Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

I imagine you’ve seen the news by now but, if you haven’t former star DeMaryius Thomas was traded today from the Broncos to the Houston Texans.  With Will Fuller done for the season the Texans decided to look outside the organization to fill the gap so, if you put in your claims this morning, feel free to go ahead and cancel that Keke Coutee claim.  Or not, as we’ll discuss below.


Historically it’s been rare to see midseason trades in the NFL but we’ve now seen two high profile wide receivers traded within the last couple of weeks in Amari Cooper and DeMaryius Thomas.  What’s more interesting is that the rumors surfaced and the trades were done within a fairly short amount of time given how difficult a midseason trade is.  Given this development, we’re going to do our best to factor in potential trade rumors to some of our advice this week.


As always, we will be focusing on guys under 50% owned on Yahoo.  If someone above that line has been dropped, use your best judgement or ask on the Reddit thread,


Wide Receiver


Courtland Sutton 11% owned

Waiver: 1 or later

FAAB: 25-50% of FAAB

Morning Add: Early Bird (but he won’t be there)

You don’t trade away a fan favorite and a long time staple in your offense unless you have a general idea of what you plan to do next and the Broncos plan is pretty clear.  It’s Courtland Sutton.  If you dropped in last week we advised to drop 1-2% of your FAAB budget on him, use a waiver of 8 or later, or wake up in the morning and add him for free.  If you did that then congratulations – you just got a steal.  If not then this could be your last opportunity to grab a guy with huge potential that just got locked into a much larger workload.


DJ Moore 17% owned

Waiver: 6 or later

FAAB: 4-5%

Morning Add: Early Bird

Potentially lost in the distraction of Courtland Sutton is another rookie who actually was the first off the board in the 2018 draft – DJ Moore.  Many had high hopes for him coming in but he’s likely made his way to waivers by now in many leagues.  As we know, rookies can take some time to fire like OBJ and Mike Evans in their rookie season but, as they learn the playbook and earn trust, they can lean further and further into their true upside.  Moore’s targets this year have gone 0, 2, 2, 4, 5, 5, 6 culminating with this weeks 5 catch, 90 yard game.  Though that might not be the final product we end up with.  Worst case he looks like a 4-6 target a game guy at this point though his production may steadily continue to rise to star level.  The 1st round pick is worth a grab after playing 46 of 65 snaps this week.


Devante Parker 14% owned

Waiver: 8 or later

FAAB: 2-3%

Morning Add: At Breakfast

There are a lot of people disappointed with this player and rightfully so.  It’s been a strange journey through hype and injury, disgruntled fans and disapproving agents.  Whether it was a showcase game to trade him or a “squeaky wheel gets the grease” situation, Parker finally showed what he was capable of catching 6 of 9 targets for 136 yards.  Whether he gets traded or they continue to let him loose, it’s likely worth taking a stab on considering how late we are and what else is out there.  He has the Jets and Giants next so the opportunity is there.


After Breakfast Adds


Keke Coutee 21% owned – Still worth adding in my opinion as he knows the playbook and could be the better option while DT gets acclimated.  And who knows – sometimes players just aren’t a good fit.


Adam Humphries 1% owned – he received 10 targets last week but he’s a favorite of Winston’s and Fitzmagic is the QB again.  If DeSean Jackson gets his wish and is moved he’s a definite add.


Marquez Valdes-Scantling 7% – Rodgers seems to like him even with Cobb and Allison back which means we like him.  They did draft him before the highly toughest ESB.


TJ Jones 0% owned – deep league stash in the even that Golden Tate gets moved.  Lions run the second most 11 personnel only to the Rams so whoever is one of the top three wide receivers will see a lot of snaps.




Peyton Barber 47%

Waiver: 3 or later

FAAB: 10-15%

Morning Add: Early Bird

We’ve mentioned this a number of times but he actually gets an additional boost with Fitzpatrick at the helm.  We’ll discuss him in the quarterback section but good offense is good for business as an RB and Barber is the only business in town worth owning.  He’s had 10 carries 3 weeks in a row including 19 last week so, with an incredibly thin waiver at RB, he needs to be grabbed if you need a start this week or next.


Josh Adams 1% Owned

Waiver: 5 or later

FAAB: 4-5%

Morning Add: Early Bird

Typically prospects out of Notre Dame are fairly heavily touted though Josh Adams was lost a bit in the Equanimious Saint Brown hype storm.  An undrafted free agent, he signed with the Eagles into what used to be a very crowded backfield which has become wide open due to injuries to Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, and Wendell Smallwood.  He goes into the bye this week so he doesn’t help much there but he had 61 yards on 9 carries next week so likely earned himself some work in week 10.

After Breakfast Adds


Frank Gore 22% – He’s a plug if you need somebody for a bye, especially in standard leagues.  The ceiling if the floor with Frank as he pretty consistently gets ~10 carries and next to no work in the passing game.  The upside is ~10 carries and 2 TDs.  The


Gio Bernard 28% Worth a stash in full point PPR leagues where you know you have byes coming, especially in deeper leagues.  There pool for RBs is not deep but he’s a guy who could fill in for 5-8 points rather than having to make a trade.




Ryan Fitzpatrick 10% owned

Morning Add: Early Bird

Whelp, here we go again.  Starting QBs continued to be cursed by his presence and this season it seems the curse is stronger than ever considering a fairly entrenched QB has now been straight up benched for his services.  As usual, we don’t advise on specific waiver claims for QBs because it’s entirely league/scenario dependent but he’s thrown for over 400 yards in every game he’s started so feel free to ride the lightning if you need to.  Just remember he could throw 2 picks and get benched by halftime leaving him the lowest floor of any QB out there.


Baker Mayfield 42% owned

Morning Add: At work

If you have a bye week either this week or next, this is probably your plug and play.  He’s got KC this week and ATL the next and the theme against these teams has been that you need to fire away or get left in the dust.  After the firing of their head coach and offensive coordinator we might see an absolute dumpster fire or we might see a new renaissance for this offense that has a lot of talented pieces.


After Breakfast Adds


Alex Smith 43% owned – Bye week streaming option with favorable matchups against ATL and TB the next two weeks.  You know what to expect.


Joe Flacco 37% – Pitt has let up the 5th most points to fantasy QBs though Ravens – Steelers games are usually had nosed.  Use if you must.


Tight End

If you didn’t prepare for your tight end bye week then lord have mercy on your soul.  Here are the tight ends available in less than 50% of leagues ranked by their matchup this week if you need to add one.


Charles Clay 14% owned

Antonio Gates 5% owned

Cameron Brate 32% owned

Chris Herndon 6% owned

Mike Gesicki 3% owned