Trashman’s Garbage Grab: Week 9
Pickings are slim going into Week 9, as injuries have decimated fantasy squads nationwide. Still there’s value to be had in the dingiest corners of the waiver wire. Be warned, this week’s grab is not for the faint of heart…
Jacoby Brissett, Colts: Brissett is a poor man’s Deshaun Watson, confidence included. He gets a Houston defense this week that is being gutted on the regular by opposing QBs.
Damien Williams, Dolphins: Williams is the other half of an unassuming Dolphins running game now that Jay Ajayi has moved on. He’s likely to be the 3rd down back, but could see more time on the field if Kenyan Drake can’t get his blocking together. They’re both flyers, but Williams is much less likely to be owned right now.
DeAndre Washington, Raiders: Washington came out gangbusters last week in Marshawn Lynch’s stead, catching 8 of 10 targets for 62 yards and a TD. Lynch is back from suspension, but Washington should see plenty of action as the Raiders seem opposed to giving Lynch more than 12 touches a game.
Devontae Booker, Broncos: C.J. Anderson is an increasingly ineffective 2-down back, Jamaal Charles is an aging pass-catching back. Booker is the best of both worlds. The Broncos are going to have their hands full with the NFL’s hottest team, the Eagles, this week so look for them to throw everything but the kitchen sink at Philly. They’ll be using Brock Osweiler under center so don’t expect much from the Bronco’s WRs. I’m expecting a lot of action for Denver pass-catching backs and tight ends.
Robert Woods, Rams: Woods is the model of consistency with an average of over 50 yards a game this season. He’s been L.A.’s best receiver so far, and he gets a Janoris Jenkins absent Giants secondary this week.
Brandon Coleman, Saints: There isn’t a better matchup for WRs than the Buccaneers, and Coleman faces them at home this week. He doesn’t get too many targets, but the few he gets are often in the end-zone.
Russell Shepard, Panthers: Now that Kelvin Benjamin is a Bill, Shepard steps in as the 3rd option in Carolina behind Funchess and McCaffrey. Rookie Curtis Samuel provides more upside perhaps, but he’s been struggling with the playbook and has been playing behind Shepard all season.
A.J. Derby, Broncos: Derby will continue to be a focal point of the Denver offense with Brock Osweiler under center against an Eagles defense that is susceptible to the pass. He’s a reliable safety blanket play this week.
Ben Watson, Ravens: Both Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin are questionable going into week 9, and though they both may play, neither will be at 100%. Watson has held a steady floor in PPR formats for the majority of the season and makes for a solid play going up against a flimsy Tennessee secondary.