Waiver Wire – Week 9

By Andy Goddard (@godsy1985)

With the Rams and Saints on their bye week and a long list of injuries building up within the NFL, there should still be plenty of options to help improve your team on the waiver wire.

Quarterback – Sam Darnold (NY Jets) – owned by 38%

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Darnold shouldn’t be seeing too many ghosts this week as he leads his NY Jets against a Miami Dolphins team that are struggling to get pressure on quarterbacks. Brian Flores is trying to run a similar defensive scheme as his old employers (New England Patriots) but without the talent level.

There are some concerns regarding Darnold’s health as he is currently struggling with injuries to both his thumb and toe, and his seven interceptions over the past two games don’t make good reading but hear me out. Every quarterback who has gone up against the Dolphins this season has scored at least two touchdowns and the QBs have at least 19 fantasy points in every game.

The Jets have a relatively easy schedule in the coming weeks as well, as they take on the Giants (2-6), Washington (1-7), Oakland (3-4), Cincinnati (0-8) and Miami (0-7) again! Darnold showed against the Cowboys that he can put up decent fantasy numbers so don’t be put off by the last few weeks.

Running Back – Jaylen Samuels (Pittsburgh Steelers) – owned by 35%

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Samuels could well be the starting running back this week for the Steelers after James Connor and Benny Snell both picked up injuries against the Dolphins on Monday night. Without knowing their status, it’s difficult to gauge just how much action Samuels will see but even if one of the two are out, Samuels will get some carries.

The Steelers play the Colts in week 9 and whist it isn’t the ideal matchup for Samuels, he could be a good flex option if Conner is out.

If Conner misses an extended period of time, Samuels could be your ticket into the playoffs.

Wide Receiver – Danny Amendola (Detroit Lions) – owned by 41%

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Amendola has stepped it up the past two weeks with 16 catches for 200 yards from his 19 targets. This upturn in production has coincided with the injury to Kerryon Johnson and the Lions struggles to run the ball.

Amendola started the season well with seven catches for 104 yards against the Cardinals but then disappeared for the next four games but that shouldn’t happen this time around. With a week 9 visit to Oakland coming up he should continue to produce good fantasy numbers.

The Raiders are ranked 27th in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers so he is worth a starting berth in the flex.

Tight End – Dallas Goedert ( Philadelphia Eagles) – owned by 15%

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Goedert is outperforming Zach Ertz and is worth trying to pick up in deeper leagues as a low end starter. In the previous three games, Goedert has scored two touchdowns and racked up 139 yards from 12 receptions (17 targets).

This has resulted in at least 9 fantasy points for each game. During the same span of games, Ertz has just eight catches for 112 yards and 0 touchdowns.

This week the Eagles are taking on the Bears and whilst I would still start Ertz over Goedert, Goedert could actually prove to be the better pick come the end of the season.

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