2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

by Jonathan Chan
2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

Of course, the big news of the week is Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry going down with a fracture in his foot. The injury will cost him significant time and it’s very possible he will be out for the rest of the fantasy season.

We’ll get into who will be replacing him later.

One other thing to keep in mind is that today is the NFL’s trade deadline. The Los Angeles Rams already got the party started, acquiring Von Miller from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a pair of 2022 draft picks.

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that the Rams’ are next set to draft in 2026.

Marlon Mack is someone to keep an eye on ahead of the deadline. The Colts running back is 17% rostered but could be a very valuable asset down the stretch if he is moved by the deadline.

If only every team was as all-in as the Rams are.

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire will focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Mike White, New York Jets (1% rostered)

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Here’s the list of quarterbacks rostered between 35 and 20% of Yahoo leagues. Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Mac Jones, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Watson, and Ben Roethlisberger.

Not exactly a smorgasbord of good options. Bridgewater has the easiest matchup of the bunch (@DAL) in Week 9 but he’s coming off a pair of duds and I’ve talked about him enough this season. 

Unless Trevor Siemian sounds like an appealing option, we’re going to talk about Mike White.

White surprised people on Sunday, completing 37-of-45 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns in the Jets’ upset win over the Bengals. White was very impressive and, despite a pair of interceptions, looked very good.

Next week he will face off against the Indianapolis Colts’ defense, who have been middle of the road against quarterbacks. White has shown he has the ability to put up points and could be useful for managers in deep 2QB or Super Flex leagues. 

Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans (6% rostered)

I wrote about Taylor last week but he did not play in Week 8 as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. I’m going to go back to the well and recommend him as an option once again. It seems like a low-end option but garbage time and the Texans’ constant need to play from behind gives him a higher floor than most of the QBs listed above.

Taylor completed 31-of-44 passes for three touchdowns, adding 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground before going down with an injury in week two. If he’s able to return for Week 9, the Dolphins’ exploitable defense should be a nice spot to return.

Like White, he’s an option for deep leagues that require two quarterbacks, but he could surprise if his early success continues.

Running Backs

Jeremy McNichols, Tennessee Titans (7% rostered)

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Henry is looking at missing significant time for the first time in his career after sustaining a Jones fracture in Week 8. He will undergo surgery and be out 6-to-10 weeks. The Titans weren’t particularly prepared for this event, leaving McNichols as the only active running back on the roster who has handled a carry since Week 3. Although his most recent carry came in Week 5.

It’s unlikely that McNichols takes over as an early-down back. However, he should see an uptick in his usage in the passing game.

The Titans are currently looking at free-agent running back Adrian Peterson as a possible replacement. If he is signed, Peterson will likely take over the between-the-tackles work while McNichols remains in his passing-down role.

Update: The Titans have signed Peterson and will be bringing him to the active roster. The veteran played 16 games with the Lions last season, rushing for 604 yards and seven touchdowns on 156 carries.

Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (19% rostered)

We probably should have seen this one coming. 

Scott, not Kenneth Gainwell acted as the Eagles’ lead ‘back in Sunday’s blowout win over the Detroit Lions. While the game was still close, Scott took 12 carries for 60 yards and a pair of touchdowns. After the game got out of hand, Jordan Howard came in and ran for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns. 

Waiver wire darling Gainwell finally got some touches in garbage time but turned 13 carries into just 27 yards. In a more competitive game script, managers could be looking at a full-blown committee. Until it’s known what the workload split will be, Scott is a must-add for anyone in need of a running back. 

Other Options: Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars (6% rostered), Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (17% rostered)

Wide Receivers

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (34% rostered)

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The oft-injured Dolphins’ receiver is healthy and saw a heavy workload in his first game back in the lineup. After missing three games with a hamstring injury, Parker returned and caught 8-of-11 targets for 85 yards, season highs in both categories.

Parker has seen at least seven targets in every game he’s played and has surpassed 77 yards in three of his five games. The Dolphins consistently play from behind so Parker’s workload should remain consistent as long as Will Fuller remains sidelined.

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets (19% rostered)

Crowder came alive with White at the helm of the Jets’ offense, catching a season-high eight passes for 84 yards and a two-point conversion. Since returning from injury in Week 4 Crowder has 30 targets in four games. The Jets will need to throw a ton, regardless of who’s under center, so the volume should remain somewhat consistent. 

Corey Davis sat out this game with a hip injury that kept him out of practice all week. It’s not known yet whether he will suit up for Week 9, but if he doesn't Crowder could be in for another heavy workload against the Colts.

Other Options: Tajae Sharpe, Atlanta Falcons (0% rostered)

Tight Ends

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers (10% rostered)

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Freiermuth has been downright productive over the past two weeks. After seeing 13 targets through the first five weeks, the tight end has been targeted 14 times the past two games, catching 11 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.

The Steelers quick hit offense should be able to support Freirmuth as long as he has Ben Roethlisberger’s trust. As a tight end with upside, he is well worth an add for managers looking for tight end help.

Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars (4% rostered)

Arnold continues to see plenty of volume for the Jaguars. The former Carolina Panther led the team with eight receptions and 68 yards in a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was also second on the team with 10 targets.

The Jaguars are a high-volume passing offense and that number could increase even further if running back James Robinson is unable to play in Week 9 after sustaining a heel injury. 

Deep League Special

Jamal Agnew, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (2% rostered)

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Arnold was second on the Jaguars target list while Agnew led the team with 12 looks against the Seahawks. He finished the day with six catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. He’s now seen at least six targets in each of his past three games. 

At the very least, it appears that Agnew has passed Laviska Shenault on the depth chart as the No. 2 receiver behind Marvin Jones.

As an extra bonus, Agnew is also the Jags’ returner, giving him added value in return yardage leagues. 


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