Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire report provides you with valuable insight on who you should be targeting in your leagues. Josh Lieberman breaks down his top 10 list of NFL players with fewer than 30% ownership in Yahoo fantasy leagues.
A weekend full of surprisingly good fantasy performances and under performances sets the scene for another interesting waiver period this week. It really has become a season where you can’t solely rely on logic or match up to determine your weekly starters. This is, in part, a result of the incredible parody that exists in today’s NFL, coupled with lower scoring games. We witnessed the re-birth of the fantasy running back last year, but that door has closed this year again and we are back to justifying the Zero RB drafting strategy. That said, you likely have some of these poor performers slotted as weekly starters at the moment, which lends itself to you paying extra close attention to these recommended roster adds for week 9.
#5) Rex Burkhead (RB – NE) – As a big summer acquisition, more was expected from Burkhead this season. Injuries slowed him for the first few games, but he is now firmly entrenched in the backfield mix for the Patriots. He caught all seven of his targets for 68 yards in week 8, so he is someone worth rostering at the moment. New England does have a bye this week, making it possible to get him on the cheap now. 10% bid.
#6) DeAndre Washington (RB – OAK) – I suggested him as a worthy add last week, and he certainly came through for owners, including myself, that gave him the start. With Lynch expected back this week, you should certainly downgrade him until we see what sort of volume D Wash will receive. Just be reminded that Beast Mode has not exactly been setting the world on fire in his return to the NFL, so it won’t take much for Wash to get some run. 10% bid.
#7) Dede Westbrook (WR – JAX) – A very interesting name for fantasy owners to get to know. He was placed on IR before the season began, but is scheduled to return to the field for week 9. After tearing it up in pre-season, Dede has a shot at carving out a decent role for himself in an offense that is lacking in receiving options. He also provides a better deep threat target for Bortles than Hurns or Lee, so don’t be afraid to take a chance on him this week. 5-10% bid.
#8) Jamaal Charles (RB – DEN) – As I mentioned in the opening here, the RB position has just been a complete and utter mess this season. More timeshares have created opportunity for fantasy production, and Charles could be a prime example of this situation. There was lots of talk during the week about getting him more work in the Denver backfield, as CJ Anderson has not been lighting it up, to say the least. Give him a shot if you are in need of depth when the match up is right. 10% bid.
#9) Vernon Davis (TE – WAS) – Jordan Reed is injured. This is a recording. There could be some major targets coming Vernon’s way, if the latest hamstring issue for Reed forces some missed time. And, if we know Mr. Reed, it likely will. 10% bid.
#10) Josh McCown (QB – NYJ) – QB has been a tough position for many fantasy owners this year, with both injuries and underwhelming performances to blame. McCown has proven to be a solid bye week fill in or spot starter, and his 250 yard and 2 TD effort in week 8, despite some nasty weather, should give you enough confidence to give him a start when you are in a jam. 5-10% bid.
Honorable Mentions: T.J. Yeldon (RB – JAC), Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC), Calvin Johnson (WR – DET), Devontae Booker (RB – DEN)