Waiver Favors: 2017 Week 9 Fantasy Football Pickups
By Ha Kung Wong Fantasy Football Pickups
Twitter: @FBGarbageTimeAs I mentioned last week, I like nothing more than helping all of you make solid waiver pickups in your Fantasy Football league and have some part in your championship run. That’s just the type of guy I am. You’re welcome. Again.
So let’s get on with it with fantasy football pickups for Week 9!
As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.
QB – Houston Texans – 5% Owned
For all you Deshaun Watson owners out there, I feel for you. Clearly, Tom Savage is no Deshaun Watson. But if you’re really really struggling, Savage can be competent at times, at least for fantasy. In his first “re-start” for the Texans, he completed 19 of 44 passes for 219 yards, one TD and no INTs, and even put his team in position to win the game at the end of regulation. Sure, his TD this weekend was his first EVER, and instead of pulling off the miracle TD win, he instead fumbled the ball, but it wasn’t entirely his fault.
.@TomSavage03's first career TD pass…
— NFL (@NFL) November 5, 2017
Either way, if you’re in a really tough spot, say in a 12-team 2 QB league or deeper, and you really need a 3rd QB for bye week or injury issues, I’d at least consider him based on the matchup.
WR – New York Jets – 53% Owned
It looks like all the preseason speculation that Robby Anderson would end up being productive is finally coming to fruition. In Week 9, Anderson managed to catch 4 of 5 targets for 48 yards and a TD, making that 3 consecutive games with a score.
Which was better?
— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 3, 2017
He appears to have overtaken Jermaine Kearse as the Jets WR1, and should find plenty of opportunity moving forward. Go ahead and grab him in all 12-team leagues or deeper.
WR – New York Giants – 0% Owned
Someone other than Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard has to catch the ball for the Giants. And although Eli is starting to looked more cooked than my typical Thanksgiving turkey, there’s some value in being a WR on a team that’s always behind in games. Enter Tavarres King. He managed to played on every offensive snap in Week 7, prior to the Giants’ bye, and after the bye stepped up to grab 3 of 6 targets for 33 yards and a TD.
— New York Giants (@Giants) November 5, 2017
It’s not much, but it’s a start where he had double the targets of Roger Lewis, and there’s no reason for the Giants not to play him on every offensive snap going forward. He’s worth a bench stash in 14-team leagues or deeper as a potential WR4/Flex.
WR – Dallas Cowboys – 10% Owned
Don’t be fooled by Terrance Williams. He did manage to catch all 9 of his targets for 141 yards in Week 9, but that was an anomaly over this season.
Terrance Williams led the Cowboys in catches for the first time this season during #KCvsDAL.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 6, 2017
That being said, it appeared that Dez Bryant had some sort of ankle injury and sat out a decent amount of the game, so Williams could be interesting as a flyer in 16-team leagues or deeper, or as Bryant insurance.
WR – Carolina Panthers – 9% Owned
As I mentioned when Kelvin Benjamin was traded, Devin Funchess immediately steps into that WR1 slot. But who would be WR2 for the Panthers? Apparently, it’s going to be Curtis Samuel. Samuel managed to snag 3 of 5 targets for 23 yards in the first week post-Benjamin and also added a 14 yard carry. Once Greg Olsen returns from injury, his role might be in question, but for now, he’s an interesting speculative grab in 14-team leagues or deeper.
Planning for the Future
In case you’re doing great and need some flyers for the playoffs, here’s a few to consider:
QB – Minnesota Vikings – 5% Owned
Looks like Teddy is back! Case Keenum will likely hold down the fort in the short term, but one misstep could lead to a QB change as Bridgewater is clearly the QB of the future for the Vikings, and Sam Bradford is still out with injury.
With #Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater expected to be activated by Wed., don’t be surprised if he backs up Case Keenum, who earned more starts.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 6, 2017
WR – Cleveland Browns – 34% Owned
He was great before multiple suspensions, and the Browns have essentially no one at WR. So why not take a flyer? He’s not likely to be up to speed for another few weeks, but for the playoffs, he could be a real find.
Josh Gordon scheduled to report to #Browns Tuesday and will likely address media Wednesday.
— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) November 6, 2017
WR – Cleveland Browns – 11% Owned
Speaking of Browns WRs, Corey Coleman is eligible to return to game action in Week 11 coming off a hand injury. He’ll likely be activated when first eligible and is worth a shot in all leagues if you need a WR as he’s likely to be the Browns’ No. 1 receiver.
And here are previous pickups I’ve mentioned that are still worthy of your consideration:
10-Team Leagues or Deeper
Alvin Kamara, Alex Smith
12-Team Leagues or Deeper
Nelson Agholor, Orleans Darkwa, Devin Funchess, Allen Hurns, Aaron Jones, Marqise Lee, Dion Lewis, Tyler Lockett, Jerick McKinnon, Latavius Murray, Paul Richardson, Mohamed Sanu, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Kenny Stills, Chris Thompson
14-Team Leagues or Deeper
Javorius “Buck” Allen, Jacoby Brissett, Alex Collins, Tarik Cohen, Jared Cook, Ed Dickson, Josh Doctson, Kenyan Drake, Jared Goff, Brett Hundley, Duke Johnson Jr., Jermaine Kearse, George Kittle, Tyler Kroft, Cooper Kupp, Marlon Mack, Josh McCown, Adrian Peterson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Damien Williams
16-Team Leagues or Deeper
C.J. Beathard, Will Fuller, Jesse James, Eddie Lacy, Ricardo Louis, Wayne Gallman, Ryan Griffin, Marquise Goodwin, Jordan Matthews, Elijah McGuire, Nick O’Leary, Samaje Perine, Thomas Rawls, Trevor Siemian, Ben Watson
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