by Will Overton
With Week 9 nearly in the books there are only 4–5 weeks left in the regular season for fantasy owners to make their push for the playoffs. As usual we have a slew of wide receivers to discuss this week that will make quality waiver wire additions. We also have a couple of tight ends along with a running back and a hybrid back. Let’s get to work breaking down those who have come out of Week 9 as waiver wire standouts:
Mike Davis – RB, Seattle Seahawks
A hip injury flare up with Chris Carson led to his leaving the game and not returning, which in turn led to Davis being the lead back. Davis came through strong carrying 15 times for 62 yards and catching seven passes for 45 yards. When getting a chance to play he has been solid, and really the whole Seahawks running game has been good behind a solid offensive line. This one is pretty simple, if Carson is out then Davis is the lead back and a solid flex play.
Verdict: You have to add him in case Carson misses time
Cordarrelle Patterson – WR/RB, New England Patriots
The loss of Sony Michel over the last couple of weeks has led to the emergence of Patterson as a running back in New England and the experiment has gone surprisingly well. He carried the ball 11 times last night for 61 yards and a TD, falling just short of a second TD. As of yet he hasn’t been added as a RB in fantasy systems, but that could change soon given the Ty Montgomery situation of a couple years ago. When Sony Michel comes back it could make Patterson irrelevant, but if Michel missies more time Patterson is someone you want to use.
Verdict: Use him for as long as Sony Michel remains out
Anthony Miller – WR, Chicago Bears
There are a lot of wide receivers to cover in this week’s waiver roundup, but Miller might be one of my favorites based on his upside to be a potential number one on his team. He was targeted six times yesterday, catching five passes for 49 yards. Miller continues to become more of an active part of the Bears offense each week, and also has two TD in his last four games. Allen Robinson missed yesterday’s game, but even when he is healthy I think Miller has cemented a permanent role in this offense.
Verdict: Solid add with good upside and a decent floor in PPR
Adam Humphries – WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs are just a weird team, and you never seem to know what you’re going to get from week to week. Yesterday Humphries blew up with eight catches for 82 yards and a pair of TD. He has been targeted 27 times in the last three games and has 19 catches. The Bucs throw the ball a ton so there is plenty to go around, but there are five legitimate options to get the ball to and that makes it hard to trust Humphries to continue this.
Verdict: You can ride the hot hand, but proceed with caution as it could flame out fast
John Ross – WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Bad news coming out of Cincinnati where we’ve learned that due to a toe injury A.J. Green is expected to miss multiple weeks. Now the question is whether or not Ross can capitalize on a potential opportunity. He has been battling his own injuries for much of his two year career and while we’ve heard a lot about his potential upside we haven’t seen it yet. I’m certainly intrigued by what he could do with a majority snap count, especially against the Saints this coming week, but this is the definition of a flier.
Verdict: This is a pure flier, but could be a big upside play
Chris Herndon – TE, New York Jets
The New York Jets receiving corps is a real mess and Sam Darnold is struggling, though it’s hard to blame him. Herndon may be emerging as the safest option for Darnold right now. Herndon caught four passes for 62 yards this past Sunday, and while he didn’t find the end zone he had the three games prior. I don’t think Herndon is going to light the world on fire anytime soon, but tight end is very shallow on the wire and he poses a decent option.
Verdict: A fairly decent option at a shallow position
Jeff Heuerman – TE, Denver Broncos
I would typically write off the game Heuerman had yesterday as a fluke, but the timing is interesting with the Broncos having just traded away Demaryius Thomas and opening up target share. Heuerman caught 10 passes on 11 targets for 83 yards, also finding the end zone for one TD. He is on the field a lot as the Broncos primary tight end, but he hasn’t been doing much in the receiving game up to this point. I still think this one is more of a fluke game than anything, but it is at least possible that Heuerman gets more involved with Thomas gone.
Verdict: Probably can ignore him, but speculative add in deep leagues
Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 rankings: