Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Rankings 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 rostered 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).

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 9 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

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

1. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (34%)

Returning from a three-game absence, Parker finished Sunday with eight receptions for 85 yards on 11 targets, all of which are season highs. The Dolphins receiver now has a minimum of four catches and seven targets in all five games in which he has appeared this season. Parker has a target share of at least 21% in four of five games as well.

With a matchup against the Houston Texans on tap, Parker (and teammate Jaylen Waddle) are both viable top-36 options in Week 9.

2. Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears (42%)

Mooney had six catches for 64 yards on nine targets (33.33%) in Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers. As much as Justin Fields has struggled early in his career, the stronger rapport with Mooney (over Allen Robinson) is clear.

The second-year receiver out of Tulane has a minimum of 25% target share in four of his past five games. In addition, he has a minimum of a 20% target share in six of his past seven. Mooney's 34 targets over the past five weeks are 11 more than Robinson has.

3. Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens (30%)

Bateman has begun his NFL career with a pair of six-target games. In those two games, he has combined for seven receptions for 109 yards.

Based on talent, the 2021 first-round pick should continue to carve out a larger role within the offense. The only concern is that Baltimore has a run-first offense and both Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews are highly productive pass-catchers. Can this offense support three viable pass-catchers?

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