Waiver Wire: Week 9

Cody Wagner @CwagsFantasy

Waiver Wire: Week 9

Bye week teams: Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Philadephia, New York Giants, Arizona, Jacksonville

For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.

  • Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
  • Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positionsi.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
  • Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.

Game Changers:

Keke Coutee – WR | Houston Texans

Coutee was out this week but should return soon and it couldn’t have come at a more desperate moment. Will Fuller went down in the Thursday night game and further tests revealed that he tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Coutee looked impressive in his debut but hadn’t really provided value in the games following. He is a very different player than Fuller and that could benefit him especially in PPR formats. He’s a separation kind of player but plays best out of the slot. This could open up a lot for Deandre and other receivers if he is able to come back soon. He is 18.6% owned.

Dak Prescott – QB | Dallas Cowboys

Prescott has played well as of late against some formidable defenses. With the addition of Cooper, he could turn the back end of this season into his personal playground. They play Tennessee on Monday night at home. Tennessee’s Defense on paper looks quite good against the pass, but if you look a little closer you’ll see the games they performed well against the pass were against teams with below average QB’s, and when they faced good QB’s like Wentz and Rivers they were exposed. Prescott is only 35% owned.

Peyton Barber – RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones caught the hamstring bug and will probably be out for a few weeks, not that he was really impeding on Barbers workload, but the fewer the backs to take carries from the better. Barber is 46% owned and will be playing against the Carolina Panthers D. They don’t allow a lot of yards, but they allow 4.4 yards per carry and if Fitzmagic is back at the helm, I would expect the offense to click on all cylinders.

Depth With Upside:

Tyrell Williams – WR | Los Angeles Chargers

Don’t worry Ty-Will, we didn’t forget about you over the bye week. Previous to the bye week, Tyrell Williams once again emerged as the deep threat he has showcased in former seasons. He’s tall he’s fast and plays in an offense that by years end will likely be top 10. There’s a ton of WR’s on bye week 9, so scoop him up and slam him in your flex if you need a boom or bust on your roster. Williams is 34% owned

Antonio Callaway – WR | Cleveland Browns

There’s a new regime in Cleveland as both Hue Jackson and Todd Haley were asked to make like a tree and leave. Callaway is probably the most athletically gifted receiver on the team, and that includes Jarvis Landry. Callaway could easily become the featured receiver in this group and become a favorite target of Mayfield depending on what the interim coach feels his strengths are with this team. Callaway is 14% owned.

Courtland Sutton – WR | Denver Broncos

With the uncertainty of the Denver Broncos receiving corps on the verge of the trade deadline, Demaryius Thomas could be on another team within the next couple days, which would immediately give plenty of targets for the young talented rookie. His size and ability to make plays in the end zone would make him a must-start in most formats. Sutton is 12 % owned

Hail Mary’s:

Josh Adams – RB | Philadelphia Eagles

The Philly backfield is a mess, but Adams is the only one among them with the size at 6’2” 225lbs to be an every-down back. Adams received the ball the most this past week and could be the guy they look to hold down the early downs in the weeks to come. However, the Eagles are on a bye next week so this is not a priority, don’t use a waiver claim for him, as you can probably pick him up as a free agent after waivers have passed.

D.J. Moore – WR | Carolina Panthers

The Panther’s receivers are banged up and they finally decided to put their athletic rookie into a more targeted role. They also used him in the run game on a couple plays this week with great success. Even when the other receivers return, Moore’s role should remain the same and even grow with the talent he possesses. Moore is 10% owned

Kendrick Bourne – WR | San Francisco 49ers

Bourne is another speculative add as the trade deadline looms. Pierre Garcon is a potential trade target for teams who are looking to make a playoff push and with Pettis banged up Bourne is talented enough to become an instant impact on a team that will likely spend the rest of the season analyzing the young talent they have on this team to prepare for next year. Their next game is against the Raiders in a battle of the bay. I expect this to be a high scoring event or the ugliest game you ever saw. So tune in and see. Bourne is not owned in most leagues

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