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Best Week 9 waiver wire pickups in fantasy football

Navigating the waiver wire is incredibly important to fantasy football success. Each week, Jets X-Factor dives into the waiver wire for the must-adds to your fantasy football team.

We’ve been hitting on all cylinders this season, especially when it comes to the production of our New York Jets players. Let’s dive into the best options on the market for Week 9.

All roster percentages are from Yahoo Sports.

Quarterback

Taysom Hill (3% Rostered)

Jameis Winston tore his ACL in Week 8, and although Hill has missed the last few games with a concussion, he will be the starting quarterback going forward. I don’t see Hill as anything more than a gadget QB, but his rushing floor alone makes him a valuable fantasy asset.

Mike White (2% Rostered)

The Jets’ folk hero makes the list after his incredible performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8. With a 405-yard performance, Mike White became the first Jets quarterback since Vinny Testaverde to throw for 400 yards in a game – a feat spanning over 20 years.

This week, White gets the Indianapolis Colts, who have been Jekyll and Hyde in their performances. Indy gives up the 10th-most points to quarterbacks in fantasy football. Pick up White and roll with him in Indy on Thursday.

Running Back

Adrian Peterson (6% Rostered) / Jeremy McNichols (9% Rostered)

Derrick Henry was injured in Week 8 and may miss the rest of the season. The Titans have signed Adrian Peterson and also have Jeremy McNichols who’s primed to take on a role as well. Both are worth an add depending on the league and availability.

Personally, I’d lean towards McNichols. It’s hard to trust Peterson at age 36, regardless of talent.

Jeff Wilson Jr (17% Rostered)

Jeff Wilson is designated to practice after dealing with an injury that landed him on the PUP list to start the season. The 49ers have relied mostly on Elijah Mitchell this season after a multitude of injuries, but it’s possible Wilson sees some run this year given his familiarity with the system.

If your league has an IR, Wilson is worth a stash spot just on potential usage alone.

Wide Receiver

DeVante Parker (35% Rostered)

DeVante Parker has missed the last couple of games due to an injury, but picked up right where he left off to start the season with eight catches for 85 yards in Week 8.

Parker has been the WR1 on a depleted Dolphins offense – seeing at least seven targets in every game he’s played in this season. He should be a reliable Flex option until/if Will Fuller returns and muddies the waters.

Tajae Sharpe (0% Rostered)

With Calvin Ridley taking an indefinite leave from football, Tajae Sharpe should be the next man up in Atlanta. He’s the Falcons’ biggest framed receiver at 6-foot-2 and took on the extended role in Ridley’s previous two absences (including one game against the Jets).

Sharpe didn’t disappoint in those outings, leading the WR group in catches both instances. He may be the most reliable WR on that team for the rest of the season, and a potentially consistent Flex option.

Rashod Bateman (31% Rostered)

After missing the beginning of the season, Bateman came in and saw six targets in each of his first two games, catching seven passes for 109 yards.

Coming out of the bye, Bateman will be more acclimated to the Ravens offense that is seeing a better usage of its passing attack with multiple injuries to their RB group. The Ravens have a dream schedule for WRs coming up, and Bateman is worth the stash now – potentially being a great option down the road.

Tight End

Dan Arnold (5% Rostered)

Since being traded to the Jaguars, Dan Arnold has seen much more usage than he did in Carolina. In Week 8, he saw 10 targets and caught eight passes for 68 yards.

Arnold has led the Jags in receiving twice in his short time with the team. He seems to be a player rookie QB Trevor Lawrence trusts. Arnold’s a great bye-week option at the position; and even worth a hold in deeper leagues.

Tyler Conklin (25% Rostered)

After the Vikings traded for Jets’ TE Chris Herndon, it didn’t seem like Conklin would have much usage in fantasy football. Yet, in the last four games he’s averaging nearly six targets per game.

The Vikings have back-to-back games against the Ravens and Chargers – who are 1st and 2nd in points given up to the tight end position, respectively. In a pair of games that could be potential shootouts, Conklin is a great bye-week filler.

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Thomas Christopher is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, big fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar@yahoo.com

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