NFL Waiver Wire: Week 9 Pickups

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There are six goodbye teams this week, and while it seems like another slow week for the waiver thread, all those teams not playing make it more interesting. Let’s see who can help you.

This column is geared towards the “standard” 12-team leagues and based on a $100 free agent budget. Please adjust your league according to the number of teams (I’m in a 24 team league, for example) and the remaining budget.

STRATEGIST

Primary targets

Justin FieldsCHI- Fields is listed in 42% of Yahoo leagues, but that number is expected to skyrocket this week given what he has done. He has scored a fantastic 22.3, 27.2 and 27.6 points in his last three games, the key being his ability to direct the ball. He’s averaged more than 10 carries per game in his last three and also had two rushing touchdowns. He doesn’t have a bye until Week 14 and his next three games — Miami, Detroit and Atlanta — are positive matchups for him. FAAB: $10 to $20

COME BACK

Secondary targets

by Ernest JohnsonKEY – Kareem Hunt has been the subject of trade rumors, but the Browns are still in the hunt (see what I did there) in the division after Monday night’s win. Johnson had four runs in the blowout win over the Bengals. That role could expand if Kareem is transferred to another team before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline. At the start of the season, Johnson averaged at least five yards per carry on his first

There are six goodbye teams this week, and while it seems like another slow week for the waiver thread, all those teams not playing make it more interesting. Let’s see who can help you.

This column is geared towards the “standard” 12-team leagues and based on a $100 free agent budget. Please adjust your league according to the number of teams (I’m in a 24 team league, for example) and the remaining budget.

STRATEGIST

Primary targets

Justin FieldsCHI- Fields is listed in 42% of Yahoo leagues, but that number is expected to skyrocket this week given what he has done. He has scored a fantastic 22.3, 27.2 and 27.6 points in his last three games, the key being his ability to direct the ball. He’s averaged more than 10 carries per game in his last three and also had two rushing touchdowns. He doesn’t have a bye until Week 14 and his next three games — Miami, Detroit and Atlanta — are positive matchups for him. FAAB: $10 to $20

COME BACK

Secondary targets

by Ernest JohnsonKEY – Kareem Hunt has been the subject of trade rumors, but the Browns are still in the hunt (see what I did there) in the division after Monday night’s win. Johnson had four runs in the blowout win over the Bengals. That role could expand if Kareem is transferred to another team before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline. At the start of the season, Johnson is averaging at least five yards per carry in his first three years in the league. FAAB: $4 to $8

Ronnie RiversLAR- Rivers led the Rams backfield on Sunday, but the situation is one to read. Kyren Williams could be back this week, and maybe Rivers got more work just because Darrell Henderson was sick during the week. Henderson could reclaim his starting role as early as this week. Rivers has also shown himself to be a capable receiver out of the backfield, and for now, it’s probably safe to say he’ll get 8-10 touches per game. FAAB: $4 to $8

WIDE RECEIVER

Secondary targets

DeAndré CarterBAC – Carter gets a mention this week because of all the injuries that have plagued the Chargers. Mike Williams will miss several weeks, Joshua Palmer suffers a concussion and Keenan Allen is recovering from a hamstring injury. I’m not too optimistic about Carter’s fantastic prospects, but Justin Herbert is an elite quarterback who will target him. FAAB: $3 to $6

TIGHT END

Primary targets

Probable IsaiahBALL- Mark Andrews is suffering from shoulder and ankle injuries and his status is uncertain. He probably had a big game in relief from Andrews on Thursday night, finishing 7-6-77-1 in a game-winning effort against Tampa Bay. Watch Andrews’ status this week and adjust your bid to Probably accordingly. He’s probably a much better receiver than blocker, which is what we’re looking for for fantasy purposes. FAAB: $5 to $10

Greg DulcichDEN – If Russell Wilson could make Will Dissly a household name, we should all pay attention to Dulcich, who is a more talented receiver. Dulcich finished Sunday morning’s game with four catches for 87 yards and looked more like a wide receiver than a tight end at times. I seem to say this every week, but the tight end has been pretty barren this season, which puts Dulcich among the top waiver demands. FAAB: $5 to $10

DEFENSE

Secondary targets

Cincinnati Bengals – This is by no means a ringing endorsement of their defense, but more of a streaming pick considering they have a home game against the Panthers. Although the Panthers beat Tampa Bay and lost a tight game (which they should have won) to the Falcons in overtime, I don’t think Carolina is some kind of elite team. Look for the Bengals to create multiple turnovers and possibly create a scoring opportunity with their special teams. FAAB: $2 to $4

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