Injuries and huge games that is the story of 2020.
- DeeJay Dallas.
- Giovani Bernard.
- Gus Edwards.
- JK Dobbins.
- Jamaal Williams.
You get the point.
Let us see what the Week 9 Waiver Wire Report has in store for us.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Report
- Zack Moss/ RB/ Buffalo Bills: 2 TDs against the Patriots last week to go with 14 carries and 81 yards. The rookie from Utah, whose cousins are Santana and Sinorice Moss, looked like he had fresh legs but might be stuck sharing duties with Devin Singletary. Even in a timeshare situation, Moss comes with an upside. Singletary has been okay so far this season and Moss has the fresh legs after missing some time early on. He has played just as well if not better than Singletary the last 2 weeks and is someone that could be moving towards an increased workload as we approach the second half of the season. While the 50/50 split can cause a headache, Moss has the red zone/goal-line situation in his favor. Moss is a week or 2 away from possibly gaining control of this backfield. Next up is Seattle. Next 3: Seahawks, @ Cardinals and Bye
- Troymaine Pope/ RB/ LA Chargers: Craig, why do you keep pointing out RBs before they are firmly on the map? Because RB play is the key to fantasy championships. Yes, Austin Ekeler will come back and Justin Jackson looks more than capable but sheesh they lack a true RB that can carry that thing for real. Joshua Kelley has cooled immensely since the first couple of weeks and his workload keeps getting reduced. Enter Troymaine Pope. The former Jacksonville State standout flashed last week and looks like he could be in line for more work. He carried the ball 10 times for 67 yards and also recorded 5 receptions on 7 targets for 28 yards. Nothing earth-shattering but definitely something to pay attention to. Pope should continue to see work with Kelley struggling and Jackson not a true 3 down RB. Last week Jackson played 41 snaps, Pope 25 snaps and Kelley 21 snaps; with Kelley barely playing in the second half. It looks like we have a new change-of-pace RB for the Chargers. Get Pope this week before he blows up next week. Plus his schedule is ideal. Next 3: Raiders, @ Dolphins and Jets
- Jordan Wilkins/ RB/ Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Taylor, Jonathan Taylor and Jonathan Taylor. Raise your hand if you’re still waiting for the arrival of Jonathan Taylor. Wilkins out-snapped Taylor 39 to 26 leading the team with 21 touches last week. Taylor has struggled this season touching 100+ yards rushing just once and outside of that his season-high is 68 yards. This is becoming a hot-hand situation. Wilkins had a career day taking 20 carries and turning it into 89 yards and 1 TD. While many don’t want to hear that Taylor could be in trouble it is a real possibility with what Wilkins did last week. Also, monitor Taylor as he has an ankle injury according to reports. Next 3: Ravens, @ Titans and Packers
- Nyheim Hines/ RB/ Indianapolis Colts: We fell for the trap once this season and out of nowhere, or coming off the bye, Hines erupts for 2 TDs receiving. Given the lack of healthy WRs Hines could be in for a larger role in the passing game. Hines had 5 carries for 8 yards but added 3 catches on 5 targets for 54 yards and 2 TDs. Hines was the Colts top receiver last week. It is also worth noting his 8 touches in this game were only 5 less than Jonathan Taylor and his 13. If T.Y. Hilton misses any time with a groin injury then Hines finds himself on the radar as a high-end flex play. It seems like Jonathan Taylor is also battling an ankle injury that could increase Hines and his involvement moving forward. Next 3: Ravens, @ Titans and Packers
