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5 Waiver Wire Pickups For Your Fantasy Football Team in Week 9

The midway point has been passed in the 2019 season, which should give you a strong feeling of where your fantasy football team stands at this point. The waiver wire has begun to thin, given how far it has gone into the year, but there are still some intriguing options out there that could help your team. Here are a few options that could pay off to help your team grab some much-needed wins.

5. Alexander Mattison

ESPN: 17.7% OWNED

Throughout the season, Mattison has been a player to watch with the Minnesota Vikings as the talent is certainly there. He just happens to play behind the league’s leading rusher in Dalvin Cook. However, that hasn’t stopped him from getting playing time this season as he has continued to showcase star potential with his production.

Ultimately, Mattison falls into the handcuff category at this point, but if anything were to happen to Cook, he would be a definite fantasy starter with possible RB2 or RB1 potential. If he’s still available in your league at this point, scoop him up asap.

4. Chris Conley

ESPN: 9.7% OWNED

The Jacksonville Jaguars have continued to ride Minshew Mania that has produced some encouraging moments this season with several players becoming relevant. Who would have thought entering the season that D.J. Chark would be a huge factor?

Nonetheless, Conley is another Jaguars wide receiver that could have some fantasy value as he’s coming off a strong outing with four catches for 103 receiving yards and a touchdown. It marked the second straight week with double-digit fantasy points.

It’s clear that Chark is the No. 1 option in the passing game, but with Dede Westbrook dealing with a nagging neck and shoulder injury, it could open up the door for Conley to continue to be a significant factor in the Jaguars’ passing game.

3. Mark Walton

Dolphins running back Mark Walton
With Kenyan Drake no longer in the picture, it could open up the door to major playing time for Mark Walton in Miami. | Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
ESPN: 17.7% OWNED

The Miami Dolphins have become a dumpster fire this season with their utter lack of dependency offensively. However, the team does have some potential to provide some players that could be fantasy relevant.

Walton fits that bill as he was the primary recipient after the Dolphins traded Kenyan Drake to the Arizona Cardinals. There is no guarantee that he will produce at a high level, but he has a grip hold on a significant workload as he has 101 rushing yards on 25 carries and four catches for 11 receiving yards in the last two weeks.

There is only room for Walton’s role to increase despite his fumble against the Steelers, especially with Drake no longer in the mix.

2. Jaylen Samuels

ESPN: 11.3% OWNED

The Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed a much-needed win over the Dolphins on Monday night, but it came at a cost with running back James Conner suffering an AC joint shoulder injury in the contest.

There isn’t any clarity on the extent of the injury, but he was spotted leaving the locker room after the game in a sling. If Conner does miss any time, Samuels will be in line for a significant workload. He may not have played in Monday’s game, but the Steelers simply held him out for precautionary reasons despite him practicing fully this past week.

Samuels is less than removed from arthroscopic knee surgery, but he appears to be ready to take the field. Benny Snell Jr. will factor into the equation, but it shouldn’t waiver you from picking up the N.C. State product.

1. Kenyan Drake

Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake
Kenyan Drake is heading into a situation where he could have significant playing time off the bat. | Mark Brown/Getty Images
ESPN: 69.3% OWNED

If for some reason, Drake is available in your league, make this move the top priority in your waiver wire pickups. He’s heading into a situation where he could immediately step into the starting role, especially for Thursday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Arizona Cardinals are banged up as Chase Edmonds is expected to miss the next few weeks, while former Pro Bowler David Johnson continues to deal with nagging injuries that have limited his role on the field. It opens up the door for Drake to play in a significant spot from the get-go.

Granted, the Cardinals are facing arguably the best defense in the league; there is still a chance Drake could be worth a start in fantasy this week.