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FANTASY FOOTBALL – Week 9 Waiver Wire FAAB Rankings


FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo and Jon Collins recap the Week 8 NFL injury report and debate Mayo’s Week 9 Waiver Wire FAAB Rankings. They address how to approach bidding for need versus depth, which defenses and QBs make the best streams in Week 9 and what you should be looking for in return if you’re shopping DeMarco Murray and Mark Ingram. Plus, Mayo and Collins explain which owners should be targeting Bobby Rainey and which should focus on Charles Sims in the Bucs backfield and how primetime games can influence the prices on the Week 9 waiver wire FAAB rankings.

Week 9: Injuries | Starts/Sits | FAAB Bids | WR Adds | RB Adds
Week 9 Rankings: FLEX | QB | RB | WR | TE & D/ST
Week 9: Game Picks/Bets | Buy Low/Sell High | Bye Week Replacements

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Week 9 Waiver Wire FAAB Pickup Power Rankings

Week 9 Waiver Wire FAAB Power Rankings (suggested winning FAAB Bids for $100 budget)
*All Players less than 60-percent owned

Running Backs

  1. Denard Robinson ($43)
  2. Tre Mason ($13)
  3. Jonas Gray ($26)
  4. Bobby Rainey ($18)
  5. Jeremy Hill ($6)
  6. Charles Sims ($5)
  7. Knile Davis ($7)
  8. Lorenzo Taliaferro ($33)
  9. Isaiah Crowell ($0)
  10. Jonathan Stewart ($9)
  11. Anthony Dixon ($6)
  12. Bryce Brown ($4)
  13. Travaris Cadet ($0)
  14. Theo Riddick ($8)
  15. Benny Cunningham ($3)
  16. Joseph Randle ($0)
  17. Alfred Blue ($0)
  18. James Starks ($0)
  19. Juwan Thompson ($0)
  20. Antone Smith ($0)
  21. Storm Johnson ($0)
  22. Brandon Bolden ($0)
  23. Stepfan Taylor ($0)
  24. Chris Polk ($0)
  25. Dexter McCluster ($0)
  26. James White ($0)
  27. Darrin Reaves ($0)
  28. LeGarrette Montez Blount ($0)
  29. Robert Turbin, if he’s still alive ($0)
  30. Roy Helu ($0)
  31. Bernard Pierce ($0)
  32. Ka’Deem Carey ($0)
  33. Jordan Todman ($0)
  34. Peyton Hillis ($0)

