Waiver Favors™: 2019 Week 9 Fantasy Football Pickups
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Twitter: @FBGarbageTimeAs I do every year over the last 7 years, I’m back to help with some waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors article! I’m assuming if you’re a returning reader, you won your fantasy football championship last year, so congratulations!
But it’s a new year, so I’ll make a couple suggestions after Week 9 of the 2019 fantasy football season. You’re welcome. Again.
As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.
The Dolphins finally got their first win, and perhaps more importantly, Ryan Fitzpatrick looked good again completing 24 of 36 passes for 288 yards and three TDs. He did also take a bizarre safety late in the first half, but this was otherwise an unblemished performance. Preston Williams looked amazing but hobbled out with what looked like a knee injury, so if he missed time, I probably wouldn’t recommend Fitzpatrick, but if he’s OK, then I like Fitzpatrick as a QB2 in 14-team leagues or deeper, or in any two QB league.
QB – Denver Broncos – 2% Owned
Poor Joe Flacco is on IR and Brandon Allen is essentially last man standing with Drew Lock still coming back from his thumb injury. And Allen showed well completing 12 of 20 passes for 193 yards and 2 TDs. He didn’t do anything crazy and essentially managed the game, but he clearly won’t have any issues sustaining Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. For now, he has a low floor and a low ceiling, but if you’re desperate in 16-team leagues or deep two QB leagues, you could do worse.
RB – Detroit Lions – 12% Owned
The Lions backfield is a complete mess. But for this week, J.D. McKissic was the most efficient with 4 carries for 32 yards and catching 3 of 4 targets for 40 yards and a TD. Ty Johnson led the team with 9 carries and Paul Perkins got 3 carries, but McKissic seems like the guy with the highest potential. There’s a real lack of clarity in the backfield, but if you feel like gambling, McKissic might be your best bet in 14-team PPR leagues or deeper.
WR – Oakland Raiders – 2% Owned
We all knew that Hunter Renfrow was a gamer from his time in Clemson, but going to the Raiders looked like a raw deal. But then in Week 8 he caught all 4 targets for 88 and a TD and then in Week 9 he followed up by catching 6 of 7 targets for 54 yards and a TD, leading the team in targets, including standouts Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams. He won’t be consistent, but if you need a bye week streamer in 14-team PPR leagues or deeper, give him a look.
WR – New England Patriots – 18% Owned
The Patriots first round draft pick, N’Keal Harry, was finally activated from IR after recovering from his ankle injury, and has now been practicing for the last two weeks. He didn’t play in Week 9, but he’ll be playing soon, and should end up pushing Dorsett for snaps in three-wide sets. They didn’t draft in the first round for him to languish in the background. It’s just a matter of when he’ll get a shot, so feel free to stash him in any league that you have bench space.
WR – Green Bay Packers – 10% Owned
I was wary of Allen Lazard even after he caught 12 of 14 total targets for 149 total yards and TD from Weeks 6 to 8 because Davante Adams was eventually coming back. But with Adams playing in Week 9, Lazard still caught 3 of 4 targets for 44 yards. It’s not a lot, but his one miss could have been a 45 yard TD, so he’s still getting plenty of opportunity. If you’re looking for a WR5/Flex in 12-team leagues or deeper, he’s worth the speculation.
TE – New Orleans Saints – 40% Owned
Jared Cook is on bye this week, but theoretically should be back from his ankle injury in Week 10. With Drew Brees back behind center, there’s hope he regains form like from Weeks 4 to 6, where he caught at least 3 targets per week and had 2 total TDs. At a weak TE position, he’s worth picking up now for TE-needy teams in 12-team leagues or deeper.
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And here’s who I’ve recommended in previous weeks that I still think deserve a look (I’ve identified in RED the ones I want to highlight again for Week 9):
WRs – John Brown, Terry McClaurin
QBs – Jimmy Garoppolo, Gardner Minshew
RBs – Carlos Hyde, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Williams
WRs – Cole Beasley (PPR), Marquise Brown, DJ Chark Jr., Mecole Hardman, DK Metcalf, DeVante Parker, Mohamed Sanu, Kenny Stills, Golden Tate, Preston Williams
TE – Gerald Everett, Jonnu Smith (as long as Delanie Walker is out)
QBs – Kyle Allen, Sam Darnold, Daniel Jones, Ryan Tannehill
RBs – Ty Johnson, Ronald Jones II, Jaylen Samuels, Ito Smith, Mark Walton
WRs – A.J. Brown, Jamison Crowder (PPR), Corey Davis, Alex Erickson, Diontae Johnson, Demarcus Robinson, Auden Tate, Demaryius Thomas
TE – Noah Fant, Darren Fells
RB – Raheem Mostert, Darrel Williams
WR – Phillip Dorsett, Russell Gage, Zach Pascal, Josh Reynolds
TE – Dawson Knox, Ricky Seals-Jones
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