Week 9 Waiver Wire Targets
Somehow we are halfway through the season already, and we are starting to get into the “build up your bench” part of the year.
We really didn’t see many injuries this week, so thankfully there aren’t too many replacements on the wire. Unfortunately, that means we have a pretty quiet and boring waiver wire week.
Still, there are some players who should be rostered who aren’t yet, and some rookie play that needs recognition in the fantasy world.
Let’s dive into some players worth looking at this week.
Chuba Hubbard – Running Back – Carolina Panthers (43% rostered)
Chuba Hubbard has the stranglehold on the Panther backfield, since fellow Running Back Miles Sanders only had two carries. Now granted Sanders is returning from injury, but still only two carries after seeing his usage decreasing speaks volumes.
Hubbard rushed 15 times for 28 yards and caught two passes for 26 yards. It may not have been an impressive outing, but his usage is what we like here.
The Panthers get Indy and Chicago the next two weeks, and then their schedule does get much more difficult, but for now the opportunity alone is enough to scoop him up.
Royce Freeman – Running Back – Los Angeles Rams (17% rostered)
Darrell Henderson Jr was added in a majority of leagues over the last few weeks, but Royce Freeman has had plenty of work.
He rushed nine times for 44 yards and a touchdown last week, and faces the Packers in Week Nine before a Bye week.
Freeman’s days of fantasy relevancy could be numbered with Kyren Williams returning soon, but you should be good to play him this week against a weak opponent.
Emari Demarcado – Running Back – Arizona Cardinals (39% rostered)
Emari Demarcado carried the ball a whopping 20 times against the Ravens on Sunday, finishing with 78 yards. He also had one catch for one yard.
Demarcado has dominated the backfield even with a healthy Keaontae Ingram, and there has been no updates on James Conner’s return.
Cleveland and Atlanta aren’t juicy matchups, but his usage alone is enough for you to start him, especially in a pinch.
Zach Charbonnet – Running Back – Seattle Seahawks (30% rostered)
This one is more of a speculative add after Zach Charbonnet saw a nice increase in usage against the Browns.
Charbonnet had more snaps than fellow back Kenneth Walker, and although Walker had more carries, Charbonnet didn’t disappoint with his touches. He finished the game with five carries for 53 yards and two catches for 11 yards.
That might not seem like much, but Seattle has always been a run-heavy team and Charbonnet looked good in his limited touches. If this continues, he should get more and more work in the second half of the season. He also is still a solid handcuff option, should Walker get hurt.
Demario Douglas – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots (1% rostered)
Demario Douglas hasn’t necessarily blown up yet, but he has been trending upwards in recent weeks with the resurgence of the Patriots’ offense.
Douglas caught five passes for 25 yards in Sunday’s loss to Miami, but he’s now gotten 13 targets over the last two games and number one Receiver Kendrick Bourne is done for the year with an ACL injury.
The Patriots may rely more heavily on veterans JuJu Smith-Schuster and Jalen Reagor, but the chemistry between Mac Jones and Douglas is there and should continue to grow.
Quentin Johnson – Wide Receiver – Los Angeles Chargers (31% rostered)
Rookie Quentin Johnson has looked bad so far this season, but an injury to Joshua Palmer allowed Johnson to have his best game of the season. He caught five passes for 50 yards, and although Palmer returned to the game, this is what we needed to see to hopefully get Johnson on the field more.
Now this is still a very speculative add since he could go back to seeing a limited role, but it was nice to see the rookie get work.
If you have a roster spot available and can wait on a Wide Receiver, Johnson is an intriguing option with a high ceiling, should he turn things around.
Rashid Shaheed – Wide Receiver – New Orleans Saints (18% rostered)
Rashid Shaheed is the definition of boom/bust, so this is definitely more of a “I need to win this week” type of player.
Shaheed caught three passes for 153 yards and a touchdown against the Colts. The week prior he had eight targets, but caught only four passes for 28 yards.
The big thing here is he faces the Bears and Vikings the next two weeks, who both could easily give up huge plays to Shaheed.
If you absolutely need a win this week and don’t have any better options, Shaheed is a solid one in hopes he goes deep a few times.
Taysom Hill – Tight End – New Orleans Saints (15% rostered)
Taysom Hill has been a fantasy cheat code for a few years now, and this year he has settled back into the TE role. Now he hasn’t done much this season, but the last two weeks he has seen an increase in usage again.
Last week against the Colts, Hill rushed nine times for 63 yards and two touchdowns. He caught one pass and also had one completion.
Hill has scored double digit fantasy points the last two weeks, and although he still is very boom/bust, he could see enough work against the Bears and Vikings to be playable.
Will Levis – Quarterback – Tennessee Titans (1% rostered)
Was it a fluke or is Will Levis the real deal?
It’s hard to say after one start, but coming in as a rookie and throwing for 238 yards and four touchdowns is a heck of a way to start. Levis also rushed seven times, but only for 11 yards.
Levis connected multiple times with star Receiver DeAndre Hopkins and overall looked decent against a middling Atlanta defense.
Looking at the rest of the Titans’ schedule, Levis has a pretty easy path to a solid fantasy year. He faces the Steelers, Colts, Jaguars, Panthers, Dolphins, and Texans in the coming weeks.
He probably is a risky start this week, but if you want a potential starter for the rest of the season, Levis is a solid grab.
Sam Howell – Quarterback – Washington Commanders (30% rostered)
Sam Howell continued his solid second season by throwing for 397 yards and four touchdowns in a shootout with the Eagles.
Howell has now had a few great fantasy games along with a few stinkers, but at this point he has shown he has plenty of value.
Howell is a solid starter in 2QB leagues, and may slowly become a guy you can play in single Quarterback leagues. He faces the Patriots this weekend, so that might not be a great one, but after that his schedule is a bit easier.
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