Monday, October 29, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 9

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

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With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 9 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers (15 percent)

The first wide receiver selected in this year's NFL Draft, Moore continues to see his role expand within Carolina's offense. In a tough matchup against the Ravens, Moore had five catches for 90 yards on six targets, all of which were season highs, and added 39 rushing yards.

Although he had just two catches and four targets in his first three games combined, Moore has now exceeded 60 yards from scrimmage in three of his past four games. Over his past four games, he has 16 catches for 227 yards and 75 rushing yards.

2. Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (20 percent)

Coutee missed Thursday night's game with a hamstring injury, but the Texans wide receiving corps suffered a bigger injury in that game as Will Fuller tore his ACL. Going forward, Coutee will have a large role within the passing offense once he's able to return from his injury. He's already had a couple of big games -- 11/109 on 15 targets and 6/51/1 in Weeks 4 and 5, respectively.

3. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (49 percent)

Sanu had a quiet game (2/21) before the team's Week 8 bye, but he was on a bit of a tear before that. Before that dud, Sanu had either 100-plus yards or a touchdown in four consecutive games. Given the team's injury-depleted defense, the Falcons need to rely on their high-powered Matt Ryan-led offense, which puts both Sanu and rookie Calvin Ridley in the WR3 discussion on a weekly basis.

4. Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins (41 percent)

In addition to throwing a touchdown pass in Week 8, Amendola had five catches for 43 yards as well. To be fair, Amendola's receiving totals were less than expected given all of the injuries at receiver, but he has 8/59, 6/84/1 and 5/43 over his past three games, respectively. Miami has a Week 9 matchup against the Jets, who have allowed the fifth-most PPR points per game to opposing wide receivers this season.

5. Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (31 percent)

When Williams posted a 3/118/2 line in Week 6, I thought there was no way that he would duplicate that production. And he didn't, sort of. While he finished with the same yardage total (118) in Week 7, he had one more catch and one fewer touchdown.

Getting only four targets in each of those games, the volume doesn't suggest that he can sustain that level (or even close to that level) of production coming out of the team's bye. It's not out of the question, though, that he finishes as a top-40 fantasy wide receiver the rest of the way.

6. Willie Snead, Baltimore Ravens (33 percent)

With double-digit targets in two of the past three games, Snead now has a minimum of seven targets in five consecutive games. In addition, Snead has at least five catches and 50 yards in four of those games. Better in PPR formats, Snead and Baltimore's receivers will face the Steelers in Week 9 and their division foes have allowed the sixth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

7. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (10 percent)

Bad news first: Sutton has yet to exceed three receptions in any game this season. The good news, however, is that the rookie has either reached the 50-yard mark or scored a touchdown in each of his past five games. In the (perhaps unlikely) event that the Broncos trade Demaryius Thomas before Tuesday's deadline, Sutton's role could really expand as the season progresses.

8. David Moore, Seattle Seahawks (3 percent)

Russell Wilson isn't throwing it often -- 21, 23 and 17 pass attempts in his three most-recent games, respectively. That said, he has thrown exactly three touchdowns in each of those games.

Of those nine touchdowns, Moore has four of them as he extended his scoring streak to three games. Although he had failed to reach the 50-yard mark before this week, he set season highs in both receptions (four) and yards (91) on Sunday.

While Wilson is unlikely to continue to throw three touchdowns weekly on such low volume, Moore is at least worth a look in deeper leagues and he should be owned in more than three percent of Yahoo! leagues.

9. Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (23 percent)

With the Cowboys trading for Amari Cooper, it's clear that he will be the focal point of the Cowboys passing attack sooner rather than later. Before their bye (and trade for Cooper), however, Beasley was becoming Dak Prescott's favorite target. The slot receiver from SMU had 9/101/2 and 7/56 in back-to-back games on 19 combined targets. It will take some time for Cooper to learn the offense and Beasley should continue to be a useful fantasy asset in deeper PPR leagues.

10. Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans (1 percent)

Sharpe has 16 catches for 222 yards and a touchdown this season and nearly half of that production (7/101) came in his most-recent game. Can he build upon that outing? Sharpe and the Titans will face the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

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