Waiver Wire Week 9
Here’s a list of players they may help your fantasy team long term, or as a spot fill-in during a bye week.
(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)
Jay Cutler, MIA (10%)
It was a poor performance by the Dolphins’ team as a whole on Thursday Night Football. Matt Moore didn’t do himself any favors, as he did not look like an NFL QB on the national stage. After the game, Cutler was already named the Week 9 QB against the Raiders. This is less of an endorsement of Cutler but more about the Raiders porous defense. As a unit, they allow a 69.5 completion percentage to opposing QBs, 8.0 yards per attempt, 11 total TDs and 0, yes you read that right, 0 interceptions. Sure, Cutler will probably give the Raiders their first INT, but along with 275 yards and 2 TDs. Add him in another tough bye week.
Marlon Mack, IND (44%)
This was the first week Mack out-snapped Frank Gore (32-22) and it probably won’t be his last. This Colts team is going nowhere. Andrew Luck looks like he may not take a snap under center in 2017. There is no reason for Indy to run an older Gore into the ground and Mack should be the beneficiary. Mack has been involved in the pass game too, as he scored a receiving TD against the Bengals. The young RB should continue to get more and more work as the season progresses. Mack needs to be added and this may be the final week to do it.
Rex Burkhead, NE (8%)
This Patriots backfield is truly a mess from a fantasy standpoint. Three of the 4 Patriots’ RBs saw over 20 snaps this past week with Burkhead receiving 27. Chris Hogan was spotted with his left arm in a sling after Sunday’s game so he may miss some time, which could open up some more targets for Burkhead. Each week is a guessing game with this backfield but Burkhead seems to be right in the thick of things. Add him in 12 team leagues and hope he’s in your lineup when he puts up productive weeks.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT (48%)
After a 7 for 193 and 1 TD performance of Sunday Night Football, it is beyond late to add JuJu to your squad. In week’s prior, he was quietly putting together solid fantasy numbers on limited targets as he scored three times over the past five games. Martavis Bryant has been acting like a child lately. He has been complaining about his playing time, requesting a trade and randomly not showing up to practice. For those actions, he was benched this week and coach Mike Tomlin is unsure if he’ll contribute to the team going forward. JuJu is now the unquestioned number two behind AB and needs to be added in ALL leagues.
Paul Richardson (31%)/ Tyler Lockett, SEA (39%)
The Seahwaks have only one option on offense, and that is to throw the ball. Not counting Wilson’s 30 rushing yards, Seattle ran for a total of 3 yards on 17 carries. You read that right. That is an average of .18 yards per carry. If this team is going to win, they are going to need to throw the ball, and plenty. It seems like another second half surge by Wilson and he has plenty of weapons at his disposal with Baldwin, Lockett, Richardson and Graham. Richardson currently leads the team with 5 receiving TDs and Lockett just busted out for 121 yards. Richardson is the priority add here, as he is the better bet to find the end zone. There is plenty of fantasy goodness to go around in this receiving core.
Robby Anderson, NYJ (29%)
Quietly, Anderson has scored in two out of the past three weeks. In that time, he has seen five targets or more in each game and only saw less than five targets once (four in Week 2). The Jets have not been as bad as people predicted and Josh McCown has played very good football this season. The Jets should routinely be playing from behind so they’ll have to throw. You could do a lot worse than Anderson. This week presents a tougher challenge against an excellent Bills secondary, but then they get the Buccaneers’ injury plagued secondary. Add where necessary.
Jack Doyle, IND (50%)
For a bad team, the Colts sure do have some productive players. Over the past three weeks, Doyle has seen 32 targets and hauled in 25 of them for 215 yards and two scores. Jacoby Brissett has looked his way early and often, which is a trend that should continue this week against Houston (who just surrendered 2 TDs to Seattle’s Jimmy Graham). Doyle is currently a top 5 TE in PPR leagues and should easily finish within the top 10 by season’s end. He needs to be added in all leagues.
Vernon Davis, WAS (12%)
Death, taxes and a Jordan Reed injury are the only constants in life. It is already being reported that Reed will not play in Week 9 due to a hamstring injury. That leaves the door open for Davis to start against a Seahawk team who was used and abused by Watson and Co. this past Sunday. Davis has been performing with Reed on the field, and he should only improve on his numbers with Reed off of it. Go grab him if you are in need of a TE.
BUF (@ NYJ)
NYG (vs. LAR)
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