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2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire! Before we get to this week’s major injuries, let’s talk about one of the best running back performances in recent memory.

Dalvin Cook returned from a groin injury and put up 163 yards and three touchdowns on the ground while adding 63 yards and another touchdown through the air. Cook was given 30 carries and targeted three times in the passing game showing no ill effects from the injury that cost him one game.

Alexander Mattison was a complete afterthought and remains a strict backup and handcuff to Cook. The Vikings have matchups against the Lions, Cowboys, Panthers, and Jaguars in four of the next five weeks, giving Cook overall RB1 potential moving forward.

This week didn’t go by without a major injury. For more information on the injuries to George Kittle and Kenny Golladay check out the Week 8 Injury Impact article.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

Quarterbacks

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (9% Rostered)

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Lock produced his best game of the season against the Chargers this past Sunday. In his second game back from injury the second-year signal-caller produced 248 yards and three touchdowns in a thrilling comeback win.

It was Lock’s first multi-touchdown game of the season and first since December of last season. Even without top weapon Courtland Sutton, Lock has plenty of talented weapons at his disposal to pick up the slack. The sophomore has had an up and down season thus far but has a chance to repeat his Week 8 performance next week against the Falcons.

Atlanta has been a goldmine for quarterback production, having allowed the most Fantasy points to the position this season. Managers in need of a streamer should have Lock at the top of their list.

Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers (0% Rostered)

Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday’s game against the Seahawks after the third quarter will miss extended time with a high-ankle sprain. At the time of the injury, he had completed 11-of-16 passes for just 84 yards and an interception. This marks the second time in four games that Jimmy G has left a game early since returning from his ankle injury.

Mullens entered the game and played extremely well in garbage time, completing 18-of-25 passes for 23 yards and two touchdowns. It will be a quick turnaround for the 49ers this week, as they’ll play the Packers on Thursday night. With Garoppolo consistently struggling with injuries and ineffectiveness, Mullens could get the call against Green Bay.

Running Backs

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (30% Rostered)

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With Mark Ingram out with a high ankle sprain, Edwards and J.K. Dobbins produced a pair of great games on Sunday. The lesser owned Edwards out carried Dobbins 16-15 and gained 87 yards to go along with a touchdown.

The Gus Bus left the game in the second quarter but returned and showed no ill-effects. He will continue to be the Ravens’ goalline running back and should be in for another 15 touches against the Colts. Ingram could miss another game or two so Edwards will have at least one more week of value.

Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts (1% Rostered)

Wilkins completely took over the Colts’ backfield in Week 8, taking 20 carries for 89 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion. He out carried Jonathan Taylor 20-11 and looked far better in the touches he got. Taylor managed just 2.0 yards per carry and failed to convert on a goal-line carry that Wilkins converted on one play later.

Indianapolis may have just been riding the hot hand on Sunday, but Wilkins’ performance earned him more touches moving forward. Nyheim Hines will continue to see more work in the passing game but Wilkins should now cut more into Taylor’s early-down work.

Other Options: DeeJay Dallas (25% Rostered), Damien Harris (47% Rostered)

Wide Receivers

Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots (1% Rostered)

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Meyers took the reigns as the Patriots No. 1 WR without Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry in the lineup. Within a struggling New England offense, Meyers was peppered with 10 targets, catching six passes for 58 yards.

Meyers was clearly the Patriots’ only weapon in the passing game as Cam Newton sent 40 percent of his passes in Meyers’ direction. New England’s offense is desperately searching for playmakers and Meyers emerged as the best option available. Meyers should continue to see heavy usage until the rest of the wide receiver corps gets healthy and provide WR3 numbers.

Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers (20% Rostered)

The Panthers have made it a point to get Samuel the ball since he returned from a knee injury. For the second-straight week, the former second-round pick scored a rushing touchdown. In Week 8, Samuel lined up like a true RB in the backfield ran 12 yards for the score. He also reeled in his first receiving score of the season, his third touchdown in the last two weeks.

He remains behind Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore for targets but could see extra value as a runner. The impending return of Christian McCaffrey clouds Samuel’s backfield usage but he is worth a flier moving forward as Carolina is getting creative in getting him the ball.

Other Options: Corey Davis (48% Rostered), Jalen Reagor (24% Rostered)

Tight Ends

Ross Dwelley, San Francisco 49ers (0% Rostered)

With George Kittle staring at a season-ending injury and Jordan Reed still on the shelf, Dwelley will take over as the 49ers No.1 tight end. Dwelley took over the starting duties in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks and caught one of his four targets for a 16-yard touchdown.

The 25-year-old Dwelley won’t see a ton of volume but could be a desperation streamer for managers struggling with byes or injuries.

If Reed plays this week, he would be the preferred add over Dwelley.

Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (22% Rostered)

Burton has been one of Philip Rivers‘ favorite weapons since returning from injury. The former Eagle has seen more targets than either Jack Doyle or Mo Alieiniu-Cox and continues to be used creatively at the goal line. Burton has scored a rushing touchdown in two consecutive games and has three total touchdowns in his last two games.

The three tight end rotation could change from week to week but Burton seems to have the inside track for most usage and is the best bet among the three to score a touchdown on any given week.

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Deep League Special

Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears (6% Rostered)

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Mooney has quietly been the Bears second most consistent wide receiver all season. He has seen no fewer than five targets in six straight games and finally broke through on Sunday. Mooney caught a three-yard touchdown and broke free for a 50-yard gain, the Bears longest play of the season.

If Mooney is able to separate himself from Anthony Miller, he could be a solid bye-week fill in for in the second half of the season.

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