Hey all… as we head into Week 9, make sure you know all of your Week 9 Byes: BEARS, BROWNS, CHARGERS, VIKINGS, PATRIOTS, STEELERS
Update 1/1/17 – With Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension back on, Morris is the likely candidate to take on the full-time role in DAL, which equals high-end RB2 numbers at least (if getting all the carries/touches). This situation could be one that looks clear at first, but don’t count out either Darren McFadden or the ultra-talented Rod Smith, the runner we feel would perform the best in the full-time role. Who will be the starter two weeks from now? Will it be Smith? McFadden due to his receiving skills? Honestly, it’s tough to predict… for now, the facts are that DAL is looking to Morris.
Josh Gordon has been reinstated and could play as early as Week 13. He is a must-grab as a WR4-5 for now, but he certainly has the talent to be elite again. Will he bounce-back this year with that mess of a passing attack in Cleveland? That’s tough to say, but he must be owned in all formats.
Alex Collins rushed for 113 yards on 18 carries in Week 8, and he pulled in 30 yards receiving on 2 catches. He is sneaking his way into low-end RB2 territory, or at least great flex value. Grab him in all formats, especially with another large bye week here in Week 9.
Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden are once again must-own players heading into Week 9, as Ezekiel Elliott is once again suspended. His 6-game ban starts entering Week 9, so he is set to miss Week 9-14, and that means one of Morris or McFadden has a shot at at least high-end RB2-type numbers. It’s possible they share carries equally, as Morris is the most fit and toughest runner between the tackles, whereas McFadden is the only solid receiving back of the two. The reason both of these guys are below a few other players this week on this Week 9 Waiver Wire list is because no one knows who the lead dog will be. Even if one is listed ahead of the other on the official depth chart, that doesn’t mean that player will get more total touches in Week 9. I say grab Morris, as he is currently not the healthy scratch each week (like McFadden has been). They could be resting him (McFadden), and that’s why he is being scratched, but then again, it’s only six games that he’d play.. my opinion is that if you need to rest a guy even the week before he might be used in order to keep him fresh for a mere 6-game stretch, that player won’t stay healthy, nor will he be ready. Morris has the edge as of now, if you ask me, but the real sleeper in this RB mess is Rod Smith, who is likely the most gifted overall runner on that Dallas roster after Elliott.
Dion Lewis could see more and more touches each week, folks. He hast awesome flex-like value right now with upside for much, much more.
Marvin Jones Jr his huge 100-yard game in Week 8 could be his bounce-back party. He is a must-start WR3 and climbing.
Marlon Mack has a nice little climb in momentum one week, then the team fails to use him the next. Let’s hope last week’s touchdown has given hope to that coaching staff and Indy starts to feed their potential future rusher the football. If unleashed, Mack should surely deliver big numbers. I’m excited and waiting for this sleeping giant.
JuJu Smith-Schuster he’s on the map and a WR3 in larger leagues, which makes him a starter in fantasy in larger leagues.
Robby Anderson has back-to-back weeks with a TD, and last week he had 100 yards and that score. He is a WR3/4 now — easily. Grab him.
Jimmy Garoppolo has been traded to the 49ers, and while he won’t be ready for Week 9, he’s a must-grab in all leagues as an intriguing QB2.