After only two teams were on a bye in Week 8, four teams will be off in Week 9, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks. The waiver wire was thin last week, and it isn’t exactly filled with a bevy of options for this week, either. With that being said, here are some players who are still available in the majority of leagues who could prove to be useful. You can also use our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups tool to help find viable options and determine how much of your FAAB you might need to use for each player.
Fantasy Football: Week 9 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups
Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (95% available)
With the Eagles blowing out the Lions on Sunday, it left plenty of rushing opportunities for their backfield. The result was three running backs totaling at least 12 carries, one of which was Boston Scott. He made the most of his opportunities, finishing with 60 yards and two touchdowns. With Miles Sanders (ankle) on IR, Scott should continue to have an increased role. That could lead to significant production in Week 9 given that he will face the Los Angeles Chargers, who have allowed the most rushing yards per game in the league.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Priority: 1 (5% of FAAB budget)
Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars (93% available)
Early in the season, the Jacksonville Jaguars inexplicably gave Carlos Hyde work at the expense of James Robinson. They eventually came to their senses and had rarely used Hyde the last few games. However, they were forced to deploy him more against the Seahawks on Sunday after Robinson went down with a heel injury. The result was nine carries for 32 yards and six receptions for 40 yards. If Robinson were to sit out Week 9, Hyde would likely step into a leading role out of the backfield.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Priority: 2 (3%-5% of FAAB budget)
Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens (80% available)
The Baltimore Ravens will be coming out of their bye and looking to make a push towards the playoffs for the second half of the season. Now healthy, Rashod Bateman could be a big part of their offense during their pursuit of that goal. He’s received exactly six targets in both of his first two games since returning from injury and he had three receptions for 80 yards in Week 7 against the Bengals.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Priority: 3 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (91% available)
It doesn’t look good for Jameis Winston, who suffered a potentially significant knee against the Buccaneers. Trevor Siemian came on in relief of him in that game, but that was only because Taysom Hill (concussion) was out. Once healthy, Hill should take over as the team’s starting quarterback. That makes him an appealing fantasy option given that he had four rushing touchdowns during a four-game stretch as a starter last season.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Priority: 4 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (63% available)
The Bills put the clamps on Tua Tagovailoa, who only completed 21 of 39 pass attempts for 205 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. The only saving grace was that he tallied a touchdown on the ground. As bad as he was in that game, a lot of his struggles can be attributed to the tough matchup. Things will swing dramatically in his favor in Week 9 when the Miami Dolphins host the Houston Texans.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Priority: 5 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)
Jamison Crowder, New York Jets (81% available)
One of the biggest upsets Sunday was the Jets knocking off the Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterback Mike White stepped up in his first start, completing 37 of 45 passes for 405 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. While he often threw the ball to his running backs, Jamison Crowder was also busy, catching eight of nine targets for 84 yards. It likely helped his cause that Corey Davis (hip) was out. The Jets have a quick turnaround since they play the Colts on Thursday, so if Davis isn’t ready to go, Crowder could again see added targets.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Priority: 6 (1% of FAAB budget)
Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars (94% available)
The Jaguars’ offense has been dreadful, so it does feel a little strange to have two players from their team included in this column. However, Dan Arnold’s performance Sunday was too good to overlook. He received 10 targets, which was the second-most on the team. That helped him generate eight catches for 68 yards. With 23 targets over his last three games, he’s a viable streaming option at tight end despite a tough upcoming matchup against the Buffalo Bills. If anything, the Jaguars could be down so much early that they will have to throw a lot in the second half.
Week 9 Waiver Wire Priority: 7 (1% of FAAB budget)
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