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Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
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We're at the half-way point in the 2019 fantasy football season, with eight weeks down and eight to go. That doesn't mean things have become much more predictable than they were early in the year, with trades, injuries and depth chart changes causing huge shifts in fantasy value every week.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 9

With that in mind, these 10 players are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues and are worth targeting on the waiver wire heading into Week 9.

1. Mark Walton, RB, Miami Dolphins (28% Owned)

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Mark Walton's fantasy outlook is set to explode with Kenyan Drake traded to the Arizona Cardinals, and he's the week's top waiver add. Walton has already racked up 20 carries and seven targets in the last two weeks, playing 46 percent of the Miami Dolphins' offensive snaps. That workload should increase significantly with Drake gone, and even with the Dolphins struggling to score points, that gives Walton a ton of value.

2. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers (41% Owned)

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It's probably a good thing for Cam Newton's fantasy value that he didn't return following the Carolina Panthers' bye, as Week 8 brought a brutal matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Kyle Allen threw three interceptions and no touchdowns in that one, which should help eliminate any discussion that he'll keep the starting role when Newton is ready to play. A healthy Newton was one of only eight QBs to average at least 20 fantasy points per game last season, and he still has the upside to be a potential every-week fantasy starter at the position.

3. Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (28% Owned)

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Alex Erickson is getting some hype after a couple big games, but Auden Tate led the Cincinnati Bengals with 13 targets in Week 8. That's his third game with double-digit targets, and he hasn't seen fewer than six since moving into the starting lineup in Week 3, averaging 8.7 per game. He has a couple favorable matchups in the next two weeks as well, with the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens both allowing top-12 fantasy production to opposing wideouts in 2019.

4. Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos (13% Owned)

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The Denver Broncos played their first game since trading Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday, and Noah Fant stepped up with team-highs in both targets (eight) and receptions (five). The tight end position is really thin in fantasy football this year, and the rookie serving as one of the top receiving weapons in the Broncos' offense makes him a must-add if you need a starter at the position, especially in PPR leagues where the lack of TD upside in Denver isn't as much of a concern.

5. Josh Reynolds, WR, Los Angeles Rams (0% Owned)

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Brandin Cooks suffered a concussion on Sunday, and Josh Reynolds stepped up as the Los Angeles Rams' No. 3 WR, turning eight targets into 73 yards and a touchdown. He's not likely to keep seeing that many targets, but bringing his big-play ability into the field-stretching WR role that Cooks usually plays gives Reynolds a strong ceiling on a weekly basis, giving him nice boom-or-bust upside until Cooks returns.

6. Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (24% Owned)

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Still an unheralded part of the Buffalo Bills' offensive success this year, Cole Beasley is tied with John Brown for a team high 53 targets. He has double-digit PPR fantasy points in five of the last six games, seeing at least six targets in four of the six and averaging 11.3 points on 7.6 targets per game for the year. His schedule is very soft for the next few weeks, taking on three straight opponents who allow above-average fantasy scoring to wideouts.

7. Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (23% Owned)

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Sam Darnold may be seeing ghosts, but even the most haunted passer could generate some terrific production with the schedule he's set to face over the next six weeks. He gets the Miami Dolphins twice, the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals. That's four games against teams allowing top-five fantasy production to QBs, while the other two are against teams allowing the ninth and 16th most. Darnold showed some upside in his first game back from illness, when he dropped 19.6 fantasy points on the Dallas Cowboys, and this schedule is going to make him a solid streaming option every week until the fantasy playoffs.

8. Darren Fells, TE, Houston Texans (18% Owned)

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Another option at the thin TE position, Darren Fells is averaging 12.6 PPR points per game over his last six, and he's coming off his highest score of the season, catching six passes for 58 yards and two TDs in Week 8. The Houston Texans offense has some extra targets to go around with Will Fuller sidelined by a hamstring injury, and Fells was second on the team in targets against Oakland.

9. Darrell Henderson Jr., RB, Los Angeles Rams (27% Owned)

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Darrell Henderson's workload was skewed some in a blowout, but he saw 11 carries for the second straight game on Sunday, notching 14 opportunities to Todd Gurley's 11. He's still just a handcuff, but Henderson's workload over the last two weeks (22 carries and four targets) is a sign he could be ahead of Malcolm Brown on the depth chart even when Brown returns, making Henderson the top handcuff behind Gurley and his ever-present health concerns.

10. Hunter Renfrow, WR, Oakland Raiders (1% Owned)

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Hunter Renfrow is quietly tied with Tyrell Williams for the second most targets (30) in the Oakland Raiders' offense this year. His 65-yard touchdown in Week 8 obviously caught some eyes, but another thing that stands out is that he played 64 percent of the Raiders' offensive snaps, which is his highest mark since Week 2. His Week 9 matchup comes against a Detroit Lions team that ranks 21st in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings.

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