2017 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

2017 NFL Week 9 Injury Replacements and Bye-Week Help
 
***WEEK 9 BYE WEEK TEAMS***
 
Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns
Los Angeles Chargers
New England Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers
Minnesota Vikings
 
RUNNING BACK (RB):
 
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 28.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The rookie 4th rounder out of South Florida looks better and better every week.  The Colts' backfield is a full-on timeshare with Mack's total touches virtually identical to Gore in the last 2 weeks.  The Colts may finally be starting to fade the old fan favorite in favor of developing the future.  Mack ran 11 times for 27 yards, and reeled in 3 targets for another 36 yards and his third score of the season.  The Colts may lean on the run even more with Andrew Luck's status in question.  Mack is involved in the passing game, making him a solid pickup in PPR leagues.  He can also be added in standard formats of 14+ teams.
 
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 32.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Collins looked explosive in Thursday night's matchup against Miami's top-10 rushing defense.  He had 18 carries for 113 yards and caught another 2 passes for 30 yards.  While he couldn't reach pay dirt, he did average nearly 6.3 yards per carry and finally got involved in the passing game.  Collins might be worth picking up depending on how long Flacco will be out, as well as the flow of the game.  The Ravens' defense was dominant and the game was won, so Collins got more carries than he normally may have, and his drops are always an issue.  Still Collins could get similar workloads when the Ravens face the Titans, Packers, and Browns in the coming weeks.   
 
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 8.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Burkhead got heavily involved in the Pats' passing game this week, catching 7 passes for 68 yards, and added another 15 yards on 4 carries.  While he won't produce like this every week, the Patriots have had trouble moving the ball on the ground, but have lots of success throwing it to their receiving backs.   New England's defense has looked leaky and the Pats love to throw to their backs when they fall behind or when they need to move the ball.  Now that Burkhead is healthy, he and James White should rotate in and out and both should see plenty of work.
 
Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 57.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Powell carried the ball more than Forte, but Forte continued to be the lead pass catcher out of the backfield for the Jets.  He turned 6 catches into 45 yards.  Forte is a good add in PPR leagues as long as he stays healthy.  His floor is pretty solid thanks to his healthy share of targets out of the backfield.  He could be a sneaky start this week against a Bills defense that gave up 8 catches for 62 yards and a touchdown through the air to the Raiders' Deandre Washington.
 
DEEP LEAGUE FLIER
 
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 2.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Broncos' offensive unit has sputtered and they seem to use Devontae Booker to move the ball up the field quickly when they're trailing.  The Broncos have trailed quite a bit lately and have entered halftime with the lead in just 1 of their last 4 games.  This could mean increased use for Booker.  He's a PPR dart throw at this time, but it's worth keeping an eye on his usage.
 
WIDE RECEIVER (WR):
 
Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 29.1% of all ESPN leagues):
With the benching of Bryant for week 8's matchup in Detroit, Smith-Schuster had a coming out party in Detroit.  The rookie 6'2", 220lb 2nd round pick burned the Lions' secondary for 7 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown.  It looks like the Steelers may lean more heavily on the run, but the rookie wideout should still get more targets as long as Bryant is benched.  Smith-Schuster is widely available and has some nice matchups coming up against the Colts, Titans, and Green Bay.
 
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 37.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Landry is still the man in Miami's passing game.  He was targeted 12 times on Thursday night in Baltimore.  However, Stills continued to play a major factor and was targeted 10 times, just 2 less than Landry.  The Miami playmaker is still widely available in over half of all ESPN leagues.  Stills has gotten a lot of work with Parker sidelined.  Even though Miami's offensive unit has struggled, Stills is a matchup-based starter who can put up big numbers against weak secondaries.  He has some decent matchups coming up against Oakland, Tampa Bay, and 2 games against New England in the next 6 weeks.
 
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 26.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Anderson has shown flashes, like his week 8 performance against the Falcons when he caught 6 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.  The 6'3", 190lb go-route specialist kills with his speed and acrobatic catches.  He's not the best route runner and he can struggle with consistency at times, but last week's performance is indicative of his potential.  He should continue to get better as his relationship with McCown and his fit in the offense gets better. 
 
