Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 9: Tyreek Hill injury, ‘Patriots starting RB’ Cordarelle Patterson, more free agent pickup notes
We don’t blame fantasy football owners who don’t want to hear about the top Week 9 fantasy waiver wire pickups — not after last week when nearly every site encouraged you to pick up Chris Ivory, Raheem Mostert, Ronald Jones II, Kenjon Barner, Jalen Richard, and Doug Martin. The latter two at least gave you something, but the other four were giants wastes of a waiver claim and roster space. The good news is there aren’t many worthwhile waiver adds this week, but you can bet there will be some free agent activity — be it scrounging for Tyreek Hill’s injury replacement(s) or finding out if this whole “Cordarelle Patterson as New England’s starting RB” thing is for real — when waivers clear around 4-5 a.m. ET on Wednesday in ESPN and Yahoo leagues.
Make no mistake, our full free agent list is packed with potential fill-ins for this week’s six-team bye. The end of the list is full of quarterback, tight end, and D/ST streamers, and there are numerous RBs and WRs sprinkled throughout. You might be surprised by how many borderline WRs with favorable matchups there are this week, including Tyreek Hill’s potential replacement(s), so don’t settle for an underwhelming WR3 on your bench without checking the wire first. (And if you need a replacement kicker, please consult our Week 9 kicker rankings…or just pick one randomly. Whatever, it’s kicker.)
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Unfortunately, the guys worth using waiver claims on this week are mostly the same old boring backs from the past couple weeks (Peyton Barber, Raheem Mostert, Frank Gore, etc.). Unless you’re really in need of a low-ceiling starter, it’s probably best to hold onto your waiver claim, work early and smart during the free agency period, and hope to move up the claims list this week.
Week 9 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups and free agent adds for Week 9
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Patriots. In a classic Bill Belichick move, Patterson functioned as the Patriots lead runner on Monday, running for 38 yards on 10 carries (compared to four yards on two carries for Kenjon Barner). Does this mean anything? Probably not, especially if Sony Michel (knee) is back. But with the Pats playing on Sunday night, fantasy owners will likely need a backup plan, and Patterson might very well be a worthwhile fill-in. (Or he might be a healthy scratch because that’s the type of thing the Pats would do.). Either way, it’s worth grabbing Patterson as a free agent just to give yourself options.
MORE WEEK 9: Full waiver list | DFS advice
Chris Conley, WR, Chiefs. With Tyreek Hill nursing a groin injury, Conley has a chance to the No. 2 wide receiver in one of the NFL’s top two offenses in Week 9 — in a favorable matchup at Cleveland, no less. Demarcus Robinson is also in play as a WR3, but Conley has more targets than him this year and could be a sneaky play in this bye-heavy week.
WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end (coming soon)
Raheem Mostert/Alfred Morris, RBs, 49ers. Matt Breida (ankle) has been banged up for the better part of the last couple weeks, and he left last Sunday’s game limping after a nasty hit. With a quick turnaround for a Thursday night game, he may not be ready to play. If that happens, Raheem Mostert and Alfred Morris would split carries — for real this time, we swear. Mostert would likely get the start if Breida is out, as he saw more action when Breida left Week 7 with the injury. Kyle Shanahan’s backfield is unpredictable, so it’s hard to tell what the exact roles will be. Either way, both Mostert and Morris should be owned for this week, as both could be flex plays in a favorable matchup against Oakland.
David Moore, WR, Seahawks. Moore was Russell Wilson’s favorite target last Sunday, posting a team-high four catches for 97 yards and a score. He’s now scored in three straight games (four total). The TD came on a nice play that saw him stay with a deflected ball and reel it in as he escaped a tackle and worked his way into the end zone. Moore should continue to see opportunities in the Seattle offense, and while it’s a run-based unit, Wilson throws the ball enough to make Moore a factor. He’s an interesting option in Week 9 against the Chargers and beyond.
Check out our full waiver list for more worthwhile RB adds, such as Josh Adams and Ito Smith, and a bunch of QB, WR, TE and D/ST streamers.
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