Week 9 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

Welcome to Week 9 of the NFL season. If you listened to me on the Top 2 Pod then I’m a genius for saying start Nick Mullens! Just kidding not even a psychic could have seen that coming but before we jump in, let’s recap from last week.

In the QB department I went 3 for 4 (thanks Jameis). Remind me to never trust a man who steals crab legs and eats W’s. In the WR department, my sit ‘em section went well but my starts were God-awful. Josh Gordon had 4 catches for 42 yards and Jordy Nelson…. well good ole Jordy Nelson disappeared against Indy and still hasn’t been found. Put him on a milk carton and let’s take a stab at Week 9.

Start ‘Em QB

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott VS Tennessee

Trying to prove a point here, but Dak and Dallas are in a good spot here. Monday night at home against a struggling Titans team. While Tennessee has played teams tough, I expect Dak and the Cowboys offense to make some plays. The Cowboys have been better at home than on the road by a wide margin and with Amari Cooper added to the mix; I expect the offense to become a lot more diverse. Start Dak with confidence this week.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield VS Kansas City

This has the potential to be a shoot out. While potential is great and all, the Browns seem to be having a fistfight with that word as of late. After firing Head Coach Hue Jackson and Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley, the Browns are in a state of flux. Some things just never change. However, the Browns have pieces on offense that make up a nice group. I believe in Baker Mayfield and the Browns will have to throw A LOT in this game. Baker should put up a nice stat line against a bad KC defense.

Sit ‘Em QB

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky @ Buffalo

I don’t like this matchup at all for Trubisky. The Bills, though hapless on offense, have actually been good on defense and especially so at home. Mitch could also be without top target Allen Robinson. Tre White, Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes and more make up a great Buffalo defense and rookie Tremaine Edmonds is going to be one of the best linebackers in the league sooner rather than later. Stay away from the 10 God.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco VS Pittsburgh

The Steelers have been playing better defense as of late and I expect this game to be one of those ugly affairs. AFC North football can be pretty brutal and that is what you should expect in this game which will likely determine who has the inside track to the AFC North title. Flacco did well in the first matchup but my guess is the second one doesn’t go as smoothly.

Start ‘Em WR

Lions WR Kenny Golladay @ Minnesota

This will be the final time you see Kenny Golladay in this article. Simply put, guy is an absolute stud and Golden Tate has been given the boot. Golladay will now officially become the WR1 of the Lions and, honestly, he’s already been that this season. Expect Golladay to get even more targets and turn that into sure fire production against a Vikings defense that has struggled more than expected this season.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton VS Houston

The start section for the wide receivers this week is has a new era feel. Out goes Demaryius Thomas, in steps Courtland Sutton. The Broncos love this kid and rightfully so. He has all the tools to be a bona fide star. He has had some good games this season but expect him to really make his presence felt this weekend in his first game as the starter opposite Emmanuel Sanders.

Sit ‘Em WR

Any Jets WR VS Miami

The Jets are insanely banged up at the moment and they released Terrelle Pryor. Sam Darnold might have to throw it to himself.

Week 9 RB/TE Start ’em Sit ’em

Week 9. WOW! The fantasy football season is just flying by. Most leagues will be starting the playoffs in 5 short weeks. I sincerely hope that you are doing well. Let’s see if we can find some interesting choices during the bye week madness and through all of the injuries.

Running Back: Start ’em

Adrian Peterson (Washington Redskins)

Essentially, AP will be the lone running back this week. Chris Thompson is out with an injury. Kapri Bibbs is there. Remember before the season when he was cut? It doesn’t matter if Adrian Peterson WAS sharing carries, the Falcons are just miserable against the run. They let Peyton Barber run for 82 yards and get 24 more yards and a touchdown through the air. AP should be locked and loaded. He will be an RB1 in Week 9.

