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2018 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire: Rising Star

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The Dawg Pound is definitely going wild this week. After two and a half terrible seasons, the Cleveland Browns have fired Head Coach Hue Jackson. His 2-5-1 record this season marks his best season to date, doubling his win total over his first two seasons. The Browns roster has enough talent to be competitive and GM John Dorsey had enough of Jackson’s ineptitude at the helm. The Haslams and Dorsey were not happy with his leadership and canned him following a meeting on Monday.

The Browns continued their house cleaning by firing Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley as well.  Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams has been named interim Head Coach, while RB coach Freddie Kitchens will take over as OC.

Kitchens was the Cardinals OC during Carson Palmer‘s carer resurgence, so he should have a positive effect on Baker Mayfield. Nick Chubb and David Njoku should also benefit from the change.


Speaking of Njoku, what the hell what was that goose egg he laid on Sunday? After weeks of improvement, he catches no passes on no recorded targets. Hopefully, there’s no injury at play and it was just a blip on the radar.

Who is the NFL supposed to laugh at now?

As always, I will focus on players owned in under 35% of Yahoo! leagues but will list other options owned in less than 50% of leagues.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7% Owned)

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The latest development in Tampa Bay is surprising, and not surprising at the same time. If you told me Fitzpatrick would be the Bucs starter over a healthy Jameis Winston, I would be surprised. If you told me it was because Winston couldn’t stop throwing interceptions, it wouldn’t surprise me at all. Winston has thrown eight interceptions in his last 10 quarters and leads the NFL in INT despite being suspended for three games.

Fitzpatrick threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns in just over a quarter of play in relief of Winston. The spark he provided brought the Bucs back from an 18 point deficit. He will be rewarded with the start in Week 9 against the Panthers. Fitzpatrick’s last start didn’t go very well, but let’s not forget the damage he did in Weeks 1-3. Anyone in need of a QB should add Fitzpatrick before he inevitably cools off and gets benched again.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (35% Owned)

I know I spend a lot of time disparaging Prescott on The Fantasy Edge Podcast, but he has performed well enough over the last two weeks to deserve a look. Against a couple of tough defenses, Prescott scored 29 and 20 standard Fantasy points in the two games prior to Dallas’ BYE. He’s really upped his rushing game, gaining 115 yards and scoring two TDs in those contests.

Prescott will come out of the BYE with a week of rest and a brand new WR1 in Amari Cooper. As much flak as Cooper gets, he is a massive upgrade over whoever else Dallas has tried this season. The Titans defense won’t be a walk in the park, but their offense is bad enough that Dak will have plenty of opportunities with the ball.

Dak is a low-ceiling streamer but is the “safest” of the bunch owned in less than 35% of leagues.

Other Options: Josh Rosen (4% owned), Joe Flacco (37% owned), Baker Mayfield (42% owned)

Running Backs

Elijah McGuire, New York Jets (6% Owned)

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Ugh. Jets running backs, am I right? As lost as the offense looks right now, it’s tough to say no to a player who could take the starting job within a few weeks. McGuire is set to return from IR against the Dolphins and should immediately receive carries thanks to Bilal Powell‘s season-ending neck injury.

The path to carries is clearer than it looks on the surface. Isaiah Crowell has a shiny 5.1 YPC average on the season, but it’s been buoyed by two massive outlier games. If you remove his games against the Broncos (14.6 YPC) and Lions (10.2 YPC), Crowell has averaged 2.36 YPC on his other 69 carries. McGuire has shown the ability to make the most of his opportunities, ranking second in yards created per carry and eighth in juke rate last season.

It may take a game or two for McGuire to fully seize the opportunity, but he is worth a stash if you have the bench room.

D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans (15% Owned)

Of course Lamar Miller would choose now to get his act together. With Foreman ready to come off the IR, Miller seems to have found another gear, gaining over 100 rushing yards in two straight games. Despite his recent success, Foreman is still worth a speculative add for owners looking for bench depth later in the season.

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Foreman is returning from a torn Achilles tendon, meaning he will need a few weeks to get up to speed. He showed promise as a rookie, and there were signs of Foreman taking more carries from Miller had he not gotten hurt. However, it remains to be seen how his incredible athleticism (95th percentile Speed Score) will be affected by the injury.

Foreman is more of a luxury stash for owners looking for a late-season lottery ticket, than someone who can help you make the playoffs if you are struggling for production now. The players listed below are in line for more immediate production.

Other Options: Nyheim Hines (31% owned), Peyton Barber (46% owned), Wendell Smallwood (43% Owned)

Wide Receivers

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (14% Owned)

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I definitely did not see this one coming. After weeks of drama and accusations from Parker’s agent, he managed to step right into the Dolphins lineup and lead the team in receiving yards. In the blowout loss, Parker caught six passes for 134 yards. Granted, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were out of the lineup, but Parker showed he has what it takes to be the WR1 for the Dolphins.

The Miami offense will be inconsistent, but Parker’s ability to step in and immediately dominate the targets bodes well for his workload moving forward. Whether it’s Brock Osweiler or Ryan Tannehill, Parker has the opportunity to put up WR3 numbers for the rest of the season.

Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (20% Owned)

Hello, Coutee my old friend. I’ve come to pick you up again. With Will Fuller out for the year with a torn ACL, Coutee will once again have a massive role in the Texans’ offense. In his breakout games, Coutee saw 15 and seven targets, and he should see around 8-9 per game if he is able to stay healthy.

Coutee missed last Thursday’s game with a hamstring injury but should be able to play in Week 9 following the long rest. Deshaun Watson is looking like a star again, and Coutee will see plenty of touches as Houston’s WR2 behind DeAndre Hopkins. His skill-set in the slot makes him an especially good add in PPR leagues, but he is a priority add everywhere he is available.

Other Options: Willie Snead (33% owned), Tre’Quan Smith (30% owned), Christian Kirk (30% owned), Cole Beasley (24% owned)

Tight Ends

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (26% Owned)

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I talked about Jack Doyle before Week 7 and again in this last weeks edition of The Fantasy Edge. Hopefully, some of you were able to jump on the wagon early. Returning from a hip injury, Doyle was immediately a big part of the offense. He drew seven targets and caught six passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.

Doyle played on 73 percent of the snaps, while Eric Ebron only played on 22 percent. Ebron saved his day with a touchdown but the Colts have made it no secret who they prefer in a prominent role. Doyle is a must-add for anyone who doesn’t have a surefire TE in their lineup.

Chris Herndon, New York Jets (6% Owned)

With TE looking the way it is, who can argue against someone who’s scored a touchdown in three straight games? With the Jets receiving core suffering multiple injuries, Herndon has stepped up as the main red-zone threat for Sam Darnold.

His targets may be inconsistent as he’s seen two, seven, and two targets in the last three games. However, with Robbie Anderson and Quincy Enunwa out, Herndon has as much upside as any other waiver wire TE you can grab at this point in the season, except for Doyle.

Other Options: Dallas Goedert (6% owned), Hayden Hurst (3% owned)

Deep League Special

Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (1% Owned)

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My first inclination would be to avoid the Philly backfield altogether. However, if you’re desperate for a running back, Adams fits the bill of a deep league lottery ticket. He led the Eagles in carries against Jacksonville and performed well against their good defensive line. On nine carries, Adams gained 61 yards (6.8 YPC). He sparked the offense with a couple of long runs, earning a longer look moving forward.

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The Eagles backfield looks like a full-blown committee but Adams may have put himself at the front of the line for early-down carries with his performance in Week 8.


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