Thursday, January 20

Fantasy Week 9’s Best Waiver Pickups: Handcuff RBs Boston Scott, Jordan Howard, Carlos Hyde Have Their Chances



Last week, the fantasy world, including us, was falling in on itself to promote Kenneth Gainwell after Miles Sanders’ ankle injury. Fast forward a week and two other RB of the eagles, Boston Scott and Jordan howard, will be among the Top Week 9 Fantasy Waiver Transfer Pickups and Free Agent Additions. Things change that fast in fantasy football, so maybe it shouldn’t surprise us. The Eagles RB committee joins guys like Carlos Hyde, who replaced the injured James Robinson, Pat freiermuth, who continues to get more goals with JuJu Smith-Schuster out, and Saints QB Taysom Hill, who is expected to start in place of an injured Jameis Winston, as claiming a possible exemption this week.

There were not many “must have” outbreaks in Week 9, which will remain the case unless there are injuries. There are some interesting pills (Tajae sharpe, Jefferson, Ameer Abdullah |, Logan thomas, Will fuller, Deshaun watson), either because they did something remarkable in week 8 or because they are eligible to be traded / get out of the IR soon. However, our full list of free agents features a host of Week 9 streamer tips on QB, WR, TE, and D / ST, which can be found in the end of this list. With Detroit, Washington, Tampa and Seattle farewells next week, plus many key players still beaten, finding matchup-based sleepers will be key this week (and every week in the future).

PLUS WEEK 9: Complete list of exemptions

After many fantasy owners were burned by Gainwell and the Eagles’ RB situation last week, some will be reluctant to invest a high exemption claim on Scott or Howard this week. However, both will have value in week 9, and at least one should also have value the following week. If you need a back next week, one of these players is worth paying for. The same goes for Hyde if James Robinson’s injury looks like it will keep him out of the game for a week or two. Other than those three, and maybe Hill, depending on your QB situation, there really are no players worth claiming unless you’re desperate in a certain position.

Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 9

Unless otherwise noted, only players owned less than 50 percent of the Yahoo leagues considered.

Boston Scott, RB, Eagles. Scott received the majority of RB’s opening plays for Philadelphia in Week 8, and he took advantage, rushing 12 times for 60 yards and two TDs. Jordan Howard also had 12 carries and scored twice, but considering Scott is more versatile and played more in the first and second quarters, we’re willing to say he’s the “leader” on this committee until Miles Sanders (ankle) returns in a few weeks. Kenneth Gainwell (13 carries, 27 yards) actually led the Eagles in carries, but most of his playing time came in garbage time when the game was out of control. The Chargers host a premium matchup next week, making Scott a “must-start.”

Jordan Howard, RB, Eagles. Howard mixed with the Eagles’ backfield quite early and frequently, rushing 12 times for 57 yards and two touchdowns against Detroit. It was almost an identical line to Boston Scott’s (12-60-2), although Scott played more early in the game. Still, Howard looked good and was way ahead of Kenneth Gainwell in the pecking order. Not every matchup will be as favorable as this one, but next week’s game against the Chargers is even better on paper. Howard will be a valuable RB2 / flex.

PLUS WEEK 9: Complete list of exemptions

Carlos Hyde, RB, Jaguars. James Robinson injured his ankle early against the Seahawks, opening the door for Hyde to take over. The veteran running back had 51 total yards on 13 touches (nine carries, four receptions), and that kind of work / production load can be expected next week against Buffalo. Given the showdown, many fantasy owners are unlikely to want to play Hyde, but starting RBs always have value, especially during four-team bye weeks. If Robinson has a multi-week injury, Hyde will have more value, although a showdown against the Colts in Week 10 is also tough. – ML

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Steelers. Freiermuth had been creeping toward a breakup for a couple of weeks, and he had his best game of the season against the Browns. Freiermuth caught four of seven goals for 44 yards and a TD and appears to be in line for more goals with JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) out this year. A showdown against Chicago next week isn’t particularly TE-friendly, but Freiermuth should continue to be at least a streaming option in PPR leagues going forward.

Van Jefferson, WR, Rams. Jefferson caught three passes (six goals) for 88 yards in Week 8, which shows the kind of advantage he has on the big plays. It will be interesting in the future as a quasi-handcuff for both Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, and with DeSean Jackson on the outs with the team, Jefferson will be the main player of the big play, boom or bust in the future. The Rams’ offense is good enough to support three viable fantastic receivers in any given week, so Jefferson has many advantages.

For more waiver / free agent tips, including more streaming options at each position, check out our complete list of week 9.




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