Week 9 on the books with no COVID delays and no major injuries, which is a rarity these days. The fancy owners rejoiced, but they know it's the home stretch for the playoffs. Places on the bench start list are more important than ever at this part of the season. When you get to the playoffs, everyone is on the same level. Everyone has a chance to have a good week and move on to the next round. Depth will play an important role. Here are a few players to consider to help you complete your roster for the week ahead and the home streak:
Tua Tagovailoa - QB, Miami Dolphins (available in 80% of leagues)
It's Tua time in Miami! After a shaky first start last week that led to a win, former Alabama QB Crimson Tide capitalized on his second outing by beating the Arizona Cardinals. He started off slow but finished with 248 yards and two touchdowns to go with 35 rushing yards. In total, Tagovailoa finished with 21 fantasy points that day and placed 15th overall in fantastic performance among the quarterfinals.
Now, it's rare for a talented QB on a winning team to become available this late in the season. Tua seems to tick all the boxes. He can certainly throw it all over the field and come out of the pocket. His remaining schedule isn't that bad either with clashes against the Jets and Bengals helping the fancy owners down the line. Tagovailoa should be a high priority claim if there are questions to the quarterback
Duke Johnson - RB, Houston Texans (84%)
This next addition is the classic case of an injury situation that you should probably jump on. The Houston Texans have looked better since the sacking of coach and general manager Bill O'Brien. It looks like running back David Johnson may be out due to a concussion he suffered in last week's game against the Jaguars.
Duke Johnson stepped in and finished with 73 total yards and a touchdown. The 16% of owners who have had it and started it were rewarded with 13 points. Johnson is a veteran who previously held that position with the Cleveland Browns. He's more impressive as a wide receiver than a rusher, which is ideal for mobile quarterback Deshaun Watson. Duke Johsnon is worth an addition, especially if David Johnson is away for an extended period of time.
DeAndre Washington - RB, Miami Dolphins (99%)
Washington was one of the few players to move during the trade deadline. The Kansas City Chiefs parted ways with the running back and sent him to Miami. Running back Myles Gaskin and little-used reserve Matt Brieda have both been added to the injured list. Jordan Howard and Salvon Ahmed both played and were disappointed with a total of 57 rushing yards. Washington has toured the block and made a name for itself as a complementary comeback. Dolphins need a boost in terms of racing game. If you need to gamble a bit or just want a late addition, Washington is your man especially with his availability.
Danny Amendola - WR, Detroit Lions (93%)
One of Tom Brady's favorite alumni is making his way to the waiver thread list. Starting wide receiver Kenny Golladay is sidelined with a hip injury, leaving Amendola and Marvin Jones as starters. Amendola is the classic safety valve player for any quarterback, and I mean all quarterback due to Matthew Stafford's availability due to a concussion he suffered last Sunday. Amendola finished with 10 targets and 77 yards, which shows he can be useful to any quarterback.
Curtis Samuel - WR, Carolina Panthers (58%)
The last addition of the week goes to Curtis Samuel of the Carolina Panthers. Samuel was probably drafted very late in the fancy drafts or went completely unedited. The Panthers' offense has been good all year and finally got their star rusher Christian McCaffrey back. This is important because more people in the field will be open, which is the role in which Samuel can thrive. Week 9 showed us Samuel as a deep ball threat with 105 yards and touchdown, totaling 17 points in fantasy. Samuel appears to be taking advantage of the defenses by focusing on Robby Anderson and DJ Moore. If Samuel is available, he is a must-have this week.
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