Duke Johnson (Cleveland Browns)

Freddie Kitchens is the new offensive coordinator in Cleveland. Guess what position he was promoted from? Running Backs coach! For the foreseeable future, I believe this Browns offense will put a heavier focus on the Running Backs.

But wait! There’s more! The Browns face off against the Chiefs! The Chiefs seem to be satisfied with standing aside while their opponents run past them. KC is allowing 127 yards per game on the ground; 7 touchdowns on the ground and 3 more to running backs through the passing game.

To top it off, the Browns are playing at home!

Nick Chubb will do just fine! My reason behind the Duke choice is because KC is going to win this game. The Browns will be playing from behind which means more work for the passing down back. Duke is fresh due to under-utilization this season. He will be put to work on Sunday.

Running Back: Sit ’em

Alex Collins (Baltimore Ravens)

The Ravens face the Steelers in Pittsburgh in a divisional matchup that has teeth. Both sides will be bringing their A game.

Pittsburgh has been relatively stingy against Running Backs this season allowing only 5 touchdowns to the position. Adding to the position misery for the Ravens, Alex Collins only had limited practice on Wednesday and sat out of Thursday’s practice. Yes, he practiced in full on Friday but Alex Collins is not the picture of health. Ty Montgomery has been added to the mix too. I’ll try to find my points elsewhere this week and you should too!

Dion Lewis/Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans)

It’s redundant, but I had to include Derrick Henry just in case his absence confused people into thinking that I thought he would do well. He will not.

The Titans offense has not been productive. This week, they face the Cowboys who have been good at stopping the run.

Vegas has the over/under at 41 points. That is terribly low and I’m still taking the under. Tennessee is scoring just over 15 points per game. “Any Given Sunday” could rear it’s funny head, but this matchup promises to be a dull one filled with mediocre, at best, offensive players not named Ezekial Elliot. While we’re here, sit all of your Titans players until further notice. I’ll still be interested in this game because I’d like to see what the Cowboys do with Amari Cooper.

Tight End: Start ’em

David Njoku (Cleveland Browns)

Last week, we all believed in David Njoku. He did not see a single target despite playing in 83% of offensive snaps. It was such a great matchup! Maybe this was the reason that Todd Haley was shown the door. (That’s a joke, folks.)

This week, they’re facing the Chiefs. Remember above, where I talked about Freddie Kitchens being the RB coach before his promotion to offensive coordinator? Guess what he was before being an RB coach. Hopefully, you see where I’m going: Tight Ends Coach!! David Njoku will have a great game in a great matchup.

One other note. In 2016, Baker Mayfield and Pat Mahomes faced off in an offensive masterpiece of a game. In the end, the two QBs combined for 1279 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air, 104 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. If you look at the box score, you’ll see names like Joe Mixon, Dede Westbrook, and Keke Coutee. It was a College Football classic! I’m not suggesting that we’ll see a repeat. But, these two players sure know how to make football look fun!

Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers)

I know, this one reeks of the “no brainer” territory. With Gronk’s regression/injuries, we’re down to Kelce and Ertz with the rest of the TE position going into a barf bucket. Not so fast! I think we have found the replacement in the top 3. Greg Olsen has returned from injury with a solid floor for targets and a big smile in the red zone. This week, we will all be smiling as the Panthers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs give up almost 14 points per game to the Tight End position (0.5 PPR format).

Tight End: Sit ’em

Ed Dickson (Seattle Seahawks)

Since the Tight End position is a cesspool of muck and dread, you might have seen the sparkling clean Ed Dickson return from injury and score a touchdown in week 8. Folks, he had 2 targets. He scored a touchdown on a 42 yard catch with one of them. I’ll be the first to admit that I could be wrong. This position consistently smacks me in the face. Ed Dickson, the 2 targets, and an opposing defense (L.A. Chargers) who is usually good against the Tight End position when your name isn’t George Kittle equals a bad week. Don’t chase the touchdown from week 8!

Good luck to each of you in week 9! Unless you’re facing me. In that case, I hope your local high school football team won their district championship game last night. While you’re busy celebrating, Oops! I forgot to set my lineups!

