Week 8 brought us a few new injuries to talk about. T.Y. Hilton, Darrell Henderson, Tevin Coleman, and George Kittle all left their games this week. Week 9 also has a hefty bye week with the Rams, Eagles, Browns, and Bengals. There are a lot of wide receivers we now need to fill-in for this upcoming week. Luckily we dodged major injuries so there are no rest of the season fill-in options but there are quite a few names that you need to take a look at when your waiver wire kicks in. Tune into our Week 9 fantasy football rankings & projections to help guide you throughout the week with any decisions.
JK Dobbins – Baltimore Ravens
Average % Rostered: 47%, FAAB: 10%
It sounds like Mark Ingram is set to miss some more time, and we saw a powerful two-headed rushing attack put up big numbers against the number one run defense in the league this past week. Dobbins is the higher-owned back out of him and Edwards, and had 113 yards on 15 carries this past week. Both crushed and both will be used in a committee. However, the volume still makes them both playable until Mark Ingram returns.
Gus Edwards – Baltimore Ravens
Average % Rostered: 4%, FAAB: 7%
Gus Edwards is coming off a strong game where he had over 80 yards on the ground and a touchdown. As mentioned above this will be a two-headed attack until Ingram returns. Week 9 seems like he is doubtful so both Edwards and Dobbins will take on the Colts this week. Edwards is the lesser-known out of the two and why he is 40% less rostered. You might be able to get away with spending a little less cash or let others go for the young rookie instead.
Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills
Average % Rostered: 36%, FAAB: 20%
Zack Moss has worked his way up in touches since returning from injury. He had five against KC, 10 against the Jets, and 14 against the Patriots. He has 30.3 fantasy points over his last two games and Moss has been getting the red zone work which bodes well for his touchdown upside. Moss was always a name to keep an eye on because he was knocking Devin Singletary’s value before the season started. I don’t mind spending some FAAB on him moving forward.
Cam Akers – Los Angeles Rams
Average % Rostered: 34%, FAAB: 10%
The Rams backfield has been a pain to figure out but anytime we can get three running backs down to two in this run-heavy offense, fantasy value can open up. Darrell Henderson left the game today and we still need to see the extent of the injury. If Henderson misses any time, both Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown will have the potential for a decent role. The downside is that the Rams bye week is upcoming giving Henderson time to get healthy if he has a minor injury.
Damien Harris – New England Patriots
Average % Rostered: 30%, FAAB: 13%
We saw the Patriots offense struggle again but it was a close game where they ran Damien Harris pretty heavily. He finished the day with 102 yards and a touchdown and this is now his second game in four with over 100 yards on the ground. Next week is a great week to plug him in as an option with the Jets on the schedule. New York has allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and this will be a very good game script for him.
Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans
Average % Rostered: 36%, FAAB: 15%
Week 8 was a great reminder that Corey Davis deserves to be on everybody’s roster. The Titans offense struggled outside of him and Henry this week, but this is still a very good fantasy offense to target. Davis now has five games over double-digit fantasy points this season and has 20 targets since coming back from injury where he missed two games. Davis and Brown have been neck and neck in fantasy scoring despite their injury battles and have each played five games.
Jalen Reagor – Philadelphia Eagles
Average % Rostered: 13%, FAAB: 7%
The Eagles desperately needed some weapons back in their offense and the rookie Jalen Reagor got off on the right track with a double-digit fantasy performance against the Cowboys and while the Eagles have a bye this upcoming week as long as he can stay healthy there are plenty of fantasy-friendly matchups ahead of him. I expect Reagor to see a fair amount of targets moving forward given DeSean Jackson is done for the season and Alshon Jeffery continues to try and get back to full health.
Rashard Higgins – Cleveland Browns
Average % Rostered: 20%, FAAB: 7%
We can give the Raiders-Browns game a pass this week because of the brutal windy conditions both passing attacks had to endure. Both sides were sloppy and a bit run-heavy. I still expect Rashard Higgins to emerge as a WR2 in this offense behind Jarvis Landry. While Baker Mayfield will still work the ball around a bit, Higgins has the chance to be a strong option. Cleveland’s pass defense continues to be weak which means they will have a few shootout games against better opponents the rest of the way.
Michael Pittman Jr. – Indianapolis Colts
Average % Rostered: 5%, FAAB: 5%
Michael Pittman returned from injury this past week and could now be the only real healthy receiver for the Colts outside of Marcus Johnson and Zach Pascal. Pittman is still a guy I have interest in for deeper leagues, even with the Colts offense being a mess for fantasy. There is a chance Pittman can emerge as a 5-7 target guy for Philip Rivers and has been hyped by Frank Reich to take a step into the offense. His injury derailed that.
Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles
Average % Rostered: 40%, FAAB: 15%
It was expected that Dallas Goedert would return after the bye week, but here he is playing against the Cowboys on Sunday Night. This bodes well for him to get a game under his belt, hit the bye week, and then return to a fairly soft schedule. The Eagles take on the Giants, Browns, and Seahawks for their first three games after the bye week. With all the Eagles injuries, Goedert will come back to a healthy dose of targets. He saw 17 in his first two healthy games this season and I am banking on him to have a big second half of the season.
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