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Diamond In The Rough Waiver Wire Week 9

Bye weeks can kill a playoff push for any team. Thank your lucky stars we have you covered! This week there are plenty of options at every position that you can fit into your flex spots as you continue your Fantasy Football conquest. This week, we have some players coming off IR as potential league savers. Go get your guys and dominate!

Drew Lock - QB - Denver Broncos - ESPN 6% Yahoo 10% - Jake Weaver

Lock is coming off his best game of the season as he put up 248 yards and three touchdowns against the Los Angeles Chargers. He should build off the comeback victory and continue momentum against the woeful Atlanta Falcons defense. This unit has allowed the second most passing yards in the league at 2,491 total or 311 yards per game. Lock has only topped the 300+ passing yards mark in a game once, but Atlanta will score on Sunday and force Lock to answer. If you’re in need of a streaming option, Drew Lock is a good place to start.

Jordan Wilkins - RB - Indianapolis Colts - ESPN 1% Yahoo 3% - Jake Weaver

Wilkins had not totaled more than nine carries in a single game, but on Sunday he led the Colts backfield as they exploded for 41 points with 20 carries and one reception. Wilkins racked up 89 yards on the ground with an additional 24 yards through the air. Jonathan Taylor has failed to impress as he has averaged 3.9 yards per attempt. While next week against Baltimore might not be the best matchup for Wilkins, he is worth an add because if he proves to be the lead back in Indianapolis for the rest of the season then he could provide a valuable playoff push.

Jalen Reagor - WR - Philadelphia Eagles - ESPN 20% Yahoo 24% - Jake Weaver

Reagor couldn’t have asked for a better warm up game than against the Dallas Cowboys defense. Having not played since week 2, it took Reagor no time to get back into the swing of things as he found the endzone in his return. Though he only totaled 16 yards, he had six targets which trailed only Travis Fulgham. Reagor even received one carry. He looks to be Wentz second option in the passing game and should only see an increase in his workload as he distances himself from injury and builds in game rapport with Wentz throughout the rest of the season.

Tua Tagovailoa - QB - Miami Dolphins - ESPN 25% Yahoo 32% - Zach Zander

In his first start in about a year and his NFL debut, Tua pulled out a win against an underrated Rams squad. The Dolphins played it conservatively with him in the game, throwing it 22 times for 93 yards and TD. He did not throw any interceptions but did fumble no thanks to Aaron Donald. Obviously those numbers above constitute fantasy relevance, but I feel as Tua gets his feet wet, he will become fantasy relevant on a competing Dolphins team. I do not recommend starting him just yet, but with there not many relevant QBs on the waivers at this point in the season, I’d rather pick him up one week later and hold for a wait and see approach, than be a week late and miss out.

Allen Lazard - WR - Green Bay Packers - ESPN 24% Yahoo 34% - Zach Zander

In week 9 Lazard will be coming off of IR and returning as the Packers WR2. In the time since his injury, TE Robert Tonyan has become the #2 passing option behind Davante Adams for Aaron Rodgers. In his first 3 week before injury, he was targeted 17 times for 13 catches, 254 yards and two touchdowns. I expect him to return this week and plug right back into the potent offense of Green Bay. He showed flashes of a mini-breakout and proved to have the trust of Rodgers. Many managers likely did not have the patience to hold onto Lazard, so grab him on waivers if you can.

Eric Ebron - TE - Pittsburgh Steelers - ESPN 51% Yahoo 45% - Zach Zander

The Tight End landscape has been bad this year, I mean really bad. With that being sad there are very TEs who you can trust week to week. Enter Eric Ebron. Though he has had a dud week here and there, he is a relatively consistent target for Big Ben receiving no less than 5 targets only once since week 2. This consistency is hard to find in that offense with volatile weapons like Juju, Claypool, and Johnson. Yet here Ebron is. His upside is capped due to these weapons, but with such a rough TE group this year, it is hard to come by a consistent 5+ targets a game.

Zack Moss - RB - Buffalo Bills - ESPN 43% Yahoo 55% -Joseph Herff

With Zack Moss not doing much this season in terms of fantasy football, Moss finally had a solid outing for the Buffalo Bills in their win over the New England Patriots. Moss carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Both him and Devin Singletary carried the ball 14 times, but Moss gets the valuable carries inside the 10 yard line. He can be a touchdown machine for the Bills who need to get something going in their run game.

Anthony Miller - WR - Chicago Bears - ESPN 14% Yahoo 21%

After a rough start to the season, Anthony Miller finally saw the targets he’s been looking for all year. Besides Week 1, Miller never had over 50 receiving yards and only caught at the most four passes in a game. This past week, Miller received 11 targets and caught 8 of them for 73 yards. Quarterback Nick Foles started to depend on Miller to get open short when the pocket would collapse early on Foles. Miller showed his value with some great catches. Miller’s role can continue to grow as he develops chemistry with the veteran quarterback.

Logan Thomas - TE - Washington - ESPN 12% Yahoo 23%

Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas is quietly having a solid fantasy season. He is ranked TE14 in standard formats with even a mess at the quarterback position. Thomas receives a lot of targets from both of his quarterbacks and has become a reliable red zone threat for Washington. Before the bye week, Thomas received four targets catching all of them for 60 yards and a touchdown. The least amount of targets Thomas has gotten in a game is four, so he is constantly getting the ball thrown his way.


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