- We’re heading into the home stretch of the fantasy football season.
- Thankfully, there’s plenty of solid players available on the waiver wire to help you fill out your roster.
- Here are 11 waiver-wire targets for players in need of some depth or a new starter as they make the push to the playoffs.
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We’re heading into the home stretch of the fantasy football season.
Whether you’re sitting atop the rankings hoping to hold on to a first-round bye or scratching and clawing for a spot in the playoffs, every game counts.
During Week 9, several players emerged as potential additions to help you fill out your roster and make a run at the postseason.
Take a look below at 11 players available on the waiver wire that could help you win your fantasy season.
Duke Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
ESPN fantasy ownership: 16.7%
Week 9 stats: 41 rushing yards, four receptions, 32 receiving yards, one touchdown â€” 15.3 fantasy points
One thing to know: Lead running back David Johnson had to leave Sunday’s game due to a concussion, moving Duke Johnson into the top role in the offence. He could have massive value heading into Week 10 should Johnson’s injury keep him out again.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team
ESPN fantasy ownership: 47.9%
Week 9 stats: 17 rushing yards, nine receptions, 65 receiving yards â€” 17.2 fantasy points
One thing to know: J.D. McKissic has had at least six receptions in four of his past five games, making him a great pick-up for those playing in PPR leagues.
Kalen Ballage, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
ESPN fantasy ownership: 0.3%
Week 9 stats: 69 rushing yards, two receptions, 15 receiving yards, one touchdown â€” 16.4 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Chargers backfield has been a bit of whack-a-mole over the past few weeks, but Kalen Ballage has the hot hand right now.
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
ESPN fantasy ownership: 32.3%
Week 9 stats: 68 rushing yards, one reception, nine receiving yards, one touchdown â€” 14.7 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Giants offence has been pretty bad so far this season, but Wayne Gallman has now scored in three straight games.
Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots
ESPN fantasy ownership: 10.3%
Week 9 stats: 12 receptions, 169 receiving yards â€” 28.9 fantasy points
One thing to know: Jakobi Meyers has been waiting for his breakout game, and on Monday night, he finally had it. If the Patriots start throwing the ball more, Meyers could quickly become a regular contributor for fantasy players.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers
ESPN fantasy ownership: 52.6%
Week 9 stats: Nine receptions, 105 receiving yards, one touchdown â€” 26.8 fantasy points
One thing to know: Curtis Samuel is now averaging more than 21 fantasy points per game over his past three weeks, and he’s still available in nearly half of ESPN leagues. Grab him while you can.
Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, Atlanta Falcons
ESPN fantasy ownership: 0.5%
Week 9 stats: Four receptions, 103 receiving yards, one touchdown â€” 20.3 fantasy points
One thing to know: We’ve seen both Zaccheaus and fellow Falcons receiver Russell Gage have a random monster game or two so far this season. He’s an interesting boom-or-bust player if your team needs a spark.
Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers
ESPN fantasy ownership: 42.6%
Week 9 stats: N/A
One thing to know: Allen Lazard hasn’t played since Week 3 due to injury but is set to rejoin the Packers offence soon. The last time we saw him, he caught six receptions for 146 yards and a score against the Saints. He’s a trusted target of Aaron Rodgers, who is playing as hot as he ever has.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
ESPN fantasy ownership: 21.9%
Week 9 stats: Two receptions, 55 receiving yards, one touchdown â€” 13.5 fantasy points
One thing to know: Agholor has made a habit of making the most of his targets and has now scored a touchdown in four of his past five games. If the Raiders offence is humming, Agholor has plenty of value.
Irv Smith Jr., TE, Minnesota Vikings
ESPN fantasy ownership: 4.4%
Week 9 stats: Two receptions, 10 receiving yards, two touchdowns â€” 15 fantasy points
One thing to know: Irv Smith Jr. hasn’t been as big a part of the Vikings offence as many thought he would be heading into the year, but on Sunday, he proved he’s a big part of the team’s red-zone attack. You can’t count on two touchdowns every game, but if you need a guy at the position, it’s good to have someone the team is targeting for touchdowns.
Minnesota Vikings defence
ESPN fantasy ownership: 15.7%
Week 9 stats: Three interceptions, two sacks, 20 points against â€” 5 fantasy points
One thing to know: The Vikings defence played well against the Lions last week and has a solid matchup against a sputtering Bears offence in Week 10.
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