2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football waiver wire, injury, and bye-week help is here!

The following teams have bye weeks and WILL NOT be playing this week:

Atlanta Falcons
Cincinnati Bengals
Los Angeles Rams
New Orleans Saints



RUNNING BACK (RB)

Mark Walton, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 11.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Walton might be the lone bright spot on a tanking team.  He moves up firmly into the starting position with Kenyan Drake now in Arizona.  He was less than stellar last week against the Steelers and lost a fumble late in the game.  He posted just 54 yards on 14 total touches against the Steelers and failed to do much after the second quarter.  Miami's offensive line just couldn't block for him and the Killer Bees were coming downhill FAST later in the game.  Nevertheless, Walton is the starter which means he'll get opportunities.

Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 11.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Make no mistake about it, Jaylen Samuels is healthy and practiced fully last week.  However, the Steelers played it safe and made Samuels a healthy scratch to give him an extra week of rest.  His services weren't needed anyway.  However, he should be picked up this week by all James Conner owners.  Conner left Monday nighh's game late with a shoulder injury.  Although the extent of Conner's injury remains TBD, it's better safe than sorry.  There's a chance Samuels could start this week.

Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 23% of all ESPN leagues):
***The Los Angeles Rams have a BYE WEEK this week and DO NOT PLAY*** While this rookie isn't exactly the starting running back, the Rams backfield is turning into more and more of a timeshare.  Todd Gurley is no longer the workhorse and McVay might just be trying to save Gurley's legs for the playoffs.  Either way, Henderson is getting more and more involved in the run game which makes him worth picking up especially in keeper and dynasty formats.  He's turned 25 total touches in his last two games into 98 yards.  Prospective owners can stash Henderson in case Gurley goes down.  This also means Gurley owners should already own Henderson as a handcuff with Malcolm Brown dealing with injuries.

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)

Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 32% of all ESPN leagues):
There's no question about it.  The Patriots receiving corps is banged up.  Dorsett could continue to see his role expand with his fellow receiving options looking like the walking wounded.  He caught jist 3 passes for 43 yards but he should continue to get looks with Brady dropping dimes to him.  Dorsett is still the deep threat on this team and is always a big play threat any time he's on the field.

Chris Conley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 9.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Westbrook has struggled with injuries his entire career and this week was no different.  He left this week's game with neck and shoulders injury which opened the door for Chris Conley, who hasn't done much since week 1.  Conley then proceeded to turn 4 of his 7 targets into 103 yards and a touchdown.  Conley's production depends on Westbrook's health and availability, so Conley's owners should monitor Westbrook's status before starting him.  Next up is a matchup against an injured Texans defense that just lost J.J. Watt for the season with an injured secondary.  Conley could have another field day. 

Danny Amendola, WR, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 8.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Danny Amendola is fantasy relevant once again.  The Lions struggled to run the ball against a bad Giants defense and opted to go with a split backfield approach instead of a single featured back.  The short and intermediate routes of the passing game are an extension of the running game and these are the routes that Amendola with specializes in.  It's no secret that the Lions offensive line struggles to protect him at times. Amendola has been targeted 19 times in his last two games.  He's caught 16 of those 19 targets for 200 yards and should continue to be heavily targeted.  While he has not found the end zone, he certainly catches enough targets to merit rostering in PPR formats.

Alex Erickson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 1.9% of all ESPN leagues):
***The Cincinnati Bengals have a BYE WEEK this week and DO NOT PLAY***
Turns out Erickson's involvement in the Bengals offense wasn't a one time thing.  He's managed to turn 14 of his 21 targets into 234 yards over his last two games.  It's only a matter of time until he finds the endzone if he continues to be targeted like he has been.  He's worth adding in all dynasty leagues along with teammate Auden Tate.  These two look like the future of the Bengals receiving corps moving forward. 

Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 34.4% of all ESPN leagues):
***The Cincinnati Bengals have a BYE WEEK this week and DO NOT PLAY***
Speaking of Tate, he turned in another decent PPR performance this week, catching 5 of his targets for 65 yards.  He now has 13 catches for 221 yards on 30 targets over his last three games.  That's an average of ten targets per game.  Yes opposing defenses are starting to cover him a bit more now, but he at least deserves flex consideration with that kind of volume.

