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The wide receiver options are going to fluctuate over the next few weeks as byes pick up, but also possibly a few more trades. We have already seen Emmanuel Sanders go to San Francisco, and Mohamed Sanu joined the Patriots. Injuries have been heavy, with Brandin Cooks, Sterling Shepard, Davante Adams, Adam Thielen, and Will Fuller all missing time of late or are expected to miss time. To win those fantasy football leagues, you are going to have to win the waiver wire as well. You can find the top wide receivers to pick up by rank for this upcoming week.
Week 9 WR Waiver Wire Pickups
|Player||Team||Week 9 Opponent||Ownership %||FAAB|
|Mohamed Sanu||New England Patriots||@BAL||61%||$7|
|Kenny Stills||Houston Texans||@JAX||44%||$3|
|Auden Tate||Cincinnati Bengals||BYE||34%||$3|
|Chris Conley||Jacksonville Jaguars||HOU||9%||$2|
|Cole Beasley||Buffalo Bills||WAS||26%||$1|
|Alex Erickson||Cincinnati Bengals||BYE||2%||$3|
|Josh Reynolds||Los Angeles Rams||BYE||1%||$2|
Mohamed Sanu – New England Patriots
Mohamed Sanu was third in snaps among all Patriots wide receivers in his debut. This was to be expected given he still needs some time to adjust to the playbook. The Patriots face Baltimore this upcoming week, and then have a bye. After the bye week, I would expect Sanu to be caught up and ready to roll. Sanu has a chance to gain more consistent targets in New England compared to Atlanta where they had Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Austin Hooper. He is a great pick up in leagues where he is still out there.
Kenny Stills – Houston Texans
Working the way down the ownership ladder, Kenny Stills is still out there in over 50% of leagues. The dud against Oakland might cause more to drop him, but I am still buying into Stills with Will Fuller out. Stills has flashed big play potential, and this is an offense that continues to put up points. While I expect Deshaun Watson to still spread the ball out, the week to week ceiling is there for Stills, but unfortunately so his the floor.
Auden Tate – Cincinnati Bengals
Auden Tate had a whopping 13 targets in London against the Rams, and has averaged 8.6 targets per game since Week 3. He also has 13 red zone targets, but has competed just 30% of them. The Bengals passing volume continues to be sky high for Cincinnati, which holds up for their three viable fantasy wide receivers right now. Tate continues to see a heavy target share, and is still less than 40% owned around the industry.
Chris Conley – Jacksonville Jaguars
Chris Conley continued his hot play, and this has come with Dede Westbrook banged up. While Westbrook hasn’t missed games, he certainly hasn’t been fully healthy. Conley has taken advantage of it, with over 180 receiving yards and 14 targets in the last two weeks. Conley would get a bump if Westbrook missed any sort of time, but overall he has a strong Week 9 matchup against the Texans, who are struggling against the pass.
Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills
Targets have been relatively safe for Cole Beasley, as he has 7, 6, 4, 12, and 10 over the last five weeks. Beasley isn’t going to score a ton of touchdowns despite his back to back weeks crossing the end zone, but he remains a decent PPR play. Beasley is more of a deep league option, as most of the other names here have bigger week to week upside. While Buffalo isn’t generally a place we look for fantasy wideouts, Josh Allen has been able to make both Beasley and John Brown relevant.
Alex Erickson – Cincinnati Bengals
Alex Erickson has been heavily involved in the offense over the last three weeks. He has 27 targets in that span, and has caught 18 of them. While he hasn’t crossed the end zone in any of those three games, his PPR games re 15.7, 21.7, and 8.7. I’m not expecting AJ Green to have an urgency to return to this team, and the Bengals are still ridiculously foolish for hanging onto him. Erickson deservers more attention given the target share over the last few weeks. As mentioned with Tate, this team is struggling to run the ball, and they are always down two scores before the game has even started.
Josh Reynolds – Los Angeles Rams
Brandin Cooks is in concussion protocol and given how many he has had in his career, for one it is scary, but two they should take some time with this. Josh Reynolds broke out when Cooks left early, and the passing game was clicking early. We saw Reynolds last season with Kupp out, and with Cooks expected to miss some time, Reynolds will pick up some slack. He saw eight targets against the Bengals, and went for a 3-73-1 line. Los Angeles schedule gets a bit easier over the second half of the season as well. When Cooks comes back, Reynolds fantasy value does go away.
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