Week 9: Waiver Wire & Free Agent Pickups

Fantasy Football Expert Jack Delaney pinpoints a few players at each position you may want to consider adding from the waiver wire heading in to Week 9!

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QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

I like Prescott against the Cleveland Browns in Week 9, as well as holding him as a backup to stream play in prime matchups. Tony Romo may be healthy enough to play in Week 9, but Prescot has earned the starting role, leading Dallas to a 6-1 record.

So far this season, the Browns have allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. The Browns have also allowed at least 25 points in every game this season, and I don’t expect that trend to stop in Week 9.

Prescott is good as a streamer this week, and he has two very favorable matchups during the Fantasy playoffs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 15) and the Detroit Lions (Week 16).

QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

If you normally start Tom Brady, you’ll need a replacement this week with high upside to try and get close to matching his recent point totals since his suspension. If that’s the case, I will target Ryan Tannehill for his Week 9 matchup against the New York Jets.

The defense for the New York Jets simply can’t stop big plays. In Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns, five different receivers caught passes of 17 or more yards.

With a solid deep threat like Kenny Stills, this could be one of Tannehill’s best performances of the year. He hasn’t thrown more than two touchdowns since Week 3, but this game against the Jets could end the drought.

RB Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs

Spencer Ware suffered a concussion in Week 8 against the Indianapolis Colts, and Jamaal Charles was ruled out before he could even see the field. It would be a quick turnaround for Ware to get cleared, so West should be on the top of your waiver list this week.

The best part of owning a back on the Chiefs is that Alex Smith loves to use his running backs as wide receivers. So far this season, Ware has averaged 44.7 receiving yards per game.

Ware is still a better back and has earned the trust of the coaching staff. But if Ware gets injured or Charles isn’t healthy enough to have a meaningful role this season, West could be a valuable addition to your team just because of his workload and PPR upside. When he had a bigger role last season, he finished with a 20-214-1 stat line as a receiver.


RB Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints

After Mark Ingram had been benched in Week 8 for fumbling the ball, Hightower took over as the lead back. Now, it’s important to note that Hightower wasn’t very efficient with his increased workload. He finished the game with 102 yards, but it took him 26 carries to get it done.

But if the Saints are going to give him that amount of carries, he’s worth owning. It took him 27 carries last season to reach 122 rushing yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16, but he won a lot of players a Fantasy Championship because of his yards and two rushing touchdowns.  

His Fantasy points per touch every time he rushed the ball were terrible in this game, with just a 2.5 average. But again, if he’s getting that workload, it doesn’t matter.  Ingram hasn’t gotten anything going this year, scoring just one rushing touchdown. Expect to see more of Hightower in Week 9 against the San Francisco 49ers.

WR J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals

If you’ve been frustrated by John Brown and Michael Floyd over the last month, take a look a Nelson. In Week 8, he led the team in snaps and targets.

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Nelson ran a 4.28 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Combine, so his speed is unbelievable. Brown is also extremely fast, but to give you a comparison, he ran a 4.34 40-yard dash.

The only problem with Nelson is that he is a 160 pounds. He’s not going to see a lot of red-zone targets, and he’s not going to be as consistent as Fitzgerald. But if you can handle his downside, Nelson has more upside than any other receiver you’re likely to find still available. He has a bye in Week 9, but stash him on your bench before your opponent does for his juicy matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10.

WR Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers

I was harsh about owning Inman at the beginning of the year. Even though he was on the field for the majority of the snaps for the Chargers, he just wasn’t getting anything done for his Fantasy owners.

But with Travis Benjamin dealing with knee issues (possibly a PCL injury), Inman is starting to earn a more consistent role in the offense. He averaged 2.93 Fantasy points per touch in Week 7 and 2.8 in Week 8.

For the year, he’s recorded the most offensive snaps for the Chargers.

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And if anything happens to Williams, Inman should see even more consistency from week-to-week.

TE Lance Kendricks, Los Angeles Rams

I’ve been keeping an eye on Kendricks the past few weeks, and he’s put up some surprising numbers. So far in the 2016 Fantasy Football season, he’s scored at least 10 Fantasy points in four out of the six games where he’s at least caught one pass.

He’s been overlooked, though, because it’s hard to trust this offense with Case Keenum running the show. But Keenum’s ineffectiveness is beneficial for Kendricks, as the 6-foot-3, 250-pound tight end serves as a huge safety blanket for the struggling quarterback.

Kendricks has been targeted 17 times in the last two games for the Rams, and he has a favorable matchup in Week 9 against the Carolina Panthers. The defense for the Panthers this season has allowed the sixth-most Fantasy points to tight ends per game.

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