Week 9 QB Streaming Options

Last Week’s Results: Baker Mayfield did not look great in this game, but he ultimately salvaged his fantasy day with a garbage time TD. He ended up scoring a serviceable 18.1 fantasy points on the week. He hurt my weekly average fantasy points for my main option bringing it down to 18.1, but ultimately his effort was serviceable.

He is currently at 61% owned, but if he is available in your league and you need someone then play Ryan Fitzpatrick. He is going to come in and sling the ball around, we know he isn’t timid and he will attack the defense. He can be a high variance play, but he has the potential to finish any week as the top overall QB. There are 6 bye weeks in the NFL this week, so there are going to be some surprising names that put up fantasy relevant weeks, but here are the names I like available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues.

Main Streaming Option: Dak Prescott

Normally I prefer to find a streamer in a game expected to be higher scoring, but I like Dak this week coming off the bye even though this is not an easy match up and could potentially be one of the uglier games of the week. Before the bye Dak had looked better and his numbers for fantasy purposes were actually pretty good. The biggest reason I like Dak this game is because he’s playing at home and this season his splits show he has been much better in home games. Cowboys have won all 3 of their home games and in those games Dak has thrown for 5 TDs and 0 INTs. He averages over a full yard more per passing attempt and rushes for an average of 43 yards per game. This is also the first game the Cowboys will play with the newly acquired Amari Cooper. Even though they may have over paid, Cooper is easily the most talented WR on the Cowboys’ roster and even though he might be limited as he learns a new offense there will be plays designed to get him the ball this week. Having a legitimate threat on the outside can only help Dak.

Alternate 1: Alex Smith

Since coming to Washington, Alex Smith has reverted back to the player he has been for years after a career season in 2017. Atlanta is coming off a bye and cannot afford to lose any more games, their offense has been firing and Washington will likely need to score to win this game. Smith isn’t likely to come out and be the top QB, but he should be a safe source of points. The Falcons have been giving up fantasy points to opposing QBs and it feels weird to say it in 2018, but the Falcon defense will likely be focused on stopping Adrian Peterson. They should be trying to force Alex Smith to put the ball in the air this week, which will lead to production. Smith isn’t exciting but he is competent and a safe option.

Alternate 2: Brock Osweiler

We are going from competent and safe to scary and unreliable. There are not many streaming options this week, but in a deeper league including Superflex and 2 QB, Osweiler is someone to look at. He has started 3 games and only 1 of those was unplayable. Against Houston last week he was bad, but that was the best defense he has faced so far. Osweiler has been able to capitalize on the easier match ups and the Jets have been middle of the road against QBs. The Dolphins’ game plan will be designed to put Osweiler in situations to succeed and set him up with some safer throws. The Jets are missing a lot of their weapons on offense so Osweiler shouldn’t be forced into a negative game script where he will be forced into obvious passing situations. It won’t feel good to put Osweiler in, but even if it is ugly any fantasy points still count.

There are not a lot of options available in 50% of leagues when there are 6 teams on bye, but this is when streaming is most important. Keep working the match ups with me and I will help stream you to a QB1 on the season for free.

DFS: Week 9 DraftKings & FanDuel Targets, Values, & Bargain Bin

QUARTERBACK

Cam Newton: vs TB (DK 6600; FD 8600)

Andy Dalton returned value which was a positive but Joe Mixon was a one-man wrecking crew against the Buccaneers which reduced Dalton’s impact in that game.  The one thing that Cam Newton provides that Dalton doesn’t is the rushing upside.  Cam should have his way against a Tampa Bay defense that allows just shy of 31 FPPG to fantasy quarterbacks on the road, the worst mark in the league.  He averages 7.84 FPPG with his legs alone and should be able to thrash the Buccaneers through the air with ease against a porous Tampa Bay secondary.  It’s hard to go wrong with either him or Patrick Mahomes but I like Cam just a little more here as he is cheaper on both sites.

