As was the case in Week 8, there are plenty of reasons to dip into the waiver wire this week. Whether you need a bye week fill-in, an injury replacement or just a much-needed upgrade over a player you’re finally ready to admit is a bust, here are your Week 9 waiver wire additions.
10. C.J. Prosise — RB, Seattle Seahawks
C.J. Spiller was only keeping a seat warm until the Seahawks could get their rookie into the mix. Prosise didn’t disappoint when given his first opportunity, even with a very limited workload — eight touches. He turned four carries into 23 yards, and more impressively, hauled in all four of his targets for 80 yards in the passing attack. This should only earn Prosise more touches going forward regardless of Christine Michael’s and Thomas Rawls’s (who still isn’t healthy) roles.
9. Bilal Powell — RB, New York Jets
Here’s how the Jets’ rushing attack shook out in Week 8: Matt Forte — 25 carries, 82 yards, 2 TDs; Bilal Powell — 6 carries, 76 yards, TD. The obvious takeaway is that Powell deserves more touches no matter how healthy Forte is, especially at his age and with the miles on his body. It’s as simple as that: Powell should be more involved in the second half of the season.
8. Derrick Henry — RB, Tennessee Titans
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner scored his first career TD in Week 8, gaining 60 yards on 16 carries. DeMarco Murray left the game for a period of time, allowing Henry to get most of his work, but Murray is on pace to lead the league in carries, so when the Titans have a chance to use Henry, they will. I think we need to see Henry get more involved consistently, but his situation is worth monitoring. Not to mention he’s one of the most valuable handcuffs in the league to Murray.
7. Eric Ebron — TE, Detroit Lions
After missing Detroit’s last three games with ankle and knee injuries, Ebron snagged a career-high seven receptions for a team-leading 79 yards. With such a weak group of tight ends this season, if anyone cut Ebron during his absence for a replacement, now’s the time to swoop in and grab him. He has plenty of TE1 potential going forward — as evidenced by being Matthew Stafford’s favorite target in his first game back.
6. Tim Hightower — RB, New Orleans Saints
How did Mark Ingram play on Sunday? How about three carries for five yards before getting benched after his fumble was returned for a TD by Seattle. Hightower then stepped in for a monster workload — 26 carries for 102 yards. This is a tough situation to read; Hightower was nothing special filling in for Ingram, who’s very unlikely to lose his job because of one fumble (that wasn’t even that bad). However, you’d have to think Ingram is on thin ice and Hightower could be much closer to working in a RBBC than we thought just a week ago.
5. Tyreek Hill — WR, Kansas City Chiefs
The rookie has quietly been involved in the Chiefs offense this season, scoring three touchdowns on 14 receptions entering Sunday. The problem is, Hill hadn’t topped 38 yards yet this season, which all came on a TD catch in Week 7. That changed in Week 8 against the Colts. Hill brought in five of six targets for 98 yards, including a 49-yard TD. He’s earned an expanded role for the second half of 2016.
4. J.J. Nelson — WR, Arizona Cardinals
It’s been a disappointing season for Michael Floyd, and it looks like J.J. Nelson’s finally the guy to overtake him on the depth chart. A week after snagging three of seven targets for 84 yards in the tie against the Seahawks, Nelson hauled in eight out of a team-high 12 targets for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The speedster figures to be a big part of Arizona’s offense the rest of the way as one of Carson Palmer’s top targets.
3. Antone Smith — RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No Doug Martin. No Charles Sims. And now no Jacquizz Rodgers heading into Thursday night’s game for the Bucs. Just when we thought Peyton Barber was in line to be the next man up, Smith out-snapped him 22-3 after Rodgers left the game in Week 8. Smith handled four carries for 16 yards and caught a pass for another nine yards. All signs point to Smith getting the start Thursday against the Falcons.
2. Charcandrick West — RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles was inactive once again on Sunday, and it’s becoming more and more evident he’s not going to have any fantasy value in 2016. Spencer Ware is the guy in KC now, but he exited Sunday’s game with a concussion. West went on to play the second half and received 16 touches for 60 yards. Although it wasn’t the best performance, West is the clear-cut starter if Ware is forced to miss any time.
1. Rob Kelley — RB, Washington Redskins
With Matt Jones sidelined in London on Sunday, Kelley drew the start against the Bengals. The rookie had a pretty solid game, gaining 87 yards on 21 carries, including a trip to the end zone. Kelley will be the starter for as long as Jones is out, but even when he returns, this could be close to a RBBC. Jones hadn’t been very impressive prior to the injury, and also had some issues with fumbles. Kelley has a good chance to win the starting job before season’s end.
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