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With Week 9 of the NFL season nearly in the books, it’s time for another important waiver cycle in the world of fantasy football.
Week 9 wasn’t a huge one for injuries, but we may see a few notable players miss time for other reasons. Two marquee wide receivers, A.J. Green and Mike Evans, had to be physically restrained from on-field altercations, while running back Carlos Hyde was ejected from his game in the afternoon wave. Suspensions could be on the way for any or all of them, so affected fantasy managers should act accordingly.
Most leagues are nearing the home stretch of the regular season, but there’s still much to do before playoff time. Below, read up on 10 players you should consider adding to your roster.
Robert Woods, WR
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Team: Los Angeles Rams
Week 9 stats: 70 receiving yards, 4 receptions, 2 touchdowns
One thing to know: Woods had a big game against the Giants’ beleaguered secondary, catching a pair of touchdowns in a 51-17 beatdown. While some regression is inevitable, his Week 10 opponents, the Texans, haven’t been particularly hard on No. 2 receivers this year. Quarterback Jared Goff looked sharper than ever coming off a bye, completing over 63% of his passes.
Corey Clement, RB
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Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 9 stats: 51 rushing yards, 15 receiving yards, 1 reception, 3 touchdowns
One thing to know: This Wisconsin product wasn’t used too much on Sunday, but he still delivered elite production thanks to a pair of goal-line touchdowns. Philadelphia’s backfield got even more crowded with the addition of Jay Ajayi last week, but Clement may be the best receiver of the group. He’s worth stashing for when the Eagles return in Week 11.
Matt Forte, RB
Team: New York Jets
Week 9 stats: 77 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards, 4 receptions, 2 touchdowns
One thing to know: Forte was a big reason for the Jets’ season-best offensive performance last Thursday, posting his highest rushing total of the year while pulling in all four of his targets. He’s been a solid PPR flex for four consecutive weeks now, so his 42% own rate (in Yahoo leagues) seems incredibly low. This week’s matchup against Tampa Bay should be a productive one, but the Jets’ schedule gets a lot tougher after their Week 11 bye.
Marqise Lee, WR
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Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 9 stats: 75 receiving yards, 8 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: Lee has turned in several solid performances this year, but Sunday’s game against the Bengals was his first with a touchdown. The USC product caught 8 out of 12 targets, so his workload is a major calling card, even with the potential return of Dede Westbrook this week. With the Chargers, Browns, and Cardinals on tap, his upcoming schedule is favorable.
Corey Davis, WR
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Team: Tennessee Titans
Week 9 stats: 28 yards, 2 receptions
One thing to know: Davis didn’t do anything special in his first game back from a hamstring injury, but that’s understandable. The more important thing was that the Western Michigan product was on the field for over three-quarters of his team’s snaps, a career high. The Titans wouldn’t have taken him with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft if he didn’t have game-changing potential.
Tyler Kroft, TE
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Week 9 stats: 79 receiving yards, 2 receptions
One thing to know: Kroft is no Tyler Eifert, but he does have a clear role in the Bengals offense. He’s gotten four or more targets in four of his last five games, and while he only caught two passes on Sunday, he did so with a 100% catch rate.
Jay Cutler, QB
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Team: Miami Dolphins
Week 9 stats: 311 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
One thing to know: Less than a week after the Dolphins traded running back Jay Ajayi, Cutler had his best game of the season, completing over 80% of his passes for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns. While advanced stats take a negative view of the 34-year-old veteran, he has real fantasy value when he gets a big enough workload. Keep him on your radar, especially if your quarterback has a bye coming up.
Danny Woodhead, RB
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Team: Baltimore Ravens
Week 9 stats: N/A
One thing to know: Woodhead grabbed three catches for 33 yards before going down with a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Week 1. Staying on the field has never been his strong suit, but with a few lucky breaks, he has the potential to be a key contributor down the stretch of this season. He could return as early as Week 11 and is expected to leapfrog Buck Allen on the Ravens depth chart.
Kai Forbath, K
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Team: Minnesota Vikings
Week 8 stats: 4/4 field goals, 1/2 PATs
One thing to know: Forbath has made 15 consecutive field goals, a streak that dates back to the Vikings’ 20-17 win over the Bears in Week 5. Still, with Minnesota on bye this week, the UCLA product was owned by just 16% of Yahoo managers, making him a clear waiver-wire target for Week 10. He’ll return against the Redskins, who have allowed the second-most field goal attempts in the league this season.
Chicago Bears, DEF
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Week 8 stats: 20 points against, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries
One thing to know: The Bears may not have a great on paper, but they’ve actually scored 52 fantasy points over their last three games, putting them among the most prolific units in the league. Their Week 10 matchup against Brett Hundley and the Packers looks like a golden opportunity to pad that total with some interceptions.