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Fantasy Football: Top 5 Add/Drops after Week 9

It’s getting later and later into the fantasy season, and it’s at the point where many of the names on the waiver wire are guys who have been on rosters at some point but have since been dropped.

Some of these players were dropped because they can’t be relied upon on a week to week basis while others just haven’t produced enough to earn a roster spot at all.

Yet, there are still players out there that can help you. From a legitimate top 10 QB to a starting running back with potential for a big second half, DSN is here to let you know who to claim this week before the waiver wire claims go through on Wednesday morning.

The Atlanta Falcons,  Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers are all one byes this week.

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1. Add Derek Carr

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Carr has been an absolute monster over the past few weeks, catapulting himself into the top 10 in terms of total points by fantasy QBs this season. With 23+ fantasy points in each of his last three starts, Carr is the perfect QB to add if you need to a spot start for a bye-week or a fill in for an injury. Owned in only 58.3% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues, the Oakland Raiders’ QB could continue his hot streak as his next three games are against the Minnesota Vikings and then the struggling Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans. 

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2. Add Matt Jones

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No running back in Washington has shown much of anything this year, but of the three who have received the majority of carries, Matt Jones is the one to own. Jones is only owned in 37% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues, and while he probably can’t be trusted to start this week, he is worth an add this late into the season. Jones had his breakout game in week 2 against the St. Louis Rams when he exploded for 123 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Since then, he has been mediocre at best but was dealing with a toe injury for weeks. He’s finally healthy, and if you’re in need of RB help, is certainly worth the add.

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3. Add Joique Bell

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I know what most Lions’ fans are thinking. How could you possibly trust Joique Bell? I don’t blame you. I advised you to drop Bell earlier in the season, but very similarly to the way I feel about Matt Jones, I feel about Bell. At the end of the day, Bell is back as the No. 1 RB for the Lions, and that means something in fantasy. He’s not going to be a guy you count on week in and week out, but he’s clearly the No. 1 RB in Detroit’s backfield. Coming off his best game of the season, Bell’s a guy to stash on your bench and see how he does in week 10. At the very least, he could be good for some short-yardage TDs, similar to the way Matt Asiata was used for the Vikings last year.

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4. Drop Travis Benjamin

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Benjamin was arguably the best WR in fantasy football through the first three weeks, but since then, he has been almost completely irrelevant in terms of fantasy production. There was hope that with the return of Johnny Manziel last week that Benjamin would reemerge as a fantasy star. That wasn’t the case. Benjamin hasn’t seen the endzone since week 3, yet he’s still owned in 82% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues. It’s time to drop Benjamin, and any other Cleveland Browns’ WRs while you’re at it.

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5. Drop Donte Moncrief

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Similar to Benjamin, Moncrief started off the year on fire. He scored in each of his first three games and looked to be one of the steals of many fantasy drafts. Unfortunately for owners of Moncrief, a number of factors have come into play that have continually made him less and less of a reliable fantasy option week by week. T.Y. Hilton is finally healthy, Griff Whalen has emerged as another legitimate target for the Colts’ QBs, and to make matters worse, Andrew Luck is out for the next 2-6 weeks because of a lacerated kidney and abdominal injury. Moncrief’s role continues to shrink, and especially with the Colts on a bye week in Week 10, you can look elsewhere for WR production.

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