
Miller came out of nowhere on Sunday to lead the Bears with 11 targets and a 26.8% target share. He was able to turn those into 8 receptions for 73 yards, Miller’s first time breaking the 70 yard mark since Week 1. If he’s passed Darnell Mooney as the #2 option on the Bears he’ll hold value in deeper formats. For now, he’s just a bench stash who can’t be started with any semblance of confidence.
Randall Cobb, Houston Texans – 16%
Cobb is averaging 5.4 targets, 4.3 receptions, 53.1 yards per game and 9.2 FP/G (0.5 PPR) as the Texans emerge from their bye. He’ll get a plum matchup with the Jaguars this Sunday and be somewhere on the WR4/5 borderline. Hopefully, you have better options available.
Kendrick Bourne, San Francisco 49ers – 8%
Bourne has become a very intriguing option following injuries to Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. In their absence Sunday, he reeled in 8 of 10 targets (24.4% share) for 81 yards. With a quick turnaround for Thursday night’s game against the Packers, Bourne will feature as the #2/3 option in the 49ers passing attack. He should flirt with Flex numbers in that game and is a quality add for the near future.
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots – 1%
Meyers took on an expanded role Sunday with Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry sidelined. He was able to bring in 6 of 10 targets for 58 yards while seeing a 40% target share and commanding 59.76% of the Patriots air yards. Until Edelman and/or Harry return, Meyers is likely to lead the Pats in receiving and approach WR4 territory. It’s a really dull week on the wire.
Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team – 23%
Thomas will look to extend his recent streak of over 40 yards and a score in each of the past two games. Unsurprisingly, his uptick in production has coincided with the benching of Dwayne Haskins. Over the next four weeks, Thomas will play the Giants, Lions, Bengals and Cowboys where he should be a Top 15 option in each.
Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers – 3%
After filling in admirably for George Kittle earlier this season, Reed suffered a knee sprain that sent him to IR. The 49ers designated Reed to return last week prior to Kittle suffering a more severe injury on Sunday. If Reed’s able to go Thursday night against the Packers, he’ll immediately enter the TE1 conversation at one of fantasy’s worst positions. For reference, Reed had 14 targets, 9 receptions, 73 yards and 2 scores in his game and a half without Kittle early on.
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