The injuries continue to mount for Fantasy managers following Week 8. It seems like each week we continue to bring you more bad news. And it stinks. But hopefully some of the waiver wire options you’ll find here can help.
In Week 8, we lost George Kittle (foot) for the season and potentially Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) as well. Kenny Golladay (hip), Calvin Ridley (foot), Tevin Coleman (knee) and T.Y. Hilton (groin) were also injured, but hopefully all of them will return soon, with Golladay and Ridley must-start options when healthy.
After Week 8, we found out that Myles Gaskin (knee) could miss three weeks. And the Packers will be without A.J. Dillon and Jamaal Williams for Thursday’s game due to COVID-19 protocols, while Aaron Jones (calf) is no sure thing to return.
Combined with all the other injuries we’ve been dealing with all season, it’s been beyond frustrating. Factor in the bye weeks — the Eagles, Browns, Bengals and Rams are off in Week 9 — and setting your Fantasy roster has been and will continue to be a challenge.
Now, the good news is we’ve seen some players emerge off the waiver wire as quality replacements. For example, last week we touted DeeJay Dallas, Gus Edwards, JaMycal Hasty and Wayne Gallman as players to add, among others, and all delivered in Week 8.
For this week, Dallas, Edwards and Gallman are still top players to add, along with other running backs like Damien Harris and Jordan Wilkins. The top receivers this week are Sterling Shepard and Marvin Jones, and Eric Ebron and Logan Thomas are the top tight ends — along with Jordan Reed if healthy.
We also have quarterback, DST and kicker streamers where needed, and there are players who should be able to help you with injuries or guys on a bye. But we’d love to have the injuries stop, at least to the prominent players, to let our stars stay on the field. Unfortunately, based on how this season has gone, this story isn’t over on more guys getting hurt.
Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65% of CBS Sports leagues.
Week 9 Waivers
- Injuries of note: Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), Andy Dalton (concussion), Gardner Minsher (thumb)
- On a bye: Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Joe Burrow and Baker Mayfield
- Priority list: Drew Lock (16% rostered), Nick Foles (22%), Kirk Cousins (44%), Nick Mullens (1%), Tua Tagovailoa (61%) and Jake Luton (2%)
- Check to see if available: Derek Carr (80% rostered), Matthew Stafford (78%) and Cam Newton (75%). Carr should be considered a low-end starter in Week 9 against the Chargers, and I’m hopeful Stafford still does well against Minnesota despite Kenny Golladay (hip) out … As for Newton, it’s worth buying into him as a starter again in Week 9 since he faces the Jets. All of these quarterbacks should be added first, with the order Newton, Carr and Stafford.
- Potential drop candidates: Carson Wentz (97% rostered), Jared Goff (89%), Baker Mayfield (64%), Jimmy Garoppolo (47%) and Gardner Minshew (44%). I’m not holding Wentz, Goff or Mayfield during their bye weeks unless you’re stuck, and it’s easy to move on from Garoppolo and Minshew while they are hurt.
Week 9 Priority List
- Injuries of note: Aaron Jones (calf), Chris Carson (foot), Kenyan Drake (ankle), Christian McCaffrey (ankle), Jonathan Taylor (ankle), Myles Gaskin (knee), Jamaal Williams (illness), Miles Sanders (knee), Joe Mixon (foot), Austin Ekeler (hamstring), Raheem Mostert (ankle), Nick Chubb (knee), Darrell Henderson (thigh), Devonta Freeman (ankle), Mark Ingram (ankle), Sony Michel (illness), Tevin Coleman (knee), Carlos Hyde (hamstring), Jeff Wilson (ankle) and A.J. Dillon (illness)
- On a bye: Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard, Darrell Henderson, Malcolm Brown, Cam Akers, Miles Sanders and Boston Scott
- Priority list: DeeJay Dallas (33% rostered), Damien Harris (61%), Jordan Wilkins (1%), Wayne Gallman (49%), Gus Edwards (39%), J.D. McKissic (39%), Matt Breida (16%), Tyler Ervin (0%), Troymaine Pope (0%) and Cam Akers (46%)
- Check to see if available: JaMycal Hasty (82% rostered), J.K. Dobbins (79%), Justin Jackson (72%) and Zack Moss (71%). Hasty should be the lead running back for the 49ers this week, and he has a great matchup against the Packers … Dobbins was awesome in the first game without Ingram, and hopefully he stays hot in Week 9 against the Colts … Jackson looked great against the Broncos in Week 8, and he should be considered a flex in Week 9 against the Raiders … And Moss appears to be the lead back in Buffalo ahead of Devin Singletary, which is something I thought would happen prior to the season … Dallas is the lone running back on the priority list I would take ahead of these guys, followed by Dobbins, Hasty, Moss and Jackson.
