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Fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 9

Here are your weekly waiver wire suggestions...

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The 2020 fantasy season has completed eight weeks now. If you start your playoff schedule in Week 14, that means there are only five more regular season weeks left. With each upcoming game being more and more important, it’s critical to keep our rosters as strong as possible. To help you find some new adds, here are this week’s waiver wire suggestions.

QUARTERBACK

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (10% owned)

The Broncos quarterback has thrown the ball 40+ times in two straight games and had a nice three-touchdown performance in a come from behind win over the Chargers on Sunday. While he hasn’t shown enough to trust on a regular basis, he does draw the Atlanta Falcons next week, who just so happen to surrender the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants (26% owned)

The Giants second-year quarterback isn’t throwing for many yards, but his built-in rushing yards gives him a little boost in numbers. Jones hasn’t lived up to people’s expectations, and the Giants offense is bad, so it’s a hard sell to convince people to pick him up. It might be better to just keep an eye on him, because if he improves some, he could be of value later. He’s got some really favorable matchups later in the season.

RUNNING BACK

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (30% owned)

Rostering Edwards goes against everything the we know about fantasy football. Crowded backfield, no receiving value whatsoever, and he has a mobile quarterback to steal goal line touches. So, why would we be interested in adding Gus Bus to our fantasy teams? Well, despite not having much of a ceiling, Edwards is now clearly the Ravens featured back. He’s had two straight games with 14 carries. And the Ravens have a good offense, which is why he’s also has two straight games with a touchdown. It’s not sexy, and will likely still have his flop weeks, but he’s getting enough work now to play if you’re in a pinch at the running back position.

Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts (2% owned)

Jonathan Taylor owners were not pleased to watch 20 rushing attempts go right into the arms of Wilkins. And when you add in his 24-yard reception and his octopus (touchdown/two-point conversion combo), Wilkins 19.8 points helped him finish as the fourth-best fantasy running back for the week. This may very well just be an anomaly, and the fact that Taylor and the receiving back Nyheim Hines (who had 19.7 points himself on Sunday) are in the mix certainly brings about caution. But if the Colts rushing attack should continue to include this much volume for Wilkins, he becomes fantasy relevant. There’s upside, but add with caution.

WIDE RECEIVER

Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles (24% owned)

The Eagles first-round rookie receiver missed five games, but he was back on the field on Sunday night against the Cowboys. He saw six targets, and only had three catches for 16 yards, but one of those catches was for a touchdown, giving him 11.7 points on the night. He would’ve had another touchdown catch had it not been for a nice last second punch out by the defender. With the Eagles receiving group always in disarray, look for a healthy Reagor to work himself into the offense.

Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions (11% owned)

With a two-touchdown performance on Sunday, Jones is likely to garner a little attention on the waiver wire this week. He’s been essentially irrelevant this season as he’s finished outside the top 30 wide receivers for his first six games of the year. Jones now has two straight double-digit performances, and he got some looks after Kenny Golladay exited the game with an injury. If the Lions star receiver misses additional time, Jones could have some fantasy value in upcoming weeks.

TIGHT END

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers (45% owned)

The Steelers offense provides a lot of good eats, so owning some of that can help your fantasy score. The only problem is, the love is spread all around that it’s really hard to find someone reliable enough to start every week. Ebron has had two straight solid weeks, finding the end zone on Sunday. He won’t demand enough work to offer any upside, but he might be able to come through with some spot starts.

Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers (3% owned)

With the news that star tight end George Kittle is out for the next eight weeks, there could be an opportunity for the backup to land some targets. Currently, the guy in line for those targets is Ross Dwelley, who had a modest 8.1 fantasy points thanks to catching a touchdown pass. However, the smarter move might be to roster the veteran Reed. He was recently activated from IR, but it’s still not clear when he will officially come back. He did put up a 20 point game in Week 2 filling in for Kittle earlier in the year, so while there is risk with Reed, he offers greater upside.

DEFENSE

Washington Football Team (17% owned)

Believe it or not, but the Washington Football Team might just be the best team in the NFC East. I know, that’s not saying all that much, but thanks to a good defense, they are right in the thick of things. Washington has actually finished as the no. 2 fantasy defense in two separate weeks this season, and both came against division foes - Dallas and Philadelphia. With more NFC East games on their schedule, this defense will have more opportunities to help owners this year.