Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season is in the bag, and with it comes another week to reflect on all this past weekend’s action so we can collect ourselves and prepare for what lies ahead. Each new game opens up some new possibilities as we scour the waiver wire looking for new players to help our fantasy team. To help strengthen your fantasy roster, we’ll take a look at some low-rostered players who could make a nice addition to your squad. Here are this week’s waiver wire suggestions.
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (41% owned)
The Panthers quarterback has been a reliable fantasy option this season. He’s had four top 13 QB finishes over the past six weeks, including being the number six scoring quarterback this weekend against the Chiefs. This was thanks to over 310 yards passing and three total touchdowns (one was rushing). With Christian McCaffrey back in the lineup, the Panthers offense offers up some potency as they’ve scored 30+ points in two of the three games he’s played this year. While Week 10 is a tough matchup against the Bucs, Bridgewater then draws the Lions and Vikings, so he should continue to be a viable start down the stretch.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (31% owned)
Cousins is no stranger to making these lists as he’s a guy that should be added and dropped regularly if you’re a quarterback streamer. He is coming off a three-touchdown performance against the Lions as his erratic fantasy season continues. He’ll face a tough Bears defense this week, so you can hold off on picking him up if you want, but keep in mind that he’ll face the Cowboys in Week 11. If you need quarterback help that week, Cousins could be a solid play.
J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (24% owned)
Washington’s receiving back J.D. McKissic isn’t the high upside guy that people covet for their fantasy lineup, but his floor actually provides some nice flex appeal. His nine-catch, 65-yard performance was enough to take down a number five finish for fantasy RBs this past week. While McKissic is a so-so play, expect to see his stock rise with Alex Smith taking over for the injured Kyle Allen. The veteran quarterback loves to check it down, and McKissic was a big benefactor with 14 targets on Sunday. If this continues, Washington’s pass catching back might just flex his flex appeal.
Kalen Ballage, Los Angeles Chargers (1% owned)
The Chargers rushing attack continues to bring about an assortment of options as injuries won’t allow them to have a clear-cut producer out of the back field. This weekend, it was Ballage who grabbed the reins and came away with 69 yards on 15 carries and another 15 yards receiving. He also found the end zone, which gave him a respectable 15.4 fantasy points for the week in half-PPR scoring. It was good enough for him to finish as the RB no. 4 for the week in an otherwise underwhelming week for running backs. The team demoted him to the practice squad; however, with the extent of Justin Jackson’s injury unknown, Ballage could get the nod again this week against his former team, the Miami Dolphins, who allow the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs.
Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers (30% owned)
It’s hard to be sold on the third WR option on the Panthers, but Samuel is sure making a strong case to play him. Despite having D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson leading the charge, Samuel has had three straight quality starts where he’s finished with at least 14 fantasy points, including a 22.3 performance this weekend, finishing as the seventh best fantasy wide receiver. Granted, he’s found the end zone four times over these three games, and that helps, but his consistency over the last few weeks has got our attention.
Richie James, San Francisco 49ers (2% owned)
While this likely falls into the category of “one-week wonders” it’s important to point out a few things about this out-of-nowhere performance by 49ers receiver Richie James. His nine-catch, 184-yard performance helped him take down the number one wide receiver finish this past week. While a lot of this came in garbage time against a banged up Packers secondary, it’s worth noting that Nick Mullins loved looking his way as he had 13 targets. Whenever there’s a quarterback change, it can shake up the target distribution, but if this ends up meaning something, James could have value going forward. If you have roster space, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stash him to wait it out to see where this goes.
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns (40% owned)
Before missing the last two games with an abdomen injury, Hooper was starting to slowly get back to fantasy relevance as he put together three straight weeks with at least seven fantasy points. While it’s nothing to jump out of your chair about, if he continues to see those targets, he is worth starting. The absence of Odell Beckham Jr. also opens up additional targets in the Browns passing game, so it will be interesting to see how this affects Hooper going forward.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (22% owned)
A lot of owners are frustrated when it comes to Cowboys fantasy players after the loss of Dak Prescott continues to hurt their offense, so why should we considering adding one? Well, that could change if there is a changing of the guard at quarterback. On Sunday, fourth-stringer Garrett Gilbert looked Dalton’s way seven times. It wasn’t big, but the two showed a good connection. It’s unclear how the Cowboys will proceed with their QB situation going forward with Andy Dalton expected to return, but if Gilbert gets the nod, Dalton’s involvement is something worth monitoring.
Philadelphia Eagles (47% owned)
It’s a good idea to just follow the NFC East around and look for good matchups as offense is hard to come by in that division. Prior to their bye this past weekend, the Eagles finished as the number two fantasy defense in Week 8 when they went up against the Cowboys offense. The week before that, they finished sixth when they played the Giants. This week, they’ll play the Giants again and the opportunity to get sacks and turnovers should be there as the Giants offense is one of the worst teams in the league at protecting the ball.