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Week 9 Waiver Rankings are here. We have another six teams on bye this week, which means you will have to make some tough decisions on who to start and sit. If you need any help, I’m always available (@FantasyWrath13).

Week 8 was a wild ride and we are now exactly halfway through the fantasy season. I know, where has the time gone? Looking at some of the numbers and you will be shocked to see Michael Crabtree and Terrelle Pryor as WR1s and Quincy Enunwa, Jamison Crowder, Mike Wallace, Davante Adams, and Michael Thomas as WR2s. If you would have told me this at the beginning of the season I would have laughed at you. Well, here we are. If you went WR heavy to start your draft and didn’t hit on any running backs then you probably aren’t fairing too well.

Speaking of Michael Thomas he has been rock solid and has outplayed every rookie wide receiver. Sterling Shepard has struggled due to horrendous QB play from Eli Manning. Corey Coleman has been out since Week 2 with a broken hand. Will Fuller has been the second best option, but he too has a terrible QB throwing him the rock. You have Josh Doctson who has been hurt for most of the season. Then there is Laquon Treadwell. Yeah, he’s been non-existent.

The rookie running backs have fared a bit better. Ezekiel Elliott has been an absolute monster. Jordan Howard is currently an RB2 and Devontae Booker is coming off back-to-back double-digit performances.

This season has been just wacky. Christine Michael, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Terrelle Pryor have been fantasy viable. The wide receivers have struggled, the running backs have shined, and the QB play has been up and down.

Overall, hopefully, you’re still in it. Below are my waiver rankings. Enjoy!

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Must Add but on PUP list or injured.

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench stash

Purple = Deep league stash

Quarterback

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  1. Dak Prescott
  2. Ryan Tannehill
  3. Colin Kaepernick
  4. Nick Foles/Alex Smith
  5. Sam Bradford

Dak Prescott – The rookie QB continues to prove why he should remain the Cowboys starter. He completed 19-of-39 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He also rushed seven times for 38 yards and another touchdown. When I began researching for this piece, I was genuinely shocked that he’s still available in over 40% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues. He’s been a borderline QB1 all season. This week the Cowboys take on a Browns defense that continues to get shredded on a weekly basis. Prescott will be a low-end QB1 option on a weekly basis.

Ryan Tannehill – I must admit, I don’t feel great about this, but his matchup is too good to pass up on. He faces a Jets defense that allows the 7th-most points to opposing QBs. With six QBs on bye, he’s worth a look as a streaming option, especially with how good the Jets have been against the run.

Colin Kaepernick – Again, don’t feel great about it, however, they take on a Saints defense that allows the 13th-most points to the position. Then you factor in Kaepernick’s running ability and you have a QB that could put up dare I say QB1 numbers.

Running Backs

Week 9 Waiver Rankings

  1. Dion Lewis
  2. Robert Kelley
  3. Darren Sproles
  4. Charcandrick West
  5. Derrick Henry
  6. Alfred Morris
  7. Bilal Powell
  8. CJ Prosise
  9. Antone Smith
  10. Tim Hightower
  11. Peyton Barber
  12. Chris Thompson
  13. Mike Gillislee
  14. Thomas Rawls
  15. Kenneth Dixon
  16. James Starks
  17. Kapri Bibbs
  18. Damien Williams
  19. Kenneth Farrow
  20. Andre Ellington
  21. Don Jackson
  22. Ka’Deem Carey
  23. Alfred Blue
  24. DeAndre Washington
  25. Jeremy Langford
  26. Paul Perkins
  27. Zach Zenner
  28. Kenyan Drake
  29. Jonathan Williams
  30. Josh Ferguson
  31. Lorenzo Taliaferro
  32. Wendall Smallwood
  33. Mike Davis
  34. Ronnie Hillman
  35. Alex Collins

Dion Lewis – We have been talking about him for weeks as a viable bench stash. This past week he finally returned to practice and could play as soon as week 10 after the Patriots bye week. We know just how explosive he can be. He’s one of my top waiver adds this week and could be a championship winning piece in PPR formats.