Jared Goff: at NO (DK 6000; FD 8400) 

The home/road splits would suggest that Jared Goff is a much better play at LA Memorial Coliseum as he is averaging almost double the fantasy points there than on the road.  However, with Vegas setting the total at 59.5, it certainly suggests that points will be scored early and often in a fast-paced Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  New Orleans is the worst fantasy defense against wide receivers; against opponents with strong receiving corps like Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Minnesota, the Saints hemorrhage fantasy points to the tune of 69.86 FPPG in PPR scoring.  Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, and Cooper Kupp could be the best trio of receivers the Saints defense sees all year which all bodes well for Jared Goff in this game.  Not to mention the utilization of Todd Gurley in the backfield and it sets up another avenue for Goff to return and exceed value in this potential shoutout.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: at CAR (DK 5500; FD 7100)

How long he remains the starting quarterback will be determined but Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center when the Buccaneers head to Carolina.  With the exception of week 4 against the Bears, he has returned value every week on both sites, including when he replaced Jameis Winston last week in the third quarter against the Bengals.  Carolina has allowed multiple touchdown passes in each of its last five games while Fitzpatrick has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four of the five games he has played in 2018.  Whether it be attacking the Carolina cornerbacks on the outside or utilizing the tight ends against the worst fantasy defense against that position, Fitzpatrick is in a great position to return value for the fifth time in six games.

RUNNING BACK

Todd Gurley: at NO (DK 9500; FD 11200)

If the fact that the Saints have surrendered the 5th fewest FPA to running backs causes concern, Todd Gurley will still find his way to a minimum of 20 FD/25 DK points with ease.  Plug him in lineups, it’s way too easy.

Christian McCaffery: vs TB (DK 7800; FD 7900)

Christian McCaffery held his own against Washington, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, all teams that feature stout rushing defenses, as he averaged 16.46 FPPG in PPR scoring in those contests.  While his home/road splits in 2018 aren’t as drastic as they were the prior year, he has performed better at Bank Of America Stadium in his short time in the NFL and it bodes well heading into week 9 as the Panthers are six-point favorites against a Buccaneers team that fails to play defense on a weekly basis.  His biggest asset is his availability as he played all but one of Carolina’s offensive snaps in the aforementioned games and in a system where him and Cam are the focal points of the offense, he should see plenty of volume in this favorable matchup.

Kareem Hunt: at CLE (DK 7700; FD 8500)

While he saw just five targets in the Chiefs first four games, that number has increased to 22 in the last four, a number that is ideal for running backs in PPR formats.  Kareem Hunt finds himself in a promising matchup against a Browns rush defense that has surrendered 90+ rushing yards in six of eight games and allowed both James Conner and Melvin Gordon to rush for 100+ yards and two touchdowns. He is certainly in the category of Conner and Gordon and being part of an electric offense that moves up and down the field at a moment’s notice makes him appealing not just in this juicy matchup but on a weekly basis.

Nick Chubb: vs KC (DK 4500; FD 6600)

Only the Lions allow more yards per carry than the Chiefs 5.31 as rushing has been a method of attack for opposing offenses that have typically played from behind against this high-octane Kansas City offense.  The Broncos trailed from 9:31 remaining in the 2nd quarter to the end of the game against the Chiefs in week 8 and the Broncos still allowed Phillip Lindsay to rush 18 times.  That’s how putrid the Kansas City rush defense has been and I expect Cleveland to play to that weakness utilizing Nick Chubb who is way underpriced on DraftKings this week.  He’s averaging 19 touches per game since Carlos Hyde was traded to Jacksonville and given this favorable matchup and expected volume, Chubb is a good option that will allot salary to other positions in week 9.

WIDE RECEIVER

Adam Thielen: vs DET (DK 8900; FD 8900)

Like Gurley, there shouldn’t be too much thought regarding Adam Thielen against a Lions secondary giving up the 4th most FPA to slot receivers over the last four weeks.  He has topped 100+ yards in every game this year and that doesn’t look to change this week.  

