It's never too late to turn around your season. And sometimes, even the smallest of fantasy football moves can make the biggest difference.
Here are the top waiver wire pickups for fantasy football heading into Week 9 (pending Monday night's game).
5. Carlos Hyde, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (6% Rostered)
James Robinson went down in Week 8. While we still don't know the severity of the issue, his status for Week 9 appears to be in doubt. That could make Carlos Hyde a compelling short-term pickup. Hyde and the Jags will be facing off with the Buffalo Bills, and Hyde could be decent FLEX option on volume alone. Just know that Hyde's value is completely tied to the health of Robinson, so he may only be fantasy-relevant for a week or two.
4. Taysom Hill, QB, New Orleans Saints (2% Rostered)
With Jameis Winston likely set to miss the rest of the year, Taysom Hill becomes a very compelling fantasy option. From Week 10-13, Taysom Hill was fantasy's QB13 in 2020. His ability as a rusher (52.3 rushing yards & 4 touchdowns during that span) is going to give him a high floor and ceiling most weeks. He's got low-end QB1 potential the rest of the way.
3. Jaret Patterson, RB, Washington Football Team (2% Rostered)
The Antonio Gibson situation has gone from something to monitor to very concerning over the past few weeks. Gibson, who has been dealing with a shin injury, saw a season-low 11 touches in Week 9, playing in just 33% of the team's snaps. That was also his worst such mark of the year, and it's now the second time in the past three weeks he's played less than 40% of the snaps. Jaret Patterson played well in place of Gibson, turning 11 carries into 46 yards. Gibson's value is trending in the wrong direction, and Patterson looks like he'll soak up the rushing volume while J.D. McKissic handles pass-catching duties.
2. Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (19% Rostered)
Everyone thought Miles Sanders' injury would lead to the Kenneth Gainwell breakout, but Philadelphia opted to use a running-back-by-committee approach. Gainwell was one of three Eagles to receive at least 12 carries. Boston Scott feels like the most compelling pickup of the bunch, though. Scott turned 12 rushes into 60 yards and 2 touchdowns. Scott has legit RB2 potential as long as Miles Sanders remains sidelined.
1. Jeremy McNichols, RB, Tennessee Titans (7% Rostered)
But Jeremy McNichols is the top pickup of the week, and it's not particularly close. Derrick Henry looks like he's going to miss the rest of the year, and he'll leave behind an average of 29.9 opportunities (carries plus targets) per game. Obviously, McNichols isn't going to get all of those, but he looks like he'll be getting the lion's share. He's also flashed some serious upside in the receiving game this season, as he turned 12 targets into 8 catches for 74 yards in Week 4. McNichols looks like a rock-solid RB2 who could even sneak into the RB1 conversation if he really grabs hold of this job.
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