The “Bye Week Gauntlet” marches on this week and things are about to get worse. Week 9 is the first week where six teams are out. Luckily this will only happen on another week, Week 11. Here are the teams on bye for Week 9:
Before getting into the biggest waiver wire adds of the week, please take the time to double check for previously mentioned players who are not on this week’s column. For example, players like Jalen Richard, Mitch Trubisky, Marlon Mack, and Ito Smith should already be rostered in all of your leagues. If they aren’t then you will have one last shot at them.
FFStatistics Waiver Wire: Week 9
Keke Coutee, WR Houston Texans
Will Fuller is out for the rest of the 2018 NFL season after tearing his ACL during Thursday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins. If you were savvy enough to keep Coutee on your bench then you have an instant contributor to your team. If you were trying to optimize your bench and let Coutee go, then you will be bidding aggressively to get him back. Coutee will likely see an almost 100% snap share moving forward and as we have seen, the deep threat in the Texans offense can be a game winner in fantasy.
Another deep name to monitor is Vyncint Smith. Smith is likely more suitable for the dynasty crowd, but he stands over six feet tall, runs a 4.43 40-yard dash, has a sub-7.0 3-cone drill, and comes from a small school. Smith is the quintessential dynasty bench stash. Also, don’t forget NFL Combine and Pro-Day data can be found on ffstatistics.com under the Data Analysis tab.
ESPN Ownership: 18.6%
Yahoo Ownership: 20%
Josh Adams, RB Philadelphia Eagles
The corresponding move to Jay Ajayi being placed on IR was Josh Adams being signed to the active roster. For those of you who don’t know Josh Adams, he was a decent producer at Notre Dame, with a 20+ reception season on his resume, and was a UDFA for the Philadelphia Eagles. Josh Adams stands over six feet tall and weighs 215+. Josh Adams closely compares to top drafted running backs like Darren McFadden and Edgerrin James in stature. The most intriguing part about Adams’ profile currently is the opportunity. With the Eagles backfield as muddy as it is we need them to give someone the majority of the work. If given the full job, Adams could be a solid RB2 down the stretch.
ESPN Ownership: 0.4%
Yahoo Ownership: 1%
Danny Amendola, WR Miami Dolphins
With Albert Wilson out, Amendola stepped into the YAC Monster role for the Miami Dolphins and put up a respectable 5-43-0 (on six targets) and completed a touchdown pass. Obviously, the touchdown pass will not be a weekly staple in Amendola’s stat column, but this did show Amendola’s swiss army knife skill set in the Dolphins offense. In fact, Amendola is seeing his highest snap share of the season and also the most routes of the season. Moving forward Amendola should be considered a WR2 or flex play.
ESPN Ownership: 46.1%
Yahoo Ownership: 41%
Courtland Sutton, WR Denver Broncos
I don’t like speculative analysis, but if we are going to stay ahead of our competition then we need to look at all possibilities. It is possible Demaryius Thomas is traded away and Courtland Sutton would be the primary beneficiary from his departure. If Thomas were to be traded, 19% of the Broncos targets and 25% of their air yards will be dispersed among the remaining pass-catchers. This may also serve as a public service announcement to go trade for Emmanuel Sanders in the event he becomes a target vacuum in the Denver offense.
ESPN Ownership: 12.2%
Yahoo Ownership: 10%
D.J. Moore, WR Carolina Panthers
In 2018 the Carolina Panthers offense is doing some special things. Cam Newton running the ball more, utilizing Christian McCaffrey in space as a receiver, and using Devin Funchess as their X receiver. Now the Panthers are unleashing their top draft pick D.J. Moore and we should have seen this coming. Moore’s snap share and total opportunities have been steadily rising throughout the season. Moore is likely a stash player since the Panthers have so many other weapons on offense but could be a league winner if more opportunities open up through injury or trade.
ESPN Ownership: 10.4%
Yahoo Ownership: 15%
Trenton Cannon, RB New York Jets
Tough week for the Jets backfield totaling just 57 yards rushing in Week 8. The lone bright spot in this backfield is the explosive Cannon. With Powell sent to IR last week Trenton Cannon steps in with nine total opportunities in Week 8 as a pass-catching running back and relief for Isaiah Crowell. Also, if Isaiah Crowell was dropped in a league he should be a priority add. He is too highly owned to get his own write-up, but I have personally seen him dropped in leagues.
ESPN Ownership: 7.9%
Yahoo Ownership: 9%
Devante Parker, WR Miami Dolphins
Unleashing Devante Parker on our lineups will never be an easy decision and the situation also has to be considered. Parker’s production came when Kenny Stills was out of the game, Albert Wilson was placed on IR, and a fluke pass which fell his way. Parker is an easy add off the waiver wire. The question is if we can trust him in our weekly lineup decisions? It would be irresponsible for me not to mention Parker, but I would rather roster an upside running back or a handcuff running back to a stud.
ESPN Ownership: 21.6%
Yahoo Ownership: 13%
Public Service Announcement
With the end of the season, fast approaching I want to recommend acquiring key back-ups to your studs or key back-ups to other teams stud running back. This time of year someone always gets injured and there is a running back that “comes out of nowhere” to have a great end to their season. Having a surplus of these lottery ticket running backs on your bench allows you to be more flexible with your roster decisions and stay ahead of the weekly waiver wire grind.
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