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2018 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 9: Start, Stash and Stream

Welcome back to Start, Stash and Stream where we provide an in depth look into the waiver wire landscape each week. We are through the midway point of the fantasy football season, and with only five weeks left before the fantasy playoffs begin now is the time to find those hidden treasures to secure your playoff position. Whether you are undefeated, .500, or below the playoff cut line, these final weeks can be crucial for fantasy momentum, and the correct pickup could drastically sway fantasy leagues. As a note, bye week players worthy of Start, Stash and Stream consideration will find themselves in the “Stash” section from here on out, so be wary.

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Updated @ 1:47 PM on October 30th: With Golden Tate going to the Philadelphia EaglesNelson Agholor, currently in the “Grandparents and Pets” designation, should be moved down the list, and accordingly you should spend far less FAAB dollars on him (1%).

Update @ 1:22 PM on October 30th: With the Houston Texans acquisition of Demaryius ThomasKeke Coutee drastically falls from the top waiver claim of Week 9 to the “Stash” designation. While Coutee still has value behind Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins in a slot role, his value is nowhere near what could have been playing the WR2 role opposite Hopkins. However, all is not lost friends! As mentioned below, Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders were names to keep an eye on with the trade deadline approaching. And with Thomas officially out of the way, Courtland Sutton jumps all the way from a high-level “Stash” to a must “Start” playing opposite Manny (for now at least, until he is traded as well). For FAAB purposes, I would spend 6-8% of my remaining FAAB on Sutton as he could be a true WR2 for the rest of the season given the lack of other skill players at the wide receiver position in Denver. 

Start

  1. Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints (30% Yahoo ownership); (8-10% FAAB)
  2. Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos (10% Yahoo ownership); (8-10% FAAB)
  3. Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (46% Yahoo ownership); (6-8% FAAB)
  4. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (13% Yahoo ownership); (5-7% FAAB) 
  5. Danny Amendola, WR, Miami Dolphins (41% Yahoo ownership); (5-7% FAAB) 
  6. Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans (1% Yahoo ownership); (3-5% FAAB) 
  7. Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (48% Yahoo ownership); (3-5% FAAB)
  8. Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns (14% Yahoo ownership); (2-4% FAAB) 
  9. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (42% Yahoo ownership); (1-2% FAAB)
  10. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (35% Yahoo ownership); (1-2% FAAB)

After tearing his ACL Week 8, Will Fuller‘s 2018 season is officially over. And maybe now you faithful followers will finally pick up Keke Coutee. I mean sheesh, people. He has only appeared on this list each of the past five weeks. Sure, Coutee is currently experiencing his own health problems nursing a hamstring injury. And sure, he only has four catches for 36 yards since Week 6. But Deshaun Watson and the Texans are rolling on offense, and someone needs to replace Fuller’s immense productivity. Coutee, if healthy, could find himself squarely in the WR2 mix each week from here on out… While his production (6 catches for 62 yards over the past two weeks) is not what we would like, Tre’Quan Smith simmers with upside. Last week, Smith played the second most snaps to Michael Thomas at the wide receiver position, and as we know even the second wideout on a Drew Brees led Saints team can produce just as much as most teams number ones. Even with a more ground-based attack in New Orleans, Smith could be due for a breakout in the coming weeks as this Saints team gears itself up for the stretch run…Welcome back, DeVante Parker! These are the type of performances we all expected, but did not receive, in 2017. Parker led all Dolphins in targets (9), receptions (6) and receiving yardage (134). With a dearth of talented skill position players, Parker could breakthrough for a Dolphins team in need for high-end talent to kickstart its sputtering offense…All aboard the Antonio Callaway train! Once upon a time, we foreshadowed a potential breakout from Callaway, only to be thwarted by inconsistency and inefficiency catching the football. However, Callaway potentialllllllly turned a corner Week 8, catching 5 of 6 passes for 36 yards and a score. He even played 7 more snaps than Jarvis Landry (59 to 52). After gutting the coaching staff, Callaway could thrive with a change of scenery.

