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Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups – Week 9

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As we move into Week 9, I am hoping you have been paying attention to the pivot selections that we continue to update you through twitter. With some changes last week, Carlos Hyde and Richard Rodgers all had unfavorable changes to their lineup; therefore we pivoted to Wayne Gallman and Harrison Bryant. As playoffs are nearing, we need to look at some long-term roster decisions in hope to maximize opportunities for when the games matter most. Lets recap.

Teddy Bridgewater: 16.0
PIVOT Wayne Gallman: 13.9
Joshua Kelly DROP: 3.7
Rashard Higgins: 1.9
Brandon Aiyuk: 19.1
PIVOT Harrison Bryant: 2.0
Tennessee Titans Defense: -4.0

Teddy 2 Gloves didn’t have the best of weeks, ATL had a better defense than normal, and due to what we all thought was a serious injury (it wasn’t), Teddy missed some game time causing lower totals. Wayne Gallman was our pivot of the week, and boy are we glad we decided that. Joshua Kelly again is underperforming and trying to build his way into his rookie season; hopefully he will get his feet under him soon. Higgins hasn’t had the opportunity to breakout, but hopefully will have more targets in the coming weeks. Aiyuk was the stud of the week, and looks to be a serious WR option moving forward for the remainder of the season. Harrison Bryant, as we noted is a boom or bust play, and boy was he a bust. Titans, I have nothing to say here, unfortunately allowing 367 offensive yards isn’t a good thing for a defense…

RULES: These picks will be for players that are UNDER 40% rostered (ESPN Rankings) in standard leagues. These selections will not only be starting caliber players, but will also provide bench depth for the comings weeks. Reminder, these players will not always be for the respective week, we plan to look ahead a bit to beat the mass pickup as the player gains notoriety or favorable matchup.  Any future projections will be noted in the body of the analysis.

Drew Lock fantasy

QB: Drew Lock- DEN (5.1% Rostered)

I love Drew Lock for the next few weeks. While he is still very young and raw, he has all the talent in the world to be a top QB prospect in Denver for years to come. Lock is coming off the best week of his 2020 campaign vs. the Chargers where he threw for 248 yards and 3 TD (30.6 fantasy points). While Lock has seen many ups and downs throughout this season, he has favorable matchups in the coming weeks. In Week 9, the Broncos take on the Falcons, who are allowing on average, 29.0 fantasy points per game to the opposing QB. In Week 10, Lock will face the Raiders, who are allowing 22.7 fantasy points to the opposing QB. Both of these defenses are in the bottom 5 in the NFL currently against the QB position, and Locke will be no different than the likes of Foles, Bridgewater, Newton and Brady, all of which had outstanding fantasy days against these two struggling teams. Lock has a stable of young WR that he looks to frequently, and with Hamilton, Hamler, Jeudy and Fant all playing well this season, they are having no issues moving the ball down field, regardless of the lost of Cortland Sutton. The Falcons are giving up 29.0 fantasy points per game to the WR position, and 12.0 points per game to the opposing TE, this will create multiple air options to move the ball down field. Lock will be a solid option with a high ceiling against these struggling defenses.

Mike Davis
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RB CUT: Mike Davis- CAR (96.5% Rostered)

Mike Davis is slowly but surely going to ride off into the sunset. While Matt Rhule has made comments that when McCaffrey returns to action, Davis will still see action, but in order to capitalize enough on those minimal opportunities is going to be a tall task. In CMC’s absence, Davis has been a very serviceable RB1 and has borderline career season through only 7 games as the RB1. Davis has had 350 rushing yards and 244 receiving yards, and has crossed the goal line 4 times through 7 games. While there still is the possibility that CMC will ease back into full competition, it is unlikely that Davis will receive any serviceable touches in meaningful games. Prior to the CMC injury, Davis was seeing less than 30% of offensive snaps, while CMC was out, he was seeing 79.3% of offensive snaps, which will lessen moving forward. While all fantasy owners appreciate what Davis has done as a serious waiver pickup early in the season, it is time to close the chapter on this book as CMC gears up for action.  

