Don’t look now, but the playoffs are right around the corner. It’s time to get serious about your waiver wire pickups, if you weren’t already. Here are my suggestions for week 9!
Another week, another running back injury, another waiver wire add. What a luxury the Kansas City Chiefs have in three very solid running backs. Jamaal Charles still isn’t right below the waist and Spencer Ware’s availability is in question, leaving Charcandrick West as the Chiefs’ only healthy back. Get him if you can as he performed admirably last year and has great pass-catching ability.
DeMarco Murray’s questionable for this Sunday’s game and Derrick Henry has shown he can handle the load when needed and more. With Murray’s uncertainty, Henry’s a nice and necessary add for Murray owners who have ridden the former Eagle and Cowboy to success this year.
Yeah, I forgot about him too. But the rookie Cleveland Brown may come back this weekend against the Cowboys. Even if he doesn’t, he’s a great add for the rest of the season and beyond.
Starks will likely be the featured back for Green Bay when he returns from injury. The Packers obviously weren’t too impressed with Knile Davis as they cut him just a week after signing him. We’ll see if Starks has the juice he’s shown in years past when filling in for other injured Packers backs. Pick him up if he’s available.
Jacquizz Rodgers is likely out versus the Falcons, so the Bucs will trot out another former Falcon in his place. While I wouldn’t recommend starting Smith as your #2 RB, he’s certainly worth consideration. The Bucs find themselves in a must-win situation and have played very well when they control the game with the run. Smith should stay plenty busy on Thursday.
The Bucs can’t stop the pass and Julio Jones won’t be 100% this week. Enter Mohamed Sanu, who is easily Matt Ryan’s favorite target besides Jones. There’s no reason to think Matt Ryan can’t and won’t have the same success this week as Derek Carr did last week against the pathetic Bucs’ pass defense.