Welcome to Working the Wire for Week 9 of the 2018 season! We’ll list off the best adds for your waiver period to bolster your fantasy squad, or replace your injured players! Week 9’s edition is WIDE RECEIVER HEAVEN. Do you like them? You better, because it’s dry at most of the other positions. As always, a couple notes:
– Players will not be listed that have over 50% of ownership in ESPN leagues.
– Players are listed by higher priority to low, not by position.
WR Courtland Sutton, DEN (12.3% owned in ESPN leagues)
Courtland Sutton is now a locked-in WR2 for the Denver Broncos on the heels of the Demaryius Thomas trade to the Houston Texans. For fantasy purposes? A low-end WR3 or flex option. Remember, his quarterback is still Case Keenum, so some inefficiency is still in the cards for Sutton. But he’s an add in every league.
RB Aaron Jones, GB (48.2%)
I know I said “LAST CALL” a few weeks ago on Aaron Jones, but now it is truly, LAST CALL. Somehow, he’s still available in over half of ESPN leagues, and started to realize some of the potential fantasy owners have been waiting for, with a 12-86 line, adding a touchdown. Ty Montgomery is now in Baltimore and should gain a few more touches with him leaving Green Bay. Needs to be owned in every league and can be used as a bottom end RB2 this week against a susceptible Patriots’ run defense on Sunday night.
WR Keke Coutee, HOU (18.6%)
The acquisition of Demaryius Thomas keeps Keke Coutee in the slot, but his health is the main concern. He’s had hamstring issues but we saw his potential during a 2 week stretch before the injury, catching 17-160 and a touchdown on 22 targets. Watch the injury report but if he plays in Week 9 in Denver, Coutee could be a sneaky flex option.
TE Jack Doyle, IND (32%)
Indianapolis is on a bye week this, but you have to add Jack Doyle if you’re in need of a tight end. Doyle provides potential top 8 production at the position the rest of the season, and hit the ground running last week, with a 6-70-1 line in his first game back from injury. Pick him up if you need a TE.
WR D.J. Moore, CAR (10.4%)
D.J. Moore’s talent is great, and is seeing more work in the Panthers offense, but the fact is, he’s at best the 3rd option behind Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey. That said, the Panthers are an offense that is trending upward with Cam Newton playing the best he’s played in his career. A big time upside add and could find himself in lineups as Moore and the Panthers take on the moribund Buccaneers defense.
WR David Moore, SEA (2.8%)
In a weak Seattle passing offense, but you can’t ignore the production of David Moore. 4 touchdowns in 3 games, and the former 7th round pick is quickly becoming a trusted and favored option in Seattle. Stash away.
WR Tyrell Williams, LAC (25.9%)
As DeSean Jackson West, Tyrell Williams is coming off of his bye as the Philip Rivers’ deep threat. Back to back 118 yard receiving games and 3 touchdowns in his last 2 games. Worth a stash and with 6 teams in bye, could sneak his way into flex usage this week and beyond.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB (6.3%)
Tampa Bay is a very fantasy friendly offense, so it makes sense that whoever is starting, whether it be Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston. Combined, they are QB2 on the season. With Fitzmagic now the starter, he’s a QB1 against a Carolina secondary that doesn’t scare anybody. Just pray that Fitzmagic doesn’t turn into FitzTragic.
WR DeVante Parker, MIA (21.7%)
DeVante Parker came back from the dead last week, dusted himself off and put up a 6-134 line after notching only 2 (TWO!) catches this season. The former 2015 1st rounder could be a bit of a factor going forward, even with Kenny Stills coming back in the next week or two.
Stay tuned for “Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em on Friday! But coming tomorrow… THE MIDSEASON FANTASY AWARDS! Who gets a Jovi (because we’re halfway there!)? Find out tomorrow! As always, throw your fantasy lineup questions, trade scenarios, and roster queries to @ktompkinsii on Twitter!