2019 Waiver Wire – Week 9
The Fantasy Football season continues to amaze and sometimes frustrate us. Maybe none more recently than this Arizona backfield situation. The Cardinals have now traded for Kenyan Drake and while you won’t be able to pick him up for this week’s likely feature role game, if he was somehow dropped go swoop him up. We are getting into the nitty gritty now folks, where the next few weeks will shape your playoff run or crush your dreams. Remain patient, strong, and stay within your process, especially if your process leads you to reading this article.
This of course, is our weekly column on speculative waiver wire adds. Remember that for this article we only highlight players owned in 40% or less in both Yahoo and NFL or with high variance between the two. This article is designed to highlight most, if not, all the justifiable adds this week, but it is your responsibility to understand which, if any, would be best for your squad. Christopher is back with us this week and helped us craft some excellent waiver adds for week 7.
We have added some tiers to qualify how a prospective player should be viewed. A “Streamable” player is someone who has the ability to contribute to your team right now but may not provide that same allure after a few weeks. Someone who is a “Patchwork Player” has the talent and circumstance to slide into your lineup multiple weeks, dependant on matchup. “Season-Long Upside” is the most straightforward. These players may take some time to develop but could be weekly starters over time, and they provide the most upside to your championship chances. Finally, we have the “Stash-Worthy”. You won’t play these guys right now but by the time you want to, they will likely be gone. If you have the depth, be proactive and grab these guys!
Streamable (1-2 Week Use)
Danny Amendola, WR – DET (10% in Yahoo and 4.9% owned in NFL) Danny has been quite effective for Detroit over his last two games as he has 16 catches for 200 receiving yards. Amendola could be in line for more as Detroit could lean on Stafford even more after Kerryon’s injury. Don’t be afraid to pick up Amendola and use him during bye weeks and with injuries piling up.
Chris Conley, WR – JAX (4% in Yahoo and 0.3% owned in NFL) Conley has been heating up and now with a lingering injury to Dede Westbrook, Conley has filled the role of Minshews second favorite receiving weapon over the last two weeks. Conly has 15 targets in the last two weeks catching 7 of those for 186 yards and a score. Conley gets a struggling Houston defense this week and could be a nice bye week hero for you and your fantasy football squad.
Patchwork Players (2-4 Week Upside)
Mark Walton, RB – MIA (34% in Yahoo and 16.4% owned in NFL) Walton, of course, plays for the Dolphins and this year in fantasy football that is not a great thing. Walton does provide some depth value and in desperation can be plugged in your lineup as a “what the heck” flex play if byes and injuries are ravaging your team. Walton received 14 total touches on Monday night against Pittsburgh and compared to his teammate Kalen Ballage’s 4 total touches, Walton looks like the featured back of Miami’s offense. Gross.
Sam Darnold, QB – NYJ (23% in Yahoo and 5.5% owned in NFL) You may recall that we advised stashing Darnold a few weeks back exactly for this time of the season. Darnold has struggled mightily since his impressive return against the Cowboys but this week Big Arm Darnold gets Miami who is currently the 3rd best matchup for opposing QBs. But then the schedule stays fresh for Darnold as he plays the Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals, and then Dolphins again over his next 5. Darnold could really help your team’s playoff push with those kind of opponents.
Jaylen Samuels RB – PIT (21% in Yahoo and 20.8% owned in NFL) James Conner has been very effective since Samuels went down a couple weeks ago with a knee injury. Samuel was able to return to practice and the timing could turn out to be very serendipitous as Conner was hurt on the second to last play of the Monday night game last night. As of this writing there is some speculation that Conner could miss extended time if not the entirety of the rest of this season. Samuels needs to added in all leagues as he offers both rushing and receiving upside and would likely be Pittsburgh’s lead back.
Darren Fells, TE – HOU (20% in Yahoo and 17.9% owned in NFL) Fells is not the sexiest name on this list by any means, but he has put up some sexy numbers over the last six weeks for the Texans (for the TE position, at least). The Texans tight end has at least 60 yards or a touchdown in four of his last six and is the TE8 in all of fantasy football as of this writing. With injuries to other ancillary pieces in this offense it looks as if Fells has become a mainstay for Watson and should be picked up as a legit TE going forward.
Dallas Goedert, TE – PHI (20% in Yahoo and 5.3% owned in NFL) Goedert has been quietly a mainstay of the Eagles offense over the last 3 weeks. He has back to back games with touchdowns and has amassed 139 receiving yards over his last 3 games to Ertz’s 112 in that time. Goedert was the best graded TE coming out of last year’s draft and is having a mini breakout, and if anything were to happen to Ertz ahead of him you could be looking at a top 5 option for the rest of this season.
Derrius Guice, RB – WAS (29% in Yahoo and 20.8% owned in NFL) Guice is a borderline “Season-long upside” candidate given his pedigree and talent but I understand your hesitance to stash him given his injury history and the state of the Redskins offense right now. But one thing we do know is that interim Redskins HC Bill Callahan wants this team to resemble teams he last coached back when I was in grade school. Guice could come right back to a feature role and at this time of year those are few and far between.
Allen Lazard, WR – GB (14% owned in Yahoo and 2.2% owned in NFL) Lazard is worth a speculative add as he has seen great snap percentages over the last 3 weeks and obviously Aaron Rodgers has eyes for him targeting Lazard most of his wide receivers over the last 3 with 14 targets in that span.
N’Keal Harry, WR – NE (12% in Yahoo and 7.8% owned in NFL) Harry has some risk so he will stay as a stash option as his injury history and the fact that he is a rookie casts some doubt on him as a consistent fantasy football asset. The Patriots are starving for offensive weapons and Harry could be back at just the right time. He is worth the stash if you have the roster space.