NFL Waiver Wire Week 9
Given that we’re eight weeks into the 2018 NFL season, most people probably think that the waiver wire of their fantasy football league has been completely picked over, and that the only guys left are the equivalent of the $3 DVD’s available in that large bin at your local discount retailer – the movies that nobody wants to buy, because the films are terrible and nobody buys DVD’s anymore anyway.
While there might be a kernel of truth to that, there’s still some value to be had from guys who aren’t on the rosters of your opponents. In fact, we have four guys who could make a short-to-medium term (if not longer) impact for your own team:
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos – While Phillip Lindsay is still the go-to back for the Denver Broncos, you could get some mileage out of Devontae Booker as Lindsay’s change-of-pace guy, especially with rookie running back Royce Freeman out due to an ankle injury. With the departure of wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, Booker is now fourth on the Broncos in targets. The Houston Texans — Denver’s opponent this week — allow about 50 yards receiving to opposing running backs on average, but Booker is coming off a game last week when he had over 100 combined yards from scrimmage.
Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets – Another running back pickup based on injury to one of the two guys ahead of him, Elijah McGuire’s value goes up thanks to the season-ending injury to Bilal Powell. The coaching staff of the Jets has always been fond of McGuire’s big-play ability, so he should see a fair amount of plays being called for him, allowing him to get in space and make plays.
Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears — After back-to-back games with a season-high seven passes in his direction, rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller is a solid pickup, as Allen Robinson — the #1 receiver for the Chicago Bears — is out with a groin injury. Miller led the Bears in targets last week against the New York Jets and was the most targeted wide receiver the week before that against the New England Patriots. And, he’s scored two touchdowns in the past three weeks, so Mitchell Trubisky clearly doesn’t mind looking his way in the red zone.
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons – Austin Hooper of the Atlanta Falcons is one of those guys for whom everyone has been waiting for a breakout, but it never seems to come. As he entered his fourth season in the league this year, everyone believed it was going to happen this year. Alas, that certainly wasn’t the case over the first month of the season, but in the month of October, Hooper averaged over eight targets per game, including two games with double-digit targets thrown his way. He doesn’t have a favorable matchup against Washington this Sunday, but in a year where the tight end depth is as bad as we’ve ever seen it, he’s definitely worth a flyer, especially if your main tight end is currently out because of a bye week.