It’s Week 9 and we are in the heart of Bye Week Hell. There are a few things to consider when making your waiver claims this week:

  • Matchups Matter. You may not need this guy for the rest of the season, one week with a good matchup is all it takes.
  • Look to the future. You may be able to steal someone (a good kicker, QB, TE, Defense are the most likely candidates) that is on Bye this week but has some good matchups the rest of the year. There could be little competition for these players and they could help you win in later weeks.
  • Time to ‘cuff. It may be time to start locking up your handcuffs as we prepare for the playoffs (James Conner [PIT], Jacquizz Rodgers [TB], Chris Ivory [JAC] to name a few). You would hate to make it this far to have your stud RB go down and be left with a gaping hole at crunch time
  • Do nothing? That’s right. At times like this, some owners may have a roster with 4-5 players on Bye. That means they will need to make some tough decisions. Don’t like anyone available on the waivers? No worries, check back tomorrow and scoop up some of the players others may have dropped.

Note: All waiver wire suggestions included in this article are owned in 40% or less of leagues. If you are looking for a guy who you think should be, but is not suggested below, it is probably because he does not meet this requirement - by all means, claim that man, or DM us and ask us if you should.




At first blush, this doesn’t sound like a good matchup. But the Houston defense isn’t the dominating defense it has historically been. They are middle of the pack in passing yards (238/game) and tied for second most in passing TDs (14). Tack on the fact IND is going to be playing catch up all game, and Jacoby should have plenty of opportunities to put points on the board.

jared goff / lar – @ nyg

jay cutler or matt moore/ mia - VS. oak

I’ll categorize these two together – they both have decent matchups and like I said above, it’s “Bye Week Hell.”



alex collins / bal

I’ve been on the Collins bandwagon since Week 3 – a bit too early, I must admit. But this guy is explosive and the best option in a what used to be RBBC. He had some fumble-itis that limited his snaps earlier in the season, but I think he found the cure (or at least something strong enough to cover the symptom). Harbaugh said he deserves and will see more touches. I wouldn’t be afraid to use a #1 claim or a good chunk of your remaining FAAB to pick him up.

alfred morris & darren mcfadden / dal

We all heard the news by now – Zeke is out for the next 6 games. Morris will be the main target here, expect someone to go all-in in claiming him. McFadden should also be owned as he will likely be the passing-down back. This smells of an RBBC with two players not nearly as talented as Zeke. But either one has the potential to be a season-winner.

kenyan drake / mia

He’s not as talented as Ajayi, and Ajayi couldn’t make it work with that atrocious offensive line. Drake will have first crack at owning the job and will need to rely on his athleticism to make plays himself – there won’t be many holes to run through. He needs to be owned, but I don’t expect more than a low-end RB2 at best the rest of the year.

Other RBs to target: Damien Williams / MIA ; Rod Smith / Dal; Matt Breida / SF


wide receivers

paul richardson / sea

Richardson had a nice game against Houston last week, but this offense is just too unpredictable. I like Wilson the rest of the year, which means someone on that offense will need to have a good game every week – but no telling who it will be. I don’t think he floor is a goose egg, but it is low. He has a nice ceiling – could just be a matter of getting lucky on any given week.

corey davis / ten

He looked good in his first game as a pro, but got hurt in his second. He’s had plenty of time to recover from the hammy – and injury I hate seeing in my WRs. But, by all accounts the Titans were very careful with their first-round WR. The Titans’ WR corps has been lack-luster with no clear number 1. It may be time for Davis to step in and pick up where he left off.  

travis benjamin / wr

He’s coming off a nice game against a poopy defense. But the speedster should be a nice boom-or-bust Bye Week fill in. I wouldn’t commit any more than $1 FAAB here.

Other WRs to Target: Marqise Lee / JAC; Jamison Crowder / WAS ; Josh Doctson / WAS



jack doyle / ind

Action Jack Doyle has been playing well the last couple weeks, and seems to be building a rapport with his new QB. He’s been getting plenty of targets as defenses focus on keeping the ball out of TY Hilton’s hands. 

Greg olsen / car

Third Leg Greg (google it) is allowed to return to practice this week. If he’s available and you have the space, SIGN HIM! One of the most consistent TEs in the last 5 years, in a very inconsistent position. Plus Kelvin Benjamin was just traded away, meaning more targets for Olsen.

Other TEs to Target: Adam Shaheen / CHI; Benjamin Watson / Bal; Austin Hooper/ ATL

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