Week 9 was extremely tough on some star fantasy football players. We may not know how to move past these injuries, but when a star like Derrick Henry is out for the season, that gives new opportunity to new players that can still help your fantasy season. Now I know that is a very glass-half full kind of mentality, but the reality is that I can’t fix player’s injuries. I can however fix your fantasy roster.
Assuming that it is not broken beyond repair, it is never too late to run the table to make a playoff push. let’s take a look at the players below and see if you can claim one of these players through the waiver wire, week 9 edition.
Jeremy McNichols, TEN:
Our beloved Derrick Henry is the most recent fantasy star to suffer an injury that may hold him out for the remainder of the season. Henry has a broken bone in his foot that he left the game for, only to come back in and continue to run hard. His 208 touches per game are the most in the league by 70 touches. To put that in perspective, Henry got 10 more touches a game than the second-most running back. This means that the touches have to go somewhere. The Titans are reportedly working out Adrian Peterson, who will work in a committee with Jeremy McNichols.
You may be asking why I would take McNichols over a future Hall of Famer. That is because Peterson has never been much of a pass-catcher. I would expect Peterson to get more volume each week on the ground, but I believe it will be McNichols who receives more work through the air. While almost thirty touches a game will probably not be distributed just to the running backs, the offense may see a major change overall.
Pat Freiermuth, PIT:
Over the last two weeks Pat Freiermuth has been a favorite target of Big Ben. He has seen 7 targets each of the last two weeks, and his athleticism on the field has exceeded the box score. Some of this is definitely due to Eric Ebron missing time with an injury, but Freiermuth could be a stash regardless. What will be a benefit for the steelers is he can be a current solution their future at the position at the same time.
I would still only view him as a streaming option to navigate through some upcoming bye weeks, but his chemistry and target share are one to monitor with Ben moving forward. Considering only Diontae Johnson saw more targets than Freiermuth, that just goes to show what kind of progress he has made throughout his young career.
Taysom Hill, NO:
Taysom Hill looks to be the next man up after Jameis Winston suffered a season ending ACL injury. Hill started in 4 games last year and was the QB6 through those 4 games. That includes a game against Denver when they had a wide receiver come up in an emergency situation where Hill did not have to move the ball much. While there may be no clear weapon for Hill to currently throw to, there is some upcoming help on the way in the form of Michael Thomas.
Regardless of his receiver help, Hill makes much of his fantasy production on the ground. In his starts he totaled 209 yards on the ground and had almost 10 attempts a game. That pace almost give Taysom a built in touchdown with just over 5 fantasy points from his rushing yards. Even if your league is not crazy about Taysom, pick him up and enjoy the fact they you received a qb1 for the remainder of the season.
Devante Parker, MIA:
In Week 9, DeVante Parker was targeted 11 times last week and caught 8 of those passes for 85 yards. The biggest factor for the dolphins seems to be if another receiver or pass catcher is injured, there opens up an opportunity for another dolphin. With Will Fuller still on IR, Parker was this weeks beneficiary. I believe he can be a flex worthy play moving forward each week.
If you need a bye week fill-in Parker can replace your starter and be expected to have some upside. In 5 games Parker has now seen an average of 8.6 targets per game. Even with his upside being capped with a roster full of healthy receivers, Parker is involved enough in this offense to be on your roster going forward.
Boston Scott, PHI:
While this might not be the Eagles running back you expected to be picking up, Boston Scott was actually the break out player in Miles Sanders absence. Scott led the team with 60 rushing yards and two touchdowns on only 12 carries. What might have been most encouraging for Scott was the amount of work he got with the first team. He may have gotten even more run had the Eagles not run up the score so quickly on the Lions.
With just two weeks left until Sanders is eligible to return from IR, the eagles running back room clearly has some upside and will be a situation to monitor. Scott seems to be the running back with the highest floor. This means that currently the most confident player in that back filed should be Scott until something changes.