As we get into the bye weeks, you might have some limited options. I tend to focus on lesser names that might not be on your radar as guys to slide right in. Injuries have also piled up now at the wide receiver position, so if a name in the sit section is the only option and have been producing, you can take your shot. However, I would advise you to look and see if any of the names in the start section this week are out there to be picked up. Check out our rankings, start sit tool, and fantasy football projections for this week to help make those tough decisions.
Marquise Brown @ Indianapolis Colts
For a number one wide receiver on the Ravens, the 27-379-2 line has been disappointing for Marquise Brown this season. He is coming off a game with two targets and he put out some frustration. We should see Brown get more looks this week and back into that 7-8 range. He faces a Colts team that has allowed the 6th most fantasy points per game over the last three weeks. I put this time frame in to avoid the Jets and Minnesota games where those offenses were straight embarrassing. They have allowed double-digit fantasy games to wide receivers in all but two games this season.
Jerry Jeudy @ Atlanta Falcons
Jerry Jeudy has just one touchdown on the season and hasn’t put together a decent line since really Week 4 against the Jets. Being able to put together a strong 80+ yard game and a touchdown is very possible this week. He faces Falcons defense that is allowing the 5th most PPR points per game to receivers. Jeudy saw a whopping ten targets last week in a come from behind win against the Chargers. While the efficiency has been a bit poor, I like the volume and the upside this week.
Diontae Johnson @ Dallas Cowboys
Playing roulette with the Steelers moving forward won’t be fun as Chase Claypool has evolved in the offense alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. I still like taking the shots here even with the risk of their now lower floors. However, Johnson has had some big target games when he has stayed healthy. He has three games out of six where he has 10+ targets. I am willing to take the risk here against a Dallas secondary allowing the 7th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers on the year.
John Brown Vs Seattle Seahawks
With back-to-back full practices, John Brown is looking ready to attack the team allowing a whopping 58 PPR points per game to opposing wide receivers this season. Brown has been hindered by multiple injuries of late but as a clear WR2 in this offense when healthy and a matchup that should be high scoring on both sides, Brown is ready to be back in fantasy lineups. Seattle has allowed 13 wide receivers to hit 20+ PPR points this season.
Brandin Cooks @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Over the last four games, the Jaguars have allowed a 56-842-3 line to receivers and the 10th most fantasy points to wide receivers. Brandin Cooks has seen 9, 9, and 12 targets over his last three games and has scored two touchdowns to go along with nearly 300 yards of his total of 427 on the year. Cooks is a strong WR2 option this week. Houston should put up solid numbers against this Jaguars defense on all fronts and there is more than enough to go around.
Corey Davis Vs Chicago Bears
There are a few options that if you are limited at the wide receiver position you are going to have to start anyway, and Corey Davis is the first. He has been fantastic this season when healthy but I don’t necessarily trust him against this Bears defense that has been stingy against wide receivers. They are allowing the 4th fewest PPR points per game. The highest score a receiver has had against the Bears this season is 16.7 and that was Calvin Ridley without Julio Jones.
DeVante Parker @ Arizona Cardinals
We really didn’t get to see enough of Tua last week as the Miami defense and special teams paved the way to a win. DeVante Parker will have to face Patrick Peterson and a Cardinals defense that has been better than the last few seasons. With a rookie quarterback and mostly a bland set of fantasy scores for Parker this season outside of Seattle, I don’t want to bank on that touchdown to get him over the hump. That has been the case with him most weeks.
Curtis Samuel @ Kansas City Chiefs
Curtis Samuel has been on the map the last few weeks but with Christian McCaffrey returning and Mike Davis still to be involved, I don’t trust Samuel to get the touches he needs to be completely reliable. He would have to break off a major play to really pay off and while that is possible, there are plenty of more volume-based plays that I rather go with this week. The Chiefs also have a strong defense that has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
CeeDee Lamb Vs Pittsburgh Steelers
We don’t even know who the Dallas quarterback will be this week and I don’t believe Mike McCarthy even has a clue. That is not a positive look for the Cowboys offense that has completely fallen apart since the Dak Prescott injury. Now you throw in the fact they play one of the best defenses in the game and will be able to press an offensive line that is banged up and struggling. Dallas set of wide receivers are really not on my radar moving forward.
Marvin Jones @ Minnesota Vikings
While the Vikings secondary is one to target, I don’t love the Lions offense and the fact they are likely going to be more run dominant in their play calling. Jones has certainly lost a step and the two-touchdown game masked his 3-39 line on seven targets last week. He has four games this season with less than ten PPR points and Chase Daniels stepping in isn’t something that will unlock what has been a mediocre fantasy offense this season.
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