Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 9 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench or are simply just players to add to your watch list.

Quarterbacks

Jared Goff LAR | QB

Jared Goff and the Rams enter Week 9’s matchup against the Giants with a surprising 5-2 record in Head Coach Sean Mcvay’s inaugural season in Los Angeles. A lot of that success should rightfully be placed on the shoulders of the young head coach, who has validated his moniker as the “quarterback whisperer” this season. Goff has taken a significant leap forward and has been more than just a game-manager in his second NFL season. The former Cal Bear has looked in-tune with Mcvay’s system and will be a back-end QB1 in the Meadowlands this weekend. With the Giants likely to sell out against Todd Gurley and the running game, Goff could have a sneaky, solid game in Week 9. (about 47% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tyrod Taylor BUF | QB

Despite being on our Week 8 waiver wire radar, Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense continues to trend upwards. Buffalo was able to pull off a massive trade before Tuesday’s trade deadline, landing wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers in exchange for third and seventh-round draft picks. With Taylor coming off back-to-back solid performances, it’s fair to bump him up a few notches in the rest-of-season quarterback rankings. Benjamin is a big target which will help Taylor out tremendously in Buffalo’s aerial attack. While teams will continue to focus on stopping LeSean McCoy, Benjamin provides the Bills a legitimate threat on the outside to complement the running game. Taylor is looking like a solid bet to average 15 + fantasy points for the rest of the year and should be owned wherever available. (about 62% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Running Backs

Alfred Morris DAL | RB

In last week’s waiver column, I mentioned Alfred Morris as a top waiver pickup because of the precarious situation involving Ezekiel Elliott. One week later and it’s appearing that Morris is likely to be the most popular pickup where available across fantasy leagues. Zeke’s legal team and the NFLPA are filing for an emergency injunction, which is par for the course as Zeke’s legal saga continues to go through peaks and valleys this season. That said, fantasy owners should carry forward as if the Cowboys will be without their star running back for Week 9. With Darren McFadden a healthy scratch throughout the season, it’s likely Alf is the guy that Jason Garrett and the Cowboys will rely on in Zeke’s absence. Running behind a top-tier offensive line, Morris has a solid chance to produce at a RB2 clip, assuming Zeke’s suspension is in place. Owners should be prioritizing the veteran running back on this week’s wire. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Marlon Mack IND | RB

Our waiver wire pickup of last week is an obvious addition to the Week 9 list, too. Despite the veteran Frank Gore turning in his most productive outing of the season, Marlon Mack’s big play ability was put on full display when he caught a 24-yard touchdown on a screen pass. With the Colts continuing to implode, I fully expect Indianapolis to give the rookie every chance to seize the featured back role from Gore. While he’ll only possess flex value for fantasy owners until the team officially installs him as top dog, Mack should continue to be a factor in the passing game in the immediate future. He’s one of the top stashes from a ‘wait-and-see’ perspective and owners shouldn’t be surprised if he usurps Gore’s job sooner, rather than later. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Kenyan Drake MIA | RB

Tuesday was a swirling, trade-deadline frenzy that impacted the fantasy community in a significant way. Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake was towards the top of the list in terms of players now being thrust into fantasy relevance. After trading Jay Ajayi to the Eagles in exchange for a 4th-round-pick, the path was cleared for Drake to be the expected starter in Miami. While there’s a good chance Damien Williams will also receive a decent amount of work, Drake will be the one to prioritize on the wire this week and he should have immediate flex appeal. (about 4% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT | WR

JuJu Smith-Schuster was a popular name in the news leading up to the Week 8 matchup against the Lions. The Steelers rookie receiver took to social media last week to report that his bicycle had been stolen. The story took the social media community by storm and the bike eventually found its way back to the former USC Trojan. Despite that being a big story throughout the week, Smith-Schuster quickly showed people what he can do on the football field. The rookie turned in the best game of his young career, reeling in seven of 10 receptions en route to a whopping 193 yards and a touchdown. The impressive performance was highlighted by a slant that Smith-Schuster took 97 yards to the house. Despite the Steelers being on the bye this week, Smith-Schuster should be prioritized as the No. 2 overall waiver wire addition (behind Alfred Morris) for Week 9. He projects as a solid WR3 with plenty of upside for the rest of the year, as the Steelers are clearly determined to make him an integral part of the offense. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tight Ends

Jack Doyle IND | TE

A popular sleeper at the tight end position in the preseason, Jack Doyle has had a difficult time stringing together consistent performances with Andrew Luck on the sidelines in Indianapolis. That said, he’s still been one of the best tight ends on the season in terms of cumulative statistics. Doyle turned in his best game of the year this past week against the Bengals, as he hauled in 12 receptions for 121 yards and a score. With the Colts struggling to move the ball and keep the score close, Doyle’s stock will continue to trend up as Indianapolis will be forced to throw the ball a boatload. He’ll be a top 10 option at worst for the rest of the year, among tight ends. (about 53% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Arizona Cardinals ARI | DEF

The San Francisco 49ers have been a constant target for opposing fantasy defenses and this week will be no different. The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a bye and will be attempting to make amends for a lackluster offensive, with Carson Palmer out for the season. I love their chances of forcing turnovers and racking up sacks as it will be C.J. Beathard, not Jimmy Garoppolo, under center for the 49ers this weekend. Look for the Cardinals defense to finish as one of the top four or five defenses in Week 9. (about 37% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 9 streamer option