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Fanball FAAB – Week 9 Waiver Wire Advice

by and • October 29, 2019

Words by Rob Willette, Scott Fish, and Paul Charchian. Spending recommendations by Paul Charchian.

QUARTERBACKS

Derek Carr – Raiders – 26% rostered
Derek Carr has been shockingly good, with multiple touchdowns in four of five games, with his only miss coming against the Bears defense. He’s developed chemistry with Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller, both of whom have become every week starters.  Carr will face Detroit this week, making him playable immediately. And his long term outlook is positive. There are no “stoppers” on the Raiders schedule the rest of the year, and his playoff run is manageable: Chiefs, Titans, Jaguars. 
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%

Ryan Tannehill – Titans – 30% rostered
Performing CPR on a previously flatlining offense, Ryan Tannehill has posted back-to-back productive weeks after tossing three scores against the forever-giving Tampa Bay secondary.  While the afternoon was far from efficient with a meager 5.8 YPA, Tannehill delivered in a cozy spot and has unlocked the Titans’ offensive potential. After a relatively tough matchup in Carolina this week, Tannehill’s schedule softens considerably.  For those looking ahead, his playoff schedule starts with Oakland and Houston, two gorgeous matchups. Tannehill is unlikely to provide a major ceiling each week but his floor should be nice and tidy given the schedule outlook as well as Tennessee’s solid weaponry.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 8%

RUNNING BACKS

Jaylen Samuels – Steelers – 18% rostered
With injuries to James Conner and Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels is expected to be the starting running back for the Steelers next week against the Colts, and possibly for several weeks, depending on the status of Conner’s shoulder injury.  You’ll remember that Samuels started three games last year, and in those games looked good. During those starts, he ran for 5.3 yards per carry and averaged four catches for 35 yards. A converted tight end, he’s a gifted pass catcher. After the Colts this Sunday, he’ll face the Rams, Browns, and Bengals. Even after Conner is healthy, Mike Tomlin may be reticent to make him the workhorse considering his propensity to injury. Samuels could be the 1B to Conner’s 1A.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 20%

Tra Carson – Lions – 0% rostered
Owners who went buck wild over Ty Johnson on the waiver wire were likely burning Matt Patricia effigies after it was Tra Carson who got the start, racking up 12 touches to Johnson’s 8, turning them into an Asiata-esque 34 yards.  The overall line was ugly, but you can’t ignore the volume and any back with a prominent role is a must-add at this point in the season. The Lions appear to be letting Matthew Stafford loose – a long overdue unshackling – but the overall effectiveness of the offense should provide value for its backfield, and right now Carson appears to have a small edge in the committee.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

Alexander Mattison – Vikings – 24% rostered
There aren’t many handcuffs that we recommend burning a roster spot upon, but Mattison is one.  Stylistically, he runs just like Dalvin Cook, and when he fills in, it’s hard to tell the difference. He’s averaging 4.9 yards per carry, and if anything happens to Cook (and it usually does, eventually), Mattison vaults into top-10 territory.  Maybe top-five.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 2%

Raheem Mostert – 49ers – 6% rostered
The 49ers have the NFL’s best rushing attack, and with injuries to both Matt Breida (shocking!) and Jeff Wilson, Raheem Mostert could end up getting additional use, at least in the short term.  The Niners have a favorable matchup this week against the Cardinals, and if Breida (especially) can’t go, Mostert is the next man up. In most games, San Francisco’s rushing attack is so good, the second runner gets paid.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

WIDE RECEIVERS

Josh Reynolds – Rams – 0% rostered
Brandin Cooks was knocked out early against the Bengals, entering the concussion protocol for the second time this season.  It continues a troubling history of concussions for Cooks, which could lead to him missing some extended time. Josh Reynolds simply slides into the starting lineup whenever one of the Rams’ big three goes down (last year for Cooper Kupp), and he’s fared well in the role, providing WR3 value and looking the part of legitimate NFL starter.  The Rams have a very focused target tree, making Reynolds perhaps the safest fill-in during Cooks’ absence.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%

DeSean Jackson – Eagles – 60% rostered
A lingering abdominal injury spoiled Desean Jackson’s return to Philadelphia, but he is on track for a return on Sunday after getting in limited practices early this week.  The Eagles face the Bears this week, making Jackson a tricky start, even at full health. And then they go on bye and then face the Patriots, making Jackson more of a long term stash. Few free agents have league-winning upside Jackson possesses, so he may be worth burning a roster spot until he’s a safe play beginning in Week 11.  His playoff run is juicy, with games against the Giants, Redskins, and Cowboys.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

Danny Amendola – Lions – 10% rostered
Forever on fantasy team’s roster bubbles, Danny Amendola has worked his way back onto the right side of the equation after totaling exactly 200 yards receiving over the Lions’ last two contests.  Most important are the looks Amendola is getting: he’s earned 19 targets, as the Lions take to the air due to backfield injuries and a slumping defense. Nothing about slotting Amendola into your lineup will tickle your loins, but he’s the type of scotch tape lineup piece who can keep a team afloat during bye weeks.  He’s startable this week against the Raiders.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

TIGHT ENDS

Darren Fells – Texans – 19% rostered
It is uncanny.  Fells is the type of player whose track record and opportunity seem so spotty you seldom give them a second glance on the wire, but here we are, with Fells again putting together a top performance at tight end and separating himself from his brother Daniel, who previously were believed to be the same person.  Fells has undeniably scored at an unsustainable rate, but players who get involved within a Deshaun Watson offense are worthy of being noticed, and Fells has worked his way onto the streaming radar.
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

Dallas Goedert – Eagles – 22% rostered
Over the past five weeks, Dallas Goedert has pulled nearly even with Zach Ertz in playing time.  Ertz owners are horrified by the development, but I’ll note that Ertz isn’t losing any snaps to Goedert, they’re both on the field.  The return of DeSean Jackson cloudies the waters for Goedert, and I worry that his snap count will diminish. Still, over the past five weeks, Goedert is a top-10 fantasy tight end and has outscored Ertz. Because he splits catches, Goedert will never be a volume play, but for those looking for touchdowns, he’s a viable target. 
Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%