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Week 9 Waiver Wire: Damien Harris, Marvin Jones Top Fantasy Football Pickups

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Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images. Pictured: New England Patriots running back Damien Harris is tackled by Buffalo’s A.J. Klein.

  • There should be plenty of activity on the NFL fantasy waiver wire heading into the Week 9 slate.
  • Mike Randle breaks it all down and gives us his top targets that should be on your radar.

It is certainly apropos coming off Halloween that the theme of the Week 9 Waiver Wire is “it’s getting scary out there.”

The number of startable pickups are waning, making it critical to identify the most important available players for Week 9.

Which players can actually help us during the last two months of the fantasy season?

Time to identify the “tricks” and “treats” in the Week 9 Waiver Wire.

Note: We’ve limited recommendations to players owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. All data as of Monday.

Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

Running Backs

Damien Harris, Patriots

Ownership: 46%

The Patriots’ leading rusher is the top running back waiver wire claim for Week 9. Harris totaled 102 rushing yards and a touchdown in the New England Patriots’ 24-21 loss at Buffalo. He was the primary option, out carrying Rex Burkhead by a 16-8 margin.

While he brings nothing in the passing game, Harris represents a solid RB2 play, even against an above average New York Jets run defense in Week 9.

La’Mical Perine, Jets

Ownership: 42%

Perine underwhelmed with just two receptions and 33 receiving yards in the Jets’ 35-9 blowout loss at Kansas City.

Veteran Frank Gore did receive two more carries than Perine, but it’s hard to imagine that trend continuing with New York falling to 0-8.

Perine gets a chance next week at home against a New England defense that just allowed a combined 5.96 yards per carry to Buffalo running backs Zack Moss and Devin Singletary.

JaMycal Hasty, 49ers

Ownership: 42%

Another week, another injury for a San Francisco running back.

Tevin Coleman came off the injured reserve this week, only to leave the 49ers loss at Seattle with a knee injury.

Hasty took the majority of rushing attempts, gutting his way to one reception, 31 total yards and a touchdown.

San Francisco has a Thursday home game against a Green Bay Packers run defense that was just skewered by Dalvin Cook. Hasty should be a priority pickup in all formats if still available on the waiver wire.

Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards, right, is stopped by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden on Sunday. Credit: Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images.

Gus Edwards, Ravens

Ownership: 30%

This pickup is predicated on the health of Baltimore lead running back Mark Ingram.

If Ingram remains out, Edwards is a worthwhile one-week pickup for a Baltimore team traveling to Indianapolis.

Edwards tallied an impressive 87 yards and a touchdown Sunday against Pittsburgh’s league-leading rush defense.

Teammate J.K. Dobbins will also be a factor, making Edwards unstartable if Ingram returns.

Since we won’t have clarity on Ingram until later in the week, Edwards is a risk only worth taking for the most running-back desperate lineups.

Nyheim Hines, Colts

Ownership: 29%

Hines awoke from a five-week slumber to lead Indianapolis in receiving (54 yards), while posting two touchdowns.

The Colts leaned on the running game in their 41-21 win at Detroit, but rookie Jonathan Taylor (22 rushing yards) was a surprising bust.

Hines is very hard to trust on a weekly basis, but is worth consideration as an RB3/4 next week at home against Baltimore. The Ravens are middle of the pack in RB receptions and receiving yards allowed.

Jordan Wilkins, Colts

Ownership: 1%

Is there a running back controversy in Indianapolis?

Wilkins took over the carries from starter Jonathan Taylor and exploded for 113 total yards and a touchdown.

If you have a deep bench, Wilkins might be worth a bench stash to see if head coach Frank Reich decides to ride his hot hand moving forward.

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Wide Receivers

Marvin Jones Jr., Lions

Ownership: 49%

That noise you hear is the Marvin Jones Jr. revival.

After disappointing the fantasy community for most the 2020 season, Jones followed up his five-reception, 80 receiving-yard performance with two touchdown catches in a 41-21 loss to Indianapolis.

With leading wide receiver Kenny Golladay leaving the game due to a hip injury, Jones could serve as Detroit’s top receiver for the immediate future.

The Lions now face the Minnesota Vikings, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

Teams in need of a win should target Jones as a startable WR3 with WR2 upside.

Corey Davis, Titans

Ownership: 47%

Even under terrible weather conditions, Tennessee’s Corey Davis found a way to produce.

