Week 9 was the heaviest bye week of the season. Because of that, there may be some quality players that were dropped that won’t make this list. Be sure to check for those first.

Week 9 Injuries:

Player Position Injury Timeframe
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB Sprained MCL Day to Day
Jameis Winston QB Knee Should play next week
Derrick Henry RB Calf Several weeks
Victor Cruz WR Sprained Ankle TBD
Allen Hurns WR Concussion TBD
Jeremy Maclin WR Groin Day to Day
Torrey Smith WR Back Day to Day
Mike Evans WR Concussion Day to Day
Travis Benjamin WR Knee TBD
Brent Celek TE Fractured Rib Day to Day
Delanie Walker TE Groin Day to Day

I’ll be looking at players that are owned in 55% or less of ESPN leagues.

Adds

 

1. Corey Coleman – WR – CLE (ESPN Ownership: 54.6%)

Coleman returned from his six week absence and played almost every single offensive snap for Cleveland. Unfortunately for Coleman, the Cowboys did a great job keeping the Cleveland offense off the field for most of the game and limited him to only 3 catches for 41 yards. Still, the Browns have big plans for him (they targeted him in the red zone several times), and their offense has put up numbers this season, although the standings don’t reflect it. Also remember, Coleman had 3 TDs in the first two games before he broke his hand.  I expect him to be a mid-range WR3 from this point onward.

Verdict: Add in all 10+ team leagues

2. Dion Lewis – RB – NE (ESPN Ownership: 30.3%)

The Patriots are reportedly expecting Lewis to be ready for Week 10 verse Seattle. It remains unclear as to how much use he’ll get, but he is a dynamic talent playing for the best offense in the league. He piled up over 600 total yards and 4 TD’s in part time action in seven games last season. James White has performed admirably as the Patriots passing down back, but I think Lewis supplants him sooner rather than later. He is a must-have in PPR.

Verdict: Add in all 10+ team leagues

3. Thomas Rawls – RB – SEA (ESPN Ownership: 43%)

Rawls is reportedly very close to returning, and the Seahawks desperately need him. Their running game has been stagnant (only 34 yards against Buffalo) and they need the bruising presence of Rawls. It’s unclear how much work he would get right away, but I’m guessing he would get his job back quite quickly.

Verdict: Add in all 10+ team leagues

4. Jamison Crowder – WR – WSH (ESPN Ownership: 53.2%)

Crowder was probably dropped by some over the bye week, but he needs to be picked back up, especially in PPR. He has been heavily involved in the offense since week 1, and has been a top 12 WR in PPR formats.

Verdict: Add in all 10+ team leagues

5. Tim Hightower – RB – NO (ESPN Ownership: 39.8%)

Hightower continued to see major touches against San Francisco, piling up 24, which was 7 more than Mark Ingram. Ingram made the most of his, though, and although Hightower had a productive day, Ingram played himself out of Sean Payton’s doghouse and should see himself back in the driver’s seat next week. Hightower is still worth an add because it remains to be seen what Payton will do with the touch distribution over the next few weeks, and Hightower has shown he can produce given those touches. The Saints offense is rolling, and they get a Denver defense in week 10 that has been strangely susceptible on the ground. Look for them to continue running it with both backs.

Verdict: Add in all 10+ team leagues

6. Kenny Britt – WR – LA (ESPN Ownership: 50.3%)

Britt continues to function as the #1 WR in this abysmal Rams offense. He reached the end zone against Carolina, and gets three nice matchups in a row with NYJ, MIA, and NO. Will we be seeing Jared Goff soon? Will it even matter?

Verdict: Add in all 10+ team leagues

7. Rams D/ST (ESPN Ownership: 29.9%)

If you desperately need a win this week, like many of us do, there’s nothing wrong with using a waiver claim on a good streaming defense. The Rams talented defensive line ripped through Carolina in week 9, and will face either the turnover-machine Ryan Fitzpatrick or unproven third-stringer Bryce Petty. Either way, the Jets have been a dream opponent for DST’s.

Verdict: Add if you need a DST

8. Paul Perkins – RB – NYG (ESPN Ownership: 4.2%)

The Giants continue to get Perkins more touches. Perkins has not produced much yet, but he clearly has more juice than Rashad Jennings. New York has not been able to run the ball this year at all, but they get some decent matchups coming up. Perkins isn’t startable yet, but he could develop into an RB2 if he starts to take over this backfield.

Verdict: Add in 12+ team leagues

9. Kapri Bibbs – RB – DEN (ESPN Ownership: 4.4%)

Devontae Booker has not been good in his two starts, and the backup Bibbs cracked off a nifty 69 yard TD reception against Oakland. Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed that Bibbs deserves more work. Denver gets a juicy Saints matchup next week.

Verdict: Add in 12+ team leagues

10. DuJuan Harris – RB – SF (ESPN Ownership: 31.3%)

Harris got the start for an injured Carlos Hyde and rewarded fantasy risk-takers with 142 total yards and a TD (and a fumble.) It’s looking unlikely that Hyde will be ready this week, so Harris should get one more start against a tough Arizona run defense.

Verdict: Add if you need a spot start at RB

Honorable Mention: J.J. Nelson/WR/ARI, Robert Woods/WR/BUF, Kenneth Farrow/RB/SD, C.J. Fiedorowicz/TE/HOU, C.J. Prosise/RB/SEA, Chris Hogan/WR/NE, Robert Woods/WR/BUF, Kendall Wright/WR/TEN, Tyreek Hill/WR/KC

Holds

1. Charcandrick West – RB – KC

West was a hot waiver wire add last week and he didn’t produce. Still, Spencer Ware hasn’t been cleared to play, the Chiefs offense has been fruitful to running backs, and West showed last year that he can produce. Hold onto him another week.

Drops

1. Michael Floyd – WR – ARI (ESPN Ownership: 54.4%)

Floyd has been banged up and playing very poorly. He is no longer a starter in three WR sets.

2. Hunter Henry – TE – SD (ESPN Ownership: 40.5%)

Unfortunately, Antonio Gates is back to being the #1 TE in San Diego. Henry is hard to trust, even if he is supremely talented.

3. Derrick Henry – RB – TEN (ESPN Ownership: 64.1%)

Once again Henry finds himself in this write-up, this time on the drop list. He has a calf injury that will keep him out for an unknown amount of time.

4. Torrey Smith – WR – SF (ESPN Ownership: 30.2%)

Smith revealed he has been playing with a back injury. He has not been productive anyways.

5. Ryan Mathews – RB – PHI (ESPN Ownership: 81.5%)

Darren Sproles is the Eagles starting RB now. Mathews continues to get goal line carries here and there, but he will be hard to trust for the rest of the season.

 

 

 

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