2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds, Waiver Wire Pickups, and Bye Week Subs

The following teams have BYE WEEKS and DO NOT play this week:
Arizona Cardinals
Cincinnati Bengals
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles

RUNNING BACKS: Aaron Jones, Jalen Richard, Doug Martin, Devontae Booker

WIDE RECEIVERS: Keke Coutee, Geronimo Allison, D.J. Moore, Chris Godwin, David Moore, Danny Amendola, Devante Parker, Anthony Miller

TIGHT ENDS: Jack Doyle, Chris Herndon, Jordan Thomas

QUARTERBACKS: Derek Carr, Alex Smith

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS: Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs



RUNNING BACKS

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 48.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Sure, Green Bay's backfield has been a timeshare, but it's been less of a timeshare then other backfields in the league.  Aaron Jones has clearly established himself as the best running back of the bunch and the Packers would be smart to put the ball in his hands and give him more run if they want to get the ground game going.  He took 12 totes for 86 yards and a touchdown against a stout Rams front.  He'll try to carry the load again this week against a softer Patriots run defense.

Doug Martin, RB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 51.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Martin led the Raiders' ground game with 13 carries for 72 yards in a loss to the Colts.  He also added 17 yards on 2 catches.  This wasn't a bad outing for him considering he averaged nearly 6 yards per carry.  A good matchup helped Martin put up a decent stat line last week and he might be worth adding for at least one more week against a 49ers run defense that ranks just above average, and got softer with the loss of linebacker Rueben Foster.

Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 50% of all ESPN leagues):
It was more a matter of when, rather than if.  The fact of the matter is Oakland ranks in the bottom quarter of NFL rushing offenses and could get even worse.  Doug Martin turns 30 this year, which could slow him down even more.  The Raiders offensive line has struggled in all aspects this year.  All of these factors set up Richard for a big role as the passing down back.  This backfield has always been a timeshare, but it looks like Richard is definitely the PPR pickup.  He reeled in 8 targets for 50 yards, and added another 14 yards on 2 carries last week against the Colts.

Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 11.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Booker took on a larger role than usual against the Chiefs in the absence of Royce Freeman.  He took 9 totes for 78 yards and snagged 4 targets for another 23 yards.  Phillip isn't a bellcow and normally serves in a more complimentary role, as seen in last week's divisional matchup against the Chiefs.  If Freeman is out again, Booker could conceivably have a similar workload.  Buyer beware: Houston's run defense isn't nearly as soft as Kansas City's.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 18.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Coutee is slated to take on a larger role after Fuller tore his ACL in last Thursday night's matchup with the Dolphins.  As the Texans possession receiver, there should be plenty of volume for him to make up for any lack of a big play ability.  If he can recover from a hamstring injury of his own, Coutee would provide a pretty solid bye week option and have a pretty high floor and PPR formats given his volume.  He is worth adding in all leagues.
***UPDATE: The acquisition of Demaryius Thomas significantly decreases Coutee's fantasy value.  Potential owners should look elsewhere for pass catching options***

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 10.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Moore caught 5 passes for 90 yards, but failed to reach the endzone in a tough matchup against the Ravens.  Nevertheless, he showed why he deserved to be the first wideout to come off of the board in this year's draft.  Moore is an emerging target in a Panthers offense that's been firing on all cylinders.  It was only a matter of time until he would challenge Funchess for the position of top wideout.  He's had 5 or more targets in the last 3 weeks, and could continue to see added volume.  He's a great deep league stash and his ceiling should keep getting higher.  He'll face the worst pass defense in the league in a divisional showdown against the Buccaneers.  Buyer beware: his ceiling could be pretty low after Torrey Smith returns.

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 42.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Allison had a tough outing against the Rams last week, but he should post a much better stat line against a softer Patriots secondary this week.  It seems like Randall Cobb's availability is always in jeopardy, so it's a good bet Allison will get his share of targets in a pass-heavy offense with a future Hall of Fame quarterback under center.  He's already been on bye, and his schedule is relatively soft for the remainder of the season, so he should be ready to help his fantasy owners make a playoff run.

Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 48.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Godwin remains a top waiver wire add and is available in just over half of all ESPN leagues.  He's still one of Winston's favorite targets and has some good match ups coming.  Both the volume and productivity are there so he should be on rosters everywhere, especially in PPR formats.

