Top Waiver Wire Pickups
It is hard to believe waiver wire week 9 is upon us. We have now reached the halfway point. In a few short weeks, the playoffs arrive. Continue the grind to dominate your league through these top waiver wire pickups. Teams scheduled for a week 9 bye included Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and Los Angeles Rams.
Up to Date NFL Injuries
Stars across the league continue to sit out of the game due to injuries and COVID related symptoms. Let’s hope the bye weeks secure a moment of rest for these warriors. These are up to date NFL injuries to note: Darrel Henderson left the game early with a thigh injury. Tevin Coleman reinjured his knee. TY Hilton is dealing with a groin injury. Kenny Golladay suffered a hip injury. Chris Carson’s status for next week is still unknown as we await his return from his foot injury.
*All players in this article are available in over 50% of ESPN leagues.
QUARTERBACK WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Derek Carr | Oakland Raiders | Rostered 48%
This week Derreck Carr provided very little fantasy points. However, this is due to the intense weather conditions. Josh Jacobs ran the ball more times than Carr had attempted. Carr completed 15 of 24 passing attempts for a measly 112 yards and a touchdown while adding 41 yards with his legs. His redemption and the reason for a waiver wire claim is a juicy matchup against the Chargers who constantly find themselves in a shootout.
Drew Lock | Denver Broncos | Rostered 5%
Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos fought their way back in the second half that led to a win over the Chargers. Most of Lock’s fantasy points came in the 4th quarter but ultimately put up decent numbers thanks to the work of their ground game setting up play action. He totaled 26 completions for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Drew Lock makes a solid streaming option off the week 8 waiver wire because he faces off against the Atlanta Falcons who continue to gift quarterbacks with amazing performances.
RUNNING BACK WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
JK Dobbins | Baltimore Ravens | Rostered 47%
My highest-graded rookie running back coming out of college, JK Dobbins only lacked an opportunity to shine. With Mark Ingram out, he got that opportunity. Dobbins ran the ball 15 times for 113 yards against the second-best run defense, and the Ravens didn’t really use him in the passing game which has typically been his offensive role. The day for Dobbins to take over will come sooner rather than later. You best be ready when he does.
DeeJay Dallas | Seattle Seahawks | Rostered 7%
DeeJay Dallas waited patiently on the bench for the opportunity to play, and play he did. Most of his damage came through the air as he caught all five of his targets. In addition, he earned 41 yards on the ground 18 attempts against the number one run defense in the league. Managers weren’t complaining about his pair of touchdowns either. Dallas is a top pickup if Carson and Hyde continue to sit out. The Seahawks travel to Buffalo in week 9.
JaMycal Hasty | San Francisco 49ers | Rostered 48%
JaMycal Hasty finally found his way onto the field for more than a few plays. Of course, this is due to dwindling personnel. However, field time is field time. Hasty ran the ball well at times, even finishing a goaline push to the endzone. However, the rookie fumbled which is sure to have its set of consequences. The 49ers will continue to need Hasty as long as Coleman and others are out. Hasty makes for a top pickup this week due to their week 9 opponent – Green Bay, who allow the most fantasy points to the running back position.
Waiver Wire Benchwarmers | Running Backs
LaMichael Perine (32%), Damien Harris (30%), and JD McKissic (33%) find their way on to the Waiver Wire Benchwarmers list because I find it difficult to recommend them in full confidence, but also recognize the need for starting running backs. Sometimes you just need a person to fill in, and these three will do just fine.
WIDE RECEIVERS WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Mike Williams | Los Angeles | Rostered 43%
Mike Williams is a baller. His contested catch rate continues to impress even though one escaped him in the end zone. The Chargers offense continues to put up numbers, and Mike Williams finds himself in the middle of it. A true boom/bust, Williams has the talent to put up a monster game any given week. His next three matchups are money too: Raiders, Dolphins, and the Jets.
Tim Patrick | Denver Broncos | Rostered 18%
We hope Tim Patrick recovers from a hamstring injury fast enough to compete against the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. When on the field, Patrick puts up solid numbers. The Broncos now face the Falcons who allow the fifth-most points to wide receivers. Get well Sir Patrick. Get well.
Jalen Reagor | Philidelphia Eagles | Rostered 43%
Who knows what to do with the Eagles passing game, but one thing is clear, after their bye this week, the schedule for Reagor and the rest of the pass catches opens up. They face the Giants, Browns, and Seahawks starting in week 10. If you have the roster spot look to pick up Reagor to use in the future.
TIGHT END WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Dallas Goedert | Philadelphia Eagles | Rostered 40%
Sunday night’s abysmal performance certainly belongs to the team as a whole. Turnovers dominated the game. However, even with playing 83% of the snaps, Goedert only garnered a lonely target. I expect rust to be there as he makes his way back from injury.
Robert Tonyan | Green Bay Packers | Rostered 48%
As Allen Lazard continues to heal, Robert Tonyan continues to fill the void. Tonyan performs week in and week out with solid totals. Five of seven targets for 79 yards is about as good as it gets from a TE1. His matchup up gets more difficult with the 49ers, but I think Rodgers will continue to find his man.
Trey Burton | Indianapolis Colts | Rostered 9%
Who doesn’t want a tight end that runs the football in for a touchdown? Trey Burton offers just that. Only collecting 3 of 4 targets for 9 yards is not a great stat line, but with the addition of that goal-line carry, it makes for a solid fantasy day. I expect more targets and receptions next week against the Ravens who just allowed double-digit points to Eric Ebron.
With four more weeks until playoffs, anything can happen. However, maybe you are sitting at 0-8 and feeling completely out of the running. Play for spite. Don’t let that smug manager get the easy win and playoff berth because you decided to call it quits. However, if you are reading this then you are no quitter. You are a warrior. You will play the waiver wire and pick up the best claims only so they don’t. If are meant to miss playoffs this year then so be it, but make it such an end that is worthy of remembrance! Alright, I stole that line from Lord of the Rings but hey, it’s true.
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