Robert Kelley – This is going to be a tough situation to navigate. Kelley provided us with a decent performance in London. He rushed 21 times for 87 yards and a touchdown. It’s quite possible that Matt Jones could lose his job after the bye week. However, it should be mentioned that the Redskins will take on an elite Vikings defense in Week 10. Kelley is worth a stash as he could take over the job, but there’s still a real possibility that Jones takes back over the job once he’s deemed healthy.

Darren Sproles – This guy just doesn’t go away. Every year he’s a solid contributor and fantasy owners just neglect him. He rushed 15 times for 86 yards and hauled in 5-of-7 passes for 17 yards. He has also taken over as the apparent lead-back. He assumed 80 percent of the offensive snaps, and out-touched Ryan Mathews 20-4. With his level of involvement, he has become a viable RB3 in standard formats and RB2 in PPR.

Charcandrick West – With Spencer Ware exiting with a concussion during the Chiefs Week 8 win over the Colts. He turned 14 carries into 52 yards and hauled in two passes for eight yards. He ended up playing the entire second half. With Jamaal Charles visiting Dr. James Andrews about his knee and Spencer Ware availability up in the air, West makes for an RB2 against the Jaguars.

Derrick Henry – After seven weeks of little usage, Derrick Henry broke out for 97 total yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football. It should be mentioned that he received most of his work when DeMarco Murray went down with a toe injury. Moving forward he should be viewed as an elite handcuff option behind Murray. At the very least he should have earned himself a few more touches and could eventually garner standalone value.

Alfred Morris – With news coming out on Sunday that the league is still looking into Ezekiel Elliott’s domestic violence that occurred over the summer. We don’t know much, but if the league passes down any sort of punishment, Alfred Morris would instantly become an RB1. He’s worth stashing just in case something comes out of this.

Bilal Powell – All week it looked like Bilal Powell was heading for an inactive week with a toe injury, however, he was able to suit up and there was no sign of any injury. He rushed six times for 76 yards and a touchdown. He continues to play behind Matt Forte but offers some standalone value as a flex play in certain matchups. This week the Jets take on the Dolphins and should be viewed as a low-end flex option in PPR formats.

CJ Prosise – In a game that was supposed to be a ‘get right’ game for the offense, the Seahawks struggled to get anything going against a Saints defense that has been gouged all season. There was a lone bright spot. CJ Prosise finally made an impact totaling 101 yards. One interesting note to come out of this game was the snap share. Prosise and Michael both only played on 21 snaps a piece. This to me speaks more to the fact that Thomas Rawls could regain the starting job once he returns in a few weeks. As things stand, Prosise is a low-end RB3 against a Bills defense that has proven to be a bit leaky as of late.

Antone Smith/ Peyton Barber – Jacquizz Rodgers exited the game against the Raiders on Sunday with a foot injury. With a short turnaround (Thursday night against Atlanta) it could lead to Smith taking over as the lead back. Smith out-snapped Peyton Barber 22-3 once Rodgers left. It’s a bit surprising that a player who was signed just 13 days ago handled the workload. Either way, this is a situation to monitor closely this week. I would likely only use a small amount of FAAB or a low waiver priority on either of them.

Thomas Rawls – He’s still a few weeks out, but is worth a stash in all formats with C-Mike seemingly falling out of favor.

Damien Williams – The Dolphins offensive line has finally gotten healthy and the results have been back-to-back 200-yard performances from Jay Ajayi. Dating back to 2014, when the line has been healthy the team has averaged a staggering 156 yards per game on the ground. If anything happens to Ajayi, Damien Williams would be in a terrific spot and would be a decent RB2 play.

Kenneth Farrow – He’s been one of my top deep league sleepers all season. He’s not a factor to this point, but if anything happened to Melvin Gordon, then it would the undrafted rookie who would take over.

