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#55 The Top 5 Waiver Adds For Week 9

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I went to bed before MNF finished so you’ll have to find another newsletter to recap that game for you. Apparently Ronald Jones was sent into a witness protection program after fumbling? Sounds about right. 

Elsewhere, the 2020 injury bloodbath continues with George Kittle now out at least eight weeks with a broken bone in his foot. That effectively ends his season as it pertains to our fantasy teams. The first two rounds of drafts have proven to be an absolute minefield: CMC, Saquon, MT, Chubb, Ekeler, Godwin, Drake, and now Kittle. Brutal. 

Fortunately for us, there’s nothing going on today so we can spend the day scouring the waiver wire for a gem who will totally turn our season around. 

The Top 5 Waiver Adds For Week 9

A few notes: Last week Deejay Dallas was our #1 pick in this space. If he’s still available, he’s a must-add with uncertainty around Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde’s Week 9 availability...I’m generally recommending plays that are still available in a competitive 12-team ESPN league, but if guys like J.K. Dobbins, Zack Moss, Damien Harris, and Dallas Goedert are still floating on your wire then they are top priorities over anyone I mention below...I rarely mention QBs because there are so few standout options, but guys like Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins, and Tua Tagovailoa are good adds if you need a guy. 

  1. Gus Edwards (RB - 4.3%) - Gus The Bus is the one-for-one Mark Ingram replacement and Ingram continues to recover from a high ankle sprain. Gus (I refuse to call him Edwards despite my own style guide conventions) had 16 carries, 87 yards and a TD in Week 8. He’ll be a solid start for as long as Ingram misses.

  1. Corey Davis (WR - 36%) - If you look at the cumulative stats between Davis and A.J. Brown this year they are very similar. Davis had 8 catches for 128 yards and 1 TD in Week 8 and continues to earn a decent amount of targets whenever he’s in the starting lineup.

  2. Jakobi Meyers (WR - 0.5%) - I don’t think I could name more than 2 healthy WRs on the Patriots right now. Actually, that’s not true. They have a guy named “Gunner” I think, but I refuse to look it up. Both Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry are hurt, which meant preseason favorite Meyers played heavy snaps alongside Damiere Byrd and saw a team-high 10 targets. He’s a nice add, especially in PPR leagues.

  3. Jordan Wilkins (RB - 0.5%) - It’s hard to tell if Jonathan Taylor is truly flopping relative to his draft pedigree or if he’s not fully healthy (ankle), but regardless Wilkins is the beneficiary of his struggles. Wilkins had 20 carries for 89 yards and 1 TD on Sunday while out-touching Taylor. Wilkins isn’t a guy you feel great about just plugging and playing, but there’s enough uncertainty here to make Wilkins a priority stash.

  4. Jordan Reed (TE - 1.6%) - Reed is eligible to return this week and the 49ers now need him with Kittle out. Ross Dwelley will also get some burn (and is the add if Reed doesn’t return for some reason), but Reed flashed earlier this season, especially as a threat in the red zone (he had a 2 TD game when Kittle was out). 

Injury roundup. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be sidelined at least six weeks and possibly longer. It’s Nick Mullens time...Gardner Minshew (thumb, scapegoat) is out for Week 9. Rookie Jake Luton is expected to start vs. the Texans Sunday...AJ Dillion was placed on the reserve/COVID list and Jamaal Williams is being evaluated as a close contact...Darrell Henderson (thigh) is not expected to miss any time after a thigh injury...Andy Dalton is still working through the concussion protocol...Aaron Jones was a limited participant in Packers practice yesterday...Tevin Coleman (knee) and Deebo Samuel (hamstring) didn’t practice yesterday, joining the walking dead in San Francisco...Christian McCaffrey is hopeful to return for Week 9...Nick Chubb and Austin Hooper are both on track to return in Week 10...Kenny Golladay is unlikely to play in Week 9 with his hip injury...

Loose ends. Bill Belichick game planning for Adam Gase...The NFL trade deadline is today at 4pm ET. Adam Levitan has some names we might see moved.


- Pete Overzet


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