Week 9 of the 2020 Fantasy Football season is in the books and the fantasy playoff picture is starting to take shape. Are you jockeying for seeding position? Or are you on the playoff bubble? Let’s hit the waiver wire to solidify your position in the tournament.
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Add these Quarterbacks via Waiver Wire
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
I’m recommending Carr for a 2nd straight week. The Raiders are very comfortable running the football and playing good defense to win games; but they will need Carr to put it in the air the next three weeks against the Broncos, Chiefs, and Falcons. Here’s another opportunity to scoop Carr up as a bye week replacement or if your starter has a tough matchup.
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers
Teddy continued his breakout 2020 campaign this past week with a 310 yard passing game and 3 total TDs. Although he may not have Christian McCaffrey this week, Bridgewater has played well without his start running back thus far. Mike Davis, Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, and Curtis Samuel are all playmakers with the ball in their hands. A 71.9% completion rate with a 2:1 TD to interception ratio makes Bridgewater rostersable in competitive leagues.
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
Did you beat the rush to grab Tua when I recommended him last week? The Dolphins and Tua had a huge win on Sunday against the Cardinals and they won in very different fashion, led by Tagovailoa. Against the Rams the defense and special teams allowed Tua to just manage the game. However, this week against Kyler Murray, it was Tua’s arm that got it done in a shootout. He had 248 yards and 2 touchdowns but his accuracy and playmaking ability really stood out against a tough defense.
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Yea Lock balled against a Falcons defense that hasn’t been good all season long; but the young Broncos quarterback has showed his ability to make plays outside the pocket and drive the ball downfield. The Broncos have at least 40 passing attempts the last three games and I believe they will continue to air it out moving forward.
Add these Running Backs
Matt Brieda, Miami Dolphins
Not a huge week for running backs off the waiver wire, but Breida has some upside with the injury to Myles Gaskin. The Dolphins utilized Salvon Ahmed and Jordan Howard due to Breida’s hamstring injury. However, once he gets healthy he’ll be the guy leading them in carries. If healthy ride Breida until Gaskins returns from injury.
J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team
Here’s a PPR play as McKissic can rack up receptions in bunches especially with check down Alex Smith under center. McKissic ran a league high 31 running back pass routes on Sunday and gobbled up 9 receptions on 14 targets. He probably won’t get that many targets per game moving forward; but you can expect around 8 targets per game with Smith as his new quarterback.
Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers
When is Austin Ekeler coming back for the Chargers? It shouldn’t be this week therefore Ballage is a good waiver wire add in the short term. Justin Jackson’s injury opens up an opportunity for Ballage to add to his 15 carry 69 yards and a TD Week 9 performance. Keep an eye on Troymaine Pope’s injury status.
Add these Wide Receivers via Waiver Wire
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
One of the biggest winners at the trade deadline was Lazard as a Will Fuller to the Packers trade didn’t get done. Lazard has been out since his 146-yard Week 3 receiving game with a core muscle injury. Once he returns to the lineup he’ll be getting a lot of single coverage with stud WR Davante Adams on the other side. Grab Lazard before it’s too late.
Denzel Mims, New York Jets
The Jets have been abysmal this year but they have some young talent they can build around. Rookie receiver Mims is one of those players that can make big plays with competent quarterback play. He’s finally healthy and the Jets want to feed him the football. Stash him now.
Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers
I tried to tell you last week that Samuel has been very involved in the Panthers offense. After his 2 TD Week 8 performance, Samuel had season highs with 9 targets 9 receptions and 105 receiving yards this past Sunday. Ride him while he’s hot. Curtis gets an added boost with McCaffrey injured again.
Other Wide Receivers I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –
- Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
- Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
Add these Tight Ends
Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears
Jimmy Graham shouldn’t be under 50% ownership as a tight end that’s been consistent all season long. The tight end position has once again disappointed in 2020 therefore a player with at least 5 targets in 8 of the 9 weeks should be on your roster.
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns
Hooper should be back on the field in Week 10. It’s hard out here for a consistent tight end so Hooper can help your fantasy team.
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