It's important to stay on top of the best waiver wire pickups in fantasy football every week. But sometimes you're stuck with a low waiver priority and miss out on the top options. Or maybe you find yourself in a deeper league with sharp players, which can leave the options on the waiver wire a lot less appealing than we tend see in standard leagues.
That's where these top fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 9, owned in less than 30 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football Leagues, come into play.
1. Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (21% Owned)
Jaylen Samuels is expected to return from his knee surgery in Week 9, and he could be stepping into a lead back role with James Conner nursing a shoulder injury. He's not returning to a great matchup, taking on the Indianapolis Colts, but it's hard not to like getting a potential lead back off the waiver wire at this stage of the season. Samuels' ability to contribute both on the ground and through the air, with 44 targets to 74 carries in his young career, he's especially valuable in PPR formats.
2. Benny Snell Jr., RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (8% Owned)
If you miss out on Samuels or he's already owned in your league, Benny Snell isn't a bad consolation prize. We've seen that the Steelers are willing to get the ball into his hands, as he had 17 carries in Week 6 and still notched five spelling James Conner on Monday night. Even if Samuels is full-go, Conner missing extended time could make Snell more than just a handcuff, as he could see some early-down and goal-line work as a complement to Samuels.
3. A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (24% Owned)
Ryan Tannehill has opened his Tennessee Titans career with a couple of great starts. This has elevated the entire passing game, and A.J. Brown has notched 12.4 and 9.1 PPR points in those two games. Especially encouraging is that the team is clearly trying to get him on the field more, playing him on greater than 60 percent of the snaps in three of the last four games, after not hitting even 50 percent in any of the first four. We've seen flashes of upside even in limited work from Brown (100 yards in Week 1, 94 yards and two TDs in Week 4), and the evolution of his role in an improving offense gives him a great fantasy ceiling down the stretch.
4. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (27% Owned)
DeVante Parker has established himself as a favorite target of Ryan Fitzpatrick this season. He has averaged 8.0 per game in Fitzmagic's starts, and in the last two games he has notched 16.5 and 11.9 fantasy points. The Miami Dolphins' offense doesn't give anyone much upside, but as the top receiving option Parker stands to continue seeing enough volume to generate fantasy value.
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