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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 9

Max Staley
Tyler Ervin fantasy outlook makes him potentially worth a start in Week 9.
Tyler Ervin fantasy outlook makes him potentially worth a start in Week 9. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images
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Week 8 of the NFL season brought fans more of the same, with plenty of high-profile injuries and breakout performances that could shake up the fantasy football landscape. But if you're running out of FAB or sitting low in waiver priority, you may need to find some less-expensive alternatives.

Thankfully, there are plenty of under-the-radar names that should be available on the waiver wire. That's where these three fantasy football sleepers, all rostered in fewer than 15% of Yahoo! leagues, come into play.

3. Matt Breida, RB, Miami Dolphins (19% Rostered)

Matt Breida doesn't technically meet the qualifications for this list, as he's rostered in 19% of Yahoo! leagues. But the news that Myles Gaskin will miss at least the next three games just broke, and there's a good chance your league mates missed that development due to everything else happening on the night of Nov. 3. Likely to serve as Miami's lead back for the next 3-to-4 weeks, Breida could be extremely valuable in the near future, and there's a real shot he's flying under the radar in your league. If you're really desperate, the Gaskin injury could also open up some more opportunity for Jordan Howard, who had been phased out of the offense prior to the Gaskin news.

2. Jordan Reed, TE, San Francisco 49ers (3% Rostered)

Look, you'll probably never feel good about starting Jordan Reed. But he has been undeniably productive when on the field for the San Francisco 49ers. He's only played more than 25% of the team's snaps once this season, and he turned that opportunity into 8 targets for 7 catches and 50 receiving yards with 2 touchdowns. If he can get cleared for Thursday night, he's got a chance to offer real TE1 value. But he'll offer TE1 upside whenever he does get back on the field thanks to the George Kittle injury.

1. Tyler Ervin, RB, Green Bay Packers (1% Rostered)

Unlike the other two names on this list, Tyler Ervin is only realistically going to be fantasy relevant for one week. But with A.J. Dillon and Jamaal Williams already ruled out, and Aaron Jones looking iffy (at best) for Thursday night, that one week could be really valuable. If Jones is also out, Ervin will likely get some significant volume on one of the NFL's best offenses this week. Anyone with the potential for 20-plus touches in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense is going to be on the fantasy radar. Ervin has low-end RB2 potential in Week 9 against the San Francisco 49ers if Jones can't go.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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