Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are five players to add in fantasy football week 9. (Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots
Damien Harris was on this list a few weeks ago, but now returns after another big performance. He rushed for 102 yards and a touchdowns against the Bills. The Patriots have had trouble passing the ball, so they have fed Harris in some games since he has returned from injury.
In games that Harris has over 15 carries, he has scored double-digit points (in standard formats). That should continue moving forward. To make things even better, the Patriots play the Jets in week 9. Harris is owned in 45 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens were without Mark Ingram for their game against the Steelers. Edwards stepped up in his place, rushing for 87 yards and a touchdown. With Ingram questionable to play this upcoming week, Edwards should be added and could even be played if it is confirmed that Ingram won’t play.
Baltimore has a tough matchup against the Colts this week, but Edwards produced against a good Steelers defense. Monitoring Ingram’s injury situation is important before adding Edwards. He is owned in 8.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks had plenty of running back injuries in week 8. DeeJay Dallas took advantage of his opportunity. He finished the game with 58 total yards and two touchdowns. Dallas showed proficiency on the ground and through the air for the Seahawks.
It is worth monitoring the injury situation in Seattle. If Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are still out, Dallas can be picked up and played this week. If they aren’t, it is probably worth going elsewhere. Dallas is available in over 80 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos
While Patrick didn’t have his best game against the Chargers, he is still worth consideration on the waiver-wire. He is battling a hamstring injury, but is playing through it. He still managed to get three receptions for 46 yards.
As Patrick gets more healthy, he will be more valuable on a fantasy roster. The Broncos proved this week that they can have explosive bursts, even if they are young. With Courtland Sutton out for the season, Patrick will have more opportunities down the road. Patrick is owned in 26.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Taylor didn’t produce against the Lions, but Jordan Wilkins did when he was inserted into the game. Wilkins finished the game with 20 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown. He added a catch for 24 yards as well.
Taylor is likely still going to be the lead back for the Colts, but if he keeps on getting outproduced, he will be replaced. Wilkins can be picked up and his situation can be monitored over the next few weeks. He is available in over 99 percent of ESPN leagues.
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