Week 9 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire

What a week week 8 was in fantasy football (did you have to read that sentence twice?)!

Michael Pittman scored 2 touchdowns and looks to be a WR2 going forward. What happened to the Cincinnati Bengals defense and how did the Jets do so good? Speaking of so good, can we start to say that Michael Carter may be the rookie running back that was a steal in drafts? The Detroit Lions….LOL! What happened to Terry McLauren? He’s looking more like a boom/bust WR2. Tom Brady did Tom Brady things but with the loss of Jameis Winston, can the Saints get back on track with Trevor Siemian? No Dak Prescott, no problem! Cooper Rush was a quarterback that we knew could handle this offense just as good as Dak, said no one ever…

But let’s get prepared for week 9!

All my waiver-wire targets are taken from CBS and are owned in 60% or less of leagues.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (55% Owned)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers go on bye week 9, so Tom Brady owners will be looking for a QB. Look no further than Tua Tagovailoa as he gets a juicy matchup at home against the Houston Texans.

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (50% Owned)

Seeing #14 in the backfield for the Saints on Sunday was interesting. It was nice to see Mark Ingram back in New Orleans paired with Alvin Kamara. He had eight total touches for 52 yards. The Saints are a run-first offense and Ingram can add nice bench depth.

Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (39% Owned) / Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (2% Owned)

I was all over Kenneth Gainwell (80%) in last week’s waiver adds but also said to add Boston Scott in deeper leagues, especially those in PPR. Scott had one target for the game and was the lead back to start. Don’t let the carry totals for Jordan Howard and Kenny Gainwell make you think this is a three-headed monster backfield. The game was out of hand. Scott is the back you want to own in this backfield, followed by Jordan Howard.

Carlos Hyde, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (5% Owned)

Carlos Hyde is the new Frank Gore. He just keeps going and going and going. James Robinson went down in the first quarter with an ankle injury, opening the door for Hyde. Hyde turned 13 opportunities into 51 yards. The Jaguars play the Buffalo Bills, so many fantasy owners may not want to use him but may ultimately be forced to. James Robinson is day to day at the moment so stay tuned.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Tennessee Titans (available everywhere)

Sunday afternoon we saw the news from Sleeper saying Derrick Henry was on the sideline with his right cleat off and being looked at by trainers. He went back in not too long later and finished the game. No worries we all thought as we went to bed just to see early Monday morning that Henry may have suffered a potentially season-ending foot injury in Sunday’s game and will undergo an MRI. Late morning/early afternoon we hear that Henry will have foot surgery Tuesday morning (I write this article on Monday’s) and is out 6-10 weeks. Will he be back this year? No one knows. Now the Titans are signing free-agent, 36-year-old Adrian Peterson to pair with running back Jeremy McNichols (6% Owned). The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday November 2nd at 4pm EST. If the Titans don’t trade for anyone, I would look to add McNichols over Peterson just because he’s 11 years younger and ready to go.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (51% Owned)

Parker was finally able to return to action for the first time since week 4 and picked up where he left off. Parker was targeted 11 times finishing with eight catches for 85 yards. Tua has eyes for him and it helps with Jaylen Waddle on the other side. This is a sneaky fun fantasy game against the Texans.

Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (48% Owned)

Being on a week 8 bye, it made sense for Bateman’s ownership to go under 60%. In his two games in the lineup Bateman has tied the team lead in targets. He will eventually be a known name and could be as soon as this week. Add him everywhere.

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets (48% Owned)

No one expected the Jets to keep up with the Cincinnati Bengals, let alone beat them. On the winning end of that was Jamison Crowder catching eight-of-nine targets for 84 yards. In PPR leagues, Crowder could be started week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (18% Owned)

With the loss of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Freiermuth has been the fill-in and over the last couple weeks has been starting to step up nicely. Sunday was a great example of this as Freiermuth caught four-of-seven targets for 44 yards and a touchdown. With tight ends so hard to come across, Freiermuth could be a back-end TE1 going forward.

If you are curious about your league in Yahoo, MFL, Sleeper, ESPN or any other platform just let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter.

Ryan Miner is a featured blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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