Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 9

Peyton Barber and Keke Coutee are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
October 30, 2018 - 9:22 am

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues as Week 9 in the NFL is upon us.

1. Peyton Barber, (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) -- After a slow start, Barber has come on lately, scoring a touchdown and topping the 80-yard mark in two of his last three games. It'll be a bumpy road with the schedule ahead, but Barber is an RB3 with his workload and scoring opportunities with Ryan Fitzpatrick back at the helm. Ronald Jones is also expected to miss a few weeks with a hamstring injury.

2. Keke Coutee, (WR Houston Texans) -- Will Fuller put on a show last Thursday but unfortunately tore his ACL and is done for the year. Coutee is battling his own hamstring injury but will be a major part of the offense going forward with Fuller out. In weeks 4-6, Coutee saw 27 targets. This offense has been clicking as Deshaun Watson rounds into shape, and you'll want the speedy Coutee as a WR3 on your fantasy squad.

3. Jack Doyle, (TE, Indianapolis Colts) – It's clear Doyle is the Colts' top tight end. He played 73.2 percent of the snaps and tied for the team lead in targets with seven, converting them into six receptions, 70 yards and a score. Eric Ebron still found his way into the end zone but saw a season-low three targets and played on just 21.8 percent of the snaps. If Doyle is on the waiver wire, run to pick him up. He'll be a big boost to a tough fantasy position. He does have his bye week coming up.

4. DeVante Parker, (WR, Miami Dolphins) – Between injuries and limited production, Parker has been labeled a bust, but he showed up last Thursday, even if 50 yards came on a lucky bounce. He corralled six of his nine targets for 134 yards and a touchdown and made some tough catches in the process. Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson are hampered by injuries, so Parker should get every shot to shake that bust label.

5. D.J. Moore, (WR, Carolina Panthers) – Moore is coming off his best game, having played 71 percent of the snaps and totaling 129 yards. He caught five of six targets to go along with two rushing attempts as his role continues to expand. That makes three consecutive games with five targets or more for Moore, and the Panthers' offense is clicking right now. Moore is an explosive playmaker who's worth adding to you arsenal before he truly has that blowup game.

6. Tre'Quan Smith, (WR, New Orleans Saints) -- The Saints decided to attack the Vikings with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, leaving Drew Brees with just 23 pass attempts for 120 yards. Smith saw four targets in the game, netting 18 measly yards on three receptions. But he's still the No. 2 receiver to Michael Thomas and for that reason alone, he should be rostered in all leagues.

7. Cortland Sutton (WR, Denver Broncos) – Sutton has shown flashes throughout the season, making splash plays and showing good hands. There are a lot of trade rumors surrounding both Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. If either were to be traded before the deadline Tuesday afternoon, Sutton becomes an immediate starter for the Broncos and will see a significant uptick in volume. We're getting to that point in the season in which waiver additions are about the ceiling play as much as finding consistency at a position.

8. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, (WR, Green Bay Packers) – With Randall Cobb back in the fold, it was Geronimo Allison who saw his workload cut back by Valdes-Scantling, who played 59 percent of the snaps and was tied second on the team with five targets. Meanwhile, Allison played 57 percent of the snaps and saw just two targets. Valdes-Scantling made the most of his opportunities, scoring a touchdown and adding 45 yards on two receptions. He brings a different element than either Cobb or Allison, so continue to monitor his snaps. He's making an impact offensively and should be owned as a WR4/WR5.

9. Devontae Booker, (RB, Denver Broncos) -- Booker makes the list as long as  Royce Freeman is battling his high ankle sprain. Filling in as the No. 2 back to Phillip Lindsay, Booker popped for 101 yards on 13 touches Sunday. Lindsay had 21 touches of his own, but we know the Broncos like to use multiple running backs. If Freeman remains out, Booker is worth adding as a potential flex play until he returns. 

10. Nyheim Hines, (RB, Indianapolis Colts) -- Hines totaled 13 touches at Oakland on Sunday. He racked up 78 yards on the ground and added another seven yards via two receptions. His snap share is still low since the return of Marlon Mack, but he's still seeing opportunity. Mack hasn't been the poster boy for health either, and we saw the significant role Hines played when Mack was out. For those reasons, he claims the last spot. He has a bye this week.

Just missed: Malcolm Brown, Ito Smith, Josh Adams, Elijah McGuire, David Moore, Willie Snead, Christian Kirk, Tyrell Williams, Chris Conley, Chris Herndon and Vance McDonald.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​