Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 9
By Max Staley
Even if you've gotten off to a slow start, sometimes you're just a move or two away from turning your season around. And even the smallest of moves can reap the biggest rewards.
If you need to make some more moves on the margins, here are three of the best fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 9.
Waiver Wire Sleepers Week 9
Note: Only players rostered in fewer than 20% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues are in consideration for this list.
3. Derrick Gore, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (2% Rostered)
Derrick Gore played more than five snaps for the first time in his career on Monday Night Football. He delivered by turning 11 carries into 48 yards and a TD. While Clyde Edwards-Helaire remains out, we could be looking at a situation where Gore handles the rushing work, and Darrel Williams works as the team's pass-catching back. For all of the hate the Kansas City Chiefs have gotten, this is still a top-10 scoring offense and a top-four offense in yards per game. It's still a situation fantasy managers want to target. Gore could have some legit FLEX value while CEH remains sidelined.
2. Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams (13% Rostered)
DeSean Jackson is reportedly seeking a trade, and Van Jefferson appears to be filling his role. Jefferson has a higher average depth of target (aDOT) than both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, and he played 56 snaps on Sunday compared to 58 for both Woods and Kupp. That's a notable shift, as it was Jackson's first time not playing a snap this season. Jefferson should be a boom-or-bust WR4 the rest of the way, but he's only a Woods or Kupp injury aware from entering the WR2/3 conversation.
1. Dan Arnold, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (5% Rostered)
Dan Arnold had a breakout game in Week 8. He turned 10 targets into 8 receptions for 68 yards. The big-time usage is especially telling because the Jaguars were coming off a bye, which suggests Jacksonville made a concerted effort to get their tight end the rock. Arnold has been with Jacksonville since Week 5, and he's seen 8-plus targets and 60-plus receiving yards in two of four games. Things are trending in the right direction for Arnold and he could be a low-end TE1 the rest of the way.
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