This year’s NFL trade deadline must’ve been the NBA’s trade deadline for Halloween. Absolutely wild. I wish I didn’t write that first sentence, but I’m going to power through. No time to turn back now. We’re picking waiver wire candidates for Week 9…let’s take a look at three potential starting candidates that you can plug into your lineups, ASAP.
Week 9 Fantasy Football Streamers
PJ Walker, Carolina Panthers, QB:
I’ve seen the light. PJ Walker is an NFL quarterback. Once the Panthers got rid of the “give CMC the ball through the air or on the ground every single play” gameplan, they used to run, they’ve since run a balanced NFL offense. One where we get to see the QB sling it every now and then. Walker has now come off of (what should be) back-to-back wins, and a 300+ yard performance where he dropped several dimes to blanketed receivers. They are seven point underdogs against the Bengals, and after Cincy’s performance vs. the Browns, I’d be taking that spread. The Bengals didn’t prove they can cover anyone. The Bengals can still score, though. So expect Carolina to pass the ball to keep pace. This is a juicy matchup for Walker and company.
Terrace Marshall Jr., Carolina Panthers, WR:
You might be sensing a theme here. Bengals defense… bad. PJ Walker… good. While DJ Moore is the unquestioned number one receiver, Terrace Marshall Jr. has emerged as the unquestioned number two, since (Robby/Robbie) Anderson’s departure. Last week, Marshall got 9 targets (including two incomplete force-fed endzone fades). He turned that into 4 catches and 87 yards. The game script against the Bengals promises a similar output for the young wideout. At the end of the day, fantasy football is about putting yourself in the best position to succeed. 9+ targets per week, especially off of the waiver wire, is doing just that. Lock and load on Marshall Jr.
Denzel Mims, New York Jets, WR:
It doesn’t matter if you think Zach Wilson is a good or bad quarterback. This week the Jets play the Bills. The Bills have no problem scoring. I don’t care how good the Jets defense is. At the end of the day, the offense knows where they are going to run. The defense does not. The offense is always at an advantage. The Jets are going to need to pass the ball to keep pace. Elijah Moore can’t seem to get any targets, so enter Denzel Mims. He’s coming off of two catches for 76 yards vs. the Pats. I expect at least 5 targets for him this week.