Waiver Wire Week 9: Top Fantasy Football Pickups & Adds

Getty Cam Newton could be back under center for the Panthers in the near-future.

Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season left much to be desired for fantasy football owners relying on waiver-wire darlings from last week. Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds and Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson averaged a whopping 4.05 fantasy points between the two.

Don’t get burned for a second week in a row by an ill-advised waiver pickup. Follow our top fantasy football waiver wire adds, and get on the fast-track to a Week 9 victory.

* All owned percentages are based on Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues.

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Notable Waiver Wire Targets for Week 9

  1. Gardner Minshew, QB, JAC
  2. (51% Owned)

Minshew has averaged 19.36 fantasy points in seven of his eight games this season, including 21+ points in three of his past four games. He should be in line for another superb showing in Week 9 against a Houston Texans defense that allows the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

  1. Kenyan Drake, RB, ARI
  2. (56% Owned)

Kenyan Drake has reportedly been shipped to Arizona in exchange for a 2020 late-round draft pick. Drake could be nothing but an insurance policy, or with injuries to David Johnson and Chase Edmonds, he could quickly become the bell-cow back for the Cardinals. Either way Drake is ultra-talented and one of the most underutilized talents in football over the past few seasons. His fit in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense seems like a match made in heaven. If DJ continues to miss time, Drake could become a solid RB2 in all scoring formats.

  1. Chris Conley, WR, JAC
  2. (2% Owned)

Conley started the season out hot, averaging 16.5 points through the first two weeks of 2019. However, he hit quite the dry spell from then, up until two games ago. Conley has now registered back-to-back performances of at least 13.34 points. In those games, he’s averaged seven targets and 93 receiving yards. With Dede Westbrook once again hobbled by injury, Conley’s usage seems to be on the rise.

  1. Tra Carson, RB, DET
  2. (0% Owned)

I’m sorry if you were one of the many fantasy owners who fell victim to the Ty Johnson hype this past week. Carson was brought in off the streets this week and quickly jumped Johnson in the pecking order, out-touching the latter by five rushing attempts. Carson’s numbers weren’t eye-popping, to say the least, but unless Detroit makes a move for a running back at the deadline, Carson seems to have the upper hand in the battle for touches in the Lions backfield.

  1. Cam Newton, QB, CAR
  2. (41% Owned)

While Ron Rivera has named Kyle Allen the starting QB for this coming week, his time at the helm of the Panthers offense seems to be numbered. This past week, Newton took part in the most on-field practice activities that he has since sustaining his injury. If he is inserted back into the starting lineup in the near future he will immediately offer borderline QB1 potential, as running quarterbacks reign supreme in fantasy.

  1. Dallas Goedert, TE, PHI
  2. (20% Owned)

We may firmly be in the midst of a changing of the guards at tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. Goedert has outplayed and out produced incumbent starter Zach Ertz for three straight weeks. The former Delaware tight end has hauled in touchdowns in back-to-back performances. Goedert faces off against a Chicago defense in Week 9 that allows the ninth-most fantasy points to the tight end position.


Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Rankings: Week 9

# Player/Team Pos. Owned

1

Gardner Minshew JAC

QB

54%

2

Mark Walton MIA 

RB

25%

3

Kenyan Drake ARI

RB

56%

4

Auden Tate CIN

WR

28%

5

Chris Conley JAC

WR

2%

6

DK Metcalf SEA

WR

66%

7

Cam Newton CAR

QB

41%

8

Danny Amendola DET

WR

9%

9

Kareem Hunt CLE

RB

58%

10

Tra Carson DET

RB

0%

11

Jonnu Smith TEN

TE

19%

12

Josh Reynolds LAR

WR

0%

13

AJ Brown TEN

WR

25%

14

N’Keal Harry NE

WR

12%

15

Darrell Henderson LAR

RB

27%

16

Cole Beasley BUF

WR

24%

17

Ryan Tannehill TEN

QB

30%

18

Ty Johnson DET

RB

79%

19

Alex Erickson CIN

WR

7%

20

Keke Coutee HOU

WR

21%

21

Ryan Griffin NYJ

TE

0%

22

Jay Ajayi FA

RB

3%

23

Hunter Renfrow OAK

WR

1%

24

Deebo Samuel SF

WR

12%

25

Chris Herndon NYJ

TE

28%

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