Owners around the fantasy football world are forced to deal with another busy week of byes. With six more teams sidelined in Week 9, the waiver wire is going to remain crucial to building a lineup capable of surviving a couple key absences.
While bye weeks will start to become less of a factor moving forward, the fantasy playoff chase is already well underway. That's why it's important to scour the free-agent market not only for the week ahead, but also the entire stretch run.
With that in mind, let's examine the top option to target at each position heading into Week 9. The list is followed by a breakdown of some of the players capable of providing a major fantasy impact the rest of the season.
Week 9 Waiver-Wire Targets
|QB||Terrelle Pryor||Oakland Raiders|
|RB||Zac Stacy||St. Louis Rams|
|WR||Marvin Jones||Cincinnati Bengals|
|TE||Timothy Wright||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|K||Ryan Succop||Kansas City Chiefs|
Fantasy Week 9
Top Options to Consider
Terrelle Pryor (Oakland Raiders)
Pryor showed last week why he's an increasingly intriguing fantasy option. He put up 15 fantasy points in standard leagues even though he was only able to manage 88 passing yards. Few quarterbacks in the league are capable of pulling that off.
Obviously, the lack of aerial efficiency is a concern, but he was averaging over 210 yards per start before the Pittsburgh Steelers, owners of the second-ranked pass defense, were able to slow him down. So even though he isn't going to post monster passing numbers, he's been doing enough.
His rushing ability is what takes him to the next level. He's averaging over 65 yards per contest on the ground. Pryor's dual-threat ability should allow him to take advantage of a Philadelphia Eagles defense that is one of just three allowing more than 400 total yards per game.
Zac Stacy (St. Louis Rams)
Stacy is dealing with an ankle injury suffered on Monday night. Although it doesn't sound overly serious, it's something to monitor in the days ahead leading up to Week 9. It shouldn't affect his status as one of the top waiver targets of the week, though.
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He wasn't even on the fantasy radar when the season began. But after St. Louis' other backfield options failed to impress, he emerged from deep on the depth chart. Now, he's gone four straight weeks with at least 78 total yards.
Assuming he's able to overcome the ankle problem, he should remain a key piece of the Rams offense, especially without Sam Bradford under center. Any No. 1 running back warrants a lot of fantasy attention given the lack of depth at the position, and Stacy is no different.
Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals)
Jones put together a couple solid games in Weeks 6 and 7. He had a combined 27 fantasy points and started to gain some fantasy traction, but his 122-yard, four-touchdown breakout in Week 8 is going to makes him a must-own wideout.
The Bengals are having trouble getting any type of reliable production from the running game. It's led to more pressure on Andy Dalton to make plays through the air. He's responded well and Jones has been the biggest beneficiary.
A.J. Green remains the team's No. 1 wide receiver and his presence ensures opposing defenses won't be able to divert extra resources to slowing down Jones. At the very least, it should make him a solid flex option moving forward, starting against the Miami Dolphins this week.