- Marvin Hall/ WR/ Detroit Lions: Kenny Golladay was ruled out well in advance of the Week 9 game with a hip injury and is considered week-to-week. Many will argue this name should be Quintez Cephus and that is fine but Hall is the add. Cephus is only a fantasy roster addition, to me, if the Lions trade Marvin Jones before the 4 pm Trade Deadline on Election Tuesday. Hall saw 7 targets and recorded 4 catches for an absurd 113 yards. The matchup against Minnesota is perfect for any WT with a pulse and makes Hall a nice play in Week 9 but long-term Danny Amendola, TJ Hockenson and Marvin Jones should all be better options than Hall. Next 3: @ Vikings, Washington Football Team and @ Panthers
- Jakobi Meyers/ WR/ New England Patriots: If you’re WR desperate and need somebody that is the WR1 then here you go. Meyers plays in a run-focused offense which caps his upside. Meyers reeled in 6 of 10 passes thrown his way for 58 yards. Meyers was the only player with more than 4 targets in the game, so he truly was the No. 1 option by default. Next 3: @ Jets, Ravens and @ Texans
- Gus Edwards/ RB/ Baltimore Ravens: Edwards is a legit starting option as long as Mark Ingram is sidelined with an ankle issue. He averaged over 5 yards per carry against Pittsburgh totaling 16 carries for 87 yards and 1 TD. Edwards exited the game with a knee concern but ultimately returned and finished the game but his time away only gave him a 33% snap share. I expect that number would be closer to 40-45% if he had not exited the game. JK Dobbins was stellar in his own right but Edwards has plenty of appeal against Indianapolis. On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said he wasn’t sure if Ingram would practice this week. Next 3: @ Colts, @ Patriots and Titans
- Damien Harris/ RB/ New England Patriots: Damien Harris is the most natural and most talented runner of the RB group and served as the lead back against Buffalo. Harris had 16 touches while James White and Rex Burkhead combined for 11 touches. Harris converted those 16 carries into 102 yards and 1 TD. The Patriots are struggling offensively and I expect them to continue to run the ball. While game script dictates the RB situation weekly in New England I believe Harris is going to continue to establish himself as RB1 for the Patriots. The good is Harris is a threat to run for 100+ yards every and the bad is if he catches 1 pass per game that will be a lot. But I rather have Harris for the rest of the season instead of watching him torch fantasy opponents from someone else’s team. Next 3: @ Jets, Ravens and @ Texans
Potential Waiver Wire Traps
- Corey Davis/ WR/ Tennessee Titans
- Braxton Berrios/ WR/ NY Jets
- Curtis Samuel/ WR/ Carolina Panthers
Make Sure They’re Not Available
- Cam Akers/ RB/ LA Rams
- JaMycal Hasty/ RB/ San Francisco 49ers
- Mecole Hardman/ WR/ Kansas City Chiefs
- Marvin Jones/ WR/ Detroit Lions
- Mike Williams/ WR/ LA Chargers
- Allen Lazard/ WR/ Green Bay Packers
- Matt Ryan/ Atlanta Falcons
- Matthew Stafford/ Detroit Lions
- Drew Lock/ Denver Broncos
- Derek Carr/ Las Vegas Raiders
- Ben Roethlisberger/ Pittsburgh Steelers
Cuff ‘Em Up
- Latavius Murray/ New Orleans Saints
- Tony Pollard/ Dallas Cowboys
- Alexander Mattison/ Minnesota Vikings
- Benny Snell & Anthony McFarland/ Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jordan Wilkins & Nyheim Hines/ Indianapolis Colts
- Brian Hill/ Atlanta Falcons
- Travis Homer/ Seattle Seahawks
- Gus Edwards/ Baltimore Ravens
- Giovani Bernard/ Cincinnati Bengals
- Jamaal Williams / Green Bay Packers
- Duke Johnson/ Houston Texans
- Devine Ozigbo/ Jacksonville Jaguars
- Devontae Booker/ Las Vegas Raiders
- Jeremy McNichols/ Tennessee Titans
It Might Be Early But…
- Duke Johnson/ RB/ Houston Texans
- Antonio Callaway/ WR/ Miami Dolphins
- Willie Snead/ WR/ Baltimore Ravens
- Tua Tagovailoa/ QB/ Miami Dolphins