Michael Thomas: vs LAR (DK 7600; FD 8600)

What sticks out here is the low price tag in a game with a total of nearly 60 points.  Michael Thomas was on fire to start the year and we learned that part of it was due to the ineptitude of the Atlanta and Tampa Bay secondaries.  Against a Rams secondary that has allowed 100+ yard games to Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Emmanuel Sanders, and Davante Adams, Michael Thomas more than possesses the ability to put together a similar performance.  In a game where both quarterbacks could be slinging the ball downfield, give me the receiver that is seeing 45% of the wide receiver targets at a slight discount on DraftKings.

Cooper Kupp: at NO (DK 6000; FD 6800)

Patrick Robinson was brought in from Philadelphia to be the slot corner until he broke his left ankle.  Since then, P.J. Williams has been slaughtered by opposing slot receivers and this week features Cooper Kupp returning from a two-game absence in a game with the highest total on the main slate.  Prior to the injury, Kupp led the Rams in red zone targets as Jared Goff looks to him and Gurley on 46.94% of his red zone targets.  Not counting the game he was injured against the Broncos, he’s seeing eight targets per game, just shy of Robert Woods team-leading 8.13 targets, and being he’s one of Goff’s preferred red zone options, I certainly want some Kupp exposure in a game with the highest total on the board.  Keep an eye on the injury report on Friday to ensure Kupp is still on track to play as Sean McVay stated earlier in the week.

Courtland Sutton: vs HOU (DK 3900; FD 5500)

You get the Broncos #2 receiver at a bargain price courtesy of Demaryius Thomas being traded to the Texans.  The Denver coaching staff felt that Courtland Sutton has progressed well enough that DT was expendable and certainly his 19.05 yards per catch and six red zone targets, one and two fewer than Emmanuel Sanders and Thomas respectively, reflect that confidence.  Opposing offenses have attacked the right side of the Houston secondary which has given up the 5th most FPA to receivers lined up on the left side of the ball.  This correlates well for Sutton as he lines up on the left side on 52% of his snaps.  He’s the free space on both sites this week as he will be heavily owned but his chemistry with Case Keenum sets up well to do more than just return value.

TIGHT END

Greg Olsen: vs TB (DK 4700; FD 6200)

Heading into last week, the Buccaneers were giving up the most fantasy points to the tight end position.  Don’t be fooled by the ineffective performance of the Cincinnati tight ends as the Bengals haven’t utilized them since the loss of Tyler Eifert.  Since returning from his foot injury, Greg Olsen has played all but two offensive snaps and found the end zone twice in those three games.  Cam Newton looks towards his veteran pass catcher often and Olsen should play an important role in this game against a Tampa Bay defense that has struggled mightily against the position.  

Kyle Rudolph: vs DET (DK 3600; FD 5700)

This is the cheapest he has been this year on DraftKings and it’s for a tight end that is seeing 5.37 targets per game.  Kyle Rudolph faces a Lions team that has given up 16.7 FPPG to the position in PPR scoring over the last three games.  Not to mention Rudolph has scored five touchdowns in his last six games against the Lions and it makes for a good spot start in a solid offense.  

Charles Clay: vs CHI (DK 2700; FD 4500)

This is as cheap as I want to go at tight end this week against a Bears defense that has allowed five touchdowns to the position.  If Charles Clay crosses the pylons in this game, he returns value which is all I’m trying to do here to make room for the other pieces I want in lineups this week.  I’m not fond of Nathan Peterman throwing to Clay but I’m willing to make a dart throw at tight end for the benefit of the rest of the lineup.

DEFENSE

Chicago: at BUF (DK 4100; FD 5400)

Nathan.  Peterman.  Nothing else needs to be said here.  In his three career starts, fantasy defenses are averaging 16.33 fantasy points against the Bills.  If you can afford the Chicago defense, they’re worthy of the roster spot.

