Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 9: Fields, Heinicke – Explained!

Justin Fields and Taylor Heinicke are reviving two stagnant offenses and might revive your fantasy staff off the waiver wire.

Six groups are on bye this week, so it’s time to hit the waiver wire.

The quarterback place stays harder to foretell than ever, however a number of QBs have nice matchups that may be streamed this week.

Our waiver wire pickup forward of Week 8, D’Onta Foreman, rewarded us handsomely this week. I’ve included some rookie RBs on this week’s article that might repay down the stretch.

At wideout, there are fairly a number of choices. I wrote about a number of, however you’ll want to additionally verify the “others” part on the backside of the wideout portion of the article to make sure you’re evaluating the perfect participant for your staff.

QUARTERBACKS WAIVER WIRE

Justin Fields (CHI) FAAB as much as 7%
Justin Fields completed as a high-seven QB in every of the final three weeks, together with Week 8, when he confronted off with a tricky Dallas protection. Fields accomplished 74% of his passes and earned the fourth-finest passer ranking of the week (120). Though the Chicago passing recreation isn’t excessive quantity—the staff’s 160 passing makes an attempt are tied for the least within the NFL with the Titans—Fields has the speeding potential to supply a strong ground. The Bears have been wanting higher of late, and this week they face a Miami protection that has surrendered the third-most passing yards and the sixth-most speeding yards to opposing QBs. Fields continues to be obtainable in 59% of fantasy soccer leagues.

Taylor Heinicke (WSH) FAAB as much as 3%
We had Heinicke in our waiver article a number of weeks in the past, and when you picked him up in a deeper league, he hasn’t allow you to down. Heinicke completed because the QB8 this week after a robust debut in Week 7. He’s additionally introduced Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson again to fantasy relevance. This week he has a pleasant matchup vs. a Raiders staff that permits a median of 24 factors per recreation to opposing operating backs. Heinicke is obtainable in 93% of leagues.

Andy Dalton (NO) FAAB as much as 3%
Dalton has made his case to stay the beginning QB for the Saints after he led a 24-0 shutout vs. the Raiders, finishing 73.3% of his passes for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Two weeks in the past, he threw for 368 yards and 4 touchdowns vs. the Cardinals, and he has one other juicy matchup this week as he squares off with Baltimore for Monday Night Football. The Ravens have allowed the third-most passing yards to opposing QBs this yr. Dalton is obtainable in 85% of leagues.

Others: Marcus Mariota (ATL), PJ Walker (CAR)

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RUNNING BACKS WAIVER WIRE

Chuba Hubbard (CAR) FAAB as much as 6%
Hubbard ought to be again this week, and although we noticed Foreman dominate this backfield final week with a monster recreation, it’s price remembering that two weeks in the past, earlier than Hubbard left the sport early with an ankle harm, he ran double the routes and had double the carries of Foreman. Foreman will probably nonetheless lead this backfield, however Carolina has had success that includes their operating backs, so each gamers ought to have loads of alternatives. Hubbard continues to be obtainable in 57% of leagues.

Kyren Williams (LAR) FAAB as much as 4%
We know there may be hassle in Los Angeles in that operating again room. Cam Akers is within the doghouse, and Darrell Henderson, Ronnie Rivers and Malcolm Brown all mixed for little impact and little fantasy worth on Sunday. Before his Week 1 harm, there have been rumors Williams was forward of Akers on the depth chart. Williams is eligible to return this week, and he has the chance to step up because the clear starter ought to the whole lot go properly. It’s a speculative add that might repay. He’s obtainable in 55% of leagues.

James Cook (BUF) FAAB as much as 4%
This is in regards to the level within the season when the rookies ought to begin to take off. Cook is trending in a optimistic route after he performed in entrance of Zack Moss on Sunday, although Moss was lively. Cook carried the ball 5 instances for 34 yards, and he caught a 41-yard move. The matchups down the stretch are straightforward for the Bills, so the rookie may get extra alternatives in these low-threat conditions.

Kenyan Drake (BAL) FAAB as much as 4%
Gus Edwards is coping with a hamstring harm, and if he can’t go Monday, Drake will lead this backfield. It’s not a fantastic matchup with the Saints, however there may very well be sufficient quantity to make him price an add. Drake is obtainable in 68% of leagues.

