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Week 9 brings a couple of new faces to the list. With a trade happening in Miami, Kenyan Drake has been sent to the Cardinals and has new potential. Rashaad Penny returned for the Seahawks on Sunday, as well. Here are some recommendations for week 9 RB waiver pickups.
Drake hasn’t looked fantastic this year, but it’s hard for any player to look fantastic in the Miami offense. When there’s no threat of the passing game, and the offensive line is weak, a running back is going to have trouble no matter how talented they are. Drake was traded to the Cardinals, and is going to be looking to show off his ability in a more talented team. The Cardinals offense has more weapons than Miami, and their offensive line, which wasn’t doing very well in the beginning of the year, has been looking strong over the past 3 or 4 games. With Johnson and Edmonds injured, it’s looking like Drake is going to be the starting back on their Sunday matchup against the Seahawks. The Seahawks are a pretty middling run defense, so it’ll be interesting to see what Drake can do now that he’s surrounded by more talent than he was during his time in Miami this season.
Penny put up some pretty good numbers against the Falcons. He only got 8 carries, but took them for 55 yards, an average of 6.9 yards per carry. It’s clear that Chris Carson is the number one in the Seahawks offense; he got 20 carries on Sunday compared to Penny’s 8. However, the Seahawks have been running the ball a lot this season, and Penny is bound to get more carries. He’s proven he’s capable of being efficient with the carries he gets, and should be considered for your roster. Penny has a tough matchup against a really strong Tampa Bay defensive front, but he’s probably going to get a fair amount of touches anyway considering how much the Seahawks have been running the ball. You might want to pick him up this week, as he might not be as popular due to his matchup and give you a chance to add him to your roster before a better matchup comes around.
Darrell Henderson has been making this list quite a bit recently, and today is clearly no exception. In Sunday’s game against the Bengals, Henderson got more touches than Gurley. He had 11 rushes for 49 yards (an average of 4.5 yards per carry) and 2 receptions for 20 yards. In PPR leagues, that’s a pretty nice performance for a backup running back. Henderson is going to continue getting touches for the Rams while Gurley tries to recover from his injury, and is a good add to your fantasy team if you’re looking for a backup.
The Dolphins have officially said goodbye to Kenyan Drake, sending him to Arizona for a 2020 draft pick. This makes Mark Walton their starting back. The Dolphins haven’t played their week 8 game yet, but Mark Walton had a nice performance in week 7. He ran 14 times for 66 yards (an average of 4.7 yards per carry). This is especially impressive considering the Dolphins offensive line has been somewhat weak, and the Bills have been pretty okay against the run. The Dolphins ran the ball over 20 times, 6 of those plays going to the now-absent Kenyan Drake. Now that Drake is gone, Walton is going to be getting even more touches. Walton seems like a talented back, and he’s going to be getting a lot of touches. I’d keep him on your radar for these next couple of weeks.
The Steelers’ starting running back is James Conner, no doubts about that. However, Samuels got 11 catches over weeks 4-5, before he got injured. This means Samuels might be a factor in PPR leagues this season. The Steelers are expecting him to play tonight, which is great considering they’re matched up against the Dolphins. The Dolphins have one of, if not the worst defense in the league. Samuels is going to be looking to come back from his injury with a bang tonight against this Miami defense, and if he gets the touches, I think he’ll be able to.
Raheem Mostert had a big day against the Panthers on Sunday, taking his 9 touches for 60 yards (an average of 6.7 yards per carry) and a touchdown. The 49ers are looking pretty unstoppable, beating the Panthers 51-13 in a game that a lot of people thought was going to be close. Mostert is a talented back and he’s getting touches in a high powered offense. I’d add him to your roster before it’s too late, as he’s going to keep getting touches for the 49ers. The 49ers have a good matchup against the Cardinals in week 9, who have allowed the 8th most rushing yards per average this season with 130.1. Look out for Mostert in this matchup. If he gets a good amount of touches, which I’m thinking he will, he’ll probably be able to get great yardage against the Cardinals.
Carson was a surprise in the Lions game against the Giants on Sunday. I hadn’t even heard of him, and was expecting Ty Johnson to be getting most of their carries. However, Carson had more than Johnson, ending the game with 34 yards on 12 carries for an average of 2.8 yards per carry. These numbers aren’t great, but Carson is on this list because he’s almost certainly available in your league. He’s probably not going to become your new starter, but the Lions have shown that they’re going to be feeding him the ball. With carries comes opportunity for points, and therefore he would be good to consider if you’re looking for a backup for your roster.
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