Week 8 is nearly in the books, with Sunday night and Monday night games to go. Looking to Week 9, there are four teams on a bye with varying impact on fantasy football rosters (Falcons, Saints, Rams and Bengals). In Week 10, six teams will be idle to really stretch roster depth.
Here are nine early must-adds off your Week 9 fantasy football waiver wire.
Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets
After an abysmal showing in Week 7 against the New England Patriots, Darnold threw for 218 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Now, the anticipated soft part of his schedule is here.
In Week 9 Darnold gets the Miami Dolphins, who entered Week 8 allowing the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks (Yahoo! scoring). Then he gets favorable matchups against the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals before the Dolphins again in Week 14. Even Week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens, who entered their Week 8 bye allowing nearly 276 raw passing yards per game to quarterbacks, doesn’t look that bad.
Darnold “seeing ghosts” on the Monday night stage helped keep fantasy owners away from him heading into Week 8. But that just means there’s still an opportunity to add him now, ahead of a run of games where he’s lined up to deliver weekly QB1 numbers.
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