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2019 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire: Superman Returns?

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Trade season is upon the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire! With the deadline today at 4 p.m. EDT more trades could go down, but for now, the most Fantasy relevant trades came from New England, Arizona, and San Francisco.

With Josh Gordon placed on IR and likely to be waived, Sanu moves into a Patriots offense that’s suddenly crowded with options behind Julian Edelman. Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers, and first-round pick N’Keal Harry will compete with Sanu for targets.

The former-Falcon saw five targets in his first game with the Pats, catching just two for 23 yards. The biggest beneficiary of the trade is likely Brady himself, whose performance on Sunday (259 yards, two TD and ~ 19 Fantasy points) should be his floor moving forward. His ceiling could get even higher once the Patriots’ offensive line gets healthy.

The Cardinals acquired Drake as insurance in case David Johnson and Chase Edmonds are unable to play against the 49ers on Thursday. If both are unable to suit up Drake should get the majority of the touches but will be nearly unplayable against a scary San Francisco defense.

Drake getting starters touches against the Buccaneers is an interesting scenario that can be discussed if/when DJ and Edmonds are ruled out of Week 1o.

Sanders played well in his first game with the Niners, catching four passes for 25 yards and a touchdown. He could be the receiver that Jimmy Garappolo needs to push the San Francisco offense to the next level. Or they can just keep running the ball like crazy and no one will stop them.

The 2019 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players owned in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent owned.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (26% owned)

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Carr is coming off his best game of the season, throwing for 285 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to the Texans.

Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller have been excellent weapons for Carr and he could be a good streaming option with a series of solid matchups on the horizon.

The Lions, Chargers, and Bengals are all in the top-10 for most Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Carr isn’t the highest ceiling option but his upcoming schedule makes him an easy target for owners needing a bye week fill-in.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (41% owned)

Breaking the 35% owned rule early on, but discussing Newton is a much better option than rehashing the QBs in the “other options” section.

The former-MVP warmed-up prior to Carolina’s Week 8 loss to the 49ers and could return this week against the Titans.

Kyle Allen has won four of his five starts but has averaged just 211.8 passing yards per game. He hasn’t lit the world on fire but has done enough to bring the Panthers to above .500.

Newton isn’t guaranteed to take the job back when healthy but a supposedly healthy Cam is more than worth stashing for owners who need a QB.

Other Options: Sam Darnold (23% owned), Ryan Tannehill (30% owned), Daniel Jones (23% owned)

Running Backs

Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins (29% owned)

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Last call on Walton. After talking about him last week and the week before, the former-Bengal will finally get his chance to start with Drake in Arizona.

Since being thrust into a larger role, Walton has averaged 4.90 yards per carry and 3.5 targets per game. The Dolphins offense is not good, but Kalen Ballage is a terrible pass catcher, giving Walton the talent and game-script advantage.

He might lose some goal-line touches to Ballage, but Walton should receive around 15 touches per game moving forward. In his first game as the starter, he saw 11 carries for 35 yards and caught three passes for another 19.

Everyone who didn’t blow all their FAAB on Ty Johnson (like I did) should aim for Walton.


Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (24% owned)

If anyone saw the Thursday night game, they would realize that Mattison is one of the best handcuffs in football. Even behind one of the best running backs in the league, Mattison has worked his way to fantasy relevance with his performance. His 13 carry, 61-yard game could have been 16-101 if not for three-separate Minnesota penalties.

Dalvin Cook owners need to add Mattison in case their star goes down. Owners who like to play the handcuff lottery should make Mattison their number one target heading into the late stages of the Fantasy regular season.

Jaylen Samuels/Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers

James Conner suffered an AC joint injury last night and his status for Week 9 is in doubt.

Samuels would be the starter if healthy but he missed Week 8 while recovering from a knee scope.

Other Options: Raheem Mostert (6% owned), Kalen Ballage (9% owned), Rashaad Penny (31% owned), Derrius Guice (29% owned)

Wide Receivers

Danny Amendola, Detroit Lions (9% owned)

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Amendola disappeared after his Week 1 explosion but has re-emerged over the last two weeks. Over that span, he’s caught 16-of-19 targets for 200 yards.

Kerryon Johnson‘s injury has forced Matthew Stafford to throw like it’s 2015 again. The four-man committee the Lions are using at running back should keep Detroit’s offense mainly air-based until some clarity is found in the backfield.

The Lions have a great matchup against Oakland in Week 9, whose defense is graded last in the league by Pro Football Focus. Unless Matt Patricia suddenly decides to start leaning on his running game, Amendola will have plenty of opportunities next week.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (27% owned)

Is this finally the Parker breakout we’ve been waiting for? Probably not, but the Dolphin’s longest-tenured receiver has played well over the last three weeks.

Heading into last night’s game with the Steelers, Parker had caught touchdowns in three-straight games. The Miami offense isn’t the best place to hang your hat, but game-scripts will always favor throwing the ball.

Parker had eight targets and 59 yards against the Steelers in the Monday night game, not the best game by any stretch but it could have been worse.

Other Options: Allen Lazard (15% owned), A.J. Brown (25% owned), Cole Beasley (24% owned)

Tight Ends

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans (19% owned)

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Smith was forced into starting the last two weeks with Delanie Walker out with an ankle injury. He has responded well, catching nine passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.

Ryan Tannehill has breathed new life into the Titans’ offense, especially Smith, who was Tennessee’s leading receiver in Sunday’s victory.

If Walker misses another game, Smith will be the prime TE target on waivers.

Darren Fells, Houston Texas (18% owned)

Fells makes his second appearance on the list after another two-touchdown performance. Fells is now up to five touchdowns on the season, tying him for first at the position. His 54.40 standard Fantasy points make him TE6 on the season.

There may be some inconsistency thanks to the number of weapons at Deshaun Watson‘s disposal, but Fells has done more than enough to earn starting spots on all Fantasy rosters.

Other Options: Dallas Goedert (20% owned), Jack Doyle (15% owned)

Deep League Special

Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams

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Brandin Cooks suffered his second concussion of the season and fourth of his career on Sunday. The Rams immediately ruled him out and have not yet given a timetable for his return.

The Rams are moving into their bye week, giving Cooks an extra week to recover. But if Sterling Shepard‘s extended absence is any indication, Los Angeles could give their $80 million man all the time he needs to get healthy.

Reynolds showed last season he is more than capable of performing when given an expanded role. In eight games as a starter last season, the fourth-round pick caught 26 passes for 365 yards and five touchdowns.



After a 73-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Bengals, Reynolds is more than worth a look coming out of the Rams’  bye week if Cooks is unable to play.


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