It’s Wednesday morning, and waivers have cleared. You grab your phone, open your fantasy app to look for some Week 9 post-waiver pickups, and gasp! You didn’t get anyone you attempted to claim?! What are you supposed to do now?
Lucky for you, we have a list of a few players who may have gone unclaimed on waivers for Week 9 who you can plug and play in your lineups.
Week 9 Post-Waiver Pickup: Quarterback
Jordan Love (4% of ESPN Leagues)
With news of Aaron Rodgers’ positive COVID-19 test and secretive (i.e. lied about) vaccination status, Jordan Love is a plug and play for possibly the next two weeks. Love will see a premium matchup against a Kansas City Chiefs defense in Week 9 who is giving up an average of 23.14 (No. 31) fantasy points to quarterbacks per game.
Week 9 Post-Waiver Pickup: Wide Receiver
Zach Pascal (Rostered in 7.2% of ESPN Leagues)
Last week against the Tennessee Titans, Zach Pascal didn’t see a lot of action, despite playing 98% of the Colts’ snaps. However, players like this make for ideal Week 9 post-waiver pickups. With T.Y. Hilton in concussion protocol, he looks to be the second wide receiver option behind Michael Pittman. He’s a sneaky plug-and-play option against the New York Jets who allowed all three Bengals receivers to obtain double-digit fantasy points in Week 8.
Week 9 Post-Waiver Pickup: Running Back
Adrian Peterson (Rostered in 38% of ESPN Leagues)
It looks like lots of people were skeptical of Adrian Peterson’s return to the NFL, as he’s rostered in less than half of ESPN leagues. However, he’s going to get the touches as the Titans run the ball 32.5 (No.1) times per game. Even if he only averages a few yards per carry, he should have the volume to put up double-digit points in Week 9 with touchdown upside.
Week 9 Post-Waiver Pickup: Tight End
Cole Kmet (Rostered in 13.2% of ESPN Leagues)
With all of the Bears’ offensive struggles in 2021, people have been reluctant to put their hopes in anyone on their passing game. However, Cole Kmet emerged with a solid role, playing 90% of the team’s offensive snaps and seeing six targets in Week 8. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a middle-of-the-road defense against the tight end, allowing 11.06 points per game; in this tight end economy, that’s all you can ask.
Good luck navigating the post-waiver waters this week and be sure to follow @Britt_Flinn on Twitter!