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Week 9 waiver wire adds for fantasy football


Published: 10/31/22
Justin Fields
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Before we dive into another week of madness, it's time to take a look at the fantasy football waiver wire. Here, we'll break down our favorite Week 9 waiver wire adds and the players to drop to make room on your fantasy football roster.

We've got plenty of teams on a bye in Week 9, so we've got to load up on some backup options!

Teams on bye: Browns, Cowboys, Broncos, Giants, Steelers, 49ers

Top Week 9 waiver wire adds

QB Justin Fields (Bears)

I know. Fields has had just a single game with more than 200 passing yards this season. His rushing production, however — we've been able to count on that, with at least eight attempts for 50 rushing yards in four of his last five games. The athleticism should have fantasy managers on notice for a nice bye week streamer, posting 20+ fantasy points in each of the last three weeks. Next up, he gets the Dolphins, Lions and Falcons — all of whom rank top-five in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks.

Fields is available in 73.8% of ESPN leagues and 59% of Yahoo! leagues.

RB D'Ernest Johnson (Browns)

This is purely a speculative add and one that would ideally be made as an add/drop ahead of Monday Night Football. There's not much standalone value to Johnson as of Monday morning... but if Hunt is moved ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline, he's an immediately viable flex play.

In the four total career games he's had 10 or more carries, Johnson has averaged 5.83 yards per attempt, totaling 556 scrimmage yards and two scores. Prior to trade talks heating up around Week 6, Hunt had been averaging just over 14 touches per game — the kind of volume any fantasy manager would love to add on the waiver wire.

Johnson is available in 98.8% of ESPN leagues and 97% of Yahoo! leagues.

WR Joshua Palmer (Chargers)

As the Chargers emerge from their bye week, they'll have some big (literally) shoes to fill. WR Mike Williams is expected to miss Weeks with an ankle injury, and will need someone to step in alongside Keenan Allen. Palmer leads all Chargers wideouts in average separation from a defender (AKA, he's getting open!) and ranks second in targets behind Williams.

Palmer posted a 5/43/1 in his lone career game without Williams as a rookie — a sign of some potentially good things to come.

Palmer is available in 75% of ESPN leagues and 76% of Yahoo! leagues.

TE Isaiah Likely (Ravens)

The Ravens were pretty psyched to have WR Rashod Bateman and TE Mark Andrews available for their TNF outing. Unfortunately, that excitement was short-lived. Bateman exited the game after just 13 snaps after reaggravating his foot injury, while Andrews left the game with a shoulder injury.

Likely hauled in six of his seven targets for 77 yards and a score this week. He looked dang good doing it, too. If Bateman and/or Andrews miss time, Likely is... likely... to see plenty of work. See what we did there?

Likely is available in 98.3% of ESPN leagues and 95% of Yahoo! leagues.

Who's droppable?

RB Brian Robinson Jr. (Commanders)

We're all in on Brian Robinson Jr.'s comeback story. It's just not been super fruitful for fantasy. He played just 15 total snaps in Week 8 and has seen just two total targets this year. The backfield is a mess. If you're needing to start him on your fantasy squad, yours probably is too.

TE Irv Smith Jr. (Vikings)

The Vikings tight end finished Week 8 (one of the best matchups in the league for fantasy tight ends) with just four receptions for 28 yards. It wasn't all his fault, however, as he suffered an ankle injury that held him to just 48% of offensive snaps. His season high for yardage came back in Week 5, where he posted 42 receiving yards on five targets.