As is the case each season, young players are beginning to get more touches on some teams. There have been mixed results, but volume is one of the true keys to fantasy football success. Cash in on these players before they blow up and a bargain pickup could end up winning you a championship.
Week 9 Recommendations Results (Standard League Scoring)
· Charcandrick West KC – 13 carries 39 yards 3 catches 35 yards 6 Fantasy Points
· Tim Hightower NO – 23 carries 87 yards 1 touchdown 1 catch 15 yards 15 Fantasy Points
· Rob Kelley WAS – BYE
· (Stash) Dion Lewis NE – May be activated from PUP list for week 10
Charcandrick West was surprisingly ineffective, but that will not matter if Spencer Ware can return in week 10. Hightower and Ingram both took advantage of a cushy matchup with the 49ers. The Saints backfield duo should both have value going forward. Kelley’s value will decrease with the return of Matt Jones, but Jones is not popular with his coaches. Dion Lewis may return in week 10, but it is very much up in the air at this point.
Week 10 Waiver Wire Picks
Thomas Rawls SEA 43% owned
Last season Rawls made a big impact on the Seahawks offense late in the year. Seattle will likely be hoping for a similar return on their investment over the last few weeks of 2016. Christine Michael was much more effective than anyone believed possible early in the year, but he has come back down to earth. While Rawls may be eased back into action, it is becoming increasingly likely that he will reclaim his starting job at some point soon.
Touches On The Rise
Kapri Bibbs DEN 4.4% owned
There is going to be more of Bibbs in upcoming Broncos games according to coach Gary Kubiak. Starting back Devontae Booker has not done enough to cement his role and will be losing some touches. It seems likely that Booker is still going to dominate the rushing downs, but Bibbs will probably see a lot of passing down work. That does not mean what it once did in Denver with a below average quarterback and struggling offense. Still, volume is a good thing and Bibbs could be a sneaky good PPR play right out of the gate.
The Rest Of The Waiver Wire Picks
Paul Perkins NYG 4.2 % owned
He did not exactly light the world on fire in week 9, but Perkins saw a decent amount of work. He had 11 carries for 32 yards and 3 catches for 15 yards. It looks like a 50/50 timeshare in New York with Rashad Jennings and Perkins. The coaching staff for the Giants seem to want to see if Perkins can provide a spark and more touches are probably on the horizon for the young running back. Now is the time to pick him up before he goes off for a big game.
Kenneth Dixon BAL 9.7% owned
Another member of the increased touches club, Kenneth Dixon did not do much with his. The Ravens are desperate to make Dixon into a thing and he should continue to get some play down the stretch. The rookie has some skill, but that has not manifested into tangible numbers so far. He is more of a stash candidate at this point, but he should keep getting touches at a high enough rate for a flex play in a bye week.
Tim Hightower NO 39.8% owned
Hightower can be a maddening player to own because his usage can dry up at any time. The same thing can be said of Mark Ingram, however. The Saints backfield is a difficult thing to predict, but the payoff can be tremendous. It seems like Hightower should keep getting a decent share of touches for the time being. That makes him worth owning because the Saints offense is on fire right now.