Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups Anticipated: Boston Scott, Carlos Hyde and Pat Freiermuth
In week 9, Detroit, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington have a pass. The only quarterback in need of a replacement is Tom Brady. But with so many playmakers in other positions from Tampa Bay, Seattle, and yes, even the Lions and WFT, this week’s waiver thread is crucial for anyone looking to qualify for the fantastic playoffs. .
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
In the high-stakes market, some sharp fantasy owners have hidden Tagovailoa as a cover for Russell Wilson and Tom Brady. The Dolphins have a home game with the Texans in Week 9. The Bills defense kept Tagovailoa 215 yards combined with a rushing score, but Miami has played much better in the previous two games in the passing game ( 329/2 and 291/4). Houston is allowing more than 30 points per game, with quarterbacks growing over the past three weeks (233/2, 261/3 and 305/3). Tua is a free agent in the shallow leagues.
QB Trevor Siemian, New Orleans
The Saints lost Jameis Winston to a knee injury on Sunday and with Taysom Hill still battling a concussion, Siemian could be a sneaky replacement this week. He faces the Falcons defense who ranks 30th quarterback in defense (26.19 FPPG) coming Sunday.
RB Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles
At the start of the week, Scott had been on the pitch for 27 games (23 in Week 8) while being passed in every game by Kenneth Gainwell (154 games). However, the Eagles gave Scott the first carries against the Lions, leading to an excellent performance (12/60/2). Philly also turned in Jordan Howard (12/57/2), while Gainwell got most of his chances (13/27) after the game got out of hand. Scott appears to be the best short-term cover for Miles Sanders, who was placed in the casualty reserve this week.
RB Jordan Wilkins, free agent
The Colts released Wilkins this week after receiving no touchdowns in four games. In his first three seasons with Indy, he gained 1,184 yards combined with four touchdowns and 35 catches on 230 touches. Several NFL teams need an improvement in running depth, giving Wilkins a chance at a new home this week. For now, he’s just one player to watch.
RB Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars
With Robinson leaving his first-half clash against the Seahawks with an ankle problem, Carlos Hyde should be added as a possible handcuff. Robinson’s injury seemed minor, but the insurance makes sense until there’s a better update.
WR Tre-Quan Smith, New Orleans
In his second week back in the starting lineup after missing five games, Smith caught all three targets for 33 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay. But keep in mind that the Saints attempted a pass to 11 different receivers in Week 8 with no player gaining more than 40 yards. Smith looks viable as a week off cover based on his favorable clash against Atlanta.
WR Jamal Agnew, Jacksonville Jaguars
The pre-season buzz for Laviska Shenault is only a distant memory. In his seven games, he’s only managed 28 catches for 319 yards on 45 targets. However, Agnew has received WR3 shots for the Jaguars in the past three weeks, leading to three productive projections (6/41, 5/78 and 6/38/1) on 25 targets.
WR Tajae Sharpe, Atlanta Falcons
Calvin Ridley was a good scratch in Week 8, which saw Sharpe increase his playing time (5/58 on six targets). His NFL career began in 2016 (41/552/2) with reasonable success after being drafted in the fifth round by the Titans. For now, Sharpe looks like a week of desperation or short-term injury cover.
TE Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers
In a way, JuJu Smith-Schuster’s injury seems like a win for Freiermuth. Ben Roethlisberger has watched his path 14 times over the past two weeks leading to a pair of fantastic productive plays (7/58 and 4/44/1). He’s edged Eric Ebron in five of the first six games, and Ebron missed this week’s game with a hamstring problem. If I lost Robert Tonyan, Freiermuth would be my first choice to replace him on my list.
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