NFL Waiver Wire Report: Week 9

This week there are some interesting options, that is if they are still available. Unfortunately, in many leagues, those interesting options such as Collins, JuJu, and Mack are already owned. If that’s the case for your league, there are few  players of interest on the wire.

I would try to add Vernon Davis even if I had the likes of Gronk, Kelce, or Ertz as a potential trade chip in that I think Davis is startable on his own and you could move your more valuable tight end for help elsewhere if you need it.

If you have decent depth already I would be targeting the IR guys or high upside players to give big potential down the stretch.

As usual, feel free to ask any questions and I will try to help you figure out the best course of action. You can also reach me on twitter –

Players listed are owned in less than 33% of ESPN leagues. If multiple players are listed with the same FAAB range it means they are relatively equal, but in a pinch the ranking on the left is the order I would rank them.

  Player Position Burn Waiver Claim FAAB


Alex Collins RB Yes 30-40%


Marlon Mack RB Yes 10-15%


JuJu Smith-Schuster WR No 10-15%


Vernon Davis TE No 10-15%


Alfred Morris RB No 5-10%


Paul Richardson WR No 5-10%


Corey Davis WR No 5-10%


Rex Burkhead RB No 5-8%


Corey Coleman WR No 3-8%


Travis Benjamin WR No 3-8%


Josh Doctson WR No 3-8%


Jordan Matthews WR No 0-5%


D’Onta Foreman RB No 0-5%


Jalen Richard RB No 0-5%


TJ Jones WR No 0-5%


Danny Woodhead RB No 0-5%


Greg Olsen TE No 0-5%


Rod Smith RB No 0-5%


Jared Goff QB No 0-5%


Josh McCown QB No 0-5%

1. Alex Collins – The only blowup this week that I can be confident enough in for the rest of the season. He finally got the work and showed his ability as a pure runner. Allen will still have a passing downs role, but maybe Collins finally took the early downs work. We shouldn’t worry, but you have to be at least a little wary of West’s return.

2. Marlon Mack – Had a season high in touches. He didn’t do as much with it as many Mack truths had hoped. He did manage to find the end zone on one of his three receptions, but the only thing to get excited about from this game is the amount of touches he got.

3. JuJu Smith-Schuster – He did better and got more work than I expected with Martavis Bryant inactive. It helps when you break into the open field on a play from the three yard line. I wouldn’t go crazy for him because Brown and Bell are always going to get work, and the passing attack hasn’t been great. They needed a 97-yard catch just to get over 300 passing yards. Basically, just don’t get too excited.

4. Vernon Davis – I will probably have him higher than anyone out there. Reed limped off twice with a hamstring issue, and Davis has been getting a lot of work since Reed missed a game earlier in the year; he has 16 catches for 299 yards and a touchdown in the five game stretch. That comes out to an average of just over 7 points per game in standard formats, which would be an easy top-10 tight end. With Reed out he is a must play – with Reed in he is still playable.

5. Alfred Morris – Well, news of Zeke again being suspended broke late Monday night. There will likely be an appeal, and you will have more information by the time waivers run than I have writing this now. Because I think Zeke appeals and this just gets delayed, Morris is only here instead of higher. McFadden didn’t qualify for this list, but I would have him one spot below Morris.

6. Paul Richardson – The Seahawks let both of the secondary targets get a ton of action this week as Lockett and Richardson had huge games. Richardson has consistently gotten more work so I will rank him higher, but it still feels like a weekly dart throw though.

7. Corey Davis – Upside, upside, upside. It is what we keep saying with him. The thing is he has missed so much time, will he really go right in and be an every week starting option? Hard to say. Take the cheap gamble if you can.

8. Rex Burkhead – If there is going to be a back to own in New England I think it ends up being Burkhead or Lewis. Too bad he missed so much time with injury, giving Lewis the inside track.

9. Corey Coleman – He should be on track to return fairly soon, although there hasn’t been much noise on his status.

10. Travis Benjamin – He had a couple good fantasy weeks in a row even though he made a couple boneheaded plays. Don’t get too excited. There are too many mouths to feed here.

11. Josh Doctson – The Redskins have no receiver that is really going to get the ball on a weekly basis. It’s a dart throw.

12. Jordan Matthews – Should be the number one, but he hasn’t done anything to warrant being owned.

13. D’Onta Foreman – Didn’t get a touch. The team said Blue had a good week at practice, I think it is because Foreman skipped practice. I still want Foreman over Blue.

14. Jalen Richard – Didn’t do much with his opportunity, and with Lynch back he has little value.

15. TJ Jones – Looked good Sunday night, but I still think he is at best the third option in the passing game.

16. Danny Woodhead – Hard to know what his role will be once he is eligible to return. It is just about time to start adding the speculative lottery tickets though.

17. Greg Olsen – He is eligible in week 11. Tight end has been so bad this year he is a worthy stash at this point in the season.

18. Rod Smith – An example of an upside dart throw if Zeke is actually suspended and the guys in front of him do nothing.

19. Jared Goff – The Giants have given up either 300 passing yards or multiple passing touchdowns in five of seven games this year.

20. Josh McCown – Has been playing really well. He gets a good defense, but it is on a short week where the Bills have to travel – even if it is a short trip.


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Andy Germani

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I am a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan and a graduate from Penn State. Baseball was my first love and I still play to this day in an adult baseball league. I always love helping people with their questions on Twitter so feel free to follow me and ask questions.