The Waiver Wire: Week 9

Week 8 is now behind, sans Monday nights game. The playoffs fields are quickly taking shape with or without you. Whether you’re 8-0, 0-8 or anywhere in between DFF is here to help you. We’ll provide you with options for your Dynasty or Redraft leagues to get you through the various injuries and bye weeks. Perhaps you just want some players to stash for 2019. We can help you with that too.

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Just a note before we dive in. I’ll typically attack the Dynasty waiver wire adds while Mitch will skew towards redraft waiver wires.

Shane Says


Ryan FitzpatrickJameis Winston had a less than ideal performance on Sunday. Though he threw for 276 yards, he barely completed 50% of his passes (18/35). But that’s not what led to Winston getting the hook. Winston threw 4, count ’em 4 interceptions. In less than 2 full quarters Fitzpatrick went 11/15 for 194 and 2 touchdowns. With Dirk Koetter seemingly fighting for his job, it’s almost impossible for him to reinsert Winston back into the starting QB role. If the Fitzpatrick owner had to drop him due to bye weeks, injuries or just because they believed Winston was entrenched as the starter it’s time to blow a lot of your FAAB on him.

Mitch Says: Yeah, Fitz is for sure a waiver pick this week. I don’t think Winston sees the field for the rest of 2018 barring an injury to Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, in his own right, is an explosive QB. He’s well worth owning once again.

Wide Receiver

Deontay Burnett: With Robby Anderson ruled out due to a bum ankle Burnett filled in nicely on Sunday. A week after making NFL debut, Burnett caught all 4 of his targets for 69 yards for a none too shabby 15.3 yards per reception. Burnett was looked at as a sleeper in 2018 rookie drafts until he went undrafted out of USC. Anderson never seemed particularly close to playing this week, and the Jets are still missing Quincy Enunwa which could allow Burnett to make some noise in the next few weeks. He’ll battle for targets and yards with the likes of Charone Peake and Andre Roberts, not exactly Wayne Chrebet and Laveranues Coles.

Terrelle Pryor: Burnett was added to the Jets active roster after they released Terrelle Pryor, who was dealing with a tear in his groin. Pryor’s groin was close to being fully healed last week and could be brought back by the Jets, or signed by another team looking to add speed to their WR corp. (looking at you Eagles).

Chris Conley: Tyreek Hill injured his groin and Sunday’s game late in the 4th quarter. For a burner like Hill, a groin injury can be devastating, at least in the short term. If he misses any time than Conley could benefit. Conley is almost as fast as Hill, running a 4.35 40 compared to Hill’s 4.34. Conley is a physical freak who has yet to capitalize on those gifts. As a certified Conley truther here’s hoping that he sees some targets and make the most of any opportunity that comes his way.

Sammie Coates/Vyncint Smith: Sammie Coates is the type of receiver I too often fall for. The physical traits are second to none. Unfortunately the whole catching the ball thing is a bit of a struggle for them. But without Will Fuller, the Texans need someone that can stretch the field and Coates can certainly do that. Coates averages an impressive 18.2 yards per reception in his career.

Smith is another physically gifted wide receiver that could see targets in Fuller’s absence. An above average producer at the college level Smith also broke out early at 19.2 years of age. So why did physically gifted wide receiver with decent college production go undrafted? He went to Limestone College. Limestone plays as an independent in Divison II against members of the South Atlantic Conference. Before Wikipediaing Limestone College, I’d never heard of them or the South Atlantic Conference, so I’m guessing the level of competition wasn’t too stout. But he’s in the NFL now. Smith has good size (6’2″ 197 lbs.), good speed and now an opportunity.

Running Back

Josh Adams: Sunday saw Adams lead the Eagles with 9 rushing attempts. Adams was able to those 9 carries into 61 yards for a nice 6.1 yards per attempt. Corey Clement has faltered the last several weeks while Wendell Smallwood has been just slightly better. Neither Clement or Smallwood have done much in the rushing game the last three weeks. In fact, as you can see courtesy of NBCSports.Philadelphia Adams is outproducing both on a per carry basis:

Last three games:  

Josh Adams [13-for-68] 6.0 yards per carry

Wendell Smallwood [35-for-107]3.1 yards per carry

Corey Clement [23-for-55] 2.4 yards per carry

Elijah McGuire: Since I touted McGuire last week not much has changed. Well except for another poor performance from Isaiah Crowell. Crowell had 25 yards on 13 rushing attempts Sunday and just isn’t very good. McGuire is eligible to return from the IR this week and only needs to perform at better than replacement level to be an improvement on Crowell.


Mitch Says

Wide Receivers:

Keke Coutee is an obvious pick here for  anyone who needs a servicable wide receiver. As a rookie Coutee offers a little lower upside than could have been expected from Will Fuller. Plus, Hopkins is likely going to see at least a few of those vacant targets. Regardless, Coutee is going to get looks, and should be a good bet for over 50 yards each game. 

David Moore appeared in a previous edition of our waivers, but he deserves another look from owners who need high-upside, low-floor FLEX fillers. Moore has put up great numbers in each of his past 3 games, and could be the receiver that Marshall was supposed to be for the Hawks.

Running Backs:

In redraft, Peyton Barber is owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. That’s enough to remind you to get in on him. He handled the vast majority of carries on Sunday and could benefit from a more dynamic, FitzMagic-led offense.

Tight Ends:

He might have only made two catches, but Ed Dickson had a very impressive game. He might have bought himself a few more targets after making a big play for a 42-yard touchdown.

With Fuller injured, Jordan Thomas might have a few more usable fantasy games like he had on TNF. Thomas hauled in 4 targets for 4 catches including two TDs. He’s obviously a good matchup-winner who is a threat to find the endzone on ever redzone trip the Texans make.

Don’t leave Jack Doyle on your waiver wire. He’s just 25% owned in Yahoo leagues and made 6 catches for 70 yards and a TD in his return. Ebron will still spell him, but Doyle is a good pickup for anyone looking for a Tight End.


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