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2017 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Every week it seems like there’s an impactful injury. The major one this week wasn’t to a star player, but it was one of the scariest and more gruesome ones you’ll ever see. Thoughts and prayers go out to Zach Miller who thankfully had a successful surgery over the weekend.

At this point in the season, it’s important to know where your roster stands. If you are undefeated and already have a strong roster, you should be looking to add players with high potential to help you out down the line. If you have a losing record and can’t afford to lose again, you need to look for players that will contribute immediately, even if their upside isn’t as high.

We’re going to look at every standout player on the Week 9 Waiver Wire with less than 35% ownership in ESPN leagues.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

*Players are listed in order of priority of pickup.

Quarterbacks

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Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (0.8%)

Yes, you read that right. Jimmy Garoppolo of the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS. The Patriots finally moved on from the Wonder Child, moving him to the Bay Area for a 2018 second round pick.

In Garoppolo’s two starts in 2016, he completed 71% of his passes for 349 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. He’ll have 2QB starter appeal once he gets acclimated to the Niners’ offense.

Josh McCown, New York Jets (25.9%)

If you are really in a bind, McCown actually is not that bad of an option. He’s breathed life into a once listless Jets’ offense and has tossed multiple touchdowns in each of his last four games. Robby Anderson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins have emerged as legitimate receiving (and fantasy) options for him and the struggles of the run game ensure McCown will have a decent floor.

Running Backs

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Darren McFadden/Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys (34.7%/30.0%)

The saga is finally over. Ezekiel Elliot will serve his six-game suspension starting in Week 9. All along, I have been championing McFadden as the potential starter, even though he has been inactive all season. He brings more versatility and mirrors Elliot’s ability more than Morris, who will continue to be the power back.

If McFadden is the clear-cut starter like I believe he will be, he will be a strong RB2 up until right around the fantasy playoffs. In 2015, he ran for 1,089 yards and three touchdowns behind a similarly stout offensive line.

EDIT (10/31/17 7:11 AM PST): Jerry Jones was on the radio and said Alfred Morris will be the RB1. I still think McFadden will see a decent amount of work, but it’s a gut feeling call at this point.

Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens (32.1%)

After weeks of efficient play, but lack of volume, Collins finally broke out in Week 8. He took 18 carries for 113 yards and clearly established himself as the lead runner in the Ravens’ backfield. He currently leads the league in yards per carry, and Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh said he has earned more playing time.

His upside is limited by his lack of pass-catching ability, but he is a worthy weekly flex option.

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (29.0%)

In Week 8, Mack again out-snapped Frank Gore and has now scored in double-digit PPR points in four of his six healthy games – including three of his last four. Mack is a dynamic playmaker that the Colts lack outside of T.Y. Hilton and (I guess) Jack Doyle.

The 2-6 Colts look like they won’t be getting Andrew Luck back anytime soon and should be looking to tank this lost season. If they’re smart, by the time you are reading this, they will have traded Frank Gore, opening up the position for Mack to shine.

EDIT (10/31/17 7:15 AM PST): Kenyan Drake/Damien Williams, Miami Dolphins (0.4%/0.3%)

Wow. Jay Ajayi has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and let the timeshare commence in South Florida. Drake projects to be the “RB1” but nothing he’s showed so far in his career suggests he will have a stranglehold on that position. The veteran back Williams will mix in and make this a New York Giants-esque situation.

Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (8.4%)

Last week, it was Dion Lewis in this section. This week, it’s Rex Burkhead. Burkhead led the Patriots’ backs in total yardage, catching 7 passes for 68 yards while adding four carries for 15 yards. His snap count is only going up as the season progresses.

The reason I am intrigued by Burkhead – and I think why many were in the preseason – is that while the rest of the Patriots’ backs are essentially specialists, Burkhead blends the smashmouth physicality of Mike Gillislee with the pass-catching finesse of James White and Dion Lewis.

Deep Cuts

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Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens (22.3%) – Woodhead isn’t eligible to play until Week 11, but if you can stash him, especially in PPR leagues, he will be an asset. Perennially one of the league’s top pass-catching backs, he’ll do what Javorius Allen is doing now, but better.

Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos (2.3%) – Earlier in the season, everybody was touting Jamaal Charles as a potential challenger to C.J. Anderson. However, Booker has emerged as well. He rushed six times for 40 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 while adding three catches for 18 yards. His snap count has consistently gone up since his return from injury.

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T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (4.8%) – Yeldon busted out with 9 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 and may have earned himself another look as the Jaguars’ primary back-up. Even if he didn’t, he’s another prime trade candidate. If he’s moved, he is talented enough to be a factor in some of the backfields that are struggling.

Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (1.3%) – While most of his carries came in garbage time, Clement still led the Eagles with 54 yards on 10 carries. Wendell Smallwood probably won’t have such a bad game again, but if he does, Clement could take the job alongside LeGarrette Blount.

EDIT (10/31/17 7:15 AM PST): Nope. Nevermind.

Wide Receivers

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JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (29.1%)

Even though he has landed in this column for a few weeks straight now, even I, a proud member of #TeamStartJuJu, did not see this coming. Smith-Schuster exploded for 7 catches, 193 yards, and a touchdown in Week 8, including a 97-yard touchdown catch and run.

While that kind of production is obviously unsustainable, Smith-Schuster has definitely earned a bigger role for himself going forward – and that’s even if Martavis Bryant stays on the team.

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (24.0%)

Pick this guy up. He’s the WR1 in an offense that has all the other pieces besides an elite boundary receiver. In his single healthy game this season, he led the team in targets, catches, and yards. There’s no way he should be owned in less than 1/4 of leagues.

Robby Anderson, New York Jets (26.4%)

As we noted above, Josh McCown has turned the Jets into a passable (no pun intended) offense. That has coincided with the emergence of Robby Anderson. Anderson has topped 11.5 PPR fantasy points in each of his last three, including six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in Week 8.

While Jermaine Kearse and Austin Seferian-Jenkins may ultimately see more targets, Anderson is the big-play threat in an offense with a gunslinger quarterback.

Paul Richardson/Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (10.3%/23.2%)

Both Richardson and Lockett posted huge numbers in the Seahawks/Texans shootout in Week 8. Richardson totaled 6 catches, 105 yards, and 2 touchdowns while Lockett added 6 catches for 121 yards.

While Lockett gets more hype, Richardson is the guy I would target. Even on fewer targets all season, Richardson consistently delivers more big plays. He has only one game with less than 9.9 PPR fantasy points per season.

With the rushing attack struggling (as usual, it seems) in Seattle, the offense is on Russell Wilson‘s shoulders. And if Wilson isn’t looking for Doug Baldwin or Jimmy Graham to make a big play, he’s looking for Richardson.

Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (1.6%)

Westbrook is eligible to play Week 9 and I’m excited to see what he can do. The 2017 Biletnikoff winner dominated in the preseason, leading the league in receiving yards while only playing basically two games.

The Jaguars may not have a voluminous passing attack, but Westbrook is the real deal and will begin taking targets and catches away from Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns immediately.

Deep Cuts

John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals (4.2%) – Ross dressed but wasn’t “part of the game plan” in Week 8. The rookie first rounder will look to bounce back in Week 9. The Bengals need more playmakers, as Tyler Boyd and Tyler Eifert are both injured.

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns (8.5%) – Coleman broke his hand in Week 2 and will be eligible to return Week 10 against Detroit. In his absence, the Browns haven’t found a steady pass catching difference maker, so Coleman could step into that role immediately upon his return.

Tight Ends

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Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins (13.8%)

With Jordan Reed going to miss time with injury again, Davis is a high-end TE2 starter until Reed returns. He’s not the same dynamic playmaker he was with the Niners, but he gets it done. He already has four games with 58+ receiving yards on the season and that was with Reed in the lineup.

With Kirk Cousins struggling to connect with his receivers, Davis will play a key role in the Redskins’ offense.

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A.J. Derby, Denver Broncos (2.6%)

You would have to be desperate, but with the current state of the tight end position, I wouldn’t blame you. Derby has actually been very solid, scoring more than 11.1 PPR fantasy points in three of his last four games. His target share has increased with Emmanuel Sanders‘ injury, but he’s likely earned some of Trevor Siemian‘s trust over these past few weeks.


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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinH_F6P

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