2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football BYE WEEK, waiver wire and injury help is here!

The following teams have BYE WEEKS in week 9 (this week):
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Philadelphia Eagles
Los Angeles Rams

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Damien Harris, Deejay Dallas, Zack Moss, Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines, JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Corey Davis, Mike Williams, Daesean Hamilton, Kendrick Bourne, Curtis Samuel, Marvin Jones, Marvin Hall

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Jordan Reed, Taysom Hill, Robert Tonyan

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Teddy Bridgewater, Kirk Cousins, Drew Lock, Tua Tagovailoa

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 31.3% of all ESPN leagues): 
Harris carries the ball 16 times for 107 yards and scored his first touchdown of the season.  While the Patriots offensive backfield is basically a crapshoot, Harris should continue to get plenty of volume as long as long as Michel remains sidelined.  Even if Michel comes back, there’s a good chance Harris has done enough to keep his job as the Patriots’ primary ball carrier.  He has some nice matchups against the Jets, Texans and Cardinals coming up, so he can be picked up and put in the starting lineup with confidence.  

Deejay Dallas, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 11.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Dallas stepped in and filled in well as the Seahawks’ lead back with Carson, Hyde, and Homer all sidelined with injuries.  While most of the Seahawks production came from DK Metcalf, Dallas did manage to generate 41 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and Added another 17 yards and a touchdown on five catches. He should continue to get plenty of work if the Seahawks offense of backfield continues to be banged up.  If Carson, Hyde, and Homer stay sidelined, Dallas might get work against a couple of tough matchups coming up, but then the schedule gets easy for fantasy playoffs when he faces the Jets and opponents from the NFC East.

Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 36.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Now that Zack Morris is fully healthy, the bills will almost certainly use him for goal line work.  Of the two starting running back’s on the Buffalo Bills roster, Zack Morris is certainly the bigger back and has more upside potential because of his size. He scored two touchdowns last week against a tough patriots defense and should continue to get plenty of work if the Bills do not want to continue to run Josh Allen or Singletary.  He’ll have a couple more good matchup’s coming out against the Seahawks and Cardinals, then he has a bye, but then the schedule gets tough for the remainder of the year. Potential owners can pick him up, start him for a couple of weeks, and flip him for other fantasy needs if they want to.

Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 0.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Wilkins got plenty of work behind one of the leagues best offensive lines on Sunday after rookie Jonathan Taylor was limited due to an ankle injury. He posted 89 yards in a touchdown on 20 carries and added 24 yards on a single coach.  Wilkins should remain involved as the Colts primary ball carrier F Taylor can’t go, with Hines contributing in the pass catching role.  He has a great schedule coming up with some of the league’s weaker run defenses coming up and through the rest of the year. 

Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 34.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Hines actually benefited from injuries to 2 Colts, namely rookie Jonathan Taylor and household name T.Y. Hilton.  Although Hilton has been one of 2020’s fantasy busts, his absence takes an element of speed off of the table for the Colts. Rivers wasn’t lobbing long shots to him anyway.  Instead, he checked it down to his receiving back Nyheim Hines for for 54 yards and a pair of scores.  He was targeted just 5 times on the day anyway so it’s not like the volume is there.  This performance was probably more of an outlier for the young receiving back so he’s only worth a dart throw in the deepest of ppr leagues.

JK Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 48.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Dobbins took 15 totes for 113 yards and brought in one of his targets for another 8 yards against a tough Steelers front.  The Ravens still have one of the better offensive lines and the Steelers coverage unit forced the Ravens to run the ball.  While it was Gus Edwards that got into the endzone, Dobbins has the better average and upside.  He should continue to fill in for the injured Ingram until the latter returns from a high ankle sprain.  The Ravens have some decent matchups against the Colts, a Patriots defense that gave up 2 touchdowns to a rookie Bills back last week, and a Titans front that’s allowed over 100 rushing yards and a touchdown per game and an average of over 4.6 yards per carry to opposing backfields. 

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 4.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The Gus Bus got rolling again last week against a stout Steelers front.  Gus Edwards logged 16 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown while averaging over 5 yards per carry.  Ingram could struggle to return from a high ankle sprain and his absence vacates a significant number of snaps.  The Ravens typically go with a 3 way timeshare of Lamar and two running backs, which means Edwards could stay involved for the duration of Ingram’s injury.  The Ravens have some decent matchups against the Colts, a Patriots defense that gave up 2 touchdowns to a rookie Bills back last week, and a Titans front that’s allowed over 100 rushing yards and a touchdown per game and an average of over 4.6 yards per carry to opposing backfields. 


Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 36.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The big, explosive wideout opposite AJ Brown continues to show why he was a first found pick years ago.  He reeled in 8 of his 10 targets for 128 yards and a touchdown and remains an integral part of the Titans passing attack.  Most of the defensive attention will be devoted to stopping Derrick Henry, AJ Brown, and Jonnu Smith first.  Davis has been a pleasant surprise for the Titans this year and he’s easily putting together the best campaign of his career.  He’s brought in 14 of his 20 targets for 163 yards and a pair of scores in his last 2 games and he’ll try to keep things rolling against a Bears defense that’s struggled this year.  

Kendrick Bourne, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 5.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Bourne brought in 8 of his 10 targets for 81 yards in a game where his team lost Kittle early and Deebo Samuel and Jordan Reed stayed sidelined.  Jimmy G also left when his high ankle sprain flared up.  Nick Mullens stepped in and found Bourne early and often.  The 49ers are short of receiving options so Bourne could get plenty of looks again in a quick turnaround against the Packers on Thursday night.  Mullens will need to sling it to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and an elite Packers offense. 

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 42.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Williams’ streaky season continues.  He exploded for 5 catches for 99 tards and a touchdown after posting just a single catch for 4 yards just a couple of weeks ago.  He helped the Chargers jump out to a big lead against a leaky Broncos coverage unit.  He’ll try to add consistency to his success against the leaky coverage units of the division rival Raiders, Dolphins, and Jets in the coming weeks. 

Daesean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Broncos receiving corps just keeps taking hits, and last week it was Tim Patrick who stayed sidelined with a hamstring injury.  Most coverage units zero in on Jeudy, Fant, and Hamler, so Daesean Hamilton was able to find success against a good Chargers defense.  He brought in 4 of his targets for 82 yards and a touchdown and he’ll try to build on his success this week against the Falcons who have the worst pass defense in the league.  Hamilton should continue to get plenty of looks if Patrick can’t go.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 34.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Samuel made a fantasy impact by finding the endzone twice last week against a leaky Falcons coverage unit.  The versatile weapon brought in 4 of his targets for 31 yards and a touchdown and he was handed the ball 3 times for 23 yards and punched it in the endzone on one of those carries.  He’ll probably play a big part in trying to keep up with an explosive Chiefs offense.  He’s reached paydirt 3 times in his last 2 games and will need to keep that streak going if the Panthers want to have any shot at winning next week. 

Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 54.2% of all ESPN leagues):
With Kenny Golladay sidelined by a hip injury, Jones was targeted 7 times in his highest total since week 1 against the Bears.  He brought in 3 of them for 39 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Colts.  Golladay sounds like he’ll be week to week moving forward which means Jones should stay involved with the offense while Golladay is out.  He has a favorable matchup against a soft Vikings coverage unit this week.  

Marvin Hall, WR, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 0% of all ESPN leagues):
The other Marvin in the Lions, Marvin Hall, hauled in 4 of his targets for 113 yards in a loss to the Colts last week.  The 5’10”, 190lb speedster reportedly recorded a sub 4.3 40 at his pro day but still went undrafted.  While it’s too early to draw comparisons to another Kansas City speedster of a similar build, it’s clear he’ll pair well with Stafford’s arm as a downfield threat.  The Marvins should be a good drop threat tandem with Amendola and Hockenson taking up most of the underneath routes and the defense struggling to stop opponents at times.  Hall is worth adding, stashing, and potentially starting as long as Golladay is out.  


Jordan Reed, TE, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 1.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Kittle might have sustained a serious foot injury last week which could keep him sidelined for an extended period.  Reed has spent time on injured reserve with a knee injury of his own, but he’s been practicing and could be heavily involved in the passing game given the lack of 49ers receiving options.  Backup Nick Mullens could target Reed early and often in a quick Thursday night turnaround against a high powered Packers offense. 

Jordan Akins, TE, Houston Texans (currently owned in 1.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Akins has been out since week 4 against the Vikings, but he looks set to return this week against the division rival Jaguars.  Although Fells was blanked in a week 7 matchup against the Packers, the Texans playcalling and Fells’ 8 catches for 142 yards and a pair of scores in the 2 games before that demonstrated the Texans’ willingness to utilize tight ends.  The Jaguars have historically struggled against tight ends and hopefully this week will be no different.  Look for Akins to make a fantasy impact this week in his first action since week 4. 

Taysom Hill, TE, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 1.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Fun fact: Taysom Hill is actually listed as a tight end in ESPN leagues.  He’s worth a dart throw in deep leagues given the Saints lack of weapons.  Hill caught a pair of passes for 30 yards and a touchdown, but the athletic playmaker also had 5 carries for 35 yards.  He’ll probably stay involved with the offense since the Saints might be without their top two pass catchers Thomas and Sanders this week.  

Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 46.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Tonyan caught 5 of his season high 7 targets for 79 yards in a loss to the Vikings last week.  Although he failed to find the endzone for the third week in a row, it became apparent that he’s still heavily involved in the Packers passing attack when they’re down.  Tonyan has become a reliable pass catcher for his Hall Of Fame signal caller and he’ll try to build on his success this week against a 49ers defense that’s given up less than 4 catches for 40 yards a game and just a single touchdown all season to the position.  


Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 51.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Teddy B posted just 176 yards and a touchdown against the league’s worst coverage unit as remnants of a hurricane rolled through Charlotte, North Carolina.  He also added 30 yards on 5 rushes.  Game time conditions look like they’ll be very different this week in Kansas City.  The Panthers’ signal caller should get a boost with the possible return of Christian McCaffrey.  He’ll also need to push the ball downfield aggressively for his team to keep up with a high powered Chiefs offense, which could be a tall order.  Kansas City’s coverage unit has allowed just over 200 yards and just one touchdown to opposing quarterbacks. Still, Teddy B is one of the better options on the wire this week.


Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 19.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Cousins has lived up to his game manager reputation all year.  However, he’ll need to sling it a bit this week since the Vikings defense has struggled to stop opposing offenses.  This week’s matchup allows him to do so since the Lions’ coverage unit is allowing 263 yards and 2 touchdowns per game to opposing signal callers.  The Vikings also have one of the better receiving tandems in the league with Adam Thielen and dominant rookie Justin Jefferson.  QB needy managers can start Cousins with confidence this week.

Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 6.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Last week, Lock tossed his first touchdowns since week 1.  He completed 26 of his 41 attempts for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns against a good Chargers coverage unit.  He’ll head to Atlanta this week to face the league’s worst coverage unit, which could set him up for a big day.  Lock is worth locking in at the position, at least this week anyway.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 35.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Tua’s career got off to a rough start last week. He posted just 93 yards and a touchdown and lost a fumble against one of the best defenses in the league.  However, the Cardinals have allowed a completion rate of over 68%, 268 yards and nearly 2 touchdowns yo opposing signal callers, and an opposing QB rating of 89.1.  The Dolphins also have some good pass catchers.  This should help Tua bounce back after a slow start. 


Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 15.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Dolphins effectively shut down the Rams offense in a shocking upset last week.  Miami’s defensive unit held the Rams offense to just 15 points and forced 4 turnovers. Jakeem Grant also returned a punt for a touchdown and Andrew Van Ginkel returned a fumble for a touchdown.  While it’s a bit early to rush to the waiver wires, this defensive unit is certainly worth keeping an eye on.  They’ll have to hold off one of the league’s MVP candidates in Kyler Murray this week, but then they’ll take on the Chargers, Broncos, and Jets who have all struggled offensively at times. 

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 19.1% of all ESPN leagues):
In the next 4 weeks, the Packers face struggling offenses or backup quarterbacks on struggling offenses.  The 49ers and Colts have been roughly average or below average, while the Jaguars and Bears have struggled to get much of anything going consistently on offense.  The Packers are worth starting this week against Nick Mullens and the 49ers and beyond.  They’ll have the Jaguars who also have a backup quarterback, a Colts team that barely has any receiving options, and the Bears who rank just above the Giants, Jets, and Washington in offensive yards per game.


Washington Football Team (currently owned in 23.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Football Team travels to the Big Apple this week to face a struggling Giants football team.  

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