Wide Receivers

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  1. Jamison Crowder
  2. Kendall Wright
  3. Corey Coleman
  4. Sammie Coates
  5. DeVante Parker
  6. Brian Quick
  7. Quincy Enunwa
  8. Sammy Watkins
  9. Steve Smith Sr. 
  10. Russell Shepard
  11. Chris Hogan
  12. Mohamed Sanu
  13. Dorial Green-Beckham
  14. Kenny Britt
  15. Robert Woods
  16. Tyreek Hill
  17. JJ Nelson
  18. Adam Humphries
  19. Pierre Garcon
  20. Marqise Lee
  21. Josh Gordon
  22. Tyler Boyd
  23. Quinton Patton
  24. Andrew Hawkins
  25. Dontrelle Inman
  26. Rishard Matthews
  27. Jermaine Kearse
  28. Robby Anderson
  29. Phillip Dorsett
  30. Seth Roberts
  31. Kenny Stills
  32. Anquan Boldin
  33. Marquise Goodwin
  34. Jeff Janis
  35. Breshad Perriman
  36. Tajae Sharpe
  37. Justin Hunter
  38. Braxton Miller
  39. Adam Theilen
  40. Jeremy Kerley
  41. Brice Butler
  42. Devin Funchess

Jamison Crowder – He has quietly put together a solid season. He’s currently a WR2 in standard leagues and is probably the Redskins best wide receiver. He’s now put together double-digit performances in three straight weeks and had his best game of the season. Crowder caught 9-of-13 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. The Redskins are on bye this week, but he’s certainly worth an add in all formats.

Kendall Wright – After missing the first three weeks of the season with a hamstring injury, Kendall Wright has dropped double-digit performances in two of the last three weeks. He’s done all this with less than a 40% snap share. The Titans will take on a Chargers defense that has allowed the 15th-most fantasy points to wide receivers. He’s become a viable flex option, especially with another six teams on bye.

Corey Coleman – I’ve been telling people to stash him for weeks. Now, he’s been cleared to return to practice. The last time he suited up he hauled in five passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. He has the ability to be a difference-maker for fantasy owners and should be added in all formats.

Sammie Coates – With Big Ben looking like he’s going to return in Week 9, Coates again figures to be a big part of the offense and should be viewed as a WR3 on most weeks. He was dropped in an absurd amount of leagues. It’s time to make fantasy gamers look silly and add him to your roster.

DeVante Parker – The improved rushing attack should loosen things up for the passing game, which should provide a big boost to the second-year wide receiver. The Dolphins take on a Jets run defense that has allowed the sixth-fewest rushing yards this season. If you’re going to beat the Jets it’s typically through the air. With so many once again on bye, DeVante Parker makes for a decent streaming option at worst.

Quincy Enunwa – Finally! We have some consistency out of Enunwa. He has now put up back-to-back double-digit performances after hauling in 4-of-11 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown. Obviously not the most efficient outing, but nonetheless he’s starting to put it together.

Sammy Watkins – He can’t return until Week 12 at the earliest and reports out of Buffalo indicate that he has shed his walking boot and could be ready to practice as soon as Nov. 11th. He’s worth a stash if he’s been dropped in your league. He could be the final piece to your championship run.

Steve Smith Sr. – If he returns this week, he’s worth an immediate add and tossed into your WR3/4 spot.

Chris Hogan – Remains a boom-or-bust flex play and is more bust when the team comes off of their bye against the Seahawks.

Mohamed Sanu – I need to see more consistency from Sanu to view him as a must add, however, if Julio Jones is limited coming off a short week, Sanu could make for an interesting flex play against a Buccaneers defense that allows the ninth most points to wide receivers.

Tyreek Hill – The Chiefs so far look like they found themselves a steal in Tyreek Hill. He now has four touchdowns in seven games and is another player who has scored double-digit fantasy points on back-to-back weeks. With the Chiefs determined to get Hill the ball, he makes an intriguing WR4 in deeper leagues.

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Tight End

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  1. Eric Ebron
  2. CJ Fiedorowicz
  3. Cameron Brate
  4. Lance Kendricks
  5. Ladarius Green
  6. Austin Hooper
  7. Vernon Davis
  8. Vance McDonald

Eric Ebron – More of a season-long add than a player you want to fire up this week. The Lions will take on a defense that allows the 4th-fewest points to TEs. 

CJ Fiedorowicz – Over the last four weeks, Fiedorowicz has been the third highest scoring TE and has received the third-most targets. Despite Brock Osweiler tossing him the rock, he’s getting an insane amount of targets. The Texans are on bye this week, but he’s worth a spot on your bench as a TE1 option on a weekly basis.

Cameron Brate – He’s cooled off since his hot streak, but he’s in a great spot this week against a Falcons defense that has struggled to stop TEs.

Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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