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Stash

    1. Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (43% Yahoo ownership); (6-8% FAAB)
    2. Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (1% Yahoo ownership); (6-8% FAAB)
    3. Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons (37% Yahoo ownership); (5-7% FAAB)
    4. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (25% Yahoo ownership); (3-5% FAAB)
    5. DeDe Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (39% Yahoo ownership); (3-5% FAAB)
    6. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (28% Yahoo ownership); (3-5% FAAB)
    7. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (47% Yahoo ownership); (2-4% FAAB)
    8. Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins (22% Yahoo ownership); (2-4% FAAB)
    9. Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals (30% Yahoo ownership); (1-2% FAAB)
    10. Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens (46% Yahoo ownership); (1-2% FAAB)
    11. Raheem Mostert, RB, San Fransisco 49ers (48% Yahoo ownership); (1-2% FAAB)
    12. Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (32% Yahoo ownership) 
    13. D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers (15% Yahoo ownership) 
    14. Willie Snead IV, WR, Baltimore Ravens (33% Yahoo ownership)
    15. David Moore, WR, Seattle Seahawks (3% Yahoo ownership)
    16. Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills (23% Yahoo ownership)
    17. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (6% Yahoo ownership)
    18. Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys (23% Yahoo ownership)
    19. Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets (6% Yahoo ownership) 
    20. Donte Moncrief, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (13% Yahoo ownership) 
    21. Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (20% Yahoo ownership)
    22. Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks (19% Yahoo ownership) 
    23. Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (1% Yahoo ownership)
    24. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10% Yahoo ownership)
    25. Seth Roberts, WR, Oakland Raiders (1% Yahoo ownership)
    26. Jakeem Grant, WR, Miami Dolphins (14% Yahoo ownership)
    27. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (40% Yahoo ownership)
    28. Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (23% Yahoo ownership)
    29. Malcolm Brown, RB, Los Angeles Rams (3% Yahoo ownership)
    30. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (47% Yahoo ownership)
    31. D’Onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans (15% Yahoo ownership)
    32. Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (34% Yahoo ownership)
    33. Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams (1% Yahoo ownership)
    34. Kendrick Bourne, WR, San Francisco 49ers (0% Yahoo ownership)
    35. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0% Yahoo ownership)
    36. Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos (5% Yahoo ownership)
    37. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions (21% Yahoo ownership)
    38. Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (6% Yahoo ownership)
    39. Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (31% Yahoo ownership)
    40. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons (49% Yahoo ownership)
    41. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo Bills (15% Yahoo ownership)
    42. Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (1% Yahoo ownership)  
    43. Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (5% Yahoo ownership) 
    44. Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (38% Yahoo ownership)
    45. Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (7% Yahoo ownership)
    46. Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans (6% Yahoo ownership)
    47. Martavis Bryant, WR, Oakland Raiders (4% Yahoo ownership)
    48. Rishard Matthews, WR, New York Jets (7% Yahoo ownership)
    49. C.J. Anderson, RB, Carolina Panthers (13% Yahoo ownership)
    50. Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1% Yahoo ownership)
    51. Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (9% Yahoo ownership)
    52. Jordan Thomas, TE, Houston Texans (0% Yahoo ownership)
    53. Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (21% Yahoo ownership)
    54. Chester Rogers, WR, Indianapolis Colts (15% Yahoo ownership)
    55. Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (1% Yahoo ownership) 
    56. Jeff Heuerman, TE, Denver Broncos (1% Yahoo ownership)
    57. Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (1% Yahoo ownership)
    58. Rod Smith, RB, Dallas Cowboys (1% Yahoo ownership)
    59. David Grinnage, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (1% Yahoo ownership)
    60. Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens (1% Yahoo ownership)