Miami: vs NYJ (DK 2800; FD 4200)

Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson are still not practicing at the time of this writing on Thursday night which could further limit Sam Darnold if they don’t suit up this week.  Darnold turns the ball over 1.37 times per game while fantasy defenses average 9.25 FPPG in the Jets four road games.  

Kansas City: at CLE (DK 2700; FD 3900)

The Browns have replaced the head coach and offensive coordinator heading into this game.  Cleveland allows 4.25 sacks and 1.37 turnovers per game and this sets up perfectly for a Chiefs defense to come in and take advantage of a team currently in disarray.

PRICE SHOPPING

Each week, I will identify what players are bargains based on the salary cap percentage difference they represent on the respective site.  Here are the notable week 9 bargains from both sites

NOTABLE DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS

QB Alex Smith: 2.5

QB Jared Goff: 2

RB Nick Chubb: 2

TE Kyle Rudolph: 2.3

NOTABLE FANDUEL BARGAINS

RB Christian McCaffery: 2.6

WR Mike Evans: 3.04

WR Tyreek Hill: 3

WR Adam Thielen: 2.94

Dynasty Trash Pile: Week 9 Edition

I’ll be digging through the trash for your next waiver stash. Like previous weeks, these 3 guys are barely owned. They might not be huge contributors to your squad right now, but could possibly be useful down the road. Here goes:

1. KhaDarel Hodge, WR, Los Angeles Rams
(0% owned in FFPC leagues)
@ New Orleans, Vs Seattle, Vs Kansas City

Hodge originally started his collegiate career at Alcorn State as a quarterback. After a redshirt season, he transferred to Hinds Community College where he would make the switch to wide receiver. He then transferred again to Prairie View A&M where he played his final three seasons as a wideout and was named All-SWAC in his senior season. When his college career at Prairie View A&M would end, he would total 104 catches for 1,797 yards and 21 touchdowns (12 touchdowns coming in his senior season alone). This led the Rams to invite him to training camp as an undrafted free agent. During training camp, beat writers and coaches were praising Hodge for his route running, size and ability to win on contested catches.

With a 6’2” 205lb frame, Hodge would soon show on the field in preseason just why the Rams had interest in him. Hodge made a splash in his preseason debut against the Baltimore Ravens. Late in the 4th quarter, with the ball on the 8 yard line, quarterback Brandon Allen threw a low pass in the middle of the end zone and Hodge slid on his knees to make a sneaky grab for the touchdown. This would be the only score for the Rams in this game. He would make another great play the next week against the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Sean Mannion, threw up a deep pass where Hodge went up to grab it while being draped over by the defender and shifted his body in traffic to snag the ball out of the air. The play ended up going for 47 yards. It’s a beauty of a grab and can be seen on YouTube.

He ended the preseason with 8 catches for 100 yards and a score. Due to injuries in the Rams wide receiver core, Hodge has been active for 6 games so far, but has mostly been relegated to special teams duties. However, he has caught 1 pass for 14 yards on his only target of the season against the Seattle Seahawks in week 5. KhaDarel Hodge is on the Trash Pile list as a what the heck speculative add. The Rams have a potent offense and a with the amount of talent they have on offense, who wouldn’t want just a small piece of that? If the Rams end up sitting players like they did last year in week 17, we may just see what kind of talent he really has.

2. Vyncint Smith, WR, Houston Texans
(0.04% owned in FFPC leagues)
@ Denver, BYE, @ Washington

The next player on the Trash Pile could possibly have an impact in the coming weeks. Smith is a big-bodied receiver (6’3” 196lbs) with a 4.36 40 time from the small school of Limestone College. He ended up going undrafted, but was quickly scooped up by the Texans as a free agent. Coach Bill O’Brien seemed excited about bringing in Smith by saying, “You have a chance to bring in a guy like that, height, weight, speed. Maybe he can help you on special teams and maybe he can do it as a receiver.” With the coaches vote of confidence, it seemed the Texans were pretty high on Vyncint Smith.

