Week #9 Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB
section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Lock hasn’t been very productive as far as fantasy points go but he took a solid step in the right direction on Sunday against a tough Chargers secondary. The 42nd overall pick from 2019’s draft tossed three scores in Denver’s thrilling come from behind win over their divisional rivals on his way to 19.82 fantasy points. Lock isn’t an ideal option but he’s trending in the right direction and has a very favorable matchup against Atlanta this week. He’s owned in just 5.1% of ESPN leagues.
Phillip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts
Old man Rivers is back! He put up his second straight three touchdown performance on his way to 22 fantasy points in Indy’s 41-21 road victory over Detroit. Rivers had a horrendous start to the season for fantasy owners but he’s gotten some of his weapons back and it looks like things are starting to click for this offense. Rivers is rostered in just 8% of ESPN leagues and can be considered as a streamer or in superflex leagues.
Honorable mentions Nick Mullens SF, Jake Luton JAX (Minshew has been ruled out)
Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills
We’re smack dab in the middle of the Moss breakout we’ve all been waiting for! The third round rookie rumbled for two touchdowns and 81 yards on 14 carries against New England. Moss is still Battling Singletary for work but there’s plenty to go around in this Buffalo offense. Moss doesn’t have as much appeal in PPR formats but nevertheless he’s a must add if available. He’s rostered in 36.2% of ESPN leagues.
Damien Harris, New England Patriots
Harris is a must add if he’s available in your league. He’s been very efficient with 5.7 YPC on 49 carries in four games and his role has increased as of late. He slashed his way to 102 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown against Buffalo on Sunday. He looked great in what could be called his breakout performance but it was his second 100 yard performance in just four games this season. I’m not sure what people are waiting for? He’s rostered in 31.3% of ESPN leagues.
Jordan Wilkins/Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts
After Marlon Mack went down in week #1 stud rookie Jonathan Taylor has received the lionshare of work in the Colts backfield but that changed Sunday against Detroit. Head Coach has now said that Taylor is dealing with “A bit of an ankle injury.” That explains why Taylor was struggling so much, averaging just 2.0 YPC on 11 carries on Sunday. That pales in comparison to Wilkins’ 20 totes for 89 yards (4.5 YPC) and a score as well a 24 yard reception. Hines also carried the ball 5 time for 8 yards but scored twice on 3 catches for 54 yards. If Taylor misses time or continues to struggle, Wilkins or Hines could be valuable. Wilkins is rostered in just 0.5% and Hines 34.9% in ESPN leagues.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
Edwards has taken full advantage of his increased workload due to backfield mate Mark Ingram going down with an ankle injury in week #6. The “Gus Bus” has rolled his way to 123 yards on 30 carries including two touchdowns in the past two games. Stud rookie J.K. Dobbins is gaining steam tallying over 100 yards on Sunday but even if Ingram returns Edwards still holds some value in deeper leagues. He’s rostered in 4.3% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Troymaine Pope LAC, Wayne Gallman NYG, Brian Hill ATL.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
Davis has been phenomenal for fantasy owners so far and is very underrated. Davis is coming off of a 8-128-1 on 10 targets which is his second 10 target game in as many weeks. The former 5th overall draft pick has a low 11.9 PPR points in his five games so far. If his 26.9 point performance on Sunday doesn’t send hoards of fantasy owners flocking to him I don’t know what will. Tannehill is proving that he’s capable of providing two fantasy receivers and Davis is still available in quite a few leagues. He’s 36% rostered.
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
Reagor caught his first touchdown of his young career in his return from a thumb injury on Sunday. His return couldn’t have come at a better time for the depleted Philadelphia offense. Reagor caught three of six targets for a meager sixteen yards but did get the aforementioned score as well as a six yard carry. The first round rookie stepped right back into his starting role and should be added in all formats. He’s rostered in 13.7% of leagues.
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
New England has been depleted by the injury bug making room for almost complete unknowns to make a fantasy impact. Undrafted out of N.C. State in 2019, Meyers has been up and down so far but has led the way for the Pats receivers the last two weeks with a combined 10 receptions on 16 targets for 118 yards. With Edelman out for an unforeseen amount of time and Harry battling a concussion as well as ineffectiveness when on the field, Meyers has worlds of opportunity to be a high floor PPR contributor. Go pick him up! He’s rostered in just 0.5% of ESPN leagues.
Darnell Mooney/Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears
Mooney had a solid day against New Orleans hauling in his second touchdown of the season as well as a beautiful play-action 50 yard bomb from QB Nick Foles. Mooney is still behind Anthony Miller who is coming off of an eight catch on eleven targets performance but there’s plenty of work to go around as Mooney has created a steady role for himself garnering at least five targets in six straight games. He’s rostered in just 3.9% of leagues and is definitely worth consideration in deeper PPR formats. Miller is rostered in 13.3% of leagues.
Honorable mentions: DaeSean Hamilton DEN, Willie Snead IV BAL, Marvin Hall DET, Auden Tate CIN.
Jordan Reed/Ross Dwelley, San Francisco 49ers
With the very unfortunate news that the great George Kittle will miss eight weeks and possibly the rest of the season with a foot injury there’s now a huge amount of targets up for grabs in San Francisco. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan said he’s “optimistic” that Reed will suit up Thursday night against Green Bay. Reed caught nine of 14 targets for 73 yards in his two games when Kittle was out earlier this season. Reed went down in the second game of that stretch too. Reed is a must add and could be a league winner if he can just stay healthy. He’s rostered in just 1.6% of ESPN leagues. Ross Dwelley is also an option and is rostered in 0% of leagues so he better be available in yours! He caught a 16 yard touchdown in relief of Kittle on Sunday and is a must play if Reed can’t go on Thursday. They both could be PPR beasts with Nick Mullens now under center.
Honorable mentions Gerald Everett LAR, Jack Doye IND.
Here’s a list of players that I either included in the previous week’s article or are obvious adds that are owned quite a bit more but still have a decent chance of being available in your league. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Matthew Stafford DET 60.2%
WR Brandon Aiyuk SF 60.9%
WR Christian Kirk ARI 51%
WR Mike Williams LAC 43.1%
WR Curtis Samuel CAR 37.1%
RB Phillip Lindsay DEN 59.6%
RB JaMycal Hasty SF 47.9%
RB J.K. Dobbins BAL 47.3%
RB RB J.D. McKissic WAS 32.9%
TE Eric Ebron PIT 51.3%
TE Robert Tonyan GB 47.4%
TE Logan Thomas WAS 8.1%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.