David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 2.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The second year player out of East Central Oklahoma now has four touchdowns in three games. He also added 97 yards through the air last week against the Lions. He's quickly becoming a favorite target of Russell Wilson's and should continue to score touchdowns.  He's been a pleasant surprise on a team that lacks a run game so any help through the air will be welcomed.  Consider adding Moore especially in deep leagues.

Danny Amendola, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 46.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The reliable possession receiver posted just five catches for 43 yards, but he also threw a 28 yard touchdown pass to running back Kenyan Drake.  Amendola makes for a fine PPR add especially if Wilson and Still remain sidelined.  Somebody needs to catch the ball in the short and intermediate routes and Amendola looks like he's dominating that role at the moment.  Buyer beware: Amendola's ceiling would be capped when Still and Wilson eat into his target share.

Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 21.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Betting on Parker at this point is definitely a gamble.  The former first round draft pick came away from Thursday's contest against the Texans with 6 catches for 134 yards.  Those are the first viable fantasy numbers he's put up all season.  Parker seems to have finally overcome his quad injury and took full advantage of a depleted Texans secondary and injuries to Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson.  Parker could have another big day if both Still and Wilson are unable to go again.  That means that Parker could and probably would fall back into fantasy oblivion when Still and Wilson return to full strength.

Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 8.6% of all ESPN leagues):
For the first few games of the season, it looks like Miller and trubisky were not on the same page. However, he would be a viable bye week sub for anyone needing a white out but only as long as Allen Robinson remains sidelined with a groin injury.  The rookie receiver out of Kentucky is a competitor and a young playmaker and a pass-happy offense.  He posted 3 catches for 37 yards and a touchdown against a tough Jets defense.

TIGHT ENDS

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 28% of all ESPN leagues):
Doyle has been the trusted receiving option for Andrew Luck for some time.  That trust showed this week in Doyle's 6 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown against a nearly non-existent Raiders defense.  He's certainly worth picking up in all leagues and could help his owners make a playoff push if he can stay healthy.

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 5% of all ESPN leagues):
Injuries to the Jets' receiving corps has allowed Herndon to emerge as a legitimate pass catching option.  The 4th round pick of this year's draft certainly gives his rookie quarterback a big red zone receiving option.  He has caught 7 passes for 116 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last two weeks and could continue his scoring streak against a Dolphins defense that has looked porous at times.  If Robby Anderson is unable to go, Herndon could be worth a flier.

Jordan Thomas, TE, Houston Texans (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
This is actually admittedly a bit of a dart throw.  However, with Fuller out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, the Texans will be looking for other pass-catching options to make a plays.  Thomas caught four passes for 29 yards and 2 touchdowns against a leaky Dolphins defense.  He's worth rolling the dice on against a Broncos defense that's struggled against tight ends.

QUARTERBACKS

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 14.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Carr has looked like he's struggled at times, but he did manage to post the second best fantasy stat line of this season last week against a soft Colts defense.  He hit 3 different receiving options for touchdowns and snuck one in on his own at the goal line.  Looks like he's finally getting on the same page as his receivers and at the very least he is a viable fantasy stream of this week against a soft 49ers defense.

Alex Smith, QB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 49.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Smith provides an intriguing streaming option this week at quarterback. It's no secret that the Falcons have had one of the worst pass defenses in the league this year which could allow the Redskins air attack to post some impressive numbers.  They do have some viable receiving options in Josh doctson, Paul Richardson, and Jordan Reed. They also have a capable receiving back in Chris Thompson whom Smith can dump the ball off to.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 13.3% of all ESPN leagues):
This Cowboys defense looks like it's for real.  The combination of Smith and Vander Esch has been effective, and Sean Lee made an immediate impact upon his return in week 7.  They'll square off against a struggling Titans defense in what could be a low scoring affair.

Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 16.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Browns could be in utter disarray after the firings of Head Coach Hue Jackson and Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley.  There aren't many options on the offensive side of the ball so the Browns will probably left to be the Browns again.  The Chiefs defense has been looking better and recent weeks and safety Eric Berry and Justin Houston may be close to returning.  If they come back this week they would make an emerging Chiefs defense more dominant.  Even without their top 2 playmakers, this defense is still worth streaming against the Browns.

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