What the heck week 9!!!

This week just sucked for fantasy football. Well, the majority of my teams took the L this week. But Jonathan Taylor… Can we say he’s making a push for the first overall pick in 2022? The Cincinnati Bengals really collapsed against the Cleveland Browns, but Joe Mixon still had over 100 total yards and Ja’Marr Chase saw 13 targets. They’re getting their bye at the right time because this team needs a reset. Speaking of resets, how about Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills! They lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 9-6… hopefully you stayed awake for it. Lamar Jackson had a hell of a game throwing for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns while rushing for another 120 on the ground. Justin Tucker nailed a 36-yard game winning field goal…. I keep hearing the Detroit Lions lost to the bye but I can’t find the final score. A loss is a loss. Speaking of loss, what the hell Dallas Cowboys! No one could get anything going with Dak Prescott besides Malik Turner. Who?? Yeah, he was no help to anyone’s fantasy team.

Speaking of our fantasy teams, Jordan Love isn’t the answer for the Packers future and what the hell is going on with the Kansas City Chiefs? Outside of Travis Kelce this week the Chiefs just fell flat on their face for fantasy purposes and so did the Packers. What an ugly game the Titans/Rams game was, but isn’t ugly or unforgettable a good way to describe week 9? Titans won, but Cooper Kupp is still a stud and Sony Michel needs to be rostered everywhere because if anything happens to Darrell Henderson, you have an RB1 ready. What a game Monday night! What looked like a start to an easy win for the Pittsburgh Steelers up by 10 going into the 4th quarter, ended up with Justin Fields bringing the Chicago Bears back to take the lead, just for Chris Boswell to kick the game winning 40-yard field goal with 26 seconds left. Wow – what a week it was!

Let’s get prepared for week 10!

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

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (50% Owned)

With Joe Burrow going on bye, I like Bridgewater as a plug and play quarterback this week. Don’t look down on his stats as he produced over 90% of his production in the first half as the Broncos were winning pretty handily. 

Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots (47% Owned)

If Teddy Bridgewater isn’t available, my fall back player is Mac Jones. He attempted 18 passes last week and Bill Belichick did what he does best; Run the ball. The Patriots ran the ball over 30 times in a 24-6 win over the Carolina Panthers. Jones will have to pass more this coming week as Cleveland comes to town.

Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears (38% Owned)

What a week Justin Fields had. It didn’t start out so great, but finished strong and now the rookie quarterback has back-to-back games of over 20 fantasy points. He’ll be on bye week 10, but gets Baltimore and Detroit as soon as he comes back. Fields could replace Matt Stafford in week 11 (Baltimore) and Kyler Murray or Patrick Mahomes in week 12 (Detroit). Fields rushing floor is enough to make it fun to start him.

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (58% Owned)

Ingram was involved early and often in both the rushing and receiving game, carrying the ball nine times for 43 yards and caught all five of his targets for 21 yards. Not saying he is a “must add” but if I am an Alvin Kamara owner, I would be looking to cuff Ingram to my squad.

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (39% Owned)

If you were able to watch Thursday night football, we saw Marlon Mack be a healthy scratch and Nyheim Hines come in for Jonathan Taylor breathers and put up six rushes for 74 yards and a touchdown, along with four receptions for another 34 yards. The Colts will want to keep Taylor’s touches down and keep him healthy. Hines could become a weekly flex play going forward.

Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (38% Owned)

Two weeks in a row the Philadelphia Eagles have made it a priority to run the ball and Jordan Howard has been the true beneficiary since being promoted to the active roster. Howard ran the ball 17 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. Over the last two weeks, Howard has 19 carries for 128 yards and three touchdowns. He’s worth adding as long as Miles Sanders is out and with some big name running backs being out in week 10, he could be an RB2 in week 10.

Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets (20% Owned)

Over the last 3 games Ty Johnson has scored over 10, .5 PPR points and made it four on Thursday night. He is the second back to Michael Carter and will only get a handful of carries. It’s the passing game where he does his damage because once he gets in the open field, he’s a hard guy to tackle and has now had over 30 receiving yards over the last three games.

Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (59% Owned)

This should be Bateman’s last week on the waiver wire and once again he was around the top in targets, receptions and receiving yards. He continues to be a top target on the team and is quietly putting in a good rookie season, but hasn’t had a game over 10 PPR points….. yet. It could be coming and should be coming. Add him now and just sit on him till he explodes (that’s what she said) one of these weeks.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers (50% Owned)

Aiyuk led the 49ers in snaps, and targets among wide receivers. He caught six of eight targets for 89 yards and a touchdown. It looks like Aiyuk is finally starting to get the hang of the offense and now is the time to get Aiyuk on your team as he has WR1 potential going forward, even with Deebo Samuel. Yeah, he’s clicking. 

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns (33% Owned)

The Odell Beckham Jr. saga is over and thank God. The funny thing is that Donovan Peoples-Jones stepped right into the OBJ role and… excelled at it… weird, right? Well, he’s not a must add, but in deeper leagues he doesn’t look bad as he has some future juicy matchups (Detroit, Baltimore) coming up and could have WR3 potential.

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (26% Owned)

Last week we all had Gage as the WR1 for Atlanta and that panned out to be zero targets for the receiver in week 8 making his ownership go down. Enter week 10 and people were on the Tajae Sharp train. This week Gage was the top wide out even with Olamide Zaccheaus getting two touchdowns. Don’t chase the touchdown folks. Go for Gage who caught seven of eight targets for 64 yards. With some of the top-wideouts going on bye in week 10, Gage may have to be used and that’s okay. Atlanta is taking on the Dallas Cowboys whose secondary is now starting to show weakness. 

Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets (13% owned)

It’s so hard to own any Jets outside of Michael Carter and TY Johnson. We have been waiting for Elijah Moore to breakout and it started week 8 when Moore had six receptions for 67 yards. He continued it into week 9 and the breakout came on catching seven of eight targets for 84 yards and two touchdowns. That’s all he needed and he did it in a prime time game. The time is now for the kid and should be added in all leagues. 

Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (31% Owned)

I’ve been a fan of Dan Arnold since he was traded to the Jaguars. He’s been streamable and has scored 10 or more PPR points since the Jaguars bye week. Arnold’s biggest obstacle is the lack of touchdowns being scored. But those should be coming soon.

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