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Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 9

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: October 29, 2018, 11:06 pm ET

In this weekly series, I will highlight players that are speculative adds in deeper dynasty leagues, since the majority of players often covered in typical waiver wire columns have long been rostered.


No matter how deep your league is or how large the rosters, you should always keep a watch list of players you are considering adding, should the opportunity present itself. The group of names below will help you form that list. 


I will note that the data presented is based on all Yahoo leagues, not just those designated as keeper or dynasty. 


First, let’s look back at last week’s waiver wire suggestions that gained value, with current Yahoo ownership percentages and percentage change in parentheses.


Kenjon Barner, NE (35%/+34%)

Raheem Mostert, SF (47%/+33%)

Danny Amendola, MIA (41%/+31%)

Martavis Bryant, OAK (27%/+23%)

Tyrell Williams, LAC (34%/+19%)

Chris Ivory, BUF (23%/+15%)

Tre’Quan Smith, NO (30%/+13%)

Trenton Cannon, NYJ (9%/+9%)

Jakeem Grant, MIA (14%/+7%)

Chris Herndon, NYJ (6%/+5%) 

Brock Osweiler, MIA (4%/+1%)




Not all recommended players gain dynasty value from week to week. Here are some players mentioned in last week’s article whose ownership percentage took a hit over the past week.


Jermaine Kearse, NYJ (6%/-4%)

D’Onta Foreman, HOU (15%/-3%)

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB (6%/-2%)

Vernon Davis, WAS (3%/-2%)



1)        Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB (6%)

2)        Josh Rosen, ARI (4%)


In a crazy situation, the Buccaneers have turned back to veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter after QB Jameis Winston’s continued struggles. Fitzpatrick was among the league’s top-scoring fantasy signal callers through the season’s first three weeks before being benched in favor of Winston in Week Four. Now, he’s back and should be a top priority even though he has little value beyond the 2018 season…The Cardinals made a change, firing OC Mike McCoy and promoting QB coach Byron Leftwich. Fantasy players and Arizona fans hoped this would bring about a change. So far, so good. Rookie QB Josh Rosen set modest new career-highs with 252 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Cardinals to a comeback victory over the 49ers. He should be owned in all dynasty leagues…


Running Backs


1)        Josh Adams, PHI (1%)

2)        D’Onta Foreman, HOU (15%)

3)        Trenton Cannon, NYJ (9%)

4)        Chase Edmonds, ARI (1%)


Since losing RB Jay Ajayi for the season, the Eagles have been searching for an answer at running back, using a three-man committee of RBs Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and rookie Josh Adams. None have taken hold of the job but we might be seeing Adams gain traction. His playing time and role are growing each week and he led the team in rushing with 61 yards on nine carries in Philly’s win over the Jaguars…Texans sophomore RB D’Onta Foreman is not yet healthy enough to be activated off the PUP list but remains a player with a high-upside and is worthy of stashing until he returns…Jets rookie RB Trenton Cannon continued to play the pass-catching role left by injured veteran RB Bilal Powell. Last week, that resulted in just three receptions for 10 yards but his four targets were tied for the second-most on the team…In the Cardinals comeback win, RB David Johnson was forced to leave the game to be checked for a possible concussion. Although he was able to return to the game, this should serve as a reminder that rookie backup RB Chase Edmonds should be rostered for an emergency situation…


Wide Receivers


1)        Keke Coutee, HOU (20%)

2)        Anthony Miller, CHI (9%)

3)        DeVante Parker, MIA (13%)

4)        Antonio Callaway, CLE (14%)

5)        Donte Moncrief, JAX (13%)

6)        Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB (6%)

7)        D.J. Chark, JAX (0%)

8)        David Moore, SEA (3%)

9)        Deontay Burnett, NYJ (0%)

10)     Adam Humphries, TB (1%)


Although rookie WR Keke Coutee missed the Texans Week Eight game with a hamstring injury, he still gained value over the past week as WR Will Fuller suffered a torn ACL, ending his season. This is a heartbreaker but certainly helps Coutee’s fantasy production for the remaining of the year. He’s a must-own player in all formats…With WR Allen Robinson out for the game, rookie slot WR Anthony Miller took advantage, drawing a team-high seven targets, catching three balls for 37 yards and a score. Miller also saw seven targets the previous week. While Robinson should be back soon, Miller has earned a larger role and should be the Bears’ second option for the remainder of the season…Browns rookie WR Antonio Callaway broke out of his inefficient cold streak, catching five of six looks for 36 yards and a touchdown. His stock also got a bump, as did all Browns, with the coaching staff changes…There was some hand-wringing early in the season about just which wideout was the real WR1 for the Jaguars but that conversation is over. Former Colts WR Donte Moncrief has established himself as the top option for QB Blake Bortles. On Sunday, he led all wide receivers with four catches for 54 yards on seven targets. Unfortunately, his weekly ceiling remains limited by Bortles and the team’s run-first approach…The Packers got veteran WRs Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison back on the field but that didn’t slow down rookie WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who still posted 45 yards and a touchdown and tied Cobb for the second-most targets on the team. MVS also ran the second-most routes among all GB WRs. He looks like the receiver to own along with star WR Davante Adams…After barely seeing the field early in the season, rookie WR D.J. Chark has apparently overtaken WR Keelan Cole on the Jaguars depth chart. On Sunday, he caught four balls for 41 yards. As with Moncrief, the weekly upside is limited but Chark’s speed could help him become the big play threat the Jags need…Seahawks WR David Moore continues his scoring hot streak, catching his fourth touchdown in the past three games. His receiving yardage and Air Yards have also increased in each game, showing he is gaining the trust of QB Russell Wilson…The Jets were led in receiving by rookie WR Deontay Burnett. Maybe I’m reaching a bit here but Burnett was a college teammate of Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold and they obviously have a bond. Burnett caught four passes for 61 yards and considering how banged up the Jets receiving corps is, could see a growing role in the coming weeks…Trade winds are blowing this week. Bucs veteran WR DeSean Jackson has reportedly requested a trade and if he is granted his wish, slot WR Adam Humphries could see a nice bump. He’s another player with limited long-term value but could be a flex option during bye weeks. Humphries had 76 yards on seven receptions against the Bengals last week…


Tight Ends


1)        Dallas Goedert, PHI (6%)

2)        Chris Herndon, NYJ (6%)

3)        Ed Dickson, SEA (1%)

4)        Hayden Hurst, BAL (3%)

5)        David Grinnage, JAX (0%)


Eagles rookie TE Dallas Goedert shouldn’t be on any dynasty waiver wires, especially after he scored touchdowns in back to back games but if he’s still hanging around, make sure you change that…Jets rookie TE Chris Herndon found the end zone for the third straight week and is becoming the Jets clear top option at tight end…The Seahawks seemingly found an answer at tight end as veteran Ed Dickson made his season debut, posting 54 yards and a score. He’s a must-add option for contenders needing help at the position…Ravens HC John Harbaugh said last week he wanted to get rookie TE Hayden Hurst more involved and then we saw him catch his first career touchdown, albeit in garbage time. Hurst remains a player to stash with long-term upside…The Jaguars have already lost TEs Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul with injuries, leaving TE David Grinnage to see serious playing time. He saw five targets, catching three for 37 yards. He’s a low-upside dart throw for desperate fantasy owners…


Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2019 (under 20%) Hunter Henry, D’Onta Foreman, Marqise Lee, Derrius Guice, Deon Cain, Adam Shaheen, Delanie Walker, Tyler Eifert, Jerick McKinnon, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jake Butt, Rex Burkhead, Jay Ajayi, Bilal Powell