Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

October 29, 2019

 The Waiver system is one of the most important parts of fantasy. How you use the waivers can make or break your team. The following players are based on the available players owned in less than 50% in a 10 man .5 PPR format. Good luck this week!





Gardner Minshew II, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars- 49.5% owned

    Minshew just made the cut for the waiver wire article, and for good reason. He has only had one week under 15.5 fantasy points, and this week he plays that same team. The Houston Texans are no longer the same team that should be feared, especially with the recent loss of J.J. Watt to injury. Minshew should be in line to have another solid outing this upcoming week. He is a low end QB1 with upside. 



Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders- 18% owned


    It is getting really shallow at the QB position, especially if I am writing about Derek Carr. But what can I say, the man was solid this week against the Texans. This week he gets a Detroit Lions defense that allowed Daniel Jones to get 20+ fantasy points against them. I think Carr has the weapons to do the same this upcoming week. Carr is a high-end QB2 that may strike gold and get into the low-end QB1 area. 



Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans- 6% owned


    This just feels wrong, but Ryan has been a solid fantasy football asset over the last two weeks( Vs. LAC and TB). This week he plays a Carolina Panthers who have been solid in previous weeks but were just thrashed by the 49ers this past week. To play Tannehill you would have to be in a rough spot, but you could do a lot worse. I believe Tannehill is a mid-tier QB2 with upside. 



    It is getting gross out there. Waivers are extremely shallow at the running back and wide receiver positions. It is not going to be pretty… but here we go!


Running Backs



Mark Walton/Kallen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins- 4.3, 7.3% Owned


    Who knows who the real lead running back in Miami is, but once we can figure that out they will be worth an add. Miami has been a dumpster for fantasy, but their schedule down the stretch is worth looking at. I believe Walton will win this job, as he has been consistently getting more carries over the last two weeks. Neither is a start for me this upcoming week, but are certainly worth an add if you have the room. 



    At this point, it will always be cuffing season. If the backup to the main running back(s) is available, I would add them. Only if you have the roster room, and your spot is not needed for any other position. 


Wide Receivers 



Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins- 9.4 % owned


Williams is a total upside play. He is not a sexy play, but he is a solid up and coming wide receiver. The main downside is that he is on the Dolphins, but people can still perform in garbage time even if it makes up your whole game. Williams is a sneaky play against a Jets defense that was just thrashed by the Jaguars receivers. He is a low-end flex with upside.



Chris Conley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars- 9.7% owned


    Conley has been up and down this year, mainly because of his health issues. But over the last two weeks, he has been a serviceable asset. Now with Dede Westbrook being injured, he has a clear role as the WR2 in an up and coming offense. Conley is a solid bye week fill in, which should be an offensive shootout against the Texans. 



Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills- 26% owned


Cole has been solid in Buffalo this year. He does not have a huge ceiling but he always has a flex floor. This week he plays a beatable Redskins defense. I expect that the Bills are going to come out swinging after the loss to Philly. Beasley is a solid bye week fill in, and there's a good chance that he gets into the endzone.



Honorable Mentions:

Alex Erickson( on bye)- but has sneaky upside especially if AJ Green is traded.


Danny Amendola- has been a PPR stud over the last two weeks.


Josh Reynolds- If Cooks is out, he has an upside to produce.




Tight Ends



Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans- 0.5% owned


He is literally the only tight end that I see continuing his production from this past week on a regular basis. He is a solid tight end going forward as long as he stays healthy. Obviously he is Tannehill's safety blanket. I would continue using him until Delanie Walker comes back or the wheels fall off. Smith has TE1 upside this week against the Panthers.

Honorable Mentions:

Darren Fells- Counting on a TD.


Ryan Griffin- Where did he come from? But he does play the Dolphins this week, so anything is possible. 


If you have any questions about any players that I did/ did not talk about, please feel free to reach out to me. I would be more than happy to help.


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