The Doug Martin era may have come to its abysmal end. Not only were Martin trade rumors making rounds all weekend, he exited Sunday against the Vikings with an ankle injury. Now, there’s no guarantee Martin will miss any time (or get traded), but it’s always key to have your next move planned out, you know, just in case. Bobby Rainey will be the most popular name to target on the Week 9 waiver wire from the Bucs backfield. Just remember, don’t be snoozin’ on rookie Charles Sims, who’s expected to be activated from the injured reserve-designated for return this week. Expect Rainey to be the short term fill if Martin disappears from the scene while Sims makes an interesting bench stash to grab for cheap, and see if he morphs into the starter during the final quarter of the season… Denard Robinson looked great again. I’m very iffy on him sustaining this level of production all season, but ride him while he’s hot. And yes, that is what she said. Potentially he too… Before getting too FIRED UP over Jonathan Stewart’s 52 touches the last three weeks, keep this in mind: Stewart is approaching the four year anniversary of his last 100-yard rushing game. Plus, DeAngelo Williams will be back soon, zapping both their values… Lorenzo Taliaferro is back, back again, after leading the Ravens in receiving and breaching the goal line twice in Cincy. Temper expectations. I’ll offer up the same advice concerning Zo as I did in Week 5 when people started going mental and blowing their FAAB budgets on him, “If you really believe in Taliaferro long term, pass on him this week, let someone else waste their FAAB and just pick him up next week after he’s dropped following an underwhelming performance.” Even after the big outing this week, Taliaferro remains nothing more than a stash, and dishing out big dollars on a stash is ill-advised. He’s still the number two running back behind Justin Forsett. Again, if you really want him, wait until next week when he doesn’t score two TDs and add him after he’s dropped… It’s pretty clear the Rams have no clue what they’re doing at RB. Tre Mason received the plurality of carries in this Cerberus situation but no St. Louis back ended up seeing more than eight touches. Mason’s still the RB to own in this committee, you’ll just have to wait on him to develop consistent touches before trusting him in your starting lineup… Jonas Gray has usurped James White and Brandon Bolden as the official heir to Stevan Ridley in New England. This is the Patriots, though, things can shift week-to-week. Gray’s a fine spec pickup to mask critical bye problems off the Week 9 waiver wire, and could retain value for the rest of the season, I simply would never blow a wad of FAAB dollars on a New England running back… The touch distribution between Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown had the scales of justice scraping the ground on Dixon’s side. The plodder finished with 22 carries to Brown’s 7. Problem is, neither averaged better than 2.1 ypc. Yes, it was an awful matchup against a very good Jets run defense but the Bills have an even tougher rushing opponent next week, BYE – who haven’t ceded a single TD to anyone all season. Once Buffalo returns from mandated vacation, they get Kansas City, Miami then the Jets, again. And Fred Jackson may be back by the Dolphins game anyway. Dixon is the one to own if you have to choose between the two; both lack any significant long-term value however. I will say, as a Fantasy owner, I appreciate Dixon’s dedication to getting every yard. Sammy Watkins should attend Dixon’s seminar on the topic… Knile Davis persists as the top true handcuff in Fantasy. Don’t read too much into his two TD performance against the Rams. He’s not going to see enough weekly to matter as a starter. But, as a bench guy, he possess Top 10 RB upside (maybe higher) if tragedy should befall Jamaal Charles…  Gio Bernard was dinged up again, this time with a hip injury, and failed to come back into the game. If it’s revealed he’ll miss any significant time, Jeremy Hill is an immediate MUST ADD. Many have been giving up on Hill lately, and this is actually the first week he’s slipped below the 60-percent ownership threshold it takes to qualify for this list. Whether Gio misses action or not, Hill is a solid bench player anyway… It’s too bad Reggie Bush will return healthy after the Lions’ bye week as Theo Riddick would be Top 20 PPR RB if Bush simply didn’t exist. Maybe I can set up a situation where I lend Riddick the keys to my DeLorean and he goes back and prevents Bush’s dad from taking his mom to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. I’ll keep you updated on my progress throughout the week, pretty sure I can make this happen, though. Theo had my back this week, it’s the least I can do to repay him… Travaris Cadet will remain PPR gold until Pierre Thomas returns…  Juwan Thompson is a thief. He should be thrown in jail for stealing a giant game from Ronnie Hillman. Oh, if Hillman is out there in your league, first – weird. Second, get him before anyone else.

Wide Receivers

  1. Malcom Floyd ($5)
  2. Odell Beckham Jr. ($27)
  3. Allen Robinson ($11)
  4. Doug Baldwin ($18)
  5. Brandon LaFell ($16)
  6. Cecil Shorts III ($4)
  7. Mike Evans ($7)
  8. Andre Holmes ($11)
  9. Martavis Bryant ($13)
  10. Andrew Hawkins ($6)
  11. Donte Moncrief ($19)
  12. John Brown ($4)
  13. Kenny Stills ($3)
  14. Davante Adams ($3)
  15. Kenny Britt ($2)
  16. Stedman Bailey ($0)
  17. Jermaine Kearse ($0)
  18. Jordan Matthews ($0)
  19. Jarvis Landry ($0)
  20. Allen Hurns ($0)
  21. Miles Austin ($0)
  22. Jerricho Cotchery ($0)
  23. Eddie Royal ($0)
  24. Stevie Johnson ($0)
  25. Taylor Gabriel ($0)
  26. Jarius Wright ($0)
  27. Andre Roberts ($0)
  28. Markus Wheaton ($0)
  29. Marqise Lee ($0)
  30. Kenbrell Thompkins ($0)
  31. Louis Murphy ($0)
  32. Robert Woods ($0)
  33. Jeremy Ross ($0)
  34. David Tyms ($0)
  35. Jeremy Kerley ($0)
  36. Preston Parker ($0)
  37. Michael Campanaro CANYONERO ($0)
  38. Jeremy Ross ($0)
  39. Devin Hester ($0)
  40. Brice Butler ($0)
  41. Brandon Lloyd ($0)
  42. Brian Hartline ($0)
  43. Nate Washington ($0)

