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Top Wavier Wire Targets for Week 9 Fantasy Football

Greg Dulcich, Khalil Herbert, Rondale Moore, Justin Fields, and more top waiver wire targets for Week 9 fantasy football.

With just Monday Night Football still to happen, now is that glorious time of the week when we turn our attention to Week 9 and attack the fantasy football waiver wire.

Quickly though, what a Week 8 we’ve had so far! Welcome back to the land of RB1 kings! Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook, all with true top performances. Also shoutout to Tony Pollard and D’Onta Foreman for joining the ranks of the RB elite this week.

To be as helpful as possible to you dear readers, I’ve highlighted two players at each position, plus a handful of other names to target ranging from a little over 50% rostered in Sleeper leagues to well under the 30% mark. I’ve also included a few players to be cautious of to further help give you the edge over your leaguemates. No matter your league size, there’s someone in here for you.

Let’s begin!


Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (42% rostered)

Things are starting to click for Fields both on the field and in fantasy. Against a tough Cowboys defense, Fields tossed for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns with 60 yards and a score on the ground. This is the third week in a row which Fields has finished a QB1, thanks in large part to his rushing. As of Week 8, Fields ranked fourth among QBs in non-passing points per game (6.6). The young QB is showing the fantasy promise many thought he had and with the Dolphins, Lions, and Falcons on the schedule, he’s a top target for QB-needy teams.

Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons (35% rostered)

Thanks to a big Week 9, Mariota now ranks inside the top 10 at quarterback this year in fantasy. He’s the QB8 after throwing for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns vs the Panthers. Even with the Falcons not throwing the ball almost at all, Mariota still has weekly fantasy value thanks to his rushing floor (stop me if you’ve heard that before). Over the last four weeks, Mariota has thrown for at least 124 yards, 1 touchdown, and rushed for 30+ yards. He’s a great target for deeper leagues.

Other Targets: Jimmy Garoppolo (49%), Malik Willis (18%), Taylor Heinicke (13%), PJ Walker (10%)

Running Backs

Khalil Herbert, Bears (61% rostered)

Obviously D’Onta Foreman is the top running back to target on waivers, but at 79% rostered, he’s probably not available in your leagues. Herbert is not a bad consolation prize though. While he’s overall seen one fewer carry than David Montgomery on the season, Herbert leads the Bears in rushing yards thanks to his ridiculous 6.2 yards per carry. His efficiency carries over into fantasy as well as he ranks seventh among RBs in PER rating, averaging 0.98 points per touch (as of Week 8).

Ronnie Rivers, Los Angeles Rams (3% rostered)

The Rams backfield is a mess. Darrell Henderson is dealing with injury, Malcolm Brown is a depth player, and Cam Akers seems likely to be traded any day now. Enter undrafted rookie Ronnie Rivers. The back was called off LA’s practice squad Sunday and instantly led the backfield in carries and yards. By no means is Rivers a certainty to be a factor in the Rams’ backfield for weeks to come. But he’s worth a speculative add in deep leagues as he has the potential to be heavily involved in Sean McVay’s run game.

Caution: Latavius Murray, Denver Broncos (46% rostered)

Murray lead the Broncos backfield in touches and yards vs the Jaguars Sunday morning. However, Melvin Gordon is still the clear starter in Denver, out-snapping Murray 34 to 27. Gordon also led the backfield in both goalline and two minute drill usage. I would expect Gordon to still be the RB1 in Denver moving forward making Murray a risky add.

Other Targets: James Cook (31%), D’Ernest Johnson (18%), Dontrell Hilliard (16%), Jaylen Warren (9%)

Wide Receivers

Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals (51% rostered)

With Marquise Brown out, Moore has cemented himself as the WR2 in Arizona’s passing tree. Against the Vikings, he played just one fewer snap and ran one fewer route than DeAndre Hopkins. Moore caught 7-of-8 targets for 92 yards and a touchdown while adding 12 yards rushing. Moore hasn’t been the most efficient receiver this year (0.98 PER) but if he continues to see an increased target share, he could quickly become a weekly WR2/Flex play.

Kadarius Toney, Kansas City Chiefs (67% rostered)

I know 67% is an extremely high rostership but to hell with rules! If Toney is available in your league YOU MUST ADD HIM. The Chiefs traded a third-round pick to get Toney which means he’s going to be involved as soon as possible. And we all know what this offense can do with an electric athlete at wide receiver. Who knows what Toney’s role will be in KC but he has league-winner potential and that’s worth rostering.

Caution: Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers (61% rostered)

Sunday was one of Doubs’ best games of the season, catching 4-of-7 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown (and it was a hell of a touchdown catch). It’s no coincidence though that the rookie’s best game in over a month came with Allen Lazard sidelined. When healthy, Lazard has proven to be Aaron Rodgers’ go-to guy. With him out vs the Bills, Doubs filled that role leading the team in targets. Keep an eye on Lazard’s timetable as his return likely would diminish Doubs’ ceiling.

Other Targets: Devin Duvernay (50%), Van Jefferson (26%), Darius Slayton (14%), Terrace Marshall (5%)

Tight Ends

Greg Dulcich, Broncos (46% rostered)

Since his first NFL action in Week 6, Dulcich has been the TE3 in .5PPR. He’s averaging almost 6 targets per game and has had 40+ yards receiving in every game. The Broncos are heading on their bye this week but now is the time to roster the rookie. Coming out of the bye, the Broncos play the Titans and Raiders, both of whom rank in the bottom half in TE PPG allowed.

Caution: Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens (7% rostered)

Filling in for an injured Mark Andrews, Likely caught 6-of-7 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. But Likely’s fantasy value 100% relies on whether or not Andrews is playing. Andrews left Sunday with a shoulder injury which isn’t expected to be serious. If he plays Week 9, Likely likely won’t have much value. However, if Andrews can’t suit up for Week 9 or beyond, Likely instantly is a top TE. If you have the roster spot to wait and hold, Likely is a great target.

Other Targets: Mike Gesicki (66%), Evan Engram (50%), Tyler Conklin (15%)

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