Well Rush Nation, what a shocker Week 8 was. Who could have imagined that Halloween was really the weekend that backup Quarterbacks came out to play. If you took a spooky loss on Halloween, don’t worry. Because, I am here with the Waiver Wire Week 9 adds to put things right.
So, without further ado, lets look as those Waiver Wire Week 9 additions.
No, I’m not joking here. Mike White was awesome on Sunday. And that is because there is no pressure on him. He can just go, ball out, do Mike White things and see what happens. There is zero expectation on him. There is some logic to this Waiver Wire Week 9 pick and that is the Colts have allowed over 23 points per game on average to opposing QBs this season. Therefore, White can continue to do White like things on Thursday Night Football. J-E-T-E JETS JETS JETS (Not a spelling error, just look up J-E-T-E NFL Draft in Google)
With the probably ACL tear for Jameis Winston, it looks like Taysom Hill will be under centre in Week 9 vs Atlanta. And, I get it, he’s not an exciting option. However, in the four games he started last week, he scored 24, 17.5, 23.5 and 19 Fantasy Points. He’s a lot better and more reliable than the other options due to his safe rushing floor. It should be said that Atlanta are the second worst team in giving up fantasy points to QB’s this season.
Boston Scott has managed to do what Miles Sanders has not managed this season, finish in the top 12 Running Backs on the week. However, whist Jordan Howard also scored two touchdowns, some might panic. Don’t worry. Scott got all the elite touches when this was a contest against the Lions. Scott projects to be a mid to low range RB2 whilst Sanders remains on IR. The Chargers are also the second worst defense coming into Week 8 when it comes to points allowed to fantasy Running Backs. Scott is a top Waiver Wire Week 9 add.
I did say a couple of weeks ago that Hyde would be one of those backs that would need to be owned if there was an injury. Now, with Robinson leaving the game on Sunday, it could mean that Hyde might be the lead back on Sunday. Hyde was actually effective when he came into the game. Also, he will demand the majority of the work in the backfield, with only Dare Ogunbowale for competition. Therefore, if Robinson does miss time, Hyde will have RB2 upside against the Bills.
Whilst I do expect Davante Adams to be out of COVID Protocols and back for Sunday, I still want to add Randall Cobb to my team. He is clearly the number 2 WR in Green Bay and the Packers have a juicy matchup with the Chiefs in Week 9. I imagine several folks will want to add Cobb after his two touchdown performance on Thursday Night Football. However, you should be viewing him as a long term play. Having said that, don’t go crazy on the FAAB bucks on him. There are plenty more to target.
Another pick from the Thursday Night game, which isn’t ideal. However, Crowder has seen 30 targets in his last 4 games. That is target share and volume that cannot be ignored. Regardless of who is throwing him the ball, he is still getting his volume. Sunday saw his best figures of the season, which was 8-84. With this amount of volume, he is due a Touchdown soon. Maybe it comes Thursday night.
Here we go! So many people wanted a Freiermuth breakout. And perhaps we are starting to see one. He caught the game-winning Touchdown versus the Browns on Sunday. Also, he is starting to see more targets now Eric Ebron is out of the picture. At least, in the short term. I don’t project a huge ceiling for Freiermuth this season. However, for a bye week cover, he is worth a shot at getting a Touchdown most weeks. He will be a mid-range TE2 for most of the season.
I know he blanked last week. And, I know most people will give up on Alie-Cox. He might even get dropped this week. However, I see this as an opportunity. If you own Gronk, who is going to struggle for the rest of the season, or a Tight End on bye, this is the perfect time to grab Alie-Cox. Because, he won’t be on most players minds this week due to his blank. You can probably steal him for $1-$2 max or a low priority. Perfect buying time, as Wentz loves his Tight Ends to throw to. And the Jets are near the bottom of conceding fantasy Points to Tight Ends.
Since Badgley landed with the team after Blankenship hit IR this year, he has gone 3/3 on Field Goals and 11/11 on Extra Points. This week, Badgley has the Jets, a team who gives up more points to fantasy football Kickers than any other team. This is a simple add for a one week or more play.
I actually don’t think the Dolphins played badly on Sunday against the Bills. This week, they get to play the Houston Texans at home. This team can get pressure and I expect them, after a tough run of fixtures, to get right versus the Texans.
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– Murf (@Murf_NFL)