The NFL trade deadline on Tuesday has significantly changed this week’s waiver wire additions, as Miami Dolphins running backs Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams have become two of the top targets following Jay Ajayi’s trade to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Below is a list of the top five fantasy football waiver wire additions entering Week 9:
5. Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson
Richardson worked out well as a plug and play fantasy option in Week 8, catching six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks former second-round pick remains less than 35 percent owned in fantasy leagues despite reeling in five touchdown passes this season and has proven himself worthy of a roster spot in all fantasy formats.
4. Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins
Collins may be one of the biggest fantasy football surprises of the 2017 season. The Seahawks cut the second-year running back following the preseason, and the 5-foot-10, 210-pound tailback now leads the NFL in yards per carry (6.0) after joining the Ravens practice squad in early September. Collins is less than 37 percent owned in fantasy leagues and has received 55 carries in Baltimore’s last four games.
3. Miami Dolphins RB Damien Williams
Williams has never received more than 36 carries in a season but that is likely to change following the departure of Ajayi on Tuesday. Miami is expected to use both Williams and Kenyan Drake moving forward and both are worth claiming off the waiver wire ahead of Week 9. While it’s unknown who will receive a majority of the touches out Miami’s backfield, Williams surely has upside value in point per reception leagues. The Dolphins 5-foot-11, 224-pound running back has caught eight passes on 13 targets for 50 yards this season and is less than four percent owned in most fantasy leagues.
2. Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake
The Dolphins are likely to feed the hot hand after trading Ajayi, and have listed Drake “or” Williams as the first-team running back ahead of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. While both running backs are surely worth picking up this week, Drake should be viewed as the priority for fantasy owners. The Dolphins 2016 third-round pick out of Alabama has value in both PPR and standard formats and is less than five percent owned in fantasy leagues. Miami’s coaching staff and front office clearly saw something in the 6-foot-1, 211-pound tailback coming out of college, and Drake averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 33 totes during his rookie season.
1. Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis
Tennessee’s first-round pick is expected to make his return to the gridiron for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2. Davis recorded six catches for 69 yards in his NFL debut against the Oakland Raiders and is less than 28 percent owned in fantasy leagues after missing the Titans’ past five games. Davis doesn’t draw a favorable matchup against the Ravens in Week 9, but fantasy owners won’t be able to wait if they hope to land the 6-foot-3, 209-pound rookie receiver.