Monday, November 1, 2021

Fantasy Football RB 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 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 running back waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 9 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

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

1A/1B. Jeremy McNichols/Adrian Peterson, Tennessee Titans (8%/4%)

It's a devastating blow to any manager that rosters Derrick Henry. The back-to-back rushing champion is likely to miss the rest of the regular season (or at least the fantasy season).

The Titans have signed Adrian Peterson, who averaged a pedestrian 3.9 yards per carry for the Detroit Lions last season. The 36-year-old back could handle the largest share of touches at some point down the stretch. McNichols has only seven carries for 38 yards, but he has 21 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown on 27 targets.

While neither Peterson nor McNichols will come close to what a healthy Henry would have provided fantasy managers, both should emerge as top 35-40 options the rest of the way.

3. Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (19%)

With Miles Sanders on IR, Scott had 12 carries for 60 yards (5.0 YPC) and two touchdowns in Week 8 against the Detroit Lions. Scott now has three rushing scores in the past two weeks, but teammate Jordan Howard also had a pair of rushing touchdowns as well.

In fact, the trio of Scott, Jordan and Kenneth Gainwell all played 25%-45% of the team's offensive snaps on Sunday. While Scott had the largest share of the snaps, I will most likely rank him ahead of both Howard and Gainwell in Week 9 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

4. Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars (6%)

Hyde's spot in our waiver-wire rankings are dependent upon James Robinson's status for Week 9. (The injury doesn't appear to be serious.) With Robinson (foot) leaving Sunday's game and not returning, Hyde had nine carries for a pedestrian 32 yards and six receptions for 40 yards on eight targets.

If Robinson isn't available in Week 9, Hyde should once again have 15-plus touches. While Hyde and the offense leave a lot to be desired, the volume will push Hyde into flex range if Robinson can't go.

5. Jaret Patterson, Washington Football Team (2%)

WFT has a bye in Week 9 and difficult matchups in Weeks 10 and 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers, respectively. That said, Patterson had a career-high 11 carries for 46 yards on Sunday. Meanwhile, Antonio Gibson handled a season-low eight carries and 11 touches on Sunday.

The bye may come at the perfect time for Gibson, who has battled a shin injury all season. It's also possible that Patterson continues to be a part of a three-headed committee going forward as well.

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