DEEP LEAGUE FLIER
 
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 52.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Despite Crowder's 9 catch, 123 yard performance, he's this week's deep league flier for a couple of reasons.  First, this could be a fluke.  Crowder hasn't been consistent, nor has he put up fantasy-worthy numbers all season.  Second, he has some tough matchups coming up with the Seahawks, Vikings, Saints, and Giants all on the schedule.  The Redskins travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks and their 12th man in CenturyLink field.  
 
TIGHT END (TE)

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 39.5% of all ESPN leagues):
After struggling for most of the fantasy season, Doyle may have just broken out.  He turned in a 12-catch, 121 yard performance that includes a touchdown against a tough Bengals pass defense.  He's more than just a PPR asset and should continue to get better as his rapport with Brissett continues to develop.  Grab him now.
 
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 37.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Kroft has stepped in as the Bengals' starting tight end in place of the injured Tyler Eifert.  With Eifert expected to be out for the rest of the year, Kroft has caught 22 passes for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns since taking over for Eifert.  He continues to be consistently targeted and could be a fantasy factor for the rest of the season.  Buyer beware: Kroft has a tough matchup this week against the league's best pass defense.
 
Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 69.5% of all ESPN leagues):
As Carr keeps getting better, so too does Jared Cook.  He's caught 10 passes for 164 yards in the last 2 weeks.  Cook should get targeted plenty against a tough Miami Dolphins pass rush.  He's had a case of the drops like fellow receiving option Amari Cooper, but it looks like he's broken out of his slump, and should continue contributing to his Oakland Raiders team and fantasy teams alike.
 
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 13.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Washington has had a shortage of viable receiving options, and they may have just lost another for a couple of weeks with Jordan Reed going down.  That actually bodes well for Vernon Davis because the tight end position in Washington is no longer a timeshare.  He could be a productive asset for both the Redskins and fantasy teams.  He has a tough matchup this week against an old foe, the Seattle Seahawks.
 
DEEP LEAGUE FLIER
 
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 39% of all ESPN leagues):
Hooper's usage has been inconsistent, which makes him a fantasy flier.  He's only currently a PPR fantasy dart throw, but he does put up decent PPR numbers when he is being thrown to.  
 
Darren Fells, TE, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 1.7% of all ESPN leagues):
This touchdown-dependent fantasy asset doesn't targeted often, but when he does, it's usually in the redzone.  He has a favorable matchup this week against Green Bay's soft secondary, making him this week's deep-league flier for bye-week replacements.
 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
 
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 25.9 of all ESPN leagues):
McCown isn't fancy or flashy, but he can be a decent bye-week filler as other signal callers continue to flop or get injured.  He's thrown 2 or more touchdowns in his last 4 games and over 200 yards in 3 of his last 4.  He has a tough matchup against Buffalo's ball-hawking secondary.  
 
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 64.5% of all ESPN leagues):

Taylor makes things happen on the ground with his feet.  His ceiling as a quarterback is capped by his lack of receiving options and the Bills' heavy reliance on the run game.  Still, he has the toss or dump off to McCoy which could result in big yards.  He'll have a decent matchup this week taking on the Jets on the road.
 
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)
 
STREAMING OPTIONS:
 
Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 24.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Ravens have had issues generating any kind of offense all year.  It doesn't help that starting QB Joe Flacco remains in concussion protocol at the time of this blog's publication.  If the Titans can stop Alex Collins and the ground attack, their defense should have a nice outing.
 
Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 30.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The 49ers have continued struggling to move the ball or putting up points.  They've been limited to just 10 points in 2 of their last 3 games, and have given 37 fantasy points to opposing defenses in their last 2 games.  C.J. Beathard is still a developing quarterback who's been below average at best.  If the Cardinals can stop Carlos Hyde and the run, the 49ers could be in for a rough day.  Buyer beware: the 49ers just acquired Jimmy Garoppolo.
 
Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 71.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Eagles' defense may be another defense that could be available.  Philly is tied (with Cincinnati) for 9th in the league in sacks could have a decent day against a struggling Broncos offensive line that gave up 3 sacks to a Chiefs who are 22nd in sacks.  Siemian also tossed 3 picks.  They should have a decent day against a Denver team traveling east.  

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