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)