- Potential drop candidates: Mark Ingram (74%), Adrian Peterson (70%), James White (68%) and Joshua Kelley (60%). Ingram isn’t worth holding while he’s hurt, as he’ll be in a timeshare when he’s healthy with Dobbins and Edwards … I guess you can keep Peterson for Week 9 if you think there’s a revenge game coming at Minnesota, but I have little faith in Peterson while D’Andre Swift is healthy … White isn’t doing much even in PPR, and Kelley might be third string now behind Jackson and Pope heading into Week 9.
Week 9 Priority List
- Injuries of note: Calvin Ridley (foot), Kenny Golladay (hip), Chris Gowdin (finger), Michael Thomas (ankle), Jamison Crowder (groin), Deebo Samuel (hamstring), Emmanuel Sanders (illness), T.Y. Hilton (groin), Sammy Watkins (hamstring), Tim Patrick (hamstring), Allen Lazard (abdomen), N’Keal Harry (concussion), DeSean Jackson (ankle), Alshon Jeffery (foot) and Breshad Perriman (concussion)
- On a bye: Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, A.J. Green, Travis Fulgham, Jalen Reagor and Alshon Jeffery
- Priority list: Marvin Jones (52% rostered), Sterling Shepard (45%), Allen Lazard (46%), Mecole Hardman (51%), Jakobi Meyers (1%), Jalen Reagor (34%), Kendrick Bourne (3%), Darnell Mooney (7%), Laviska Shenault (47%), Hunter Renfrow (42%), Braxton Berrios (3%), DaeSean Hamilton (0%), Zach Pascal (7%)
- Check to see if available: Christian Kirk (81% rostered), Cole Beasley (78%), Mike Williams (74%), Emmanuel Sanders (70%), Nelson Agholor (70%), John Brown (69%), Corey Davis (67%) and Jerry Jeudy (67%). I love a lot of the guys on this list, starting with Davis and Kirk, who should be considered must-start Fantasy receivers for the foreseeable future, regardless of matchup … Beasley has a great matchup against Seattle in Week 9, which will hopefully help Brown, too … Sanders could be the No. 1 receiver for the Saints again if Thomas is out, and Williams will hopefully build off his strong game in Week 8 against Denver and become a primary option for Justin Herbert … Jeudy just had a season-high 10 targets against the Chargers in Week 8, and I’m still hopeful for Agholor to be productive despite him struggling in the win in Cleveland last week.
- Potential drop candidates: A.J. Green (83% rostered), T.Y. Hilton (69%), Julian Edelman (61%), Sammy Watkins (60%) and Scott Miller (57%). You don’t have to drop Green going into his bye week, but he’s expendable. Hilton, Edelman and Watkins aren’t worth stashing while hurt, and Miller loses value with Antonio Brown now eligible to play for the Buccaneers.
Week 9 Priority List
- Injuries of note: George Kittle (foot), Zach Ertz (ankle), Austin Hooper (appendix), Jordan Reed (knee), Jordan Akins (ankle), Dawson Knox (illness) and Tyler Eifert (neck)
- On a bye: Dallas Goedert, Austin Hooper, Harrison Bryant, Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett and Drew Sample
- Priority list: Eric Ebron (53% rostered), Logan Thomas (27%), Jordan Reed (4%), Austin Hooper (42%), Dalton Schultz (36%) and Trey Burton (41%)
- Check to see if available: Jared Cook (84% rostered), Hayden Hurst (82%) and Dallas Goedert (68%). Goedert is a must-add in all leagues and should be a must-start Fantasy tight end following the Eagles bye in Week 9. Cook is also a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues, and Hurst isn’t far behind. All of these guys take priority over everyone but Ebron.
- Potential drop candidate: Zach Ertz (65%), Tyler Higbee (61%) and Mike Gesicki (59%). We don’t know when Ertz will be healthy, so he’s not worth stashing unless you have an IR spot. Higbee isn’t worth holding on his bye, and Gesicki is replaceable given his lack of production.
Week 9 Priority List
- Washington (37%) vs. NYG
- Cardinals (29%) vs. MIA
- Packers (57%) at SF
- Giants (24) at WAS
- Ka’imi Fairbairn (28%) at JAC
- Zane Gonzalez (34%) vs. MIA
- Nick Folk (9%) at NYJ