Others: Latavius Murray (DEN), Caleb Huntley (ATL), Khalil Herbert (CHI), Jaylen Warren (PIT), Isiah Pacheco (KC)

WIDE RECEIVERS WAIVER WIRE

Rondale Moore (ARI) FAAB Up to 7%
Moore has clearly secured the WR2 spot in Arizona. In Week 8, he caught seven passes for 92 yards and a landing and in addition rushed for one other 12 yards. He’s lined up in each the slot and out large, and his 169 routes run during the last 4 weeks are tied for the fifth-most amongst receivers. Arizona retains discovering itself in adverse recreation scripts, and the Cardinals have logged the second-most passing makes an attempt this yr (329). Volume, quantity, quantity. He’s obtainable in 65% of leagues.

Garrett Wilson (NYJ) FAAB as much as 6%
Wilson had a giant recreation on Sunday, catching six of his seven targets for 115 yards. There continues to be some concern about how helpful the Jets receivers could be with Zach Wilson at QB, but it surely’s clear Wilson is the WR to have, as Robert Saleh lately instructed reporters he desires to get Garrett Wilson extra concerned. The Jets definitely have numerous expertise at wideout. Hopefully, they are going to take benefit. Wilson is obtainable in 53% of leagues.

Alec Pierce (IND) FAAB as much as 6%
The Colts made a change at QB this week, and the one person who got here out of it OK was Alec Pierce. Pierce was already somebody that ought to have been in your fantasy radar, however with Sam Ehlinger below middle, Pierce has the possibility to take off. Ehlinger focused his receivers way more out large, with Pierce seeing 5 targets and ending with a staff-main 65 yards. His common depth of goal was 21.2 yards as in comparison with his earlier season-excessive of 15.5. That’s dangerous information for those that grabbed Parris Campbell, however the excellent news for those that can nonetheless get Pierce. He continues to be obtainable in 60% of leagues, and his ceiling might have simply gotten increased.

Darius Slayton (NYG) FAAB 3%
Slayton leads all Giants receivers with 232 yards this yr. He’s averaging 4 catches and 55 yards per recreation since Week 5. There aren’t many choices in NY, however Slayton appears to be Jones’s favourite goal of late. Kadarius Toney is gone to Kansas City, and Slayton may very well be the massive play man that steps up. He’s on bye this week, however he’s a future stash obtainable in 93% of leagues.

Terrace Marshall, Jr (CAR) FAAB 1%
If you’re in a deep league, why not take a shot on Terrace Marshall, Jr? Now that PJ Walker has led the Panthers to 2 consecutive wins, possibly we must always go all in. Marshall noticed 9 targets on Sunday, and he caught 4 of them for 87 yards. Walker confirmed off his large arm final week in that closing play to DJ Moore, so possibly there’s one thing brewing in Carolina. Marshall is obtainable in 99% of leagues.

Others: Demarcus Robinson (BAL), Nico Collins (HOU), Van Jefferson (LAR), Romeo Doubs (GB), Allen Robinson (LAR)

TIGHT ENDS WAIVER WIRE

Greg Dulcich (DEN) FAAB as much as 4%
The Denver offense appeared alive final week on the third quarter drive the place Russell Wilson frequently focused Dulcich. He completed the day because the Broncos’ main receiver with 87 yards on 4 catches. Dulcich has run a route 73.3% of the time whereas blocking solely 7% of the time. Dulcich is obtainable in 58% of leagues.

Evan Engram (JAC) FAAB 3%
Engram lastly received into the top zone! Engram has had 4 consecutive 50-yard video games, and amongst tight ends, he has run the fifth-most routes within the league (195). He’s taking part in 77.6% of the snaps and averaging 4 catches per recreation. That’s ground on the skinny TE place. He’s obtainable in 57% of leagues.

Isaiah Likely (BAL) FAAB 3%
After Mark Andrews left with a shoulder harm, gifted rookie Isaiah Likely had a implausible recreation. There was numerous buzz about Likely popping out of camp, and we lastly received to see him in motion. Likely caught six of his seven targets for 77 yards and a landing vs. the Buccaneers on Thursday. He ended the sport because the main receiver. With Rashaad Bateman out for a minimum of a number of weeks, and Mark Andrews coping with a shoulder problem, Likely may very well be a pickup in deeper leagues. He’s nonetheless there in 95% of leagues.

Others: Hayden Hurst (CIN), Tyler Conklin (NYJ) 

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