He would show the coaching staff early on why they brought him in. Week 2 of the preseason against the San Francisco 49ers, Smith would run a square in route, beat his defender with his speed and dive to catch the ball thrown by Joe Webb III and would roll into the end zone untouched for a 41 yard score. Smith would follow that up with another pretty catch by sliding to his knees and catching a 43 yard bomb from Webb III while being pestered by a defender. Houston was so impressed by the rookie that they ended up adding him to their opening day roster and cutting former 3rd round pick Braxton Miller to make room for him.

He has been active so far for 4 games and has seen 4 targets get thrown in his direction with Smith snagging 1 reception for 28 yards against the New York Giants in week 3. With Will Fuller going down with a torn ACL and Keke Coutee nursing a sore hamstring, Smith may see an uptick in playing time. He’s free to anyone right now (not just in FFPC), so if you’re intrigued, have at him.

3. Dalyn Dawkins, RB, Tennessee Titans
(0.02% owned in FFPC leagues)
@ Dallas, Vs New England, @ Indianapolis

Dawkins is the nephew of Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins. He started his collegiate career at Purdue. After his freshman season, he would transfer to Colorado State where in 3 seasons, he would go on to rush for 3,185 yards and 17 total touchdowns (3 were receiving scores). Dawkins, however, would go undrafted and was signed by the Titans as a undrafted free agent.

Currently listed at 5’7” and 182lbs, he is basically in the Dion Lewis mold. In training camp, Dawkins would battle it out with another undrafted free agent running back from Iowa named Akrum Wadley. Both running backs would showcase what they had in preseason. Dawkins ended up sticking with the Titans, whereas Wadley was shown the door. Dalyn’s preseason stats won’t blow you away (30 carries, 99 yards, 3 receptions for 26 yards), but he had a few nice runs that showed some juke, speed and vision. He does lack in some areas like pass protection. Still, the Titans liked what they saw and cut Wadley and signed Dawkins to their practice squad.

So far this season, Dawkins has only been active for 1 game, but did not receive any carries. However, if there were an injury in the Titans backfield, Dawkins could be a player to fill in a role (unless the Titans sign a free agent off the street). If you’re Dynasty league has roster sizes of 30 or more players, Dawkins could be worth a speculative add (especially for you Dion Lewis owners) and for basically a FAAB price of $0-$1, he’s definitely affordable.

Redraft Waiver Wire Targets: Week 9

Here’s a weekly reminder that byes are at hand! The teams you’re losing players from are: Cardinals, Bengals, Colts, Giants, Eagles and Jaguars. This is one of the two BYE-Pocalypes with 6 teams going on bye. The next one is in week 11 so be prepared for that one as well in preparation for playoff pushes and such.

QB-Rosen/Dalton/Luck/Eli/Wentz/Bortles

WR-Kirk & Fitz/Green & Boyd/Hilton/OBJ & Shepard/Agholor & Alshon/Dede, Moncrief & Cole

RB-D. Johnson/Mixon/Mack & Hines/Saquon/Clement & Smallwood/Hyde & Yeldon

TE-Ricky Seals/Uzomah/Ebron & Doyle/Evan Engram/Ertz

PK-Phil Dawson/Bullock/Vinateri/Rosas/Elliot/Lambo

Due to our scheduled releases, this will be completed before the Monday night games as well as before I’ve had time to digest every game in depth. So with that being said,  stay tuned to my tweets @THEffVigilante throughout the week for more gems later on in the week.

Ryan FitzMagic

ESPN Own %: 6

Yahoo Own%: 7

Ride the wild wave at your own peril. Something Shannon Sharpe said that I thought was great concerning Ryan was well, concerning. Shannon said “Ryan plays well when he has nothing to lose”. He has a point and while I agree with him, I also know that he will be a HOT waiver add this week because of the “magic” and because there are 6 QBs on bye. When you need the boom side of “boom/bust”, he is the QB for you!

