With the Kansas City Chiefs barely, and I mean barely, sneaking by the New York Giants Monday night, Week 8 is officially in the books. Now is that glorious time of the week when we turn our attention to Week 9 and attack the fantasy football waiver wire. (Honestly, I can’t believe it’s already Week 9. It feels way too soon for the NFL season to already be halfway over.)
Here are my top targets with their rostered percentage (via Sleeper) and the percent of your FAAB (Free Agent Acquisition Budget) I’d recommend spending on said player.
Adrian Peterson, Tennessee Titans (21% rostered, 30% FAAB)
You knew the Titans’ backfield was going to be a top priority this week on the waiver wire with Derrick Henry out 6 to 10 weeks. The first move the Titans did was go out and add Adrian Peterson. This makes me think that he’s going to be their first- and second-down guy who’ll see the vast majority of the rushing touches. That volume alone should make Peterson a reliable low-end RB2. Last year with the Lions, Peterson ran for over 600 yards on 156 carries and 7 touchdowns. Those numbers aren’t bad for a 35-year-old.
Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (23% rostered, 20% FAAB)
Leave it to Nick Sirianni to not play the running back he was siphoning Miles Sanders touches to now that Miles Sanders is injured. No, it wasn’t Kenneth Gainwell who romped over the Lions, but rather Boston Scott. If you didn’t pick up Scott last week, you should certainly be doing so this week. He led the backfield in rushing yards and score two touchdowns vs Detroit. With the Chargers next on the schedule, he has another chance for a high-end RB2 finish. Of course, until Sirianni decides that really Jordan Howard is the guy who should be leading his backfield. Fantasy football is hard sometimes.
eagles backfield vs lions:
9 routes run
0 routes run
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Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (7% rostered, 15% FAAB)
With Jameis Winston done for the year with a torn ACL, Taysom Hill is back as the Saints’ starting QB. While his actual QB-ing skills may leave something to be desired, his rushing floor makes him a hot fantasy commodity. Last year, during Hill’s four starts, he was the QB6 in fantasy. If you need a quarterback or play in a Superflex league, adding a potential top-6 QB this late in the season is a huge advantage.
Jeremy McNichols, Titans (5% rostered, 10% FAAB)
Last week I included Scott on my waiver piece as the consolation prize for those who didn’t land Gainwell. We saw how that played out. By the same token then, you should really be targeting McNichols and not Peterson. I’m only kinda joking. I do think it’s noteworthy that the Titans immediately went out and signed a running back instead of turning over the backfield to McNichols. It does make some sense as McNichols is 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds. At that size, the Titans might be worried about giving him a full 20+ touch workload. Still, McNichols has been featured in the passing game for Tennessee in the past and should continue to do that moving forward.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (49% rostered, 10% FAAB)
I mentioned Parker on this week’s takeaways podcast as he’s been surprisingly consistent this year. He’s averaging 5 catches and 65 yards per game this season and is coming off an 11 target outing vs the Bills. It’s clear he’s an important part of the Dolphins’ passing game when healthy (which is the knock on him so far this season).
Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars (6% rostered) — James Robinson left Week 8’s game with a heel injury but it isn’t expected to be too serious. Still, with Robinson off the field Sunday, Hyde saw 15 touches for 72 yards. He’s worth rostering if you’re a worried Robinson manager.
Mike White, New York Jets (3% rostered) — The legend of Mike White reached new heights Sunday as he lit up the Bengals for over 400 yards, something that hasn’t been done since the days of Vinny Testaverde. With the Colts’ middling pass defense on deck, White isn’t a bad streaming option.
Derrick Gore, Chiefs (0% rostered) — There was no more surprising highlight Monday night than watching a running back named Gore rumble for 48 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Frank Derrick Gore was signed off the Chiefs’ practice squad Tuesday and looked good carrying the ball Monday. He’s a piece now to monitor in KC’s backfield.