Week 9 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
Week 9 of the NFL season has 6 teams off on a “Bye”, the most of any regular season week so far except for Week 8. We did not have a rash of disappointing injuries in Week 8, thankfully, so it will be the teams on the “Bye’ that could hurt fantasy football owners the most in Week 9.
Week 9 Byes: Arizona, Chicago, New England, Houston, Washington and Cincinnati.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
BALT QB Joe Flacco ( vs PITT )- Flacco was on a “Bye” in Week 8, so he may be available in your league. Pittsburgh is the #23 ranked defense. Only owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues
NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( at MIA)- Against the Browns in Week 8, Fitz only put up 228 yards and 1 TD, but amazingly, he has only thrown 1 INT now in the past 4 games. Fitzpatrick is only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues, with a favorable match up.
MINN QB Sam Bradford ( vs DET)- The Lions are dead last vs the pass…..#32 ranked.
You also may have to consider LAR QB Case Keenum (vs CAR) Week 9
Week 9 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Running Backs
KC RB Charcandrick West (vs KC)– With RB J Charles still OUT, and RB S Ware dealing with a concussion, West had 14 carries for 52 yards in Week 8. He also had 2 catches for 8 yards. West played the entire second half after Spencer Ware left with a concussion. West could start next week if Ware doesn’t get cleared.
PHIL RB Darren Sproles ( at NYG)- HC Doug Pederson said he will “evaluate in these next couple of days” whether to replace Ryan Mathews with Darren Sproles as the No. 1 running back. Sproles has averaged 5.0 YPC and 10.3 yards per catch on the year.
DET RB Theo Riddick ( at MINN)- After missing the previous two games with an ankle injury, Theo Riddick rushed 11 times for 56 yards and caught 8/11 targets for 77 yards and 1 TD in Week 8.
NO RB Tim Hightower ( at SF)- RB Hightower filled in for benched RB Mark Ingram in Week 8, and rushed 26 times for 102 yards for New Orleans. HC Sean Payton confirmed Tim Hightower has “definitely” earned more work going forward.
MINN RB Matt Asiata ( vs DET)- Asiata did not have the game that fantasy football owners had hoped for, but if RB McKinnon still isn’t a 100% in Week 9, the Lions ( defense ranked last….#32) are a much better match up.
TB RBs Peyton Barber/ Mike Smith/ Antone Smith ( vs ATL)- RB Jacquizz Rodgers was seen in a walking boot, so Week 9 match up on Thursday Night might be too soon to start. Likely a RBBC approach in Tampa, but my guess is that RB Barber gets the most carries.
deep desperate leagues GB RB Don Jackson/ Aaron Ripkowski ( IND)- The Packers released RB Knile Davis. RBs Jackson and FB Ripkowski had 6 carries apiece in Week 8. With RB James Starks due back soon, this is a backfield to avoid,
Week 9 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Wide Receivers
NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa ( at MIA )- Enunwa caught 4/11 targets for 93 yards and 1 TD in Week 8 and is a favorite of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Only owned in 45% of Yahoo leagues
KC WR Tyreek Hill ( vs JACK )- Hill had 98 receiving yards in Week 8 along with 1 TD. Hill also had a TD reception in Week 7, and now 4 on the season. Only owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues
ATL WR M Sanu ( at TB )- Despite reeling in 9/10 targets for 84 yards and 1 TD in Week 8, Sanu is still only owned in 53% of Yahoo leagues
SD WR Tyrell Williams/ Travis Benjamin (vs TENN)- Brutal match up in Week 8 but Benjamin managed to haul in a spectacular TD pass. Very good schedule for Charger WRs ROS.
Other candidates- OAK WR Seth Roberts ( vs DEN)- Averaging almost 6 targets a game, Roberts had 69 yards and 1 TD in Week 8. Tough match up in Week 9.
Check to see if PITT WR Sammie Coates and LAR WR K Britt were dropped due to their Week 8 “Bye”
Week 9 Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Tight Ends
IND TE Jack Doyle ( at TENN )- UTTER-FANTASY’S WEEK 7 WAIVER WIRE RECOMMENDATIONS A down week for TE Doyle in Week 8, but do not think that because WR D Moncrief is back, that TE Doyle isn’t still a big part of this offense. Only owned in 66% of Yahoo leagues.
Also consider BALT TE Dennis Pitta ( vs PITT)- On a “Bye” in Week 8 so likely available. Pitta caught 4/10 targets for 40 yards in the Ravens’ Week 7 loss to the Jets.
More Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 9 coming as the week progresses.