2021 NFL Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

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


Teams ON BYE this week, week 9:
Detroit Lions
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Washington Football Team

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Latavius Murray, Adrian Peterson, Jeremy McNichols, Mark Ingram, Ty Johnson, Carlos Hyde

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): AJ Green, Randall Cobb, DeVante Parker, Jamal Agnew, Van Jefferson, Nico Collins

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Pat Freiermuth, Dan Arnold

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Derek Carr, Carson Wentz

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Indianapolis Colts (vs Jets), Pittsburgh Steelers (vs Bears), Las Vegas Raiders (at Giants), Green Bay Packers (at Chiefs)

RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Latavius Murray, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 31.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Murray figures to be the top running back for the Ravens moving forward.  He had last week off with a bye and was recovering from an ankle injury suffered in week 6 against the Chargers.  He runs behind one of the better offensive lines in the league and he has the Vikings, Dolphins and Bears in the coming weeks, all of who have struggled against the run.  Murray has touchdowns in all but 2 of his games which means he should get goal line work.  

Adrian Peterson, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Peterson has been a bit of a journeyman since leaving Minnesota.  Most recently he took handoffs in Washington and Detroit.  While he might not necessarily be the bellcow he once was, he’ll need to fill the void vacated by Derrick Henry.  Henry could miss the rest of the year due to a foot fracture and Peterson would be a good fit for the Titans’ scheme.  He might need a week or 2 to get up to speed, but he would be the thunder to McNichols’ lightning.  Peterson is available in virtually all ESPN leagues.  

Jeremy McNichols, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 1.9% of all ESPN leagues):
With Henry potentially out for the year now, McNichols could expand his role as a pass catcher out of the backfield, which he excels at.  While he might be an undersized change of pace back at best, he’s a good playmaker in the open field.  The Titans lack consistent pass catchers outside of AJ Brown, so McNichols could do well in PPR leagues.  He’ll probably step in as part of a timeshare while Peterson gets up to speed with the offense. 

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 25% of all ESPN leagues):
Ingram’s trade to the Saints actually boosts his fantasy value.  He was stuck in a 3-way timeshare with David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay while trying to run behind a terrible offensive line.  The Saints could lean on the run even more now with Jameis Winston potentially out for the year.  This means Ingram could have an expanded role in the offense occasionally helping Kamara carry the load and catching passes out of the backfield.  

Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 5.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Bengals suffered death by a thousand cuts last week as backup QB Mike White dink and dunked his way to a W.  Rookie Michael Carter led the team in carries and rushing yards as well as receptions and receiving yards as a result.  However. Ty Johnson got plenty of work as well logging 86 total yards and a touchdown on 9 touches.  While he might mot get the type of work that Carter would, he’s worth rostering with all of the injuries to the running back position.  It looks like Michael Carter and Ty Johnson will split backfield touches with Tevin Coleman sidelined. 

Carlos Hyde (currently owned in 6.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Hyde and Robinson split touches in the first couple of games for the Jaguars.  Although Robinson is clearly the more talented back, he could remain sidelined with a bruised heel.  Hyde will step in as the incumbent starter, but his schedule won’t be easy with the Bills, Colts and 49ers all on the docket.  The Jaguars could also be busy playing catch up which means they might not run the ball much.  Finally, it’s anyone’s guess how long Robinson will be out.  The latest is Robinson has avoided a major injury, but remains day to day.  

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

AJ Green, WR, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 38.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Green would’ve had a better night and a touchdown had he and Kyler been on the same page on the last play of the game.  Unfortunately that last play ultimately resulted in an interception and sealed the deal for a Packers win.  He still managed to bring in 5 of his 8 targets for 50 yards and has been targeted 6 times or more in all but 2 of his games as a Cardinal. He has the 49ers, Panthers and Seahawks on before a week 12 bye and he should continue to get plenty of looks. 

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 31.7% of all ESPN leagues):
It was the receiver dubbed The Bear Killer who had a big day.  He caught just 3 of his 5 targets for 15 yards, but 2 of those catches went for touchdowns.  Cobb could have another big day against the chiefs this week if Adams and Lazard still haven’t cleared Covid protocol.  He’ll have the Seahawks and division rival Vikings in the following weeks.  However, Cobb can probably be dropped if Adams and Lazard are both back in the field.  His workload could increase regardless with the news that Robert Tonyan has been placed on injured reserve with a possible ACL tear.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 56.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Parker commanded over 28% of Tua’s targets in his return to the field.  He brought in 8 of those 11 targets for 85 yards.  Although he failed to find the endzone, he trailed only Jaylen Waddle who was targeted 12 times.  Parker’s presence is welcome on a team that has a defense that ranks last in yards allowed and second to last in yards allowed.  Tua and the Fins will need to air it out if they want to have any shot at winning.  He’ll have the Texans, Ravens, Jets, Panthers and Giants before a week 14 bye. 

