The glorious Houston Texans are on a bye this week, as are Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, New England and Washington. Andre Johnson and Arian Foster have both retired, ending the reign of two of the greatest talents to ever wear a Texans jersey. Injuries abound, and several big names are out of commission for the Week Nine matchups. Let’s dive into the waiver wire to find plugins for bye week absentees and injured players.
Charcandrick West (RB - KC): With Spencer Ware potentially out due to concussion and Jamal Charles just declared out for eight weeks with his nagging knee injury, West could step in to a hefty workload for Week Nine (and potentially down the stretch). If he gets the start, West will be facing off with the mediocre Jaguars’ run defense and would be an excellent streaming option.
(ESPN: 7.5% owned, 10% owned)
Tim Hightower (RB - NO): It seems that Saints’ RB Mark Ingram has fumbled the ball one too many times, earning himself a spot on the bench last week. Hightower stepped in and racked up 102 yards in his stead. This week, it is unclear if Hightower will get the start or some sort of time share with Ingram, but he has upside if he gets a decent number of carries.
(ESPN: 2% owned, Yahoo: 7% owned)
Tyreek Hill (WR - KC): The rookie receiver had an explosive performance last week, with five receptions for 98 yards and a TD. Hill has quietly been emerging as a larger part of the Kansas City offense and could be in line for an increasing number of targets down the stretch.
(ESPN: 1.5% owned, Yahoo: 3% owned)
Corey Coleman (WR - CLE): The rookie wideout is slotted to return from injury soon, and with QB Josh McCown back from injury as well, he should be a solid fantasy option in the near future. Coleman had 173 yards and two TDs in two games prior to his injury.
(ESPN: 31.5% owned, Yahoo: 42% owned)
Kenny Britt (WR - LA): Britt returns from a bye week to face the Carolina defense, who have struggled against the pass this season. Britt should have another solid performance this week as one of the top targets in Los Angeles.
(ESPN: 39.7% owned, Yahoo: 39% owned)
C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE - HOU): Fiedorowicz has had a surprisingly impressive season this year, emerging as a top target for struggling QB Brock Osweiler (who, for whatever reason, is just decimating DeAndre Hopkins’ fantasy value). The TE has a TD in three of his last five games and at least four receptions in each of those matchups. Fiedorowicz has a bye this week, but could be a great asset at a thin position down the stretch.
(ESPN: 13% owned, Yahoo: 14% owned)
What are your thoughts, fantasy owners? Is there anyone else you’re targeting on the waiver wire this week? You can use the comments section to discuss anything and everything fantasy football, ask questions and make predictions.