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Week 9 Waivers 2018

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Joe Flacco, Bal QB

If you need a streaming option due to bye weeks, Flacco is a decent if unconventional option. He wasn’t even able to cross 200 passing yards last week, but has a plus matchup against the Steelers this week. He was able to throw for 363 yards and 2 touchdowns against Pittsburgh in Week 4 and the Steelers defense has given up the fourth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this year.

Ito Smith, Atl RB

Atlanta likes to use a two-back approach to their offense and while Tevin Coleman is indisputably the lead back with Freeman on IR, Smith can be viewed as a decent flex option in 12-team leagues. He’s scored in 3 of the Falcons’ last 4 games and is coming off a bye so he could very likely be on your league’s waiver wire.

Vance McDonald, Pit TE

The tight end waiver wire is abysmal right now in almost every league, but Vance McDonald provides a high-floor streaming option this week. He has 20 receptions over the last 5 games for 295 yards and is facing a Baltimore defense that allowed him to catch 5 passes for 62 yards in Week 4. Don’t hesitate to pick him up if he’s available.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB WR

MVS was heavily involved in the offense in Weeks 5 and 6 with Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb dealing with injuries, but it’s a good sign to see that he was still targeted 5 times last week despite those other two players returning. MVS is a good pickup as a potential breakout candidate for the stretch run of playoff leagues and could emerge as a WR2 behind Davante Adams.


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Jamaal Williams / Ty Montgomery, GB RB

Mike McCarthy has finally done the sensible thing and turned Aaron Jones loose, which means that Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery will see their roles significantly reduced. Williams will still see touches in a complimentary role, but is touchdown-dependent RB4 at best.

T.J. Yeldon, Jax RB

Yeldon’s owners’ fears came true on Sunday as the back only saw two carries compared to Carlos Hyde’s six. Hyde will lead the team in rushes for the foreseeable future and Yeldon will probably be inserted for passing downs. He could still have value, as his 7 receptions for 83 yards proved this past week, but it will be hard to rely on him consistently.

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