DeeJay Dallas

RB: DeeJay Dallas- SEA (11.7% Rostered)

As of recently, the running back position in Seattle has been very questionable. With Carson missing some time due to a foot injury, and Hyde also sidelined with a grocery list of issues, there has been uncertainty in who will carry the rock. Although Carson’s availability is up in the air for Week 9, there is a likeliness that he will not see the field, and with Hyde out, Dallas, the 2020 4th round pick out of Miami is going to be the primary back. In Week 8, Carson was a GTD, and ended up missing time, relinquishing the primary role to Dallas. In his first official RB1 start of his career, Dallas had 18 carries for 41 yards and a TD, as well as 5 receptions for 17 yards and a TD (22.1 points). While these yardage stat lines aren’t outstanding, he was able to produce nonetheless. Seattle has a tough opponent in Week 9 where they will face a stout Buffalo Defense, but with them giving up an average of 19.0 points per game to the opposing RB, there will be some opportunities for the sole back to get some work. With so many questions in the backfield, if both Carson and Hyde miss the game, Dallas is a must have. As always, watch twitter @WholeNineSports and @AJAudet80 for updates and potential pivot plays if there are any changes. We will continue to monitor the situation, announce any changes as needed.

Darnell Mooney fantasy
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WR: Darnell Mooney- CHI (3.7%% Rostered)

Coming into the 2020 Season, most people hadn’t heard of Darnell Mooney, the speedy (4.38 40yd.) 5th round pick out of Tulane. Throughout the season, the rookie pass catcher is averaging 67.3% of offensive snaps through 8 games, and posted a career high 93% offensive snap count in Week 8 vs. New Orleans. Mooney is a deeper play with only 3.7% ownership, but with his big play potential, the ceiling is very high. Mooney has all the talent in the world, I just wish he had an actual QB in Chicago that could get him the ball over the top. Regardless, Mooney is coming off his best performance in the NFL with 5/6 receptions for 69 yards and 1 TD vs. the Saints (15.4 pts.). Throughout his rookie season, he has a total of 305 yards and 2 TD, which places him in the Top 10 in total receiving yards against all 2020 NFL rookie WR’s. Although his Week 9 matchup vs. the Vikings will be difficult, in Week 10, the Bears are taking on the Vikings, who have been a revolving door for opposing WR this season. Minnesota is giving up an average of 31.57 points per game to opposing WR, and I would imagine the trend to continue into this week. With a vacancy in the pass catching corps due to Javon Wims going UFC against Chauncey Gardner-Johnson of the Saints, Mooney will have the opportunity to step up and receive additional targets for a minimum of 2 weeks. Mooney is a very low floor high ceiling player who has big play ability, and with one pass, could break the top off the defense.

Scotty Miller

WR DROP: Scotty Miller- TB (42.5% Rostered)

Scotty Miller has been a fan favorite of Tom Brady during his time in Tampa, but with the addition of Antonio Brown, in the coming weeks, the targets that Miller once saw, are going to turn into AB’s targets. Although Miller built a strong rapport with Brady in the offseason, Brady was one of the biggest proponents for the addition of Antonio Brown. While we are uncertain what form of AB we will be getting on the field (ability, rust, attitude, etc.) he is still a more serviceable option than Scotty Miller. As well, Miller has been full of uncertainty this season, he hasn’t been able to string together good games in back to back weeks, causing confusion as to when he may be the best option to start. Although Miller has played relatively well to this point in the season, the projection of his offensive snap count dropping, as well as a difficult schedule in the coming weeks (NO, LAR, KC), taking up the needed bench spot for a guessing game isn’t worth it in the long run.

Ryan Kerrigan

Streaming Defense of the Week: Washington (17.5% Rostered) vs. NYG

This is a no brainer DEF pick this week for me. Washington Football Team is taking on the Giants in Week 9, and it should be an outstanding defensive showing. Throughout this season, Washington is ranked 12th overall in DST, and will continue the trend against a depleted Giants offense. While Giants had an outstanding performance on MNF vs. the Bucs, they are coming off a short week, and will be lacking the needed rest to perform to their fullest potential and on the flip side, Washington is coming off a bye, so they are healthy and rested. During 2020, due to the loss of Saquon and rawness of Jones, the Giants offense has been severely underwhelming and has allowed an average of 10.75 fantasy points per game to opposing defenses. Giants have given up a total of 9 interceptions, 7 fumbles and 23 sacks on the season, and Washington has successfully forced 8 interceptions, 6 fumbles and 22 sacks on the season. With Washington’s defense clicking on all cylinders, and their defensive prowess on the season, they should have a field day vs. the Giants, who have been an easy target for opposing defenses. While this game may be a shootout for who comes out victorious, I anticipate Washington to have a heavy defensive presence, forcing Daniel Jones and cast into difficult positions.

Let me know your thoughts! Reach out on twitter at @AJAudet80 for discussion on the fantasy selections above. Any questions on your fantasy lineups, trades, or additional waivers pickups, hit me on twitter for advice! I look forward to hearing from you and working to build a strong fantasy community.