Week #9 Waiver Watch Of Truth
Week 9 Waiver Watch of Truth
Another week is in the books and hopefully you have begun your push to make the playoffs. This was certainly an odd week, which should come as no surprise since it took place over the Halloween weekend. Hopefully some waiver additions from this week will help you make a case for the playoffs if you are close or for bragging rights if you are not. So let’s get started. Apologies for being late this week all.
Mike White, 3% rostered on Sleeper
White had an impressive victory today against the surging Bengals and with Zach Wilson out several more weeks means White may be fantasy relevant especially in 2QB and super-flex leagues. White was very efficient with an 82% completion rate, going 37 of 45 for 405 yards and 3 touchdowns, he also threw two interceptions but that can easily be forgiven given the relatively high scoring nature of the contest. In single QB leagues he can probably be best left on the waiver wire unless you are really desperate but he is a viable option to help in 2QB leagues, especially while dealing with injuries and bye weeks. So go scoop him up quickly in those leagues, since this efficiency is better than anything we have seen in Wilson so far this season.
Taysom Hill, 8% rostered on Sleeper or Trevor Siemian, 0% rostered on Sleeper
It is tough to say who will take over for Winston or for how long he will be out and Sean Payton will most likely keep those answers close to his chest in the lead-up to the game against the Falcons. Hill was out with a concussion the past two weeks but should clear the protocols ahead of week 9 and would be favored to lead the New Orleans offense, (or perhaps just give Kamara, Ingram, and Deonte Harris the ball), while the defense wins the game. Both Siemian and Hill have done okay leading the New Orleans offense at times but both have their flaws as well, Hill is often overly reliant on pulling the ball down and running, while Siemian had some accuracy and coverage read failures against the Bucs. My advice would be to roster Hill with his rushing upside but hopefully Payton will provide an answer early next week about who will be under center so monitor the situation closely.
Quaterback Honorable Mentions
Teddy Bridgewater (35% rostered)
Tua Tagovailoa (46% rostered)
Jeremy McNichols, 6% rostered on Sleeper
The news that Derrick Henry is indeed human and not some otherworldly entity sent here to entertain or frustrate fantasy football and Titans fans has finally come to pass. Hopefully it is not a long term injury and hopefully it doesn’t linger for King Henry but with this coming to pass McNichols is in line for added work as one of the only healthy Titans running backs available. His record as a running back is paltry compared to Henry’s and it’s tough to tell if he will be permanently handed the reigns to the Titans run game. The most that can be said is he has been efficient as a receiver out of the backfield this season when Tannehill has looked his way. The best game of his 4 career came this season in week 4 against the Jets when McNichols caught 8 of 12 targets for 74 yards. I recommend monitoring this situation closely, especially as we approach a trade deadline tomorrow as I expect the Titans will probably trade to add depth although there are a limited number of trade partners available, especially if the Titans refuse to make a trade within their division since Marlon Mack is looking for a trade and Jordan Wilkins was just waived by the Colts. It will be interesting to see what the Titans do as they have few options at the moment and it will be curious to see who they add via trade or the free agency market.
Boston Scott, 24% rostered on Sleeper and Jordan Howard, 3% rostered on Sleeper
It’s time for me to eat some humble pie, I assumed and even started Gainwell in a league or two assuming that the high draft capital and previous usage would lead to Gainwell being the Eagles primary running back. Instead it was the Boston Scott and Jordan Howard show who while only getting 12 carries each both scored 2 touchdowns and had 60 yards and 57 yards respectively while Gainwell was extremely ineffective as a runner and wasn’t involved in the passing game at all. If Scott is available, I highly recommend you go and get him and Howard if he isn’t as their next matchup against the Chargers is very favorable for running backs and both will most likely see plenty of action.
Carlos Hyde, 6% rostered on Sleeper
Jacksonville struggled heavily this week and have most weeks, and know to add injury to insult James Robinson hurt his heel and may end up missing time. Due to Robinson’s injury, Hyde could see significant time although he will face a difficult matchup against the Bills next week but filled in okay but the game was basically garbage time this week almost immediately. Hyde rushed 9 times for 32 yards and caught 6 of 8 targets for 40 yards, don’t expect a lot if you end up adding him this week though as nothing seems to be going right for Jacksoville and its new head coach.
Running Back Honorable Mentions
Mark Ingram (37% rostered)
David Johnson (63% rostered) and Phillip Lindsay (26% rostered)-either if you are really, really desperate
Tajae Sharpe, 0% rostered on Sleeper
Much like the Titans, the Falcons are severely depleted at a key skill position, unlike the Titans it’s less about running backs and more about wide receivers. Calvin Ridley has decided to step away from football to focus on his mental health, hopefully he is able to find the help he needs and eventually returns to the game since he is a lot of fun to watch. However, the absence opens things up for other wide receivers and since Gage is most likely already owned and offers less help in yards after catch, TajaeSharpe may be the way to go if you are looking to fill in wide receiver spot. Sharpe tied with Pitts in terms of targets in the game against the Panthers and caught 5 of 6 targets for 58 yards. Not a lot of production to start but we are focused more on target volume, then on anything else and Sharpe has certainly been targeted in the games he has seen action in this year and he also has 5 years of experience as a receiver, so he isn’t a complete novice at this.
Jamal Agnew, 3% rostered on Sleeper
I do believe I have mentioned Agnew before, back when Sleeper still listed him at more than one position but he effectively one of the key receivers in the Jaguars passing game. Shenault is now playing on the outside, which he is ill suited for since he lacks the speed to separate on the boundary but while Shenaultis unfortunately suffering Agnew benefits as the Jaguars primary slot receiver. Agnew has seen 25 targets the last 3 games, made 17 receptions, and caught a touchdown. He may not have name recognition and he certainly isn’t as talented as Shenault or Marvin Jones Jr. but he will be relatively cheap to obtain, especially if Lawrence continues to pepper him with targets.
Wide Receiver Honorable Mentions
Russell Gage (37% rostered)
Darius Slayton (21% rostered)
Cedrick Wilson (3% rostered)
Pat Freiermuth, 26% rostered on Sleeper
A lot of my waiver adds for tight end are going to be repeats this week from previous weeks, so hopefully you either scooped one of them up already or happened to draft a solid contributor already. Freiermuth has been mentioned before in this article and I will mention him again since he continues to be targeted by Big Ben, catching 4 of 7 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown. That may not sound like much but with Harris, Claypool, and Diontae Johnson available for Big Ben, the rookie tight end getting any targets is an impressive accomplishment. If he is still available, you should definitely scoop him up, especially with the number of injuries pilling up and a lot of upcoming bye weeks.
Tyler Conklin, 29% rostered on Sleeper
Another repeat performer who is still criminally under rostered in most leagues. Conklin has seen at least 4 targets in every game but one this season and over 5 targets in 4 of the last 5 games. He hasn’t seen it translate into touchdowns, which is going to be hard with the Vikings receivers and Dalvin Cook around but that is still steady involvement in the passing game and he has over 40 yards in 4 games. This is another player where if you are desperate or need a tight end fill in, Conklin is a viable option although touchdowns may be hard to come by as he has gotten just one all season.
Tight End Honorable Mentions
Dan Arnold (12% rostered)