2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

by Dylan Clemons

Hello Fantasy nerds! NFL Week 8 has wrapped up, which means it is time to discuss the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire!

What a wild ride Week 8 was. We had a good week of football, with some underdogs winning including the Denver Broncos upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs for the first time in 17 straight tries. Plus, we had the Carolina Panthers figure out a way to get their first win of the season.

There is a ton happening around the league. I will continue to be here every week helping to decipher what players are one-week surprises and which players can add value to your squad moving forward as we keep pushing toward the fantasy football playoffs.

At this point of the season, every fantasy team is dealing with injuries or draft-day busts on their teams. That means this week the waiver wire is more imperative, especially with the Broncos, Lions, Jaguars, and 49ers all on bye.

In this article, we will be targeting players on the waiver wire who are under 50% owned on the FantasyPros consensus roster percentage.

At this point in the season, we are starting to get larger sample sizes, so it can be hard to find that waiver wire darling because the cupboards are bare. I am here to help with that. Now let's jump into the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire!

2023 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Top Waiver Adds

Rashid Shaheed, WR, New Orleans Saints (27.2% Rostered)

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Rashid Shaheed is the WR25 in Half-point PPR formats. I bet you did not know that fact. He is just extremely boom or bust. as he has finished as a top-5 wide receiver twice in two of the last three weeks and finished within the top-10 one other time. Outside of those games his wide receiver finishes have been WR50, WR43, WR64, WR60, and WR58.

Shaheed is the deep play threat in this offense as he has the third-highest ADOT in the NFL  and has seen the fourth most deep targets in the NFL. Derek Carr's shoulder seems to be healing and he is getting the ability back to throw the deep ball. Sheed gets the Chicago Bears secondary that is susceptible to the big play. With four teams on bye Shaheed is a very solid ceiling play.

Emari Demercado, RB, Arizona Cardinals (37.1% Rostered)

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We have at least one more week of Demercado having a grasp of this backfield before James Conner. Even in a blowout loss to the Ravens last week Mercado saw 20 carries for 78 yards and finished as a top-24 running back in back-to-back weeks. Mercado is the lead man in the committee as he played 43 snaps to Keaontay Ingram's 29 snaps.

If you are getting 20 carries in a blowout loss, you deserve to be rostered in more than 50% of leagues. This matchup is not great against the Browns as they are in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to the position. However, they have been beaten up a bit more on the ground the last few weeks. They allowed the Seahawks to average 6.7 YPC last week and the Colts 4.2 the previous week, and the Colts ran for 168 total yards.

If you need a bye week replacement this week, Mercado can slide in and give you 8-12 points.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (47.2% Rostered)

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I wrote about Tyler Boyd behind the paywall last week and if you picked him up and streamed him you would have been happy. Boyd caught all three of his targets for 40 yards and a touchdown finishing as WR24. That is now back-to-back weeks played in which he has finished as a top-24 wide receiver.

Last week Boyd didn't quite see the volume you like in this offense seeing just three targets. However, that is the first time since Week 1 in which he saw fewer than seven targets. With Joe Burrow back to being 100% you should want a piece of this Bengals offense, and Boyd is that cheapest piece. The matchup against Buffalo is solid for Boyd. The Bills allow the ninth most fantasy points to slot receivers in the NFL according to Razzball.com. Pick Boyd up this week and start him.

Devin Singletary, RB, Houston Texans (26.3% Rostered)

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Singletary is starting to get more work in this offense as Dameon Pierce continues to struggle. Pierce still led the backfield in snaps, 25 to 23, and carries 12-10 but those numbers are getting much closer than before. With Singletary playing this amount of snaps the coaching staff is telling you they do not trust Pierce to do the little things in this offense.

It isn't sexy, but if Singletary keeps getting double-digit carries as he has in the past two games, he needs to be rostered in more leagues, at least as a handcuff option. I do not think Pierce or Singletary should be started this week though as the Texans are taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are top-5 in the league against opposing running backs.

Royce Freeman, RB, Los Angeles Rams (19.6% Rostered)

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In the blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys this past weekend Royce Freeman outsnapped Darrell Henderson, so take that for what it is. Henderson Still out carried Freeman 12-9 but it was Freeman who found the endzone this week to upset all the fantasy managers who were all playing Darrell Henderson.

Freeman was also more efficient on the ground than Henderson averaging 4.9 yards per carry, as Henderson was just 2.6. The difference was the passing game usage as Henderson caught all three of his targets while Freeman didn't see a single target. Moving forward, I would rather have Henderson than Freeman. But for this week, both guys could be in play as they take on the Green Bay Packers who have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Demario Douglas, WR, New England Patriots (2.1% Rostered)

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Let's get a little wild with the last guy on this list and that is Demario "Pop" Douglas. This wide receiver room is getting pretty thin with Kendrick Bourne going down with a knee injury and Devante Parker also leaving the game early. This could open the door for Douglas to start seeing more snaps.

The rookie has seen 13 targets over his past two games and has only played fewer snaps than Kendrick Bourne during that span. Douglas played on a season-high 77% of the snaps this past game. This offense lacks playmakers and that is exactly what Douglas is as he is explosive ranking in the 96th percentile in burst score on playerprofiler.com. The Patriots will continue to try and manufacture touches for him and he now deserves to be looked at for your roster.

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