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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 9

The weather is turning frightful, the calendar has flipped to November, and daylight savings time has ended. Quite a trifecta! The winds were whipping all over the place, causing havoc in many of this week’s games. As we get late in the season, the name of the game becomes ball control as teams do their best to keep it on the ground. If you can, adjust your roster accordingly. 

A quiet week in terms of roster movement as there were not a whole lot of injuries to key fantasy players. The running back position at so many teams continues to be fluid, hopefully this space has given out some of recent winners. A small helping of players this week, but something for everyone. On to the wonders.

Solid Pickups

RB DeeJay Dallas, Seattle

With both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde out of action, Dallas got the majority of work in the Seattle backfield. Though he only rushed for 41 yards, he carried the ball 18 times and was also active in the passing game, hauling in five passes. He found the end zone once by air and once by land. Keep an eye on the currently injured, and if they cannot go again, then DeeJay Dallas will be a solid fantasy play.

RB Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis

Jonathan Taylor is a bit dinged up, and Wilkins has taken advantage of the opportunity. This week against Detroit he carried the ball 20 times, turning that into 89 yards and a touchdown. He also chipped in with a 24-yard catch out of the backfield. The coaching staff is saying all the right things, but the stats are all pointing towards Wilkins being the top back for Indianapolis at least for the time being. 

On the Radar

WR Darnell Mooney, Chicago

The battle for the second wideout spot for Chicago opposite Allen Robinson continues, with Mooney locked up with Anthony Miller. Miller is widely owned, but Mooney is starting to make some noise and has a good chance to surpass him. He hauled in five catches for 69 yards and a score against New Orleans this past week. He’s a good grab and hold candidate to see how this second receiver battle goes in Chicago. 

RB Troymaine Pope, Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers backfield has been a quagmire for fantasy owners to try and figure out, and this week’s game did nothing to clarify the situation. Justin Jackson was a hot waiver wire pickup a few weeks ago, and he is still in the mix but Pope is cutting into that time right now. With 10 carries for 67 yards and five catches out of the backfield, Pope is knocking on the door to fantasy relevance. For now, he’s a “grab and hold” as the Chargers have been rolling with whomever has the hot hand. 

WR Kendrick Bourne, San Francisco

The loss of George Kittle will open up some target for the wide receivers, with Bourne poised to see a bump in his current production. This week against Seattle, he caught eight passes which were good for 81 yards in offense. Look for continued success out of Bourne, even with the switch at quarterback coming.

WR Curtis Samuel, Carolina

Carolina has been creative in getting the ball into Samuel’s hand, finding ways both by air and on the ground. He caught four passes this week against Atlanta, including one for a score. He also scored on the ground, one of his three carries on the day. There is not a ton of upside here, but Carolina likes him enough to keep him involved in the offense, so he’s worth a “look and stash” for fantasy owners. 

WR DaeSean Hamilton, Denver

Digging a little deep here at the wide receiver position, Hamilton’s numbers saw a spike this week against the Los Angeles Chargers. He caught four passes for 82 yards, including one that went for a touchdown. The Denver receiving corps has been ravaged by injury, so the opportunity is there for Hamilton to carve out a little niche for himself. 

TE Ross Dwelley, San Francisco

Reports are surfacing that starter George Kittle is going to miss an extended amount of time. Though San Francisco is expecting Jordan Reed to return soon, the short-term answer at tight end will end up being Dwelley. The other issue here is quarterback, where Jimmy Garoppolo will miss some time. Dwelley is a lifeline for those in need at the position for the next week or two.

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with Fantasysharks.com since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.