2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire – Add Rookie Receivers
Week 8 involved a mixed bag with the debut of Tua Tagovailoa and unexpected contributions from Cam Akers and DeeJay Dallas. Weather also impacted several of the games with wind and rain. Thus, we bring you the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire. This week is full of running backs and wide receivers to add, stash, and potentially start moving forward. With that said, let’s dive into the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire.
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2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins defense dominated this game against the Rams, especially early on. With that said, take Tua Tagovailoa’s first career start with a grain of salt since it doesn’t jump off the page. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 93 passing yards and one passing touchdown. The Dolphins face the Cardinals, who allow the 18th most fantasy points, and then in Week 10, they face the Chargers that allows the 3rd most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Tagovailoa ranks as the top quarterback in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire, but more of a player to add and stash for now.
Nick Mullens, QB, San Francisco 49ers
In deep Superflex league formats, pick up Nick Mullens. Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday’s game, and Mullens carved up the Seahawks defense as we expected Garoppolo to do. Granted that the Seahawks held a 27-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter, so a lot of garbage time production occurred. Mullens threw for 238 passing yards and two passing touchdowns.
Running Backs – 2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire
Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Similar to the next guy, check if Cam Akers is hanging around on waivers. In shallower formats, fantasy managers may have dropped him, and rightfully so given the lack of snaps, opportunities, and production. Darrell Henderson left Sunday’s game with a thigh injury, and maybe that leads to more opportunities for Akers. He finished with ten touches for 54 total yards, including a 19-yard reception.
— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) November 1, 2020
Akers had an exciting College Prospect Profile with a 39.8% College Dominator (89th percentile), 10.4% college target share (78th percentile), and a 108.7 Speed Score (89th percentile). He ranks as the top running back to add and stash in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire. If you need a running back to plug into your lineup next week, then prioritize Damien Harris.
Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots
Damien Harris likely isn’t hanging around on waivers, but worth mentioning after a 100-yard rushing game against the Bills. Harris received 16 carries for 102 rushing yards and one touchdown. Next week, the Patriots face the lowly Jets. Harris ranks as one of the top running back pickups in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire. He should provide flex-worthy value based on the matchup.
Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Hopefully, you stashed Gus Edwards with the Mark Ingram injury because both J.K. Dobbins and Edwards steamrolled the Steelers on the ground. Edwards finished with 16 carries for 87 rushing yards and one touchdown. If Ingram’s injury lingers, then fire up Edwards once again, even against a difficult matchup against the Colts next week. Similar to Harris, prioritize Edwards in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire if you need a running back to plug into your lineup next week.
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
Last week, we recommended Wayne Gallman as a Week 8 waiver wire pickup but suggested tempering expectations. However, Gallman looked decent in the first half with seven carries for 31 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to go along with an 18-yard catch. He also broke off a 17-yard run against the Buccaneers 2nd ranked run defense, according to Football Outsiders. Believe it or not, but Alfred Morris even received five carries for 18 rushing yards in the first half. Assuming Devonta Freeman’s ankle injury lingers, Gallman could once again provide flex worthy value.
La’Mical Perine, RB, New York Jets
It’s hard to trust a Jets running back, but La’Mical Perine deserves a roster spot even after his Week 8 performance with ten total touches for 33 total yards. Depending on the matchup, Perine should provide deep-league flex worthy value in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire. Next week, they face the Patriots, who allow the tenth-most fantasy points to the running back position at 20.2 points per game. With the Browns, Eagles, Bengals, and Rams on bye in Week 9, Perine may find his way into your lineup.
DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Some unprecedented circumstances with Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, and Travis Homer all injured and banged up. In some leagues, fantasy managers already scooped up DeeJay Dallas, but he’s worth a speculative pickup. Dallas finished up with 18 carries for 41 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. He also added five catches for 17 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. With such a massive fantasy performance due to the two touchdowns, Dallas will likely rank as a high priority for fantasy managers. However, temper expectations if Carson and Hyde return from their injuries next week.
Devontae Booker, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
Weather impacted the Raiders and Browns game, but we mention Devontae Booker here since we’re in the middle of the season, and it’s time to stash him as a backup running back. Although there’s not always a single backup in some situations, such as with the Raiders, we expect Booker to take the majority of the load if Josh Jacobs missed time. Stash Booker in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire.
Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Not sure what to make of this game, but Jordan Wilkins finished with 20 carries for 89 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, and a 24-yard catch. Wilkins totaled 113 yards compared to 13 touches for 31 total yards for Jonathan Taylor (*head-scratcher). Sure, Taylor shared snaps and touches with a 50% snap share (No. 29) and a 53.5% opportunity share (No. 26) on the season. However, Taylor ranked 18th in rushing yards and 11th in receiving yards amongst running backs, and we expected more coming out of the bye week. With no significant Taylor injury, Wilkins ends up as a running back to monitor in deep leagues in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire.
*Update – Head Coach Frank Reich reported that Jonathan Taylor is dealing with an ankle injury, which explains the lack of snaps and touches on Sunday.
