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. Mark Walton, RB, Miami Dolphins
It looked like Kalen Ballage would get most of the work out of the Dolphins’ backfield after they traded Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals. Mark Walton actually got the bulk of the work against the Steelers on Monday Night Football. He finished the game 35 rushing yards and 19 receiving yards, but had a fumble, which limited how many points he scored.
Walton will be limited, as any running back for the Dolphins likely won’t be a huge fantasy scorer every week given how good the team is. Either way, it looks like he will be getting some work moving forward. Walton is owned in 11.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans
Will Fuller has a history of hamstring injuries and is now out again for at least a few weeks. That means Stills will likely get a lot more targets coming his way. He has had an up and down season so far with three games of eight points or more and three games of three points or fewer. With Fuller out, he should have more consistent output.
Deshaun Watson’s favorite receiver will still obviously be DeAndre Hopkins, but having Stills as a secondary option will still give him a quality player to throw to when Hopkins is double-teamed. Stills is owned in just under 45 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins
If in need of a player to produce this week, Guice isn’t the answer. He is set to come back in week 11 after being placed on IR earlier in the season. The Redskins wanted to make him their workhorse running back this season and even had Adrian Peterson not dress for the first game of the season. With the Redskins only having one win so far this season, they’ll likely want to get Guice some reps before the end of the year.
It is best to get Guice this week or next, before he comes back so that other owners don’t pounce on the opportunity. It is hard to gauge how well Guice will play given that he has only played one career game, but he is still set to play a lot down the stretch. Guice is owned in under 30 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Minshew has played very well this season in place of Nick Foles. He is the 11th-ranked fantasy quarterback despite not being the starter at the beginning of the season. Of his last four games, he has scored 20 points in three of them, as he continues to progress.
This week the Jaguars play the Texans, who rank 31st against opposing quarterbacks in fantasy. The Texans will be without J.J. Watt in this game, who is out for the season with a torn pectoral. Minshew is owned in just under half of ESPN leagues.
5. Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley is still relatively healthy, but the Rams are being uber-conservative with him. With that being said, Darrell Henderson is starting to get more opportunities. He has had 11 carries in each of the last two games. He has only registered 12 total fantasy points so far this season, but that will likely increase through the rest of the year.
The Rams are being cautious with Gurley, but right now Henderson is just a handcuff. He could be more than that if Gurley goes down with an injury or if Henderson sees more time as the Rams try to prevent a Gurley injury. Henderson is available in over 75 percent of leagues.