Even though Week 8 isn’t fully in the books, we are ready with our Week 9 waiver wire pickups for the 2021 season. This past week had a few upsets. We saw the last undefeated team lose on Thursday night, with Aaron Rodgers getting the most of his depth chart. We saw the Colts implode after a strong early lead, with the Titans getting a kick in overtime to win the game. There was also some news off the field, with the decision of Calvin Ridley to take a step back from football at the moment to work on his mental health.
This week, while we still have byes to consider, there are just two teams on bye:
- Detroit Lions
- Seattle Seahawks
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Washington Football Team
All of these pickups are written in percentage, not priority. For a player to be eligible they have to be owned in less than 50% of leagues. The rostered percentage is taken from ESPN. Now, let’s get into them!
Tua Tagovailoa (MIA) v HOU 36.9% rostered
Trade rumours around the Dolphins seem to have calmed, and Tua is now the starter for the season (except from injury). This week he faces up against Houston who have been torched all season. This is an opportunity for Miami’s offense to make a statement.
Teddy Bridgewater (DEN) @DAL 29.8% rostered
Bridgewater feels like a players that I mention nearly every week. The reason is- he is the typical streaming QB. If you are missing Tom Brady this week, then Bridgewater could be the perfect guy for you.
Taysom Hill/ Trevor Siemian (NO) v ATL 0.9/ 0.0% rostered
Jamies Winston suffered a season-ending injury, making the starting role on the offense up for grabs. Siemian was the guy that stepped into the offense against Tampa Bay, but it might be Hill that is the guy the Saints turn to. Hill has been out for a few weeks, but is nearing a return. Whoever the starter is, a matchup against Atalanta is one to target.
Others to Consider
- Carson Wentz (IND) v NYJ 31.7% rostered
- Tyrod Taylor (HOU) @MIA 3.9% rostered
- Mike White (NYJ) @IND 0.6% rostered
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