2020 Season: Week 9 Movers & Shakers

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

Following the free agent market is incredibly important for fantasy football success. First, you scour the blogosphere (that is still a thing right?) for articles about the "waiver wire" (you should check out our waiver wire article every Tuesday!) and see what previously unknown stud will replace one of your duds from the past week.

But what if you did not manage to snag one of those players? What if you had low waiver priority, not enough time with a busy work week, or too much to drink watching Monday Night Football? Well, then you would probably want to know who is still left once the first batch of add/drops clear early Wednesday morning.

Luckily for you, we at The Lateral had the same thought, so every Wednesday we are going to let you know the top players still left in over 50% of Yahoo leagues and 50% of ESPN leagues. Below you will find one for each position, and why they are the addition your team needs. You will also find who were the players everyone added to get ready for their next match-up, and which players got left in the dust to make way for the new guys. 

Week 9 Movers & Shakers

Top Players Left on the Board Yahoo Leagues

QB: Drew Lock (11% rostered Yahoo/7.8% rostered ESPN)

I liked Lock as a waiver add yesterday, and 24 hours have not changed my mind. Read here to get my thoughts.

RB: JaMycal Hasty (46% rostered Yahoo/58.7% rostered ESPN)

If you are lucky enough to be in a Yahoo league, you may be lucky enough to still have Hasty in your free agent pool. Charles has been writing about him a lot lately, so read here for more on the likely lead back for San Francisco Week 9 against Green Bay. NOTE: San Francisco WR Kendrick Bourne tested positive for COVID-19 today, so this game may be impacted.

WR: Sterling Shepard (45% rostered Yahoo/61.2% rostered ESPN)

Important to note that Corey Davis is available in 50% of leagues.

However, I will use this spot to plug Sterling Shepard. Not sure how he is still this available in Yahoo leagues given that he is PPR WR14 over the past two weeks. Do not expect him to remain available for much longer. 

TE: Jordan Reed (11% rostered Yahoo/14.5% rostered ESPN)

TE is shallow. Reed could be a TE1 when healthy. He was my waiver pick and I am sticking with it.

DST: Miami Dolphins (20% rostered Yahoo/17.2% rostered ESPN)

I like Miami for ROS value and think they still do ok against Arizona. However, the Washington Football Team is a good option if you want a better streamer.

K: Jason Sanders (36% rostered Yahoo/22.1% rostered ESPN)

My pick for kicker is still on the board.

Top Players Left on the Board ESPN Leagues

QB: Derek Carr (47.1% rostered ESPN/40% rostered Yahoo)

Another QB with a good shot at a boom performance, I prefer Carr to Daniel Jones given the much safer floor and better match-up. If you disagree though, feel free to read what Charles had to say about Jones in this week's waiver wire article.

RB: Zack Moss (47.8% rostered ESPN/57% rostered Yahoo)

Damien Harris is available in 50.1% of ESPN leagues and 47% of Yahoo leagues, so I am not going to make him my pick. However, you can read more about him here

So instead I am going with Moss, who may finally be taking over the Buffalo backfield in an important way. Since Week 7, Moss and fellow RB Devin Singletary have split carries 21/22, and targets 4/6 respectively. However, Moss has gotten the goal-line work in that time, and it has translated to two rushing TDs for Moss and zero for Singletary in those two weeks. Worried those two weeks are outliers? Through eight weeks Moss has one more red-zone attempt than Singletary, despite missing three games.

WR: Curtis Samuel (43.4% rostered ESPN/22% rostered Yahoo)

Charles picked Samuel here in yesterday's waiver column, and I see no reason to dispute the call.

TE: Logan Thomas (12.2% rostered ESPN/27% rostered Yahoo)

Charles' TE pick is still on the board. Go and get him.

DST: New York Giants (20.9% rostered ESPN/23% rostered Yahoo)

Charles' DST pick is still available for another awful NFC East showdown.

K: Ryan Succop (30.2% rostered ESPN/40% rostered Yahoo)

The third best kicker in fantasy through eight weeks is projected for a Top-8 finish and widely available.

Top 5 Adds Yahoo Leagues (Daily Moves)

1. Washington Football Team DST (300,492 adds)
2. Jordan Wilkins (182,074 adds)
3. Marvin Jones Jr. (176,247 adds)
4. Damien Harris (163,216 adds)
5. Houston Texans DST (143,941 adds)

Top 5 Adds ESPN Leagues (7-day Moving +/-)

1. JaMycal Hasty (52.1% increase)
2. Brandon Aiyuk (40.4% increase)
3. Sterling Shepard (22.8% increase)
4. Corey Davis (22.1% increase)
5. Joey Slye (20.9% increase)

Top 5 Drops Yahoo Leagues (Daily Moves)

1. Philadelphia Eagles DST (72,078 drops)
2. Los Angeles Chargers DST (63,599 drops)
3. Buffalo Bills (58,082 drops)
4. Los Angeles Rams DST (56,283 drops)
5. Boston Scott (49,485 drops)

Top 5 Drops ESPN Leagues (7-day Moving +/-)

1. Odell Beckham Jr. (50.1% decrease)
2. Graham Gano (44.6% decrease)
3. Devonta Freeman (37.4% decrease)
4. Cleveland Browns DST (34.4% decrease)
5. New York Giants DST (32.5% decrease)

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