Wide Receivers – 2020 Fantasy Football Week 9 Waiver Wire
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
With Kenny Golladay injured, Marvin Jones may fill that void. However, monitor expectations because it’s hard to replace a talent like Golladay and Jones projects as a touchdown-dependent WR3. In Week 1 and 2 without Golladay, Jones totaled 14 targets, eight receptions, 78 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Another player that fantasy managers likely picked up last week, but we mention Brandon Aiyuk, in case he’s hanging around on waivers. Aiyuk finished the game with eight catches on 11 targets for 91 receiving yards and one touchdown. He’s an explosive playmaker with a 132.0 Burst Score (92nd percentile) and one of the top wide receivers to pick up in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire.
Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears
The Bears offense typically funnels through Allen Robinson and David Montgomery with a strong defensive identity. However, Darnell Mooney deserves a roster spot, especially in deep leagues. On Sunday, he caught five of six targets for 69 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Free Darnell Mooney pic.twitter.com/HZIaXwiUYm
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) October 28, 2020
Mooney is a burner with a 4.38 40-yard dash (96th percentile) and also holds an intriguing College Prospect Profile. He had a 36.5% College Dominator (72nd percentile), 28% college target share (77th percentile), and an 18.9 Breakout Age (92nd percentile). In terms of snap share, Mooney logged 68.3% (No. 75), and Anthony Miller held a 56.6% snap share (No. 98). Add Mooney as a bench stash, and like Ian Hartitz says, free Darnell Mooney.
Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Rookie Jalen Reagor scored a touchdown in his first game back and caught three of six targets for 16 receiving yards. Overall, this was a sloppy game for Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense that led to minimal receiving game production outside of Travis Fulgham. The Eagles have their bye next week, but Reagor’s still worth a waiver wire pick up in Week 9 since they rank 3rd with 43.9 team pass plays per game. Reagor also had an exciting College Prospect Profile with 140.4 Burst Score (98th percentile), 32.6% college target share (93rd percentile), 18.7 Breakout Age (95th percentile), and 36.7% College Dominator (73rd percentile).
Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Cooper Kupp suffered a wrist injury, and Josh Reynolds could step up. However, the Rams rank 28th with 33 team pass plays per game. Overall, they’re a more defensive-minded and run focused team this year. Since they played from behind on Sunday, Jared Goff threw the ball 61 times, and Reynolds received nine targets, four catches, and 44 receiving yards. Week 8 was the first time Goff attempted more than 38 passes in a single game. The Rams have a bye week in Week 9, so Reynolds ranks more like a stash in deep leagues if Kupp’s injury lingers.
Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets
More a deep league stash here with Denzel Mims since he barely received any targets after Sam Darnold involved him early in the game against the Chiefs. Mims caught two of three targets for 42 receiving yards, and both catches came in the first quarter. He made a nice catch along the sideline, and we hoped Darnold would feed him the ball more.
THE ROOKIE Denzel Mims is a playmaker💪
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) November 1, 2020
With the intriguing College Prospect Profile and NFL Draft metrics for Mims, it provides reasons for optimism, assuming he receives the opportunities and targets. Almost all of his workout metrics ranked in the 90th percentile and above with a 115.6 Speed Score (96th percentile), 131.0 Burst Score (90th percentile), and 10.34 Catch Radius (95th percentile). He also ranked above average with a 42.3% College Dominator (85th percentile), 25.1% College Target Share (63rd percentile), and 19.9 Breakout Age (67th percentile). Given a better team context, Mims would provide immediate fantasy production.
Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Of course, Mecole Hardman showed up against the Jets with nine targets, seven catches, 96 receiving yards, and one touchdown. In four games prior, Hardman totaled ten targets, eight receptions, 134 receiving yards, and one touchdown. We expected the Chiefs to demolish the Jets and potentially run the ball quite a bit. However, the opposite happened where Patrick Mahomes lit up the Jets for over 400 passing yards and five touchdowns. Hardman ranks as a risky wide receiver with boom potential in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire. From a dynasty perspective, fellow FantraxHQ writer Meng Song listed Hardman as a dynasty buy a few weeks ago.
Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots
With Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry both injured, Cam Newton needed to throw the ball somewhere. Newton fed Jakobi Meyers with ten targets, and Meyers caught six passes for 58 receiving yards. In Week 7, Meyers caught four of six targets for 60 receiving yards, so maybe there’s a connection brewing here with Newton. Meyers ranks as a deep league consideration only in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire.
Check to make sure Dallas Goedert isn’t hanging around on waivers, as he would rank as the top tight end pick up this week. Although the Eagles have their bye week in Week 9, Goedert holds top-5 tight end potential.
Eric Ebron, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
In shallower formats, fantasy managers likely already rostered Eric Ebron. However, we mention Ebron as a streaming tight end that faces the Cowboys next week. Ebron caught four of five targets for 48 receiving yards and one touchdown against the Ravens. Over the past five games, Ebron averages six targets per game with about 40-50 receiving yards in each game outside of one game with only nine yards. Check if Ebron is available, as he ranks as the top streaming tight end pick up in the 2020 fantasy football Week 9 waiver wire.
Ross Dwelley, TE, San Francisco 49ers
With George Kittle expected to miss eight weeks, Ross Dwelley attempts to fill the void in some capacity. Granted that they could likely involve another tight end or filter targets elsewhere, Dwelley is a player to pick up and monitor since this offense typically funnels through the run game, and the tight end position with Deebo Samuel (when healthy) and Brandon Aiyuk sprinkled in.
If you enjoyed Corbin’s Week 9 Waiver Wire, make sure to check Peter Chung’s Week 9 FAAB Guide for more help in optimizing your lineups.
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