We’re now officially in the second half of the 2020 NFL season with Week 8 in the rear-view mirror. Half of the campaign is plenty of time to properly evaluate rosters and usage rates to help improve our fantasy football rosters.
Moving forward, identifying players to add for both immediate production and late-season production is important, particularly with our fantasy football seasons nearing the most important stage — the playoff push.
Listed below are the most intriguing waiver wire additions ahead of Week 9.
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr — 42% rostered
Carr is coming off an incredibly weak performance in which he totaled only 12.6 fantasy points on the back of 122 yards passing and one touchdown, but that performance was skewed by the weather (heavy downpour of rain). Moving forward, Carr offers a fair amount of intrigue, and he actually ranks as the QB14 on the season with his 123.3 total points.
The veteran has quietly been a borderline QB1, with the Raiders’ passing game improvements paying immediate dividends.
Baltimore Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins — 68% rostered
Mark Ingram’s injury has paved the way for both Gus Edwards and Dobbins to produce, and the duo did just that in Week 8, ranking as the RB9 and the RB10, respectively, for the week. While Edwards finished with more points than Dobbins, the rookie saw a 65% snap share compared to Edwards’ 33% mark, and Dobbins was targeted one more time than Edwards in addition to playing nearly five times as many receiving snaps.
J.K. Dobbins vs. PIT — 113 yards rushing (on 15 carries).
Play speed. Inside power. Lateral jump-cut ability (see below). Easy scheme fit in the BAL run game.
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) November 2, 2020
Dobbins has looked like the best running back on the roster for the Ravens this season, and that includes Ingram. While he won’t receive the lion's share of work moving forward, he could eventually find his way into the RB1 role.