Waiver Wire Targets 2018 Week 9
The waiver wire is key to surviving this long season filled with injuries and other factors that could change a player’s role on their offense. Each week I will provide you with a list of players you should be looking to add off of waivers. Let’s take a look at some of those players below.
Teams on bye this week: Bengals, Cardinals, Colts, Eagles, Giants, Jaguars
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buccaneers: Just a couple of weeks ago, Winston was a popular waiver wire pick up and now Fitzpatrick is back under center. Winston gave us two good fantasy games, but continued to turn the ball over, then ended up losing his starting job – at least for this week. FitzMagic returned this past weekend, as the Bucs pulled Winston in the second half, and almost led the team to a victory. He tossed two touchdowns and the offense appeared to be clicking on all cylinders with him as their signal caller. The Bucs face the Panthers this weekend, a bottom 10 defense in pass DVOA, so Fitzpatrick should be able to have some success, making him an interesting streaming option.
Others to consider: Dak Prescott - Cowboys
Peyton Barber – Buccaneers: Ronald Jones suffered a hamstring injury this past weekend and is expected to miss multiple weeks, which essentially solidifies Barber’s role. In two of his last three games, Barber has rushed for over 80 yards, has scored a touchdown, and has topped 14 fantasy points. He ran the ball 19 times last week and we could be seeing more 15+ touch games moving forward. He is still available in over 40 percent of ESPN leagues. With Jones out, Jacquizz Rodgers should also get a boost and can be considered in deep PPR leagues as a speculative add.
Wendell Smallwood – Eagles: Josh Adams who is also an interesting add this week has been more involved, but Smallwood still led this backfield with 50 percent of the snaps against the Jaguars and remained involved in the passing game, with 11 percent of the Eagles target share last week. This is a RBBC in Philly, but he has the most upside and continues to get the most opportunity. Philly is on a bye this week, but they have a couple of favorable matchups after the bye. Smallwood remains available in 61 percent of ESPN leagues.
Others to consider: Ito Smith – Falcons, Devontae Booker – Broncos, Elijah McGuire – Jets, Nyheim Hines - Colts
Keke Coutee – Texans: Coutee is dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him off of the field last game, but as soon as he returns, he should step into a bigger role than what he had before the injury, as Will Fuller is done for the season. Coutee displayed his explosiveness and his ability to be efficient in Weeks 4-5 and could immediately be impactful for fantasy owners. He remains available in over 80 percent of ESPN leagues and should be prioritized off of waivers this week.
DeVante Parker – Dolphins: Parker came to life in Week 8, with six catches for a career-high 134 yards. With all of the injuries to the Miami receivers, chances are he will continue to get force fed moving forward. He has been a disappointment thus far in his NFL career, but could turn it around now due to potential volume. Miami has some favorable matchups in the upcoming weeks, making Parker a receiver that can be of use for fantasy owners.
Others to consider: – Saints, Zay Jones – Bills, Courtland Sutton – Broncos, David Moore – Seahawks, Christian Kirk – Cardinals, D.J. Moore – Panthers
Jack Doyle - Colts: Chances are Doyle was cut in your fantasy league and he is a free agent. If that is the case, you may want to give him a look off of waivers. He returned last week, after missing six games and did not skip a beat, catching six passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. He returned back to his security blanket role for Andrew Luck and should continue to see plenty of looks the rest of the way. He is still available in 68 percent of ESPN leagues.
Others to consider: Chris Herndon - Jets
For any questions, feel free to reach out to me on the Twitter machine @Armando_Marsal. Best of luck to all.