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Fantasy Football Week 9: Waiver Targets

Who to target ahead of week 9.

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The trade deadline approaches and a few shake ups have provided hope on the horizon for teams in need of something to turn their seasons around. It’s time to comb the castoffs and so who benefits most from an injection of talent or in the case of Dallas and Miami the loss of some.


Jimmy Garappolo

Jimmy G. is moving to San Francisco and the 49ers suddenly have a potentially competent quarterback in their midst. There are plenty of weapons in the Bay area for Garoppolo to take advantage of. The offense will surely be relatively simple for the rest of the season but if you’re hurting for a quarterback late in the season, here’s your shot.

Wide Receiver

Sterling Shepard

Eli Manning has been floundering without a legitimate target in the offense. Shepard was disappointing to start the season, so tread lightly, but with Evan Engram consuming all the targets, having anyone else to throw to will be a benefit to everyone involved.

Robby Anderson

No one thinks Josh McCown is a great quarterback. However, he IS in a great system with an offensive coordinator that understands how to use him. This pays off well for his receivers that, while not household names, have been consistent enough to warrant another look for WR needy teams.

Dontrelle Inman

Mitchell Trubisky has struggled to get anything going in Chicago. Facing the overwhelming defenses of the NFC South in back to back weeks doesn’t help anything. The only legitimate receiver on the Bears’ team was Zach Miller who went down with a horrific injury the same week Chicago traded for Dontrelle Inman. Same situation, new name.

Pierre Garcon

The arrival of Garoppolo means the San Francisco receivers room gets a boost all around. They will need to lean on the veteran to make good decisions and be a real threat downfield if this experiment is going to work.

Running Back

Alex Collins

Alex Collins has emerged recently as an undervalued star for the Ravens confusing backfield situation. With West and Allen sharing reps, Collins is another wrinkle but, if his production continues, Baltimore may have found the answer they’ve been looking for.

Jay Ajayi

The chances Ajayi is still sitting on a waiver wire are pretty slim. However, if you can find him, the trade from Miami to Philadelphia means a good team just got a lot better with a true threat at RB, with the speed to put defenders on their heels. Strike now.

Damien Williams/Kenyan Drake

A lot of fantasy teams are hurting for running backs. There’s no telling what’s going to happen in Miami but apparently the team plans to go with the roster they have. That means either Damien Williams or Kenyan Drake are going to have to pick up the slack.

Alfred Morris/Darren McFadden

Ezekiel Elliott will be serving his suspension unless something changes in the next few hours. That means the Cowboys need to find an answer for the running back situation. Morris and McFadden have shared reps but Morris has been getting the start during the season. Choose wisely.

Tight End

Vernon Davis

Jordan Reed has been a bust from an injury standpoint. Vernon Davis stands to reap the most benefits from moving past Reed on the depth chart and potentially providing a consistent presence in the offense.

Dion Sims

With Zach Miller out, potentially for the rest of his career, the Bears are going to need to look for another answer at Tight End. Could Dion Sims be that answer?

Defense/Special Teams

Chicago Bears

People are sleeping on the Bears but this defense has proven, week in and week out, that they’re ready to play. Holding Drew Brees to a manageable touchdown ratio and shutting out the Panthers with two turnovers returned for touchdowns is no joke. While the offense may not have anything to write home about, the defense is performing at a high level and getting overlooked by plenty of teams.