Sep 30, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) looks to pass the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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Citak: Top Fantasy Football Waiver Claims Heading Into Week 9

Matt Citak
October 30, 2018 - 1:18 pm
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As the fantasy postseason rapidly approaches, winning each week becomes more and more important. At this point of the season, every game and every point matters. 

Week 9 is one of the biggest bye weeks of the season, with the Bengals, Colts, Giants, Eagles, Cardinals and Jaguars all having the week off. This means that many fantasy owners will be searching for bye week replacements this week. 

Whether you are looking for a bye week replacement, an injury fill-in or an upside bench add, you have come to the right place.

Here are the top waiver wire adds for Week 9 of the NFL season. 

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If you are desperate for a quarterback, you could do worse than Fitzmagic, who was just renamed Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback. Fitzpatrick set the fantasy world ablaze over the first three weeks of the season, scoring at least 25 points each game and finishing with a whopping 42 fantasy points in Week 1. The Bucs still have a plethora of talented pass-catchers, which should help keep the journeyman quarterback relevant for fantasy purposes. Fitzpatrick will look to keep the magic rolling, and could end up being a borderline QB1 in Tampa Bay’s pass-heavy offense. 

RB Doug Martin, Oakland Raiders

After many fantasy owners rushed to add Jalen Richard last week, it was Martin that ended up looking like the more dynamic back in Week 8. The 29-year-old carried the ball 13 times for 72 yards (5.5 yards per carry) while adding two receptions for 17 yards, although he did lose a fumble. Jon Gruden will likely continue to use Martin as the team’s featured runner while Richard serves as Oakland’s pass-catching back (eight receptions for 50 yards in Week 8), which should be able to provide Martin with enough volume to garner some fantasy value moving forward. The Raiders’ offense is far from inspiring, so be careful not to raise your expectations too high for the veteran back. 

RB Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles

In the latest edition of “Which Eagles’ running back should you own?” Adams stepped up in Week 8 as the emerging favorite. Going up against a tough Jaguars defense in London, the rookie back averaged almost seven yards per carry, taking nine attempts for 61 yards. Philadelphia is now on its bye, which means we will not gain more clarity on the team’s backfield situation for at least another week. However if this past Sunday was any indication, Doug Pederson may be preparing for Adams to take over a backfield that has missed having a strong runner since Jay Ajayi was lost for the season.

RB Elijah McGuire, New York Jets

With Bilal Powell out for the remainder of the season, the Jets are searching for someone to help Isaiah Crowell carry the load in New York’s backfield. Trenton Cannon served in that role this past Sunday, but did not impress, totaling just 22 yards on nine touches. Luckily for Todd Bowles and the Jets, McGuire is now eligible to return from the IR, and will likely be activated ahead of this week’s matchup against the Dolphins. McGuire showed flashes of potential last season, and should get his opportunity to earn his fair share of touches for the rest of the season.

WR D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers

Moore was one of the more popular rookie receivers to own prior to the season starting, but a lack of touches early on led to many fantasy owners giving up on the talented receiver. Well, those people are certainly kicking themselves now… Moore went off for 90 yards on five catches against Baltimore’s elite defense, adding an additional 39 yards on the ground on two carries. The rookie out of Maryland led the Panthers in targets, receptions, and scrimmage yards, a potential telling sign of changing times in the Carolina offense. With the Panthers taking on Tampa Bay in Week 9, Moore will be a very popular sleeper pick this week. 

WR DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

It’s been a weird season for Parker. Due to injuries and a seeming disconnect between him and head coach Adam Gase, the fourth-year receiver has only suited up in three games this season, the most recent of which was Miami’s Week 8 loss to the Texans. While disappointed with the outcome, Gase had to be pleased with what he saw from Parker, who reeled in six of nine targets for 134 yards. With Albert Wilson out for the season and Kenny Stills recovering from a groin injury, the opportunities should continue for Parker in the Dolphins’ offense. Any team with at least somewhat competent QB play should have its number one WR owned in all fantasy formats.  

WR David Moore, Seattle Seahawks

What at first seemed like one lucky performance has quickly turned into consistent play from the second-year receiver out of East Central. Moore first popped onto fantasy radars with his two-touchdown outing against the Rams in Week 5, but has followed that up with touchdowns in each of the following two games. Moore racked up 97 yards on four receptions against the Lions in Week 8, and should begin to see more consistent playing time in a Seattle offense desperate for more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.

Sep 30, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore (83) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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WR Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos

Sutton has looked great in somewhat limited action this season. Serving as Denver’s number three receiver, the rookie has caught 17 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos have not kept it a secret that they plan on Sutton eventually taking over as one of the team’s starting receivers. Demaryius Thomas has been one of the biggest names in the rumor mill recently. If John Elway decides to ship the veteran receiver out before Tuesday’s 4PM trade deadline, Sutton would immediately become the biggest pickup on this week’s waiver wire. Even if Thomas stays, Sutton has a good chance at taking his spot in the starting lineup before the season ends. Sutton is one of my favorite adds this week. 

WR Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears

Miller was another rookie receiver garnering a lot of buzz during the preseason, but an early injury forced him off the fantasy map. Now healthy, Miller has been targeted 18 times over the last three games, including seven in each of the last two contests. The rookie receiver has caught two touchdowns over the last three weeks, increasing his total to three on the season. Miller’s role increased with Allen Robinson inactive, which could be the case again in Chicago’s Week 9 matchup against the Bills. If Robinson is forced to sit, Miller would make a great sleeper pick.

TE Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

As we all know, Andrew Luck loves targeting his tight ends. Eric Ebron thrived as the Colts’ number one tight end while Doyle was injured, but now that he is back, Doyle looks like he might be the TE to own in Indy. In his first game back from a hip injury that kept him sidelined since Week 2, Doyle caught six of seven targets for 70 yards and a touchdown, outplaying Ebron (although Ebron also caught a TD) while leading the Colts in receiving yards. Both Doyle and Ebron could prove to be startable for the remainder of the season, but if you have to choose one, Doyle appears to be the safer bet. 

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.