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Week 9 Waiver Wire Targets

Week 9 is here and there are some new names and new injuries to keep an eye on. Here’s a look at some good waiver wire prospects going into Week 9.

Jonas Gray (RB, New England Patriots)

It’s hard to tell if something is the norm or a fad in the Patriots’ offense, but Week 8 certainly showed that Jonas Gray could emerge as the primary back in New England. He had the majority of the carries while teammate Shane Vereen was limited to his typical joker role. 17 carries for 86 yards is nothing to shake a stick at. Gray is available in 99% of ESPN leagues. He is worth an addition.

Denard Robinson (RB, Jacksonville Jaguars)

Robinson seems to be the real deal after another nice week in Week 8. Over the last two weeks he’s piled up 40 carries for 235 yards and a touchdown. That’s better production than the Jags were seeing out of starter Toby Gerhart before he was injured. With performances like these Robinson could be working to edge out Gerhart when he returns. He’s a repeat to the list, but he’s still available in 85% of ESPN leagues. Go get him.

Charles Sims (RB, Tampa Bay Bucs)

Sims will be returning from IR and should be able to make an impact for the Bucs. Doug Martin’s starting role isn’t exactly secure and Sims is a much better option in the passing game. He could be a decent option if you need help in deeper leagues.

Josh Gordon (WR, Cleveland Browns)

Gordon’s 2014 return is imminent. Owners in many leagues have tried to stash Gordon away awaiting his comeback, but he’s still available in the vast majority of leagues. He is a monster playmaker and should make an immediate impact once he gets on the field. Now is probably a good time to pick him up.

Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR, New York Giants)

Beckham is seeing more targets and will need to continue to evolve in the Giants’ offense with teammate Victor Cruz lost for the season. In the last two games he’s 6 receptions for 62 yards. The major bright spot is that in Week 8 he had 2 touchdowns. He should continue to grow into a larger piece of the offense, and is worth picking up in most leagues. Beckham is still available in 77% of ESPN leagues.

Allen Robinson (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars)

Robinson is emerging as a solid receiver option for Jacksonville. Over the last two weeks he’s piled up 9 receptions for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. The downside is that the offense will be inconsistent depending on how much rookie QB Blake Bortles struggles, but Robinson seems to be getting the majority of targets at this point.

Donte Moncrief (WR, Indianapolis Colts)

Moncrief came out with a very nice stat line in Week 8 as he saw more involvement with the offense since Reggie Wayne was out. He caught 7 of 12 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown in Week 8. Moncrief is technical the Colts’ #4 receiver behind Wayne, Hilton, and Nicks. But, he showed that he can be a playmaker and that could lead to a bigger piece of the pie. Don’t expect him to have numbers like this every week, but he has upside. Particularly if Reggie Wayne has to stay sidelined.

Jameel McClain (LB, New York Giants)

Giants linebacker Jon Beason is now out for the season, so that means an expanded role in the defense for Jameel McClain. He’s filled in during Beason’s injury absences at other times this season, and he is a serviceable IDP option. He should be a good source of tackles going forward.

 

 

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