Charcandrick West headlines my week 9 waiver wire pickups as Spencer Ware has entered the NFL’s concussion protocol. There were a number of key injuries which have opened up value for waivers even in the deepest of leagues, so make sure you read through all the pickups and prioritize according to your team’s individual needs.
Players listed are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. Suggested FAAB bids for 10 team leagues appear in green.
Charcandrick West and the Week 9 Waiver Wire
Charcandrick West – Chiefs (7% owned) | 11% FAAB
*Suggested FAAB bid varies greatly depending on the depth of your league, and need for a RB the next week or two.
Jamaal Charles is headed to see Dr. James Andrews, and remains out indefinitely. Spencer Ware was a top 10 running back this season, but he left with a concussion. This left Charcandrick West as the only healthy RB available for the Chiefs. He finished the week carrying the ball 14 times for 52 yards while adding an additional 2 receptions for 8 yards. The more important news here is that Spencer Ware was ruled out and is now in the concussion protocol. Each concussion is certainly unique, however the NFL’s more rigorous protocol is keeping athletes off the field an average of 16 days.
That article I linked to for the 16 day average is from 2013, so it may vary at this point, however the intent is to show that the concussion protocol’s guidelines are keeping players off the field longer than when these guidelines weren’t in place. While we wait for news on how Ware is progressing, Charcandrick West is a guy who must be added to rosters this week if you want a shot at landing him as a workhorse back for a week or two which is a rarity in today’s NFL.
Charcandrick West Career Stats:
- 179 carries, 721 yards (4.03 YPC), 4 TD.
- 49 targets, 31 receptions, 251 yards, 1 TD.
Chiefs upcoming schedule: vs JAX, @CAR, vs TB, @DEN
Antone Smith – Buccaneers (0% owned) | 6% FAAB
Oh boy. Jacquizz Rodgers went down to an ankle injury, and head coach Dirk Koetter says “I’m not sure. I don’t think it’s probably good” (implying it could be serious). Rodgers was ruled out of the game in overtime, and while many expected Peyton Barber to see the carries, it was the recently signed Antone Smith receiving 5 touches to Barber’s one. More importantly, as Rotoworld and PFF note, Antone Smith outsnapped Peyton Barber 22 – 3. Doug Martin has yet to resume practicing, meaning that IF Jacquizz is ruled out due to injury (good bet considering the game is Thursday night), either Antone Smith or Peyton Barber could prove to be a very viable waiver wire add.
The hope here is that we learn 2 things before waivers clear.
- How severe is the injury to Jacquizz? If he can play week 9, then Antone Smith becomes an afterthought.
- Who will be the starter if Jacquizz and Doug Martin are both out week 9? Right now based on snap counts, that would appear to be Antone Smith.
Its important to note that Smith has never been a workhorse during the course of his 6 year career (now in his 7th season). The most carries Antone saw to this point was 23 over the course of 10 games in 2014. Some fantasy owners may remember that season, as he had just 36 touches, but produced an astonishing 5 touchdowns.
Waiver wire adds are almost always speculative, and this is about as speculative as it gets. However, as we saw with the Jacquizz add a few weeks back, anything can happen in fantasy football, and if you play in a competitive league the time to add Antone is now. He will have flex appeal for Thursday night assuming Jacquizz and Doug Martin are both out.
Corey Coleman – Browns (42% owned) | 6% FAAB
I wrestled with this decision on Coleman, as he may be considered a must add or suggested add depending on format. I finally settled on must add thanks to his ownership %, as he is stashed in nearly half of Yahoo leagues. Corey played just 2 weeks for Cleveland, but his numbers were solid as he had 13 targets, 7 receptions, 173 yards and 2 TDs. With Josh Gordon gone Coleman will resume his place as the WR1 for Josh McCown and the Cleveland Browns as soon as he is healthy. If you’re still holding on to a guy like Michael Floyd, make the switch this week.
Must adds to check for who have been written up before: Mike Gillislee (BUF – RB), Jamison Crowder (WAS – WR)
C.J. Fiedorowicz – Texans (15% owned) | 3% FAAB
Why on earth isn’t this guy getting more love? This is 3 straight weeks for C.J. as a suggested add, and his ownership has only increased slightly. One thing that many fantasy football owners have struggled with this year is consistency at the TE position. C.J. has posted the following target numbers the last 5 weeks: 5, 8, 7, 7, 7. He has a TD in 3 of his last 5 games. The only downside at this point is now the Texans are going on bye heading into week 9, so if you make the move to add Fiedorowicz you’ll have to wait a week to unleash him. The schedule after the bye looks positively inviting, especially come fantasy playoffs time: @Jax, @OAK, vs SD, @GB, @IND, vs JAX, vs CIN (week 16).
