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Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 9 (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Nov 1, 2020

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Good evening, folks! We’ve made it through the bulk of Week 8 action, and it’s that most wonderful time of the evening once again. Sunday night gives fantasy owners time to reflect on the week’s triumphs or losses and take stock of their roster heading into the new week. It’s a time for reflection and a time to assess potential waiver wire options. Each week, I’ll be highlighting a handful of low-rostered options you should consider when making waiver wire claims. Each player’s upcoming three-game schedule will be noted, including strength of matchup. This is particularly helpful if you need a streaming option or a temporary replacement to get you through the tough times.

This week’s options are… sparse to say the least. There are no definitive adds and mostly speculative dart throws with some upside baked in. But fear not! There are still moves to be made here.

Best of luck in all of your leagues moving forward! If you’ve got any questions about the week’s waiver wire options or anything fantasy football, hit me up on Twitter @ZaktheMonster.

Note: Most players are less than 30% rostered in Yahoo leagues.

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Running Back

Nyheim Hines (IND): 29% rostered

WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11
BAL @TEN GB

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Did ya miss me? Hines scored double-digit fantasy points for the first time since Week 1, racking up a 3/54/2 receiving line while adding eight yards on the ground as a runner. Given his sporadic usage from Weeks 2-7, it’s hard to know if Hines can be trusted moving forward, but Jonathan Taylor was the least-utilized back in this game, and Hines could potentially be staring at a larger workload moving forward.

Jordan Wilkins (IND): 1% rostered

WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11
BAL @TEN GB

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No you won’t! Oh, yes I… Wilkins? In a surprising turn of events predicted by no one, Wilkins led the Colts’ backfield in carries, going 20/89/1 while adding a 24-yard reception and a two-point conversion. Are the Jonathan Taylor days over? We won’t know until we see how the Week 9 touch distribution shakes out, but Wilkins is a must-add this week if he ends up seeing more work down the stretch.

DeeJay Dallas (SEA): 24% rostered

WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11
@BUF @LAR ARI

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As the last man standing in Seattle’s backfield, Dallas proved serviceable against a tough San Francisco defense. While Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are expected back as soon as Week 9, Dallas is worth a pickup in case he’s thrust into a starting role once again.

Wide Receiver

Curtis Samuel (CAR): 20% rostered

WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11
@KC TB DET

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Maybe it was a flash in the pan. Maybe it was the ridiculously poor Falcons defense. Whatever it was, it propelled Samuel into this article. He’s now scored three times over the last two weeks, punching in two scores as a running back and one as a receiver. His versatility and the continued disappearing acts of D.J. Moore make Samuel a solid add ahead of Week 9.

Marvin Hall (DET): 0% rostered

WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11
@MIN WAS @CAR

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Jones is already widely owned, so we’ll go with another Marvin this week – that’s right. I’m talking Hall. Kenny G went to the locker room in the first half and didn’t return, leaving Hall to lead the way with a 4/113 receiving line on seven targets. If Golladay is forced to miss time moving forward, Hall could work his way into the flex conversation in deeper leagues.

Jakobi Meyers (NE): 1% rostered

WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11
@NYJ BAL @HOU

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This week against Buffalo, New England trotted out a receiving corps that would have made Adam Gase blush. Meyers was the man who led the charge, going for 6/58 on a team-high 10 targets and snagging a two-point conversion to cap off a very lukewarm performance. There’s nothing to get too excited about in this offense, but Meyers has scored double-digit fantasy points in two straight weeks. He’s worth a flex play in deep leagues or in 12-teamers when desperate. Yawn and add.

Josh Reynolds (LAR): 3% rostered

WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11
BYE SEA @TB

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Reynolds has drawn 22 targets over the last three weeks, turning the looks into a 10/141/2 line. He’s still operating behind Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods in the pecking order, but his nine targets in Week 8 were a season high. Reynolds is worth a look in this competent Rams offense.

Tight Ends

Trey Burton (IND): 22% rostered

WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11
BAL @TEN GB

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Burton went 3/9 on just four targets in this one, but he scored a rushing TD for the second straight week. Mo Alie-Cox made his return in this one and drew four targets of his own, while Jack Doyle found his way into the end zone. This TE group continues to prove perplexing for fantasy purposes, though Burton is still worth an add due to his scoring upside.

D/ST

Washington Football Team: 12% rostered

WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11
@NYG @DET CIN

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With great matchups on tap against two of the NFC East’s finest over the next two weeks, WFT should be added as a prime streaming target for the next fortnight.

New York Giants: 11% rostered

WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11
@WAS PHI BYE

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Different team, same story. If you can’t snag Washington D/ST, NYG is the next best move. Add and play with relish!

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Zachary Hanshew is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Zachary, check out his archive and follow him @zakthemonster.

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