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Week 9 fantasy football waiver wire pickups to make

Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells (87) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for the Week 9 fantasy football waiver wire. Fantasy waivers can often make or break your season. Making the right decision on which players to add and drop is crucial, so we have you set up with a deep list of potential waiver wire adds for Week 9.

Remember, we cast a wide net every week in our waiver wire advice. Below you’ll see recommendations for shallow, regular, and deep leagues. Players are listed in order of priority and the suggested auction budget percentage is in parentheses.

Keep in mind that some leagues may be more aggressive or conservative in terms of bidding, so know your league tendencies. Regardless of the size of your league, it’s suggested that you work your way down the list and prioritize the top players in your waiver claims for this week.

Shallow leagues (8-10 teams)


Drew Brees, NO (10-20%) — The future Hall of Famer is surprisingly available in 77% of leagues. He's a top-12 option going forward.

Running back

Darrell Henderson, LA (15-30%) — The rookie back out-touched Todd Gurley last week, and Gurley appeared to be banged up with a knee issue later in the game. Henderson screams second-half upside.

Kenyan Drake, ARZ (10-20%) — Yes, he'll likely be the lead back this week for the Cards, but Drake is clearly behind David Johnson and Chase Edmonds when both players return.

Devin Singletary, BUF (10-20%) — The momentum is building for Singletary. Look for his role to expand in November.

Mark Walton, MIA (10-20%) — With Kenyan Drake out of the mix, the Dolphins used Walton as a three-down back in Week 8. That said, running backs on bad teams often aren't very good fantasy options.

Wide receiver

Christian Kirk, ARZ (15-30%) — Kirk got back on the field and picked right up where he left off. He's currently available in just over 30% of leagues.

Tight end

Darren Fells, HOU (5-10%) — The Texans use a ton of two-TE sets, but Fells has emerged as the preferred option in the passing game.

Regular leagues (12 teams)


Jameis Winston, TB (4-7%) — Sure, last week was ugly for Winston. But despite the poor play on the field, he still finished as a top-10 fantasy option.

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