Baker Mayfield

ESPN Own %: 40

Yahoo Own%: 42

This one is closer to a stretch to be available at nearly 50% (I don’t suggest players over 50%), but he will be there for those who need him. I still like his next few games even with losing a head coach and OC today. You still have to go out and play these games and he has the weapons to do it. KC just gave up 262 and 2 to Case Keenum along with not really stopping opposing QBs . I’m not saying he’s a week winner, but he is a stopgap while we all struggle through these bye weeks.

Derek Carr

ESPN Own %: 15.3

Yahoo Own%: 26

This guy is much more available and looked a lot better this week. Fresh off of a 244 and 3 td day against the Colts (who have improved), he gets the 49ers who are very beatable. Look for him to keep the offense churning in week 9 with his hodgepodge of bargain bin options aka a desolate man’s Tom Brady.

Keke Coutee

ESPN Own %: 18.6

Yahoo Own%: 20

From what I’ve seen, he may be more of the pickup of the week than Ryan Fitzmagic. Fuller is out for the season and the targets have to go somewhere. He’s the next man up with skill to do something with more opportunity. He’s already shown what he can do, so now we’ll get to see it more throughout the year with him being unhindered by the production of both Fuller and Hopkins.

D. J. Moore

ESPN Own %: 10.4

Yahoo Own%: 15

Widely available and coming into his own. He looked great against a defense that is normally stout all around. In some draft circles he was regarded as the best at a plethora of wideout skillsets and overall. He’s worth the grab with other options being less than savory to downright disgusting.

Seth Roberts/Brandon Lafell

ESPN Own %: Available

Yahoo Own%: Available

We saw Martavis not even get much action at all and didn’t even get targeted. Lafell and Seth Roberts tied with Jordy with 4 targets while Cook and Richard had most of the target share. Continue to watch the situation this week and we’ll know where we need to go pickup wise with these guys. Don’t worry about running to grab these guys just yet.

Elijah McGuire

ESPN Own %: 4.3

Yahoo Own%: 6

With Bilal Powell done for the year and Trenton Cannon not wowing just yet, Elijah McGuire has a chance to steal the pass catching role from Cannon. The team loves the kid’s skillset and I wouldn’t be surprised if he eventually split with Crowell. This is more of a D’Onta Foreman type stash for later if you can. However, if he ends up practicing all week, he could get playing time, but I wouldn’t start him unless I absolutely have to.

Ito Smith

ESPN Own %: 32.7

Yahoo Own%: 37

This kid should be on your rosters. He’s playing the Tevin Coleman role and will give you enough production to not kill you week to week. A flex at best or a bye week stopgap, he is worth a roster spot.

Jack Doyle

ESPN Own %: 31.9

Yahoo Own%: 25

This is not something I want to be writing up due to my love for Ebron, but I can’t be biased. Doyle has effectively been dropped in a lot of leagues after being in the 80% owned bracket to begin the season. Yes, they are on bye this week, but you can get a TE1 from waivers to help you out in the second half of the season. Remember, sometimes you have to plan ahead and there’s no time like the present. The Colts don’t have good receiving options after Ebron, Hilton Hines and Doyle so you have to know Doyle will garner heavy opportunity share.

Chris Herdon

ESPN Own %: 5

Yahoo Own%: 6

I don’t like rookie years for TEs but I can’t ignore him being the one to hit paydirt for 3 weeks in a row. It’s foolhardy to bank on TDs especially from this offense, but if you’re in a pinch, he is an option.

As always, I beg of you, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for add/drop transactions. Someone always drops valuable players during the waivers. Bye weeks are actively wrecking some teams that have multiple players on the same bye, valuable players will become available in the coming weeks. You set yourself up in the draft, you win through waivers! Go get your #waiverxmas on and come home with a #Top2TypeVictory!