Week 9 Waiver Pickups You Can’t Snooze On — The Snooze

Smith-Schuster is one of the top waiver pickups ahead of Week 9, who else should you target? (Twitter)

We are now officially halfway through the fantasy football season. By this time you are probably gaining a sense of where you’re going to finish in your league standings. Now is the time to make up lost ground or pull away from the rest of the group.

This week offers up some tasty waiver wire morsels, and we’re more than happy to serve them up for you. So get out there and grab that next big player for your team, it’s go time!


JuJu Smith-Schuster — WR, PIT (48% Owned)

It’s easy to write this off as a one-off week. He did snag a 93 yard touchdown and Martavis Bryant was not playing. But he also racked up 100 yards outside of that one big play, and was targeted 10 times (Good enough for a tie for 5th in the league this week). Schuster is bound to have a role moving forward after his display in week 8. Martavis Bryant is still rumoured to want a trade out of Pittsburgh which would open up big things for Schuster.

Paul Richardson — WR, SEA (31% Owned)

Richardson was bound to have a big game, but it was impossible to predict it was going to happen against the Houston Texans. This is now Richardson’s second consecutive 10+ point effort, and he’s being targeted in the redzone which gives him a weekly 10+ point ceiling moving forward. Russel Wilson is about to ease into his annual Second-Half-Of-The-Season-Slaughter, and Richardson should put up consistent WR3 numbers with WR1/2 upside.

Alex Collins — RB, BAL (34% Owned)

Collins has been picked up and dropped more than a bar of soap over the past few weeks, but it’s time to let him clean up your fantasy lineup. Collins ran for 113 yards on 18 touches against the Dolphins on Thursday night. This now means he is rushing for just under 6 Yards Per Carry over the course of this season. He has done absolutely everything at this point to let the Ravens know he can handle early-down work, and I think he’s going to start getting it. He’s gotten at least 10 touches in each of his last 4 games and he’s trending towards 20 carries per game. If you need running back help Collins could very well be your guy.

Dede Westbrook — WR, JAX (10% Owned)

It just broke on Monday that Dede Westbrook is practicing and is potentially coming off the IR soon. Westbrook was a preseason stud who underwent core muscle surgery and was put on the IR with a chance to return. That chance is now here, and the Jaguars badly need a solid WR. Westbrook will get a chance to contribute early, and if he capitalizes he has the potential to be a WR2 the rest of the way.

Rex Burkhead — RB, NE (8% Owned)

Especially if you’re in a PPR league, you cannot pass up Burkhead. This Sunday he caught 7 of 7 passes for 68 yards and 15 yards on 4 carries. He is on a bye in week 9, but if you can afford to wait he could be a huge asset in week 10 against a Denver defense who will be zoned in on shutting down the Patriots receivers. He could see 7 more catches in that game, too.

Kenyan Drake/Damien Williams — RB, MIA (0% Owned)

With the blockbuster news of Ajayi leaving Miami for Philadelphia and no RB coming back in the trade, it leaves the door open for one of these two backups to enter a leading role. A word of caution, I do think that Miami could go get another RB today, but at the time of writing they have not. Keep your eye on Sleeperbot for instant updates when they are available. If Miami does decide to move forward with these two backs, my money is on Kenyan Drake.

**BONUS**

Calvin Johnson — WR, FA (0% Owned)

There’s been some murmurs that either the Eagles or the Jaguars are trying to coax Calvin Johnson out of retirement. At this point, all sources are stressing that this is purely speculative. But it’s extremely enticing. Megatron is just 32 years old, the same age as Jordy Nelson. In his last season he went for over 1,200 yards, and the prospect of seeing him catch passes from Wentz or Bortles is very enticing. This is more a situation to monitor rather than a “stop what you’re doing and pick him up”, but keep your eye on him and if you’re in a deep 14-team league you could do worse for a bench stash.

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