Cecil Shorts is still seeing the most targets of any receiver from Blake Bortles, but Allen Robinson is almost his equal and his share of the looks are of higher quality and deeper downfield. Treat both as PPR stalwarts with Robinson possessing slightly higher upside… Andrew Hawkins finally scored!!! What a hero. Like with Shorts and Robinson, receivers exposed to enough weekly opportunity will eventually become consistent producers. Hawkins has seen 9+ targets in every game but one  … Brandon LaFell explodes every second week. Apparently, that’s his bag, baby. LaFell’s worth owning, that’s evident, but counting on consistent production from any Patriot not named Tom Brady or GRONKSMASH is rather foolish. LaFell is a perfect WR5 to have on your squad; one that can be forced into duty if you need him…  There’s no reasonable explantation for Malcom Floyd being so widely available. Please, pick him up. I’m beggin’ ya… Everyone’s already fallen in love with Donte Moncrief without even getting to know him first. Mistake. The rook has unquestionable upside, but what happens to his role when Reggie Wayne returns, huh? I’ll tell ya, it shrinks. Unless there’s some breaking news that Wayne’s finished for his career, Moncrief will tumble into that Jordan Matthews/John Brown/Eddie Royal WR3-on-their-own-team purgatory: Valuable to own because of ceiling, but won’t see enough consistent opportunity to trust in your starting lineup on the regular. Moncrief is going to cost a lot of FAAB bucks to obtain on the Week 9 waiver wire, and frankly, he’s not going to be worth the sticker price… If Doug Baldwin remains unowned in your league, be happy he didn’t score a TD against Carolina, it would have driven up his price. Since the Percy Harvin trade it’s been made abundantly clear Baldy is Russell Wilson’s primary read – 18 targets in two games. As long as the personnel remains the same in Seattle, Baldwin’s a Top 30 PPR WR/Top 40 Standard WR for the rest of the season. While I’m still a big fan Jermaine Kearse’s talent, he’s nothing more than a project due to his lack of looks…If you failed to jump on Martavis Bryant after his breakout last Monday, you may want to reconsider that. It’s doubtful Ben Roethlisberger will challenge the single game NFL passing record every week, but I’d wager it’s Markus Wheaton’s workload that will become a casualty rather than Bryant’s. There’s a vacancy for the tertiary looks after Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell in the Steelers’ offense, and it’s a role Bryant could fill moving forward. Worth an upside bench gamble… Brian Quick appears as if he’ll miss significant time with an arm injury. I’d recommend Kenny Britt as the HOT PICKUP, but then you’d have to own a piece of the Rams’ passing game. And, generally, that results in failure. Britt’s worth a buck or two if you need WRs or are dealing with massive bye week problems… With the Giants on bye in Week 8, some may have forgotten about Odell Beckham Jr. Don’t be one of those people.

