The Week 9 Waiver Wire is providing a multitude of options considering we are passing the midway point of the 2020 NFL season. There are RBs with upside, WRs seeing volume and a TE who steps into a massive void.
Who should you be adding this week?
Justin Jackson | RB | Los Angeles Chargers
Rostered in 56% of Yahoo Leagues
The Chargers backfield has been a wild ride since Austin Ekeler went down. Despite looking great in a complementary role, Joshua Kelley has been unable to produce as the featured option. That opened the door for Justin Jackson, who when healthy has been impressive.
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In two of the Chargers last three contests Jackson has seen 15 plus carries averaging 4.95 YPC in those games. It has also been great to see how involved he can be in the passing game. Jackson has 5 plus targets in each of his last 3 games.
With this offense continuing to impress under Justin Herbert, Jackson has the potential to be fantasy relevant over the short term. The PPR floor he has shown only adds to his value. Place waiver claims on him this week if you need RB help down the stretch.
Zack Moss | RB | Buffalo Bills
Rostered in 54% of Yahoo Leagues
While the backfield split remains in Buffalo with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, the RB you should be rostering is the one that is available in almost half of Yahoo leagues. It is Moss and not Singletary who is getting the work inside the red zone and at the goal line.
Despite playing in 3 fewer games, Moss has 3 more carries inside the 10 and 2 more inside the 5. When they run the ball in close it should be Moss and not Singletary when both are healthy.
If two options are sharing work and one is getting the opportunities when they get in close, that is the one you should be rostering and playing. If Moss continues to display his talents, he could overtake this backfield and take the lion’s share of the work down the stretch. Add him this week before he is rostered in your leagues.
Damien Harris | RB | New England
Rostered in 47% of Yahoo Leagues
Damien Harris has been a double-edged sword thus far. The good news starts with Harris seeing 10 or more carries in 3 of 4 games since being activated. Two of those performances have resulted with 100 plus rushing yard performances.
The bad news is this is still a Bill Belichick team that makes strange decisions especially when it comes to his RBs. This week the Patriots head to New Jersey to face the Jets. This game script should provide a heavy volume outing for Harris. If you need a RB this week, he should be your top option.
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Other RB Options: Jordan Wilkins, Donta Foreman, Tony Pollard
Marvin Jones | WR | Detroit Lions
Rostered in 49% of Yahoo Leagues
With Kenny Golloday of for at least a week and likely more due to a hip injury, a pair of Marvins will be the biggest benefactor. Marvin Jones will be my favorite target. He has seen 18 targets over the last 3 weeks. He also scored two TDs on Sunday with Golladay sidelined.
If Jones is already rostered and you have to dig deeper, take a look at Marvin Hall. He saw 7 targets on Sunday catching 4 for 113 yards. Hall had only seen 8 targets all season prior to this contest.
Even with Matthew Stafford and the Lions passing attack not living up to preseason predictions, there should be enough volume in this offense for these two pass catchers to provide fantasy value in the short term.
Corey Davis | WR | Tennessee Titans
Rostered in 48% of Yahoo Leagues
Corey Davis may be my favorite add of the Week 9 waiver wire run, and not just because he plays for my favorite team. Since returning from the COVID, he has seen 10 targets in each of the Titans last two games finding the end zone in both contests.
The Titans are giving QB Ryan Tannehill plenty of opportunities this season to throw the ball even when Derrick Henry is mauling defenders. Its wild to think but Tennesse has evolved into a Vikings like offense with two fantasy relevant options at WR and a stud RB.
Enjoy the fantasy production for Davis who is proving he deserves a decent contract this offseason.
Jalen Reagor | WR | Philadelphia Eagles
Rostered in 24% of Yahoo Leagues
Are you looking for long term help at WR? Jalen Reagor is a great option for those that don’t need help this week. He saw 6 targets in his first game back from injury. He caught 1 TD and it was almost 2 as the ball bounced off of his finger tips late against Dallas.
Now, Travis Fulgham is the WR1 in this offense, at least for 2020. But Carson Wentz is in dire need of options to throw the ball to. Reagor should see plenty of work and help remind everyone why the Eagles drafted him early in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Kendrick Bourne | WR | San Francisco 49ers
Rostered in 8% of Yahoo Leagues
The dealing with a ton of issues on both sides of the ball season and will be without several key contributors on offense. These injuries open the door for Kenbdrick Bourne as a fantasy relevant option going forward. He saw 10 targets against Seattle with a majority coming from Nick Mullens who replaced an injured Jimmy Garappolo.
The Niners have a quick turn around against a Packers team that should force them to throw. Look for Bourne to get plenty of volume over the next few weeks. Add him as a solid flex play or bye week fill in down the stretch.
Other WR Options: Allen Lazard, Henry Ruggs, Mike Williams
Ross Dwelley | TE | San Francisco 49ers
Rostered in 0% of Yahoo Leagues
If you are looking through a bargain bin for a TE that may have fantasy value down the stretch, Ross Dwelly should be your guy. George Kittle’s season is likely done for the season with a foot injury.
In steps Dwelly, who has seen 4 targets in two games this season. The first game was against the Giants when neither Kittle nor Jimmy Garoppolo played. The second came on Sunday when both players were out of the game with injuries.
The 49ers are built in an offense that utilizes the TE a ton. Kittle was averaging over 8 targets per game thus far. While the idea of getting that kind of volume is pretty unrealistic, there’s little reason to doubt his potential involvement.
As sad as it may be for 49ers fans, the Mullen to Dwelly connection should be one of the few bright spots down the stretch.
Other TE Options: Eric Ebron, Harrison Bryant, Trey Burton
Good luck in Week 9 and down the stretch!