Staff Picks: Week Nine Waiver Wire Picks

Each week we will be posting a waiver wire article with picks from writers at each position to help you know who to add to your teams from the waiver wire! Players on this list need to be owned in less than 50% of Yahoo or ESPN leagues to qualify.

Quarterbacks – Ryan Skolrud

Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders

Carr has had some solid games against opponents with eak pass defenses. He goes into week 9 against a Detroit Lions team that has given up the 6th most fantasy points to the QB position. Add in that this is a home game and Tyrell Williams seems to be back as a deep threat, Carr could be a solid streamer this week.

Sam Darnold – NY Jets

While Darnold has not been playing all that great in the past few weeks, I would argue that he has probably still been feeling some effects from dealing with mono in the beginning of the season, plus he had to go up against the Patriots, which would destroy anyone’s season stat line. This week he gets a Miami Dolphins team that remains winless and gives up the 4th most fantasy points to the QB position. The second year QB should have a bounce back game in week 9.

Running Backs – Ryer Gardenswartz

Jaylen Samuels – Pittsburgh Steelers

Samuels wasn’t active on Monday night due to a lingering knee issue. Reports say he could have played after practicing all week, but the Steelers didn’t feel the need against the woeful Dolphins. Now that James Conner is expected to miss some time with an AC joint injury, Samuels will likely step into the lead role for the Steelers. When Conner went down last year, Samuels excelled in the three starts he saw. He had at least 15 touches and averaged over 100 yards per game with one touchdown. Assuming Conner is slated to miss a few weeks, Samuels should have immediate value and is definitely worth adding.

Mark Walton – Miami Dolphins

When the Dolphins decided to continue their fire sale and trade Kenyan Drake, they opened the door for Mark Walton. He was staring to making some noise over the last few weeks but will now be the lead back. Against the Bills, Walton had 15 touches and has now rushed for over 4.5 YPC in the last two contests. The Dolphins will also use Kallen Ballage, but Walton seems to have the upper hand at the moment. His first start will come against the Jets, who have been giving up an average of 357.4 yards per game. A perfect opportunity for him to break out.

Tra Carson – Detroit Lions

Sunday was a rough day for all fantasy owners who rushed to pick up Ty Johnson after Kerryon Johnson hit the IR. Matt Patricia used a page out of the Bill Belichick handbook and decided to not care about your fantasy teams. Carson came in and carried the ball 12 times, five more carries than Johnson. Neither back had eye-popping stats, but it’s clear that this will be a backfield by committee moving forward. Assuming last week was a sign of things to come, Carson could be worth adding, but be prepared for Patricia to do whatever he wants.

Wide Receivers – Chris Kuhn

Danny Amendola – Detroit Lions

Remember that guy who had a few good seasons with the Rams and then went to New England for a few Super Bowls? Yeah you know the one, he’s like a poor man’s Wes Welker. Well, guess what? He’s very quietly putting together a pretty solid season. In three of the six games he has played he has 7+ catches for 90 + yards. In the other three games, Amendola performed very poorly. Although he wasn’t playing 100%, in some games he did not even finish. This is a player who is coming off his two best season performances and the Lions passing offense has been unstoppable. Danny Amendola probably won’t be the missing piece that you are looking for to carry your team to a fantasy championship. However, he could be a great fill-in wide receiver if you are facing BYE week issues in the next couple weeks.

Darius Slayton – NY Giants

Slayton is a great stash. One that could be very important in the future. He has not put up great numbers this year, until last week’s 2 touchdown performance. However, something very important to remember is Slayton has spent a lot of time with Daniel Jones. Both rookies had to go through the same starting process together. While Eli was starting and Jones was on the bench, they spent a lot of time practicing on the second team squad learning one another’s play style. When watching Sunday’s film both of Slayton’s touchdowns were pure trust from Daniel Jones, who was just throwing up a prayer in a one on one matchup. With Barkley finally back healthy, the Giants passing attack can start being productive in fantasy. Slayton is a great young prospect that could be important come fantasy playoffs. If you are in a dynasty or a keeper league Slayton is a must grab.



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