Tim Hightower – Saints (4% owned) | 3% FAAB
Wow. As a Mark Ingram owner, all I can say is wow. Sean Payton really wanted to send a message in week 8. Ingram ran the ball 3 times for 5 yards before fumbling the ball 4 minutes into the game. This incurred the wrath of Sean Payton who decided Tim Hightower was being promoted to workhorse. Workhorse may have been an understatement, as Tim Hightower wracked up 26 carries for 102 yards! The most carries Mark Ingram was given thus far? 18 in week 4 against San Diego. The worst part of this whole ordeal though was Tim Hightower receiving FIVE goal line looks (4 carries, 1 reception). Mark Ingram had received a total of 14 red zone carries this year from inside the 20, and just TWO carries inside the 5.
So, fantasy owners are left to wonder, is this a changing of the guard? A long overdue chance for the Hightower cream to finally rise to the top? Or was Sean Payton simply hellbent on delivering a message to Mark Ingram? In his post game press conference, Sean Payton mentions “Mark is a tough guy, he’ll bounce back”. At 6:30 in the video, a reporter specifically asks “You mentioned that Mark will bounce back”. Sean says “We’ll be back to work with him, he knows that. He’ll grind through it, we’ll go through some ball security situations”.
News will certainly break from Saints camp throughout the week, but for now I’d say it is safe to assume Ingram is still the starter. If for some reason Tim Hightower is announced as the starter for week 9, he becomes the top overall add off the waiver wire. With the current information we are being provided, I think you are submitting a claim for a backup RB who simply was used as a messenger service in week 8.
Rob Kelley – Redskins (35% owned) | 3% FAAB
Hopefully you followed the news last week, as Rob Kelley developed into a must add off waivers as Matt Jones trended towards being out. As you can see from his huge 34% one day jump, plenty of fantasy owners took notice. Rob Kelley put up solid numbers in the early down role with 21 carries for 87 yards and a TD against the Bengals. As expected Chris Thompson remained in the 3rd down / passing back role. Washington will be on bye heading in to week 9, which is why we don’t see Kelley listed higher in the article. We’re still waiting for news on Jones injury and how long he will be out. If this ends up being a long term injury, Kelley is a must add in all formats. For now, add him if you have room to stash and wait for the injury news to come out of Washington following their bye.
Eric Ebron – Lions (37% owned) | 3% FAAB
It’s been a while since we heard from Ebron, as he missed the last 3 weeks for the Lions, but he returned with a vengeance. 10 targets, 7 receptions and 79 yards in week 8 against the Texans. So why isn’t he a must add? The upcoming schedule is atrocious. @MIN, BYE, vs JAX, vs MIN. Over the next 4 weeks, which will be the playoff push for most owners, Ebron will be a TE1 only once (against JAX). I’d still add him in 12 team formats as it is hard to find a TE seeing double digit targets, but he will be an extremely risky play against the stout Vikings defense 2 of the next 4 weeks.
Kendall Wright – Titans (6% owned) | 2% FAAB
I’ve mentioned it a few times before when folks were hyping up Tajae Sharpe. Last year Tennessee’s leading WR had just 36 receptions. The good news here? The leading wide receiver was Kendall Wright, and he had those 36 receptions in 10 games. Over his last 3 weeks, Wright has 18 targets, 14 receptions, 229 yards and 2 TD’s. While he will be a very boom or bust play, Wright is the only Titans WR currently worth rostering in 12+ team leagues. If you need wide receiver help, Kendall should be available.
Kamar Aiken – Ravens (15% owned) | 1% FAAB
Kamar Aiken saw 6 targets in back to back weeks for Baltimore heading into their bye week 8. This can be attributed to Steve Smith Jr’s ankle injury. There have been no updates on Smith’s status since week 7, so potential Aiken owners will want to stay tuned for news. If SSS is out for week 9, Aiken will be a low end flex play for owners who are looking to overcome injuries or bye week troubles. If Steve Smith Jr does play, Aiken loses pretty much all value and can be dropped back to waivers.