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Tight Ends

  1. Dwayne Allen ($13)
  2. Travis Kelce ($2)
  3. Owen Daniels ($1)
  4. Tyler Eifert ($0)
  5. Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($2)
  6. Jace Amaro ($0)
  7. Ladarius Green ($0)
  8. Scott Chandler ($0)
  9. Clay Harbor ($0)
  10. Chase Ford ($0)
  11. Tim Wright ($2)
  12. Charles Clay ($0)
  13. Mychal Rivera ($0)
  14. Coby Fleener ($0)
  15. Cooper Helfet ($0)
  16. Lance Kendricks ($0)
  17. Eric Ebron ($0)
  18. Jermaine Gresham ($0)
  19. Daniel Fells ($0)
  20. Gavin Escobar ($0)

Dwayne Allen is such a large part of the Colts redzone offense that his touchdown potential is greater than most other TEs. Still, his weekly usage mirrors a sine curve, and his production charts a similar path. He may end up as a Top 12 TE by the end of the year in total points, but his weekly floor is incredibly low if he doesn’t fine pay dirt… Chase Ford: 6-61 on six targets. He’s someone to monitor as a streaming option if the matchup dictates it. Also, I AM FORD, YA YA YA… Owen Daniels underwent a knee scope Friday yet could be back next week in Pittsburgh. Keep an eye on his progress… Ditto for Tyler Eifert. He hopes to practice this week, and there’s clearly a place in the Bengals offense for a relevant tight end. Jermaine Gresham, he’s not that tight end. If you’re stuck at the position, nab him now for nothing before he returns.


  1. Alex Smith ($4)
  2. Carson Palmer ($13)
  3. Ryan Tannehill ($8)
  4. Joe Flacco ($11)
  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick ($2)
  6. Andy Dalton ($5)
  7. CHEF HOYARDEE!!! ($1)
  8. Teddy Throwsevelt ($1)
  9. Kyle Orton ($1)
  10. Blake Bortles ($0)
  11. Austin Davis ($0)
  12. Derek Carr ($0)
  13. Mike Glennon ($0)
  14. Zach Mettenburger ($0)
  15. Matt Schuab (-$55)

Many enjoyed a good giggle at my expense when I recommended Kyle Orton as a quality option in Week 8. I got it, it’s Kyle Orton, he’s not the best. Ability doesn’t seem to be matter against the Jets however; they’re the most generous defense to opposing Fantasy QBs. So a quick skim through the Week 9 waiver wire reveals Alex Smith has hit the one-game lottery. Stream Smith if you need the help under center… Brian Hoyer put his stinker against the Jags behind him, returning to pre-Week 7 form, getting the ball vertical down the field, averaging 9.8 yards per attempt. Now he gets Tampa… Look, I know Ryan Fitzpatrick’FITZMAGIC meter is running low at this point, but don’t underestimate what a matchup with the Eagles can do for one’s Fantasy numbers. Philly’s allowed 2+ passing scores in every game this season sans one… Ryan Tannehill has rushed for AT LEAST 48 yards in each of the last three games. So even when he only tosses one TD, it’s not so bad, since he’s adding equivalent points with his legs as a base.

Defense/Special Teams

  1. CIN vs JAX
  2. PHI at HOU
  3. SF vs STL
  4. KC vs NYJ
  5. CLE vs TB
  6. Cardinals’ Gatorade Table at DAL

If you merely used the D/ST playing against Jacksonville you would have started a Top 10 Fantasy unit every. single. week. And that’s why, you always stream against the Jags. Cincy, the Eddie Guerrero of Fantasy defenses, is up next – CHEAT TO WIN… I have no clue if #GENOPICKS or Michael Vick will be starting for New York in Kansas City, and frankly, I don’t care. Either of the hapless duo is bound to do something stupid. There’s a real chance a running bet exists within the Jets’ locker room to see who can execute the most moronic thing on the field every week. It’s heating up… The 49ers D/ST was waived in a reasonable amount of leagues because of the bye week. They’ll be an effective unit against the Rams, whose offense has looked significantly weaker away from St. Louis. In two of three road games this season, Austin Davis, and his crew of flunkies, have donated 18+ Fantasy points to the opposing defense… Never overlook Tampa’s ability to lend your Fantasy team a helping hand. They’re good like that.

Oh, and don’t forget… 

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