It’s that time of year. No, not Christmas, but the annual scramble for waiver wire scraps. There is very little in terms of viable long term options so keep that in mind when placing your waiver claims. However, there are some players in great streaming spots on the week nine waiver wire that can go a long way towards helping you win this week.
All players listed below will be available in around 50% or less of leagues on at least one of Yahoo! and ESPN. Not all options listed below are plays for the week, but players you should keep your eye on for future production.
Drew Lock (Yahoo 10%, ESPN 6%)
After being plagued by injuries to start the season Lock seemed to put it together in a comeback win against the Chargers. It’s still undetermined whether that was a sign of things to come, but a dome matchup against the 31st ranked Falcons pass defense makes for a good streaming spot.
Nick Foles (Yahoo 9%, ESPN 11%)
Rostering any QB in Chicago is not the best idea, but there is some streaming appeal here. Foles may not have the highest ceiling but he offers a decent floor averaging 13.4 PPG. These next two weeks are as good as any to play him with matchups against Tennessee and Minnesota who are both in the bottom 10 in points allowed per game to QB’s.
Daniel Jones (Yahoo 26%, ESPN 18%)
It took some time but the Giants offense seems to be finding a groove with the return of Sterling Shepard. Jones still has ways to go as a passer but offers significant rushing upside for the position with 20+ yards in all but one game. Three of his next four games feature three of the five defenses who have allowed the most rushing yards to opposing QB’s.
Damien Harris (Yahoo 48%, ESPN 45%)
It is never a good idea to trust running backs for fantasy under Bill Belichick, but Damien Harris has stood out as the best back on the Patriots by far this year. He has two 100 yard performances in four games and is averaging over five yards a carry. A Monday night showdown with the Jets puts Harris in a fantastic spot to truly breakout.
JaMycal Hasty (Yahoo 42%, ESPN 62%)
The revolving door known as the San Francisco running back room has welcomed another UDFA. Tevin Coleman injured his knee on Sunday after returning from IR leaving Hasty and Jerick McKinnon as the only healthy backs. He was far from good against Seattle, but Kyle Shanahan’s offense is notorious for getting the most out of their backs. He is a must add in every league.
Deejay Dallas (Yahoo 25%, ESPN 19%)
With Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde out against San Francisco Dallas showed up with 41 yards rushing, five catches, and two total touchdowns. Carson’s status is still up in the air for Sunday, but if he is out expect Dallas to lead the backfield again. He would make for a great streaming option against Buffalo’s 26th ranked rushing defense.
Cam Akers (Yahoo 31%, ESPN 31%)
After Darrel Henderson left Sunday’s game against Miami Cam Akers was the 1A to Malcolm Brown’s 1B. It seems like Brown is locked into the short-side of the running back rotation no matter who is healthy, making Akers an upside pickup if Henderson isn’t able to return after this week’s bye. We’ve seen numerous late season breakouts in years past, and Akers has that opportunity more than any other back available on the week nine waiver wire.
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Marvin Jones Jr. (Yahoo 51%, ESPN 56%)
Jones looks to be heating up after putting up five catches for 80 yards in week seven and scoring two touchdowns last week. He should see an increase in targets going forward with Kenny Golladay injuring his hip on Sunday. He makes for a great flex play this week against Minnesota.
Sterling Shepard (Yahoo 44%, ESPN 67%)
As I mentioned above the return of Shephard seems to have given the Giant’s offense some life. In two games back he has caught 14 of 18 targets for 133 yards and a touchdown. He has turned into a security blanket for Jones and should see a steady diet of targets going forward. Shepard is one of the better options on the Week 9 waiver wire.
Kendrick Bourne (Yahoo 8%, ESPN 9%)
Bourne turned in a season best performance against Seattle with eight catches on 10 targets for 81 yards. With Kittle essentially out for the season Bourne should continue to be the number two option in the passing game until Deebo Samuel returns. He is a worthy flex option this week against Green Bay on Thursday.
Darnell Mooney (Yahoo 6%, ESPN 6%)
Mooney is far from lighting the world on fire, but he has been targeted at least five times in six straight games. While still more of a depth option at this point, he is in a good spot to put up points against the porous Tennessee and Minnesota secondaries.
Allen Lazard (Yahoo 34%, ESPN 32%)
Lazard looks set to return this week after missing the previous four games with a core injury. He was the clear number two option for Rodgers when healthy and should immediately step back into a prominent role with none of the Packers’ receivers separating themselves from the pack (no pun intended).
Hunter Renfrow (Yahoo 22%, ESPN 18%)
The former Clemson receiver has been one of the more reliable slot options this season, reaching 40 yards in four of his last five with two touchdowns. He is in a fantastic spot this week as the Raiders should be playing behind and looking to throw the ball a lot more than usual. Renfrow thrives in these game scripts.
Jordan Reed (Yahoo 3%, ESPN 2%)
Reed is being activated off IR this week and it couldn’t have come at a better time with Kittle set to miss eight weeks. Outside of Travis Kelce the TE position has been a barren wasteland this season. Kyle Shanahan’s offense heavily features the TE, making Reed a priority add this week.
Washington Football Team (Yahoo 19%, ESPN 23%)
Washington gets to face a Giants team coming off a short week at home. They are allowing the fourth fewest yards per game, have an interception in all but one game this season, and know how to get after the QB averaging three sacks a game. As we saw last night Daniel Jones is bound to make a few bonehead plays a game. They are the top defensive add on the week nine waiver wire.
Houston Texans (Yahoo 6%, ESPN 2%)
Another team in a great spot is the Texans. They will welcome the Jaguars sixth round draft pick Jake Luton to the NFL this week. They have been far from good this year but the Jaguars struggled with Minshew under center and I don’t see it getting better with Luton. There is some risk involved, but they are in a prime spot. If there is any week to play them, this is it.