Fantasy Football Week 9: Waiver Wire

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Of my top 5 waiver picks last week, only Denard “Shoelace” Robinson increased his fantasy value with his 2nd consecutive 100-yard rushing game. Both Buffalo RBs disappointed, the Rams went back to a true RBBC for some reason, and Doug Baldwin couldn’t repeat his strong performance as the Seahawks new #1 WR. My 2nd-tier of picks turned out much better with Allen Robinson, Branden LaFell, and Andre Holmes all finding the end zone.

Fantasy owners got a break this week as no sure-thing starters went down with a major injury. It does make this week’s waiver wire a bit boring though as there are no new starting RBs or WRs to pick up. You can still find some value though with some holdovers from the last few weeks and a couple high-upside rookie WRs who are starting to produce.

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Every week on Tuesday, I will be posting my top waiver pick ups for the week. Only players owned in under 50% of Yahoo leagues will qualify. There are all sorts of leagues out there with different levels of competition and varying player pool depths, so I will have a few picks with under 50% ownership, a few under 30%, 15%,  and at least one super sleeper under 5%. Most weeks I also be listing a few players that may be popular waiver adds that I think you should pass on (the Kevin Ogletrees) and I’ll give you my reasons why of course. If there are any players you have a specific question about feel free to hit me up in the comments or on Twitter.

Week 9 Waiver Picks

WR Allen Robinson, Jags (24%) – Should be owned in way more leagues. Robinson is the clear #1 option for Blake Bortles and a solid WR3/Flex the rest of the season.

WR Andre Holmes, Raiders (42%) – The Raiders offense isn’t great, but they threw the ball 54 times last week and with no running game that should be close to the norm moving forward. Holmes is one of Carr’s primary options and his best deep threat, which makes him fantasy relevant the rest of the way. I started Holmes as my Flex in two leagues last week and will continue to do so.

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WR Donte Moncrief, Colts (3%) – Had one of the highest ceilings of all the rookie WRs due to his size (6’2, 221) / speed (4.40) ratio, but was considered a year or two away from producing. It looks like Moncrief is ahead of schedule after his 7 catch, 113 yard, 1 TD game last week. Reggie Wayne is banged up (and old) and Hakeem Nicks blows, so Moncrief could lock down the WR2 slot in a fantasy-friendly Colts offense.

WR Brandon LaFell, Patriots (36%) – In the last three games is averaging just over 7 targets and has scored 3 TDs. The Pats seem to have fixed their O-line issues and Brady’s trust in LaFell is growing (11 targets last week). LaFell is a solid WR3/Flex option for the 2nd half of the season.

WR Andrew Hawkins, Browns (33%) – Take away week 6’s 0-catch dud, and Hawkins is averaging 6 catches and 78 yards per game on just over 10 targets. Baby Hawk is Brian Hoyer’s go-to WR and he finally found the end zone for the first time in week 8. Hawkins is a solid play in PPR leagues.