Week nine of the NFL regular season is upon us, which means that your fantasy season is more than halfway over. This week, the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, and Washington Redskins all take the week off. That means that for many teams, there is a real need to turn to the waiver wire to cover bye weeks. Who do I like this week? Here are some ideas. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Bradford had a horrible Monday night game against the Bears, which means he may have gotten cut in your league. If that's the case, grab him for this week. He's not going to win your matchup for you, but he won't lose it either.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. I'm not a huge Fitzpatrick fan, but he may be on waivers in your league given his rough start to the season. If nothing else, he's useful in deeper leagues as a one-week fill in.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. The Saints have no defense, and Kaepernick has the potential to put up decent stats this week thanks to his mobility. He's not a great quarterback, but as a fill-in, you could do much worse this week.
Case Keenum, QB, LA Rams. As long as Keenum is still starting for the Rams, he's a guy that should be rostered in your leagues. Don't let a single rough game scare you away from what has been a pretty productive season.
Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns. I'm not a huge McCown fan, but he's the Browns best option under center. He also can be useful from a fantasy perspective. If the QB market is slim, McCown is a possibility this week.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger may have gotten cut in your league due to injury especially if it's a small league. If you're hurting at quarterback, now's a good time to grab him, he could return this week.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barber has developed into a key part of the Buccaneers offense. If you need a one week flex play, he's an option.
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans. Henry is starting to earn more of a role in the Tennessee offense. Grab him now before it's too late. His value should skyrocket if his carries continue to increase.
Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints. If you spent a high draft pick on Ingram, you're likely unhappy. Hightower keeps building a bigger role in the Saints backfield. That means he should have a spot on your fantasy roster. If he's available, get him now.
Robert Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins. Kelley has the week off, so he's not going to help you this week. However, he appears to have carved out a nice role for himself in the Redskins offense. He's a guy that should be stashed on your roster.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots. The Patriots are on bye this week, but Lewis will be returning very soon. Stash him.
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles. Sproles is starting to look like the #1 RB in Philly, which means lots of fantasy points. He's not available in all leagues, but if he is in yours, grab him now.
Charcandrick West, RB, KC Chiefs. With Jamaal Charles dinged up, West is a must add in all formats if he's available. Pick him up.
Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns. Coleman will soon be healthy again. He is back in practice and could play as early as this week. That means he needs to be on your team. If he's a free agent, grab him.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins. Crowder had a dry stretch in the middle of the season which may have led his owner in your league to drop him. He's picking up consistency again, so now is the time to pounce if he's available. Grab him now.
Percy Harvin, WR, Buffalo Bills. Harvin might struggle a little this week as he learns a new offense in Buffalo, but someone has to fill the void left by Sammy Watkins. If nothing else, Harvin has big play potential this week and is at least a desperation start if needed.
JJ Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals. Injuries have given Nelson a much bigger role in the Arizona offense. They have a week off to get healthy, but he could be a useful option down the stretch. Pick him up now.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins. Stills has finally found a role in the Miami offense. That makes him an intriguing fantasy sleeper. Well worth a roster spot, and he's even a potential starting option this week depending on what your receivers look like.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans. I started Kendall Wright in week 8 and he won my matchup for me. Wright is the #1 WR in the Titans offense and could very well still be available in your league. Grab him while you still can.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions. Ebron is always an intriguing option at tight end, and he has flashed at times with the Lions. Now that he's healthy again he's a must add.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens. As long as Pitta is healthy, he's a must-own in fantasy. Each week he's a borderline starter which makes him a useful one-week fill in if needed to cover byes.
Dallas Cowboys D/ST. This week the Cowboys play the Browns. I like defenses that face the Browns. The Cowboys could have a big week this week.
San Diego Chargers D/ST. The Chargers have a very good defensive core with a lot of talent. This unit could put together a really nice game against the Titans this week.
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