With week 9 being the second of the two major bye weeks this year in fantasy football with a third of the league on bye in week 8 and 9 combined. Warning signs to fantasy owners that the home stretch run for the playoffs are here and typically is when teams start making moves in personnel decisions based on starters first half player performances. Here are some waiver adds you need on your roster now, as their potential to evolve very quickly should not be left to chance on next week’s waiver claims.
Josh McCown CLE
- With Josh McCown now back at the head of the table in Clevelands offense, he has proven time and time again that he absolutely loves to challenge defenses through the air and will have a beautiful one – two punch of Coleman and Pryor. Kesslers possible reurn from injury is a concern but if head coach Hue Jackson sticks with McCown, he will make multiple Browns positon players fantasy relevant going forward and faces some vulnerable defenses against the pass.
Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ
- Fitzpatricks season started terribly as he held out in a contract dispute with the Jets brass and has clearly had an effect on his performance ss far. Essentially leading him to being dropped in most leagues and, with the emergence of Quincy Enunwa and the two headed monster leading the ground game in Matt Forte and Billal Powell. Fitzy wont be down for long, as the Jets are in a position to fight for a playoff spot look for Fitzpatrick to round into form into the coming weeks and put up numbers that more closely resemble his performance from last season.
Mohamed Sanu ATL
- Now finally healthy, Sanu displayed his immense upside in the slug fest against Green Bay on Sunday and finally showed us why I was very high on him earlier in the season in this offense. Look for Jones, who continues to get beat up from a massive workload, to get some possessions off going forward as the Falcons look to keep him healthy for the NFL playoffs. Not too mention, the Falcons have one of the worst divisions versus the pass in football and now get to take advantage of those match ups.
Corey Coleman CLE
- Coleman left Baylor University in style, catching 20+ touchdowns from an injury plagued QB position that saw him catch touchdowns from three different quarterbacks. With McCown now back at Quarterback for the Browns and a favorable schedule, the paired showed in week two as they hooked up for two touchdown passes in the first quarter against the Ravens before both left with injuries. They are primed and ready to closed this season strong on offense, as Coleman and Pryor will be fantasy gold if they can avoid injury going forward.
Russell Sheperd TAM
- With Struggling veteran Vincent Jackson now on IR, it has opened the door wide open for someone to help rising stars Jameis Winston and Mike Evans in the passing game. The unlikely guy to step up was, journey man receiver/kick returner Russell Sheperd. A player who, in minimal usage on offense has shined since Jacksons IR designation. The Bucs are trying to save him for special teams as he is their captain but, if he continues to perform like this they will have no other choice but to expand his role going forward as the Bucs have some juicy divisional matchups coming up on the schedule.
Dion Lewis NWE
The deadline for the Patriots to make a decision on Lewis’ reurn from the pup list looms around the corner. If you are an owner in need of a running back with all the injuries at the position this year then add Lewis and hope for the best. There is a good possibility that the Patriots will place him on IR as Belichick has been known to play it safe with his star positon players but if he’s ready, and with James White’s deteriorating usage the past couple weeks. Lewis could provide a huge boost for owners as we push towards the fantasy playoffs.
CJ Prosise SEA
- Prosise is a guy I have been high since Seattle drafted him in April and if not for an injury plagued start to his career, in my opinion, would have taken the starting job in the Seahawks backfield. As he showed against the Saints on Sunday, he has loads of talent and ability to be a super star at the NFL level. Not only did he outplay Michael, who appears to be running out of gas from the massive early season workload as Russell Wilson has struggled to stay healthy. The Hawks are in desperate need for a playmaker on offense as injuries have decimated this team on both sides of the ball. Look for head coach Pete Carroll to get Prosise heavily envolved in the offense, especially in passing situations. Micheal should still retain starter status and get the bulk of rushing attempts out of the backfield but Prosise is a dangerous weapon that compliments him perfectly in this offense.
Rob Kelley WAS
- Kelley got his first shot at a starting gig with Matt Jones sidelined with an injury in week 8 and was clearly better than the aforementioned Jones. The Redskins coaching staff are rumored to be frustrated with Jones’ struggles to hold onto the football and with Kelley” performance on Sunday, he showed that he is more than capable of providing the balance to Washington’s arial assault it desperately has needed all season. If Jones injury lingers through their week 9 bye, we could see a change a long term change at the RB position for the Redskins, who have a tough schedule against the run but have a good enough passing game to keep defenses honest.
CJ Fedorowics HOU
- With Osweiler favoring short to mid range passes due to a number of issues with his limitations at the quarterback positon. Fedorowics has been killing it the past three weeks and hes become one of Houston’s top red zone targets along with Lamar Miller and should be added immediately as the Texans schedule gets much easier going forward with the toughest part of their schedule now in the rear view mirror.
Gary Barnidge CLE
- A non factor in the Browns offense when McCown went down with an injury in week two. A quarterback who loves feeding the tight end between the twenties to move the ball, Barnidge work load has been very consistent since the gun slinging quarterbacks return and should be added in all formats as the Browns offense looks to be a potent beast under head coach Hue Jackson as their early season injuries derailed the teams progression.
Cameron Brate TE
- If he is still available on waivers, Brate is a player who is a must own as quarterback Jameis Winston looks for the tight end over the middle often late in games as Mike Evans draws so much attention away from the middle of the field. If you are an owner who is in need of tight end help or an additional flex play option, Brate will have solid matchups to produce in and should be deployed situationally going forward in favorable matchups.