TIGHT END (TE)

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 24.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Goedert has been targeted 17 times in his last three games, and has found the endzone in his last 2 games.  He's caught 12 of those targets for 139 yards and a couple of scores.  While this makes him a bit of a boom or bust prospect, he's been nmore consistently targeted as the season has worn on especially against teams with good pass rushes.  The Bears will probably cover Ertz and Jeffery first.  This means Goedert could have a big day if he's left alone on an island.

Ryan Griffin, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Like it or not, Herndon just isn't ready to roll for the Jets.  Like it or not, Griffin remains the starter and Adam Gase likes using his tight ends.  The Jets finally begin a stretch of arguably the softest schedule in the NFL this week.  These should be offensive shootouts, which means Griffin could post some nice numbers again.  Griffin snagged all four of his targets for 66 yards and two touchdowns.  While Griffin doesn't have the same athletic skillset that Herndon has, his numbers are serviceable, especially if he continues to find the endzone at this rate. 

Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 0.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Jonnu Smith started in place of Delanie Walker and drew seven targets, catching six of them for 78 yards and a touchdown.  Tannehill has given the Titans receiving game a bit of a boost, and should continue to target Smith pretty consistently.  Titans OC Arthur Smith is a run-first guy and doesn't ask his quarterbacks to do much.  The Titans look like they'll be content to allow their offense to run through Derrick Henry, but Tannehill will need to throw the ball occasionally in order to keep defenses honest. That leaves Smith to catch some short passes and make plays with his legs.  He's worth a dart throw four teams who other have room to spare or have a tight end who is injured or on bye.  Buyer beware: Smith's production depends on Walker's availability, so monitor Walker's status before starting Smith.

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 25.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Speaking of Herndon, he remains hamstrung by a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined since returning from a four game suspension this year.  It's really anyone's guess when he'll actually take the field, but he'll take the league by storm for the remainder of the season against some of the softest defenses the league has to offer. 

STREAMING OPTION

Darren Fells, TE, Houston Texans (currently owned in 12.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The loss of J.J. Watt is huge for the Texans who dealt Clowney to the Seahawks earlier this year.  This leaves Mercilus to lead a defense that has struggled at times which means the Texans could be playing from behind more often.  They'll take on the Jaguars this week which plays into Fells' favor.  The Jaguars have proven that they can move the ball on offense with Minshes under center, but they also can't defend tight ends.  The Texans could sling it more if they get behind early.  Fells has caught six passes or scored two or more touchdowns in three of his last four games.  He caught all six of his targets last week for 58 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders last week.  He could do it again this week in Jacksonville against their struggling secondary.

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 15.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Finally! Darnold is worth starting after some tough matchups to begin the season.  Owners can watch him throw it all over the lowly Dolphins this week.  They still have the Raiders, Bengals, Redskins, Giants, and Dolphins again.  He's questionable at the moment with a sprained left thumb, but Gase has said Darnold will continue to take the snaps moving forward.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 56.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Jacoby continues making plays as the signal caller and has helped his team into first place in the AFC South.  He has a tough road matchup this week against a Steelers defense that has seven picks and ten total turnovers in their last 3 games.  However, he'll have a much softer schedule following that with Miami, Jacksonville, and Houston all on the docket. 

STREAMING OPTION

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 49.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Texans have allowed roughly 300 yards, two touchdowns, and a 67% completion rate to opposing quarterbacks.  Moreover, the Texans just lost J.J. Watt for the year to a torn pec muscle.  The Minshew to Chark connection is real and Minshew is worth streaming against a suspect Texans secondary this week. 

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 18% of all ESPN leagues):
With Josh Jacobs potentially still struggling through issues with a leg injury, the Raiders offense will run through Carr's arm.  Luckily he has a couple of athletic matchup nightmares in tight ends Darren Waller and Foster Moreau.  Carr could look even better if Tyrell Williams is able to go.  Darius "Big Play" Slay can't be all over the field covering everybody.  Carr is worth streaming this week.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

New York Jets (currently owned in 10% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jets may have struggled with their schedule, but they have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the league not only defensively, but also offensively.  This means they could theoretically run the ball, drain the clock, and just pound their opponents like they'll do to the Dolphins this week.  They have the Dolphins twice, Giants, Redskins, and Bengals.

STREAMING OPTIONS:

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 32.3% of all ESPN leagues):
America's team managed to shut down the Eagles by forcing four turnovers and limit them to just ten points.  They're coming off a bye week which means DE Robert Quinn and LB Leighton Vander Esch have both had an extra week to rest.  Hopefully they'll be at full strength and ready to lead their defense against Saquon Barkley and a rookie QB.

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