Welcome back to another TFA Waiver Wire article. It looks to be another light week which is both good and bad news – the good news is there weren’t many fantasy-relevant injuries. The bad news? Slim pickings means your team may be going into this week with few options. Let’s jump into some quick news and notes before getting to the Week 9 Waiver Wire Adds.
- Week 9 Bye Weeks: Atlanta, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Los Angeles Rams
- Joe Flacco has already been ruled out for the Broncos Week 9 tilt against Cleveland with a herniated disk in his neck. Brandon Allen gets the start in his place.
- Andy Dalton has been benched in favor of rookie Ryan Finley and will get the start after their bye.
- Brandin Cooks suffered another concussion and didn’t return. As noted above, the Rams won’t have a game this week, so hopefully Cooks will be able to return for Week 10. UPDATE: Cooks is reportedly seeing a specialist for his concussions. It’s unknown what this means for the rest of this year and moving forward, but
- Miles Sanders left Sunday’s game against Buffalo with a shoulder injury and was unable to return. News came out Monday, however, that Sanders shouldn’t miss any time.
- Another running back to go down was Chase Edmonds and it’s being reported he’s looking at a multi-week absence. Before this was reported, the Cardinals made a trade for Kenyan Drake, which makes more sense given the Edmonds news.
- Going into the Jaguars game, Dede Westbrook was questionable with a shoulder injury but ultimately suited up. Westbrook didn’t make it out of the first half and was ruled out thereafter with shoulder/neck issues.
- NFL’s Iron Man Matt Breida sustained an ankle injury and surprisingly did not return. The 49ers have a short week playing on Thursday, so his practice reports will need to be monitored closely. Jeff Wilson suffered a head injury which was later reported as a “stinger” and was reportedly not in the concussion protocol.
- Sam Darnold has a sprained thumb on his non-throwing hand but should play in week 9.
- Other injuries that may affect start/sit decisions for Week 9:
- Justin Britt (Center, SEA) is looking at a season-ending ACL injury and the ‘Hawks will host Tampa Bay’s top-ranked rush defense in week 9.
- The Tennessee Titans’ offensive line has been up and down this year and may be without Rodger Saffold being placed in the concussion protocol.
- Defensively, J.J. Watt is out for the season with a torn pec. An already lackluster Jets secondary could now be without Trumaine Johnson who injured his ankle.
*Note: I’ll be giving my thoughts based on players who are available in 40%+ of Yahoo! leagues. Each number in parentheses below is their ownership percentage.
- Derek Carr vs DET (26%)
- Gardner Minshew vs HOU (55%)
- Sam Darnold at MIA (23%)
- Jimmy Garoppolo at ARI (57%)
- Matt Moore vs MIN (8%)
- Mitchell Trubisky at PHI (25%)
- Ryan Fitzpatrick vs NYJ (5%)
- Daniel Jones vs DAL (23%)
The one positive to how ugly this list is are your options if you are in need of a quarterback. Two of the top three options for this week are available in over 70% of leagues which is obviously helpful. Derek Carr has now thrown for at least 285 yards and two touchdowns in back-to-back games. Carr is also currently tied with Kirk Cousins in completion percentage – raise your hand if you had that one going into this year. Sam Darnold will certainly drop down this list if Robby Anderson is traded before the deadline which isn’t out of the question. I wish we could trust Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago offense in general, in what should be a juicy matchup against the pass-funnel Eagles. If you’re desperate, however, I guess it could be worse?
- Mark Walton vs NYJ (34%)
- Jaylen Samuels vs IND (20%)
- Frank Gore vs WAS (57%)
- Rashaad Penny vs ??? (32%)
- Raheem Mostert at ARI (6%)
- Derrius Guice vs N/A (29%)
- Tra Carson at OAK (1%)
- Ronald Jones at SEA (45%)
- Peyton Barber at SEA (37%)
- Alexander Mattison at KC (24%)
- Tony Pollard at NYG (13%)
- Darrell Henderson BYE WEEK (27%)
I told you this was a gross, thin week for waivers. You know it’s bad when I have a guy in Derrius Guice ranked sixth who can’t even return until week 11. Jaylen Samuels vaults up to second on this list with the news of James Conner dealing with a shoulder injury. Conner isn’t expected to miss time but the combination of his injury history and violent running style makes for a sketchy situation. Another one to monitor is Raheem Mostert for San Francisco, except you’re monitoring his teammate’s practice reports. As mentioned above, Matt Breida sustained an ankle injury but wasn’t able to return. On a short week with their Thursday night game against the Cardinals, Mostert could provide FLEX-level value if Breida sits. The bottom three are actually more intriguing to me than most on this list, but they’re hampered by their handcuff-only value.
- Chris Conley vs HOU (3%)
- Allen Lazard at LAC (15%)
- Kenny Stills at JAX (56%)
- Jamison Crowder at MIA (50%)
- A.J. Brown at CAR (24%)
- Diontae Johnson vs IND (12%)
- Phillip Dorsett at BAL (50%)
- Preston Williams vs NYJ (13%)
- DeVante Parker vs NYJ (28%)
- Cole Beasley vs WAS (24%)
- Zay Jones vs DET (3%)
- Parris Campbell at PIT (2%)
Compared to quarterback and running back, the receiver wire feels like a gold mine. With Dede Westbrook injured and Marqise Lee hitting injured reserve, Chris Conley is my top option for the position in week 9. For the second week in a row, Allen Lazard has led the Packers in routes run. Even with Davante Adams nearing a return, Lazard is worth owning until we see how a healthy Adams impacts their usage. Kenny Stills disappointed fantasy owners in week 8, but he’s tied to Deshaun Watson and that’s good enough for me. Rookie Diontae Johnson has reached paydirt in three of four games with Mason Rudolph under center to go along with 50+ receiving yards in three of those as well. The Miami duo is intriguing just because of the negative game scrips they’re projected to see each week, and both have been the clear top two options in their passing “attack”.
- Noah Fant vs CLE (13%)
- Jonnu Smith at CAR (20%)
- Dallas Goedert vs CHI (20%)
- Darren Fells at JAX (21%)
- O.J. Howard at SEA (44%)
- Chris Herndon at MIA (28%)
Aaaand back to the grossness. Noah Fant tops the list for Week 9 after seeing 8 targets following Emmanuel Sanders’ departure. To bask in the grossness some more, Fant had an aDOT of 1.8 on his 8 targets, so there’s that. Jonnu Smith did his part in week 8 going 6-78-1 on seven targets. I’m not counting on Smith to see this kind of volume going forward and there’s a chance Delanie Walker returns soon, so Smith’s value could return to nil. The rest of the tight ends here are touchdown dart throws with the exception of Chris Herndon, who we’re just waiting for his return to health.