Waiver Favors: 2017 Week 9 Fantasy Football Pickups

By Ha Kung Wong  Fantasy Football Pickups

Twitter: @FBGarbageTime

As 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.

Tom Savage

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.

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.

Robby Anderson

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.

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.

Tavarres King

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.

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.

Terrance Williams

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.

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.

Curtis Samuel

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:

Teddy Bridgewater

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.

Josh Gordon

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.

Corey Coleman

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

Check back every week for more Waiver Favors! 

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