Week 9 Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome to Week 9! This week brings bout some of the saddest news of the year so far. Derrick Henry and Jameis Winston are out with injuries, and Calvin Ridley is taking time away to work on his mental health. It is important to remember that when playing this game, we should also take into account that these names on our screens are real people, with real lives. As we move on into week 9 waivers to see who can help win you your week, just remember to wish these players a full recovery, no matter what ails them. Have a good week!

Taysom Hill, QB, Saints 

Jameis Winston has been ruled out for the season after tearing his ACL in last week’s game. This comes as Hill is returning to the field after suffering a massive concussion a couple of weeks ago. Hill started a couple of games last year and kept the offense afloat. You are going to get some rushing upside with Hill, but the passing game is going to suffer. That said, he is worth a look if you need a viable replacement. 

Boston Scott, RB, Eagles 

Poor Kenny Gainwell owners. He is in line to get the start against the easiest defense he is gonna face all year. Jordan Howard was brought up, but mostly as insurance. The game begins, and enter Boston Scott. 12 touches,60 yards, and two touchdowns later, Boston Scott leads the backfield. The Eagles will face a Chargers run defense that has allowed the most rushing yards per game to opposing running backs, so pick him up as a must-start this week. 

Adrian Peterson, RB, Titans

Peterson signed with the Titansarlier this week as a stopgap measure to replace Derrick Henry. He carried for 604 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games with the Lions last season, so he is about as fresh as you can ask for.  Peterson has upside, at least for a few weeks, because he’ll be joining a run-heavy club, with a scheme that suits him. Jeremy McNichols will certainly continue to receive the bulk of the work on passing downs, but Peterson should get a decent amount of carries.

Jamal Agnew, WR, Jaguars

Agnew came in as a surprise this season, as he kind of just swooped in and took the job many expected would belong to Laviska Shenault.  In the previous three games, Agnew has been targeted 25 times. He scored his first career touchdown on Sunday. His arrow is trending up, as he has developed a solid rapport with QB Trevor Lawrence. 

Van Jefferson, WR,  Rams

The release of WR DeSean Jackson means that Jefferson is now locked into that #3 role in the Rams offense. Last week, he hauled in three catches on six targets for a total of 88 yards. He has seen 13 targets in the last 2 weeks, and that kind of consistent opportunity is tough to find on waivers this late in the year. Expect his volume to have a slight bump, as he continues to form chemistry with QB Matthew Stafford.

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Steelers

Pat is beginning to make some waves in fantasy TE land. The rookie tight end has had 14 targets in the last 2 weeks, second only to Diontae Johnson. Big Ben’s arm isn’t what it once was, and injuries and simply climbing the depth chart will allow for more opportunities for Freiermuth.