His eight-reception, 128 receiving yards and one touchdown performance came in a pass-heavy 31-20 loss to Cincinnati.

Davis now has a touchdown catch in two consecutive weeks, even while operating alongside leading wideout A.J. Brown.

Davis is worth consideration as a WR3, but proceed with caution.

Tennessee has three difficult matchups against Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore on the horizon.

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Mecole Hardman, Chiefs 

Ownership: 30%

The speedy Hardman is always a tantalizing flex play when Sammy Watkins is on the Kansas City sideline.

He turned nine targets into seven receptions, 96 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 35-9 trouncing of the Jets.

Hardman has another favorable matchup in Week 9 against Carolina, provided Watkins is still sidelined.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. Credit: James Gilbert/Getty Images.

Laviska Shenault Jr., Jaguars

Ownership: 28%

The Colorado product is intriguing, simply because teams have shown a tendency to get rookies more involved in the offense after their respective bye weeks.

Jacksonville has already used Shenault as a rusher with 11 attempts for 54 yards. However, with quarterback Gardner Minshew expected to miss Week 9, Shenault could see a rushing increase out of the Wildcat formation.

He is a speculative WR4/5 in a favorable home matchup against Houston.

Curtis Samuel, Panthers

Ownership: 20%

Samuel has quietly seen an increase in production over the past three weeks.

He had four receptions, 54 yards and two scores in Carolina’s 25-17 loss to Atlanta. Samuel now has five receptions and/or a touchdown in each of his past three games.

However, the Week 9 return of RB Christian McCaffrey clouds his fantasy value moving forward. He is a bench stash until we witness consistent weekly touch volume with McCaffrey back on the field.

Kendrick Bourne, 49ers

Ownership: 8%

Bolstered by the absence of wideout Deebo Samuel, Bourne saw 10 targets in San Francisco’s 30-20 loss at Seattle.

His eight-reception, 81-yard performance trailed only Brandon Aiyuk for top passing game production.

Tight end George Kittle left the game with a foot injury, placing his status in doubt for a short Thursday turnaround.

Bourne could be a low-end WR3 play against Green Bay if both Samuel and Kittle are unavailable.

Darnell Mooney, Bears

Ownership: 6%

Chicago quarterback Nick Foles finally connected with rookie wide receiver Darnell Mooney.

The Tulane product with 4.38 speed caught five of six targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Chicago’s 26-23 overtime loss to New Orleans.

Mooney will look to build off this season-best performance with favorable matchups against Minnesota and Tennessee before Chicago’s Week 11 bye.

Danny Amendola, Lions 

Ownership: 1%

Amendola is a complete speculative play based off Kenny Golladay’s injury.

He totaled a modest three receptions for 54 yards, but could be in line for a huge opportunity against a porous Vikings secondary in Week 9.

If Golladay remains out, Amendola is worth dart-throw consideration as a WR4/5.

Jakobi Meyers, Patriots

Ownership: 1%

Meyers led New England in targets for the second consecutive week, finishing with six receptions, 58 receiving yards and a two-point conversion.

He is not rosterable when Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry are active, but their returns are both unknown.

Meyers is worth flex consideration in deeper leagues, but only as a short term waiver pickup.

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Tight Ends

Eric Ebron, Steelers

Ownership: 45%

Ebron again drops below the 50% ownership line in Yahoo leagues, providing a nice tight end streaming option for Week 9. His four receptions, 48 yards and touchdown were good enough for the a Top 10 positional finish.

With at least 43 receiving yards in four of the past five games, Ebron is solid streaming option in upcoming games against Dallas, Cincinnati and Jacksonville.

Trey Burton, Colts

Ownership: 22%

Burton managed to find the end zone with a rushing touchdown for the second consecutive week. His two-yard score saved a disappointing three-reception, nine receiving-yard performance.

While it’s clear the Colts love Burton, the return of Mo Alie-Cox makes for a log jam of three Indianapolis tight ends.

The injury to T.Y. Hilton could open up targets, but if all three tight ends remain active, it is too hard to trust Burton as a weekly play in seasonal leagues.

Logan Thomas, Washington

Ownership: 21%

Fantasy owners always forget about players coming off a bye week, making Thomas is one of my favorite waiver claims for Week 9.

Washington has three fantastic upcoming matchups for Thomas, with the Giants, Lions and Bengals.

At the super-thin tight end position, I would gladly roster Thomas and his 40 targets through Washington’s first seven games.

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