Thomas Rawls – Seahawks (43% owned) | 1% FAAB
Thomas Rawls remains a few weeks from returning, but the time to pick him up is now. Christine Michael had 28 snaps to C.J. Prosise’s 23 on Sunday, and word out of Seattle even before this week was that Rawls would be the starter upon his return. While he would be a pickup to simply stash for the playoffs at this time, Rawls could be the sort of late season pickup to carry you through to the championship as the Seahawks have the following schedule from week 12 on: @TB, vs CAR, vs GB, vs LA, vs ARI. The TB, CAR, GB and LA part of the schedule will be weeks 12, 13, 14 and 15. If your team is cruising for the playoffs in a 12 team league, and you can afford the bench spot, go get Rawls and wait for his return.
Suggested Adds to continue to check for: Quincy Enunwa (NYJ – WR), Derrick Henry (TEN – RB)
Deep League Waiver Wire Pickups
J.J. Nelson – Cardinals (2% owned) | 1% FAAB
If the Cardinals weren’t heading into their bye it is quite possible J.J. Nelson would be higher on this list coming off a monster 12 target, 8 reception, 79 yard, 2 touchdown game. Sadly, they are heading into a bye week, and a large deficit certainly played a large role in this outburst. J.J. Nelson weighs in at just 160 lbs, and is one of the fastest guys in the league turning in a 4.29 40-yard dash time at the combine. Michael Floyd (29 snaps) and John Brown (38 snaps) didn’t see the field as often as you would expect as they both deal with injuries, while Nelson had 69 snaps to lead the wide receiver snap counts. Assuming Floyd and Brown can get healthy coming out of the bye, Nelson should fall back on the depth chart, meaning he should only be added in deeper leagues at this time.
Austin Hooper – Falcons (1% owned) | 0% FAAB
Jacob Tamme hurt his shoulder on the first offensive drive against the Packers. He was ruled out shortly thereafter, and Austin Hooper took over as the receiving option at tight end. While the injury to Tamme isn’t considered extensive, he could be out week 9 as the Falcons play on Thursday night football. If you are in a deep league and need a shot in the dark to stream, Hooper did have 5 targets, 5 receptions and 41 yards this past Sunday.
C.J. Prosise – Seahawks (2% owned) | 0% FAAB
The Seahawks decided to cut one C.J. (Spiller) and hang on to the other (Prosise). Now the clear breather back for Christine Michael, Prosise had a solid week 8 against the Saints. He finished with 4 carries for 23 yards, while adding 4 receptions for 80 yards. So far this season C.J. Prosise has appeared in just 3 games, with this past Sunday being his first real action. Week 1 he had one carry for -2 yards, week 7 he had one carry for no yards. Thomas Rawls is still a few weeks away, so if you’re looking for a sneaky handcuff in deeper formats where a player like Charcandrick West is already rostered, C.J. Prosise should be your guy.
Tyreek Hill – Chiefs (3% owned) | 0% FAAB
For a guy most fantasy owners have never heard of, Tyreek Hill sure does have a nose for the end zone. The Chiefs have played 7 games, and Tyreek has managed to rack up 4 touchdowns on just 19 total targets. Compare that to Jeremy Maclin who has just 2 touchdowns despite seeing 55 targets! This is not to say that Hill is the better fantasy receiver, as he is the very definition of boom or bust. Those 1 target and 2 target games can certainly turn into 0.9 fantasy points in a hurry. This mention is strictly to put Tyreek Hill on the deep league owners radar as a guy to consider, but for now you would have to be in a 16+ team league to consider starting him.
Monday Night Special
Jeremy Langford – Bears (35% owned)
If you play on Yahoo fantasy football, they allow you to drop bench players who have already played. If there is a guy on your bench eating up space, feel free to drop them for Jeremy Langford ahead of tonight’s game. Worst case scenario you end up with a guy in a RBBC, but best case scenario Langford returns to the lead back role for Chicago and is one of the hottest pickups of the week. Yahoo basically gives you a free waiver pickup here, so use it wisely and grab Langford before Monday Night football begins!
UPDATE: Jordan Howard reemerged as the lead back here. Langford can be dropped safely now for any of the waiver pickups listed above.
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