2021 Season: A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 9 Moves for Week 10

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Editor

I really wanted to call Evan McPherson a push, but my high school soccer coach always told me, "When you cheat, you are only cheating yourself." So despite being off by a single lousy point from K11, I have to take the loss on that one.

Honestly, this week went much better than the results indicate. Only Seattle Seahawks tight end Gerald Everett was a total swing and miss. The New England Patriots running backs did well as a group, Rhamondre Stevenson just did not have a good game—despite seeing decent volume. Same with Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Sometimes a good process just does not lead to the best results. Time to make sure that is not the case for Week 10.

Note: All finishes are per FantasyData, and injuries are always a push.

A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 9 Moves for Week 10

Bye Weeks: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, New York Giants

Week 8 Successes: QB11 Carson Wentz (Indianapolis Colts), DST1 Philadelphia Eagles DST

Week 8 Failures: PPR RB53 Rhamondre Stevenson (New England Patriots), PPR WR80 T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts), PPR TE52 Gerald Everett (Seattle Seahawks), K15 Evan McPherson (Cincinnati Bengals)

Week 8 Pushes: None

Record: 13-29-3

Quarterback

Key Matchups: New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Taysom Hill (New Orleans Saints) [6.3% ESPN/23% Yahoo]

Taysom Hill was the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints from Week 11 to Week 14, during which time he was QB6. Is Hill a particularly good quarterback? No, but he produces in fantasy football, is likely to start with Jameis Winston out for the season and has a great matchup against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10. It is a winning formula.

Running Back (PPR)

Key Matchups: Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (8:20 pm ET Thursday)

Who to add: Latavius Murray (Baltimore Ravens) [29.8% ESPN/40% Yahoo]

I said it last week and I will say it again, Latavius Murray should not be widely available. Go get him now, and then play him against the awful Miami Dolphins run defense. Thank me later.

Wide Receiver (PPR)

Key Matchups: New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Marquez Callaway (New Orleans Saints) [40.4% ESPN/37% Yahoo]

The math on this one is pretty simple. The Tennessee Titans are dreadful on defense. Especially in terms of fantasy football points allowed to opposing wide receivers. Marquez Callaway is the top target for the New Orleans Saints wide receivers, though that may change with Taysom Hill under center. However, if Callaway remains the top target with Michael Thomas out for the rest of the season and Hill under center, he should feast against this Titans defense.

Tight End (PPR)

Key Matchups: Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Pat Freiermuth (Pittsburgh Steelers) [18.7% ESPN/26% Yahoo]

While the Detroit Lions are a terrible defense, they are not the most fantasy football-friendly matchup for opposing tight ends. That mostly is because nobody needs to target the tight end when they play the Lions. Luckily, the Pittsburgh Steelers do target their tight-end Pat Freiermuth, who has seen seven targets per game since Week 6. As long as that workload continues, Freiermuth is a potential top-12 tight end.

Defense/Special Teams

Key Matchups: Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders (8:20 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Las Vegas Raiders DST [13.1% ESPN/15% Yahoo]

Only the New York Jets have thrown more interceptions than the Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will eventually get his grove back, but until then, the Chiefs are an exploitable matchup.

Kicker

Key Matchups: Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers (1 pm ET Sunday)

Who to add: Chris Boswell (Pittsburgh Steelers) [7.3% ESPN/14% Yahoo]

This one is pretty simple. Chris Boswell suffered a concussion on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, so nobody is picking him up. However, while not a guarantee, it is likely that Boswell will be good to go in Week 10. This is great because the Detroit Lions are an incredible fantasy football matchup for opposing kickers.

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