Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups
By Michael Visconti November 1st, 2016
The half way point of the 16-week fantasy season is here and a lot has changed. Starting fantasy running backs are getting benched (Mark Ingram, Matt Jones), going on IR (Jamal Charles), some are retiring (Arian Foster), and CJ Spiller got signed by the Jets, again. This just in: CJ Spiller has been dropped by the Jets, just kidding, we will give him 2 weeks. Mostly everyone is banged up and questionable while the others are on bye weeks.
This week we have six teams on bye: Bears, Bengals, Patriots, Cardinals, Redskins and the Texans. Below is a list of great options to plug in and help you get through football’s version of the dog days of summer.
At this stage of the year rather than suggesting a rest of the way Quarterback pickup we will be offering our best streamers in order of our weekly standard rankings. Here are this week’s stream options:
#5 Dak Prescott – DAL @ CLE
#7 Colin Kaepernick – SF vs NO
#11 Joe Flacco – BAL vs PIT
Watch List – Tony Romo DAL, Josh McCown CLE, Jay Cutler CHI
Tim Hightower NO – Mark Ingram fumbled in the first against a very tough Seahawk defense and Sean Payton (my favorite coach) saw enough. Hightower sat the rest of the game while claiming it was because Hightower was productive. Note to Payton: Hightower was not that productive, but as long as Payton has no faith in Ingram then Hightower will get the volume here.
Charcandrick West KC – With today’s news of Jamal Charles heading to the IR and this weekend’s concussion to Spencer Ware paves the way for West to get some volume. Andy Reid loves to run the ball and West is currently the RB1 in Kansas City. Ware might not miss anytime, but West will be the hot pickup this week and not a bad one on the chance that Ware misses time or worse suffers another blow to the head.
Paul Perkins NYG – This might be the change that the Giants have been talking about going into the bye. News came out today that they plan on getting Paul more involved in the offense, and my belief is they worked him in with the ones during the bye week. He is the most talented RB on the team.
Antone Smith TB – He will share time with Peyton Barber and while we have both of them projected to split the carries 50/50 Smith is a better receiving back. If I had to grab one for Thursday night, it would be Antone.
CJ Prosise SEA – I picked him up in a couple of leagues last week and he played pretty well. It is clear that he has a role in the passing game in this offense. Good plug in at running back for PPR leagues.
Derrick Henry TEN – While he is owned in most leagues he is still available in some 12 teamers and lower. Murray is 3rd in total carries through 8 weeks with 160 (Gordon and Blount have 161). Murray also pulled up lame with a toe injury in Week 8. He is fine for week 9, but could be a sign of things to come. I’m in on Henry being a difference maker down the stretch.
Rob Kelley WAS – I believe I can fly…I believe I can touch the sky… Rob got the start in Week 8 and got 87 yards on 21 carries. Not bad for his first start. He heads into bye Week 9 and Matt Jones is likely going to get another shot, but he will be on the shortest leash possible. If he fumbles again he will never see the field again. Either way Rob has earned himself a role in this offense for the remainder of the year.
Watch List – Peyton Barber TB, Dujuan Harris SF, Thomas Rawls SEA, Alfred Morris DAL, Don Jackson GB, Kapri Bibbs DEN
Mohammed Sanu ATL – Well it is clear that Sanu is going to take over the number 1 wide receiver spot in Atlanta. All kidding aside Sanu played extremely well on Sunday catching 9 of his 10 targets for 84 yards and a TD. Sanu is the clear cut 2nd option in this offense.
JJ Nelson ARI – JJ was promoted to the first string offense with Michael Floyd’s intermittent play. Now Floyd is questionable for the week. Nelson got 12 targets in Week 8 and is making the most of his action catching 8 of them and taking 2 to the end zone.
Donte Moncrief IND – While his 4 for 41 line doesn’t look very promising it is obvious that Luck loves having the big dude back on the field. I love Moncrief for the rest of the way as a 1B 2A starting fantasy WR.
Watch List – Percy Harvin BUF, Corey Coleman CLE, Brian Quick STL, Tyreek Hill KC, Seth Roberts OAK
CJ Fiedorowicz HOU – Fun spelling. CJ has performed pretty good the last couple of weeks and will continue to be involved with a decent floor from week to week.
Eric Ebron DET – Eric had 7 catches on 10 targets in his return back to action. Ebron is quickly becoming the new Jordan Reed, all of the talent but cannot manage to stay on the field. He will be great as long as he plays.
Watch List – Virgil Green DEN