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Week 9 NFL Waiver Wire Rankings

Waiver Wire Rankings

Hello Friends! Thank you for continuing to use The Fantasy Authority as your source for redraft and DFS information! Let’s dive right into our Week 9 waiver wire rankings!

Green = Top Waiver Option

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench Options/Flex Options

Purple = Deep league bench plays


1) Ryan Fitzpatrick

2) Derek Carr

3) Dak Prescott

4) Joe Flacco

5) Baker Mayfield

Ryan Fitzpatrick: The Buccaneers are giving their veteran signal-caller another shot at starting after Jameis Winston committed eleven total turnovers in only four games. Fitzpatrick has been a good fit so far in offensive coordinator Todd Monklin’s vertical scheme, averaging 24.14 standard fantasy points and 310 passing yards per game.

Derek Carr: The Oakland quarterback’s play has been extremely volatile and hard to predict this season but his Week 9 matchup against the 49ers should present plenty of optimism for production. Halfway through the 2018 season, the San Francisco pass defense has allowed 20.7 fantasy points and 2.25 passing touchdowns to quarterbacks per game.

Dak Prescott: With America’s Team playing at home in Week 9 against the Titans, Prescott is an intriguing streamer to consider when looking at his splits. In three games in Dallas, the 25-year-old has produced an impressive 107.5 quarterback rating with a 5-0 touchdown-interception ratio. The Cowboys quarterback has also been using his legs more often, averaging 49.6 rushing yards on 7.6 attempts per game in the last three weeks.

Running Back

1) Ito Smith

2) Wendell Smallwood

3) Elijah McGuire

4) Josh Adams 

5) Devontae Booker

6) Mike Davis

7) Raheem Mostert

8) Frank Gore

9) Jacquizz Rodgers

10) LeGarrette Blount

11) Chris Ivory

12) Alfred Morris

13) Jamaal Williams 

14) Alfred Blue  

15) Trenton Cannon

16) C.J. Anderson

17) Spencer Ware

18) Malcolm Brown

19) Chase Edmunds

20) Rod Smith

Ito Smith: The Atlanta rookie is still available in 32% and 37% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues respectively after disappointing in Week 7 against the Giants. It may be scary to see Smith’s production so touchdown dependent at this point (touchdowns account for 46% of his fantasy points) but the young running back should continue to see touches in the red zone (he already has five carries inside the ten-yard line).

Elijah McGuire: The second-year back started to practice last week and could potentially play an important role in the Jets backfield on passing downs. In his rookie season last year, McGuire hauled in 17-of-26 targets for 177 receiving yards and 1 touchdown.

Josh Adams: Against one of the better defenses, the former Fighting Irish star produced a season-high 61 rushing yards on just nine carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. In the past two weeks, Adams has seen 14 combined touches including two rushing attempts inside the ten-yard line.

Jacquizz Rodgers: With Ronald Jones expected to miss some time with a hamstring strain, Rodgers will play a big role as the passing down back in an explosive Buccaneers offense. In a pass-heavy script against the Bengals last week, the veteran played in 37.5% of offensive snaps and saw four total targets.

Wide Receiver

1) Courtland Sutton 

2) Tre’Quan Smith

3) KeKe Coutee

4) D.J. Moore

5) Christian Kirk

6) Antonio Callaway

7) DeVante Parker

8) Marquez Valdes-Scantling

9) Tyrell Williams

10) Donte Moncrief

11) Anthony Miller

12) David Moore

13) Jermaine Kearse

14) Willie Snead

15) Jakeem Grant

16) Chris Conley / Demarcus Robinson

17) Rishard Matthews

18) Cameron Meredith

19) Seth Roberts/ Brandon LaFell 

20) Kendrick Bourne

21) Dante Petts

Courtland Sutton: The Broncos rookie wideout finally will start after Denver moved veteran Demaryius Thomas to Houston on Tuesday. Sutton has been Case Keenum’s favorite choice on deep throws with 21 targets headed his way in situations that require 10+ yards.

D.J. Moore: In a dominant win over the Ravens, the Panthers young receiver impressed many in his first start of his NFL career by producing 129 total scrimmage yards on 7 touches. With Torrey Smith struggling with a knee injury, Moore should be picked up in all formats with his matchup in Week 9 against a poor Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary.

DeVante Parker: Miami’s 2015 first round pick has been in the doghouse for most of this season but finally broke out with a 134 yard 6 reception performance against the Texans. Parker not only led the team last week in receptions, receiving yards, and targets but also managed to play in a whopping 100% of offensive snaps.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling: With a healthy receiving group in Week 8, Valdes-Scantling was expected to lose time to Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison but still played in 59% of offensive snaps. The Packers’ fifth-round pick was second on the team last Sunday with five targets and scored the only receiving touchdown for Green Bay on an explosive 40-yard reception.

Anthony Miller: The rookie slot receiver has turned it on recently with two touchdowns and six receptions since returning in Week 5 from a shoulder injury. The shifty Memphis product has quickly earned quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s trust with six targets per game in October.

David Moore: Seattle’s 2017 seventh-round pick has emerged as the Seahawks’ main receiving threat in the red zone with three touchdowns on four receptions. With only 14 overall targets, this type of scoring production will be hard to sustain but Moore has been on the field a lot recently with snap counts of 71% and 46% in Weeks 8 and 7 respectively.

Tight End

1) Vance McDonald

2) Jack Doyle

3) Chris Herndon

4) Hayden Hurst

5) Ed Dickson

Jack Doyle: The Colts tight end played in 73% of offensive snaps in Week 8 and clearly received more playing time than teammate Eric Ebron (21% of offensive plays). The sixth-year veteran still looks like a favorite of Andrew Luck’s with a team-leading seven targets against the Raiders.

Chris Herndon: The former Miami Hurricane has recently burst onto the fantasy football scene with a touchdown in three consecutive games despite playing in 50% or less of offensive snaps. The rookie tight end has been productive inside the red zone with 2 touchdowns and 58 receiving yards on 4 receptions.

Hayden Hurst: Baltimore’s first round pick logged a season-high in playing time against the Panthers (44% of offensive plays) and was utilized in promising fashion with two targets inside the red zone. With Head Coach John Harbaugh recently emphasizing Hurst needs to be involved, his Week 8 usage is definitely a promising sign for future fantasy production.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read TFA’s Week 9 Waiver Wire Rankings! Don’t forget to check out other content on The Fantasy Authority, including QB/DEF streamers and Risers / Fallers!

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