Welcome to the Week 9 waiver wire, where I will be highlighting players that are available in less than 50-percent of leagues. These are the players you want to get on your team. There are mentions of radar guys as well. You shouldn’t pull the trigger now, but keep an eye on them. Percentages are based on ESPN leagues.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Quarterbacks
Taysom Hill, NO (0.9-percent)
It appears that Jameis Winston will be out for a significant time, and or Taysom Hill will start if cleared from his concussion. Hill has been a successful fantasy quarterback in the past, and his rushing ability will secure his floor from bottoming out.
Carson Wentz, IND (31.7-percent)
Ever since his ankle has healed, Carson Wentz has been a steady producer for fantasy streamers. Wentz has multiple touchdowns in six straight games, and against Tennessee, he threw for three scores. Also, the Colts face the Jets next week, giving Wentz another tasty matchup.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Running Backs
Boston Scott, PHI (4.5-percent)
It was Boston Scott and not Kenneth Gainwell who pioneered the Eagles running game. Scott rushed 12 times for 60 yards and two scores. Even Jordan Howard was involved for the first time, and he had 12 carries and scored twice. It appears to be more of Scott’s backfield than Howard’s in this split committee until Miles Sanders returns. As for Gainwell, most of his carries came in garbage-time even though he led the team in attempts.
David Johnson, HOU (42.6-percent)
With Mark Ingram moving to New Orleans through trade, David Johnson should be getting a bulk of work. Johnson was already the third-down back, but now he may be getting carries. The Houston offense was a wreck this week, but Tyrod Taylor should be back in Week 9 to stabilize the offensive unit. Also, the Texans take on the Dolphins in Week 9, who struggle to stop most offenses not named the Bengals.
Carlos Hyde, JAC (6.7-percent)
With James Robinson hurting his heel, Carlos Hyde should see more action. The veteran garnered 51 total yards on 13 touches which included four receptions. Hyde should continue to see similar action next week at Buffalo. Any starting running back with a solid workload can return double-digit points. Stay tuned for how long Robinson may be shelved, if at all.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Wide Receivers
Russell Gage, ATL (12.2-percent)
With Calvin Ridley out due to personal reasons, many thought Russell Gage would have seen more work. Unfortunately, he didn’t draw a single target. Gage still has value as the next receiver up on the depth chart, especially if Ridley is out for an extended period. Seeing the Saints in Week 9 should give him a boost, as the Saints are superior against the run.
T.Y. Hilton, IND (31.3-percent)
Keep an eye on T.Y. Hilton’s health as he has been doing well when active. Hilton left early against Tennessee due to a late hit that could have led to a concussion. Before leaving, he was targeted five times and brought in two for 16-yards. Hilton should continue to be a big part of the offense as long as he is healthy. The Colts face a Jets team coming off a win against the Bengals.
Van Jefferson, LAR (8.1-percent)
DeSean Jackson and the Rams agreed to part ways, and it’s Van Jefferson who will fill that void. Jefferson caught three balls for 88-yards on six targets, with Jackson being inactive. Jefferson can exploit a porous Titans defense as a boom or bust option in Week 9.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Tight Ends
Dan Arnold, JAC (3.6-percent)
Dan Arnold continues to be peppered by Trevor Lawrence’s passes. Arnold caught seven passes for 59-yards on nine targets against Seattle. The Jaguars have a tough Buffalo defense next week, but Arnold makes a solid play in PPR leagues regardless of the matchup.
C.J. Uzomah, CIN (25.6-percent)
C.J. Uzomah is an excellent choice for a boom or bust option at tight end regardless of who the Bengals play. Uzomah is the only tight end to finish as the TE1 more than once, and he can be a touchdown machine against the Browns, who are a tough defense.
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