NFL WAIVER WIRE WEEK 9
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- Here we are again but Murray is still owned in less than half of leagues. On top of this Joshua Dobbs is now in Minnesota, that leaves the Cardinals with Murray and rookie Clayton Tune (who is likely to start this week) Murray is highly likely to return in week ten and is a good bet to reclaim lower end top ten QB status. As mentioned before his rushing production is likely to take a hit in his first season back from a torn ACL, Murray still easily has low-end QB1 fantasy potential if everything goes well. If you're in need of a QB long term or in a two QB league now is the time to add him up.
- I'll admit I've been waiting for this one for a while, finally this week Falcons head coach Arthur (fuck them throws) Smith has confirmed Taylor Heinicke will start over Desmond Ridder this week. He started the second half last week throwing for 175 and a TD pass, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt. The 30-year-old has a soft matchup against Minnesota this week, giving him a good chance to make this a permanent switch. Heinicke is immediately a mid level QB option and a good QB2 in superflex leagues, he will likely also benefit Drake London and Kyle Pitts.
- Gus the Bus is picking up a ton of fantasy points on his routes recently, putting up 20 plus points in back to back week including three rushing TD’s in week eight. It is worth noting that back-to-back big performances came after four straight weeks of single-digit outputs, which may scare you off, but it shouldn't. The past two weeks have also coincided with a significant improvement from the Baltimore offence. It seems like Todd Monken’s new system is finally clicking. Gus the Bus is firmly in the rushing attack driver seat as the goal-line back in that system. Edwards is a must-add and a strong start especially when the Ravens are favoured.
- Here is Hubbard again but it's apparently needed as he was added more than he was dropped last week. Following a disappointing 7.4 fantasy points in a win over the Texans, I get why there is still doubt. Hubbard led the Panthers with 17 touches and led the RBs with 54 total yards. Other Panthers RB’s Raheem Blackshear and Miles Sanders combined for five yards on five carries, they are an afterthought. Hubbard is not going to average 1.9 yards per carry in future games and is looking more and more like the guy in Carolina’s backfield. We roster the guy, he's that guy dont doubt it, even if he didn't light up the fantasy box score in the week prior.
- This is a boom or bust play straight up, but the potential for fireworks is there. Shaheed has produced three games this season with at least 80 yards and a touchdown, along with five other games we don't need to discuss. Shaheed is a wildcard no doubt about it but when he hits it is for big. Shaheed delivered three catches for 153 yards and a long score on Sunday, he is the Saints premier deep threat. Keep an eye on matchups but this could be a big flex or wr2/3 play when needed.
- Douglas may not jump off the screen as a smallish (5-foot-8) sixth-round rookie slot receiver who's caught nine balls on 13 targets for the Patriots over his last two games. His team is of course desperate for receiving talent, particularly after the pats lost Kendrick Bourne to an ACL tear in Sunday's loss to Miami. Washington is up next for New England, a friendly matchup. Douglas has seen his role grow as the season has gone on and suddenly there are a whole bunch of targets up for grabs, he's worth an add as a WR3/Flex.
- Look, we all know this is a volume starved position. In fact, only three NFL tight ends saw double-digit targets on Sunday and two of them are established stars George Kittle and Evan Engram, who are on byes this week. The other guy is second-year pro Trey McBride, who caught 10 balls for 95 yards and a late score in the loss to Baltimore. He had a 39% target share; the highest any TE has seen this season. McBride should continue to thrive while Zach Ertz is on IR (and maybe beyond), no matter who's at quarterback for Arizona (but especially if it's Murray).
- The Browns have been one of the league's most suffocating defences, but this hasn't translated the greatest to fantasy. This week they have a good opportunity to change that as the Arizona Cardinals are on tap. Arizona is trending downward offensively (at least until Kyler Murray returns) and with Joshua Dobbs in Minnesota rookie Clayton Tune is being tabbed to start. With Myles Garret leading the charge it seems a few sacks and a couple takeaways (praise be a strip sack TD) seem a fair ask.
- Zach Charbonnet (Seattle Seahawks)
- Quentin Johnston (Los Angeles Chargers)
- Joshua Dobbs (Minnesota Vikings)
By: Chase Howard