Undoubtedly one of the biggest and most important position battles the rest of the fantasy season, the Eagles backfield got next to no clarity Week 8. Wendell Smallwood out-snapped Josh Adams and Corey Clement 31 to 18 to 13, respectively. He also scored the only touchdown of the group. However, Adams out gained Smallwood, turning his 10 touches into 67 total yards, while Smallwood turned his 10 touches into 66 total yards. Slight difference, I know. But the speed bursts from Allen and 9-61 line on the ground (a smooth 6.8 yards per carry) against Jacksonville may have him leading the clubhouse in backfield carries. With Clement seemingly phased out, this two horse race will be one to closely follow…With Andrew Luck officially back (18 touchdowns the past five weeks), Jack Doyle becomes an immediate add. Outside a small handful of tight ends (mainly Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz), the position has been extremely volatile all season long. Doyle impressed Sunday after a five week absence, catching 6 of 7 balls for 70 yards and a touchdown. Even while competing with Eric Ebron for touches, it appears as though both tight ends will remain heavily involved in the Colts offensive attack…Catching a touchdown pass or racking up at least 58 receiving yards in each of the past four weeks, Courtland Sutton will be a name to closely monitor as the trade deadline approaches. Either Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders could be shipped to contenders, which would bump the talented rookie in a premier starting role…With Bilal Powell out for the season, the Jets will welcome back Elijah McGuire to their roster, who is eligible to return from IR Week 9 against the Dolphins. How timely. The Jets sputtering offense plays from behind weekly, rendering Isaiah Crowell and his ground and pound expertise rather useless. McGuire has the pass catching prowess to replace most of Powell’s productivity, making him a very viable stash, especially in PPR leagues.

Stream

  1. Kansas City Chiefs DST (30% Yahoo ownership)
  2. Alex Smith, QB, Washington Redskins (43% Yahoo ownership)
  3. Carolina Panthers DST (45% Yahoo ownership)
  4. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens (37% Yahoo ownership)
  5. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (26% Yahoo ownership)
  6. New York Jets DST (23% Yahoo ownership)
  7. Dallas Cowboys DST (12% Yahoo ownership)

Quarterbacks and defenses. Those seems to be the only streaming candidates these days. Alex Smith faces a Falcons team that has allowed four consecutive 20+ fantasy point quarterback performances, and has allowed the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year….The Steelers allow the fourth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, so Joe Flacco finds himself in a waiver worth position…The Kansas City Chiefs DST face the Cleveland Browns, who just fired both their head coach and offensive coordinator. The Chiefs could take advantage of a team that is once again in disarray midseason.

Others, for those of you in leagues with your grandparents and pets (50-60% Yahoo ownership)

  1. Doug Martin, RB, Oakland Raiders (53% Yahoo ownership); (7-9% FAAB)
  2. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (60% Yahoo ownership); (7-9% FAAB)
  3. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (53% Yahoo ownership); (7-9% FAAB)
  4. Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears (56% Yahoo ownership); (5-7% FAAB)
  5. Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Fransisco 49ers (56% Yahoo ownership); (4-6% FAAB)
  6. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (52% Yahoo ownership); (3-5% FAAB)
  7. Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (53% Yahoo ownership); (2-4% FAAB)
  8. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers (60% Yahoo ownership); (2-4% FAAB)
  9. Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers (52% Yahoo ownership); (1-2% FAAB)
  10. Benjamin Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints (50% Yahoo ownership)

Doug Martin (unfortunately) looked rather spry Sunday, totaling 89 yards on 15 touches. He did have a costly fumble at the end of the game, so hopefully Jalen Richard can command a few more touches next week…With Mike Evans potentially facing a multi-week absence due to a knee injury at the end of Sunday’s game, Chris Godwin could become a fantasy savior if Evans misses significant time.

Week 9 Waiver Wire Rankings

  1. Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints
  2. Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos
  3. Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles 
  4. Josh Adams, RB, Philadelphia Eagles 
  5. Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  6. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
  7. Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons
  8. Danny Amendola, WR, Miami Dolphins
  9. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts
  10. Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans 
  11. Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
  12. DeDe Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
  13. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
  14. Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns
  15. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
  16. Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins
  17. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns 
  18. Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals 
  19. Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens 
  20. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Good luck finding these diamonds in the rough. Remember, some stashes can immediately become starts, so always stay updated with RSJ, as we will always provide the latest and greatest info.

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