Jamal Agnew, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 1.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Agnew was targeted more than Jones and Shenault combined.  He brought in 6 of his 12 targets, mostly during garbage time.  Still, he was heavily targeted nonetheless and he posted 6 catches for 38 yards and a touchdown as a result.  He trailed only Dan Arnold and Carlos Hyde in receptions and receiving yards and he could have a larger role in the offense moving forward with James Robinson now out.  He’s been targeted 25 times in his last 3 games and he’s brought in 17 of those targets for 157 yards and a touchdown during that time.  He should be rostered especially in deep leagues.  

Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 8.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Jefferson figures to get even more with with Jackson on the trade block to free up a spot for the newly acquired Von Miller.  He’s the Rams’ big play threat downfield and he certainly proved that by hauling in 3 of his 6 targets for 88 yards.  Yes, that’s over 29 yards per catch.  He’s been targeted 13 times in his last 2 games and he’s snagged 7 of those targets for 131 yards and a touchdown during that time.  He should be rostered especially in deep and dynasty formats.   

Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 1.5% of all ESPN leagues):
This is basically a case of somebody needs to catch passes from Mills or Taylor.  Nico Collins is a big-bodied wide receiver who does most of his damage outside the numbers.  He’s definitely more of a jump ball specialist like another Michigan product, Donovan Peoples-Jones.  Collins’ potential hasn’t been fully realized yet because he’s been hurt, he’s had bad quarterback play and he’s had some tough matchups.  However, he’s averaged 5 targets per game in his last 3 games and this week’s opponent has the second worst pass defense in the league.  There’s a chance Collins could break out this week.  For more on what the third round rookie did during his time as a Michigan Wolverine, check out our rookies and redshirts section here

TIGHT ENDS (TE):

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 8% of all ESPN leagues):
Freiermuth is rapidly becoming a dependable target for Big Ben.  The Penn State product has caught 11 of his 14 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown in his last 2 games.  The rookie has an 81% catch rate so far this season when targeted and it’s that kind of consistency that has Big Ben targeting him more and more.  He can also make plays after the catch.  He’s available in over 90% of all ESPN leagues and should be rostered immediately.  Soft matchups against the Bears and Lions await!

Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 3.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Here’s the thing.  Arnold was targeted 10 times last week against the Seahawks and he brought in 8 of those 10 targets for 68 yards.  He’s been targeted a monstrous 23 times in his last 3 outings and he’a brought in 16 of those targets for 159 yards which means an average of over 5 catches per game with a nearly 10 yards per catch!  He obviously has more value in PPR leagues, but he’s a high floor player with upside thanks to this kind of volume.  Jacksonville’s defense has struggled lately which means Arnold might be counted on even more as a possession receiver and redzone target when they try to play catch up.  He should be rostered in all leagues immediately.  

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 54.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Carr ranks fifth in the league in passing after his week 8 bye.  He threw for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns in all but 2 of his games, his bye is behind him, and he’ll face the struggling secondaries of the Giants and Chiefs next.  He can be rostered and started with confidence.  

Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 32.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Wentz completed just 27 of his 51 attempts for 231 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pair of picks in a losing effort to the division rival Titans.  He was without Hilton or Campbell and, given their injury histories, that could be the case moving forward.  The Colts have relied on the run and good offensive line play along with short passes to Jonathan Taylor as an extension of the run game.  The passing game is a compliment to in this offense to keep defenses from stacking the box.  As a result, Wentz is a high-floor, low-ceiling play who can be counted on for roughly 20 Fantasy points per game.  He’ll have the Jets and Jaguars at home the next couple of weeks. 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): 

STREAMING OPTIONS

Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 54.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jets come to town with the second worst total offense in the league.  Although they recently traded for Joe Flacco, it might take some time for the signal caller to get up to speed.  While the Colts may be missing some key pieces on defense, Buckner and Leonard still lead a formidable unit.  At least they can control the time of possession by running the ball and keep the Jets defense off the field.  Start the Colts defense with confidence this week. 

Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 65.2% of all ESPN leagues): 
The Bears are stone dead last in the league in total offense.  They have multiple injuries on the offensive line and lead back David Montgomery remains sidelined with an injury.  Watt and Heyward will be in Fields’ face all game long which should force him into some mistakes.  The Steelers defense is a solid streaming option.  

Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 11% of all ESPN leagues): 
The Raiders have been able to generate pressure with Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue up front.  The Giants’ offensive line is still riddled with injuries and their play has been inconsistent at best.  A good pass rush covers up a lot of deficiencies in the secondary since they can pressure the quarterback or tackle for losses in the backfield.  They should be able to pressure Daniel Jones into some mistakes this week.

Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 30.9% of all ESPN leagues): 
Chiefs opponents would normally not be a streaming option.  However, they have multiple injuries along their offensive line and Mahomes could be running for his life again.  While Kelce and Hill are typically dangerous weapons, Mahomes can’t throw the ball if he’s on the ground.  Monitor the health of the Chiefs o-line before the game and start with caution.  

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