2016 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

2016 Week 9 Bye Week and Injury replacements
These teams DO NOT play week 9 (bye week):
Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Houston Texans
New England Patriots
Washington Redskins

Running Back (RB)

Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 60% of all ESPN leagues):
There was a shift in the workload in Philly's backfield this week.  Sproles took the most totes, 15 of them for 86 yards, and caught 5 passes for another 17.  Although Mathews got the goal line carry, it seems Philly's coaching staff favors the more compact back.  Mathews didn't help his own case either by dropping the ball during key situations.  Although coach Pederson said he wasn't down on Mathews last Tuesday, the coach's actions said otherwise on Sunday night.  Sproles should've already been added in ppr leagues.  He should also be added in standard leagues as well since he's seen a bump in groundwork. 

Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 4.6% of all ESPN leagues):
West returned to fantasy relevance when he became the only healthy runner in the Chiefs' backfield.  With Charles opting to get his knee checked out, and Ware leaving the game with a concussion, West carried the ball 14 times for 52 yards.  With the Chiefs' bye week out of the way, West will have a spotty schedule and some opportunities for big games.  However, his production is capped by the statuses of Charles and Ware.  Nevertheless, grab him and start him against a struggling Jacksonville run defense, if West and Charles are both out.

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 44% of all ESPN leagues):
The rookie second round draft pick and 2015 Heisman Trophy winner rolled in from University of Alabama to compete for a starting job in the Titans' backfield.  As it stands, both Murray and Henry have found success in Mike Mularkey's new "exotic smashmouth" system.  Although an MRI revealed Murray has no structural damage on his toe, he remains questionable, making Henry an injury/speculative pick up.  Henry's strong running style and ability to gain valuable yards after contact (YAC) are a perfect fit for Mularkey's system, and make him a good add to any roster.  He should be a good complimentary back to Henry even if he doesn't get the start.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 3.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Wright has fallen into fantasy football oblivion  in the past couple of seasons, and through the first 5 weeks of this season.  However, he's combined for 14 catches for 229 yards and 2 scores in the last 3 weeks.  Buyer beware, he faces a surging Chargers defense that packs Brandon Flowers, and pass rushers Corey Liuget and rookie Joey Bosa.  The defense could clamp down on Delanie Walker or load the box to stop the Titans potent running attack.  Wright seems to be reprising his role as slot receiver, and could get plenty of attention if Mariota needs to throw the ball quick. 

Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 56% of all ESPN leagues):
Enunwa saw a bump in production again, catching 4 passes for 93 yards and a score, as the Browns defense tried to stop Brandon Marshall and the Jets' run offense first.  He's scored in consecutive weeks now, and could see additional looks this week against a weak Dolphins defense. 

Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 59.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Moncrief caught 4 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown after sitting out multiple weeks due to a shoulder injury.  The Colts will need fresh legs and receiving options as they prepare for a possible playoff run.  They'll face Green Bay and have a bye in the next 2 weeks, but the Colts could post some big numbers against the Titans, Steelers, and Jets in the following weeks.  Moncrief, the Colts WR2, should see more targets as he gets healthier. 

Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 35.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Smith was the Ravens big play threat 3 years ago, but has fallen into fantasy oblivion recently.  However, we were reminded what he could do when Kaep took snaps under center against Buffalo in week 6.  He ripped off 76 yards and a score on 3 catches against a solid Bills defense.  This week, he'll look to keep things rolling against the softest secondary in the league, the New Orleans Saints.  Kaep should be able to keep plays alive with his legs so he can deliver strikes downfield to his deep threat. 

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 44.6% of all ESPN leagues):
**The Redskins DO NOT PLAY this week** Crowder has caught 16 passes for 215 yards and a score in the last 2 games, and has found the endzone twice in the last 3 games.  Given their struggles in the backfield, the Redskins could use all of the help they can get.  He has a bye this week and faces Minnesota's tough defense in week 10, but he'll see Green Bay's greenhorns followed  Dallas' secondary in a divisional matchup. 

Tight End (TE)

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 34.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Brate got involved in Tampa Bay's passing game last week, catching 3 passes for 22 yards and a score.  At 6'5", 235 lbs, he gives Jameis Winston a big redzone and endzone target.  With Doug Martin, Charles Sims, and Jacquizz Rodgers possibly all out, Brate and Tampa Bay's other receiving options should get plenty of attention from Winston. 

Quarterbacks (QB)

Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 2.1% of all leagues):
McCown threw 25 times to 9 different receivers for 341 yards, 2 scores, and 2 picks in his return under center.  Running back Duke Johnson Jr. caught 6 of those passes for 87 yards.  A couple of things have changed for the Browns since they started the season.  They're now more aware of their offensive line performance (or lack thereof), a consistent receiving threat has emerged from their corps of wideouts, and Pep Hamilton seems like he's figured out how to use his roster.  Given how little time the Browns' offense is projected to spend on the field, they'll need to move the ball upfield
in a hurry.  This means McCown will be throwing, A LOT, if they hope to win this game.

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 68.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Bucs will be chasing points to keep up with a high powered Falcons offense.  He completed a mere 50%, or 16 of 32 attempts, for 180 yards and 2 scores in a loss to the Raiders.  Winston will need to throw the ball even more this week, given the question marks in the Bucs' backfield. 

Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 15.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Bradford has taken on the role of game manager, similar to Alex Smith.  Sadly, the Vikings have one of the worst run games in the league, which means Bradford will need to throw the ball to win.  Good thing Bradford and the Vikings have one of the softest remaining schedules in the league.  Bradford is a high IQ quarterback who takes care of the ball.  He has receiving weapons, as well as running backs who can catch the ball out of the backfield.  Don't expect highlight reel plays or outrageous performances.  Instead, expect a steady, level-headed, consistent approach.  Continue to monitor the Vikings' offensive line situation though.  Their offensive tackles have struggled to keep Bradford on his feet recently.

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