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Fantasy Football: Week 9 Waiver Wire

Fantasy Football: Week 9 Waiver Wire

Whether you're dealing with injuries, schedule issues or just in the hunt for more fantasy football help, here's a look at some likely free agent options for Week 9.

Quarterbacks Because Kirk Cousins is on a bye or you're out on Tyrod Taylor at Seattle

Ryan Tannehill, MIA – This is a hold your nose situation with the smell-of-success hope on the other end. Tannehill isn't a consistent threat, but teams have put up positive stats against the Jets defense this season. New York has allows the ninth most points to fantasy quarterbacks and now must contend with running back Jay Ajayi coming off back-to-back games with over 200 yards on the ground. 

Others: Colin Kaepernick, SF (vs. Saints), Josh McCown, CLE (vs. Cowboys), Nick Foles, KC (vs. Jaguars; starts if Alex Smith sits with a concussion).

Running Backs Because David Johnson is off this week and Spencer Ware (concussion) and Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) could join him

1.  Charcandrick West, KC (vs. Jaguars)

2. Tim Hightower, NO (at 49ers) 
 
3. Robert Kelley, WAS (bye) 

4. Dion Lewis, NE (injured)

Select from this group depending on need. West could emerge as Kansas City's lead runner with Ware possibly out this week and Jamaal Charles headed to the IR. Jacksonville allowed two touchdown runs in each of its last two games. The Chiefs should lean on the run if Smith sits. ... Not betting that the Saints bench Mark Ingram for Hightower, but owners in need can probably feel comfortable in thinking the veteran will remain involved. Against a 49ers defense that ranks last against fantasy running backs, that's worth a modest bid investment. ... Read between the lines of Redskins coach Jay Gruden and watch the Week 8 highlights. "Fat Rob" Kelley looks like the best bet out of Washington's backfield when the Redskins return in Week 10. ... It's unclear when Lewis returns from his knee injury, but the sense is the scatback is close. Lewis could a be a late-season game-changer especially in PPR leagues.
 
Others: Antone Smith, TB,  Derrick Henry, TEN, Terron Ward, ATL, James Starks, GB, C.J. Prosise, SEA
 
Wide Receivers Because A.J. Green and Larry Fitzgerald are on byes and you're ready to move on from Michael Floyd already

1. Corey Coleman, CLE
 
2.  Jamison Crowder, WAS

3. Mohammed Sanu, ATL

4. J.J. Nelson, ARI 

Similar to the RB options, who you want somewhat depends on need, though the expected return of the speedy Coleman likely trumps all. Cleveland's passing attack isn't robust, but the first receiver selected in the 2016 NFL Draft showed earlier this season he can make big plays in the NFL. ... Crowder has emerged as Washington's best all-around receiver and Nelson looks like a solid force for Arizona. Both are on byes, so stash if possible.

Others: Kendall Wright, TEN, Kenny Britt, LA, Kenny Stills, MIA

Tight Ends – Because you can't replace Jordan Reed's production, but you must replace him in your lineup for this week

1. Eric Ebron, DET 

2. Ladarius Green, PIT

Go back to August. These two were in TE1 mix and then some. Ebron missed three games with a knee injury, but returned in Week 8 with 79 yards on seven receptions. Green hasn't touched the field yet for the Steelers, but he could  be activated off the PUP list ahead of the Week 9 matchup with Baltimore. Both have weekly top 10 potential.
 
Others: Charles Clay, BUF (at Dolphins), Jack Doyle, IND (vs, Titans)

Defenses – Because you stream this position

1. Dolphins (vs. Jets)

2. Cowboys (at Browns)

3. Lions (at Vikings)

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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