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Fantasy Football waiver wire adds, drops, who to watch for Week 9

It looks like Le'Veon Bell will be handing off his duties to DeAngelo Williams for the time being, if not for the rest of the season.

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The close of Week 8 in the NFL means we've now reached the midway point of just about every fantasy football league's season.

Most leagues are over by Week 16, so every move you make going forward will be crucial to getting your team into the postseason. Here's a look at the latest round of waiver wire additions and subtractions you should be making to improve your team.


Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams
Everything was going great for the Steelers in the first few minutes of their crucial Week 8 matchup with the Bengals. Thanks to a hot start by Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers scored opening-game touchdown to take a 7-0 early, and it looked like they were in for a big day against Cincinnati.

However, Bell left this game with a bad leg injury as he was catching a pass early in the second quarter when Vontaze Burfict tackled him and caused Bell to bend awkwardly as he hit the ground. Bell entered the game with 511 rushing yards in five games, but in the two games he missed due to suspension, it was DeAngelo Williams who was putting up those kinds of numbers.

Williams racked up 199 rushing yards and three touchdowns in those two games to open the 2015 season. He hasn't seen the field much with Bell back, but did get nine carries for 71 yards against the Bengals once Bell went out. Bell's injury may be season ending and even if he does return, in the meantime, Williams will be a fantasy stud playing with so many other weapons to spread defenses out. Pick him up ASAP.

Ravens WR Kamar Aiken
We've already mentioned adding Kamar Aiken when Steve Smith was previously injured and dropping Aiken once Smith came back. Sadly, Smith is now done for the year and maybe forever after tearing his Achilles on Sunday during a win over the Chargers. This leaves a wide receiver-deficient Ravens' offense now having to rely on Aiken as their No. 1 guy for the time being. There's still no return in sight for rookie receiver Breshad Perriman, and it's not even a given he'll do much this year after missing so much time.

Aiken is someone who probably should never end up being a No. 1 receiver in any offense, but with Smith out, he has to do more going forward. Against the Steelers (when Smith hurt his back) and the following week against the Browns, Aiken did catch 14 passes for 145 yards and one score. That's enough to make him someone you target if in need of receiver help.

Saints TE Benjamin Watson
The Saints finally look to have found their offensive rhythm, and tight end Benjamin Watson has played a big part in it. Watson finished with more than 100 receiving yards for the second-straight game and scored a touchdown for the third time in four games in the Saints' 52-49 win over the Giants.

He's now up to 26 catches for 369 yards and three scores in his last four games. That's worthy of having Watson rostered in most leagues, so if you need tight end help, he may be your best option. If he continues to perform the way he is, he's a good FLEX option, too.

Steelers TE Heath Miller
Since Heath Miller and Ben Roethlisberger were drafted by the Steelers in the first round of back-to-back drafts, the two have hooked up many times during their careers. Now that Roethlisberger is back and healthy, Miller is once again a viable fantasy option because of how often Ben looks for his big tight end.

In Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Bengals, Miller finished with a game-high 13 targets and caught 10 of them for 105 yards. In games in which Roethlisberger has started and finished this year, Miller has caught 20 passes for 204 yards and a score. He's a solid tight end option if you're in need of one.


Ravens WR Steve Smith
As mentioned above, Steve Smith is out for the year, so he needs to be the first guy you look to drop this week if you own him. At age 36 and now having to come back from a major injury (if he even does after previously announcing his retirement in 2016), Smith isn't someone you want even in dynasty leagues. That's painful to type because Smith has truly been one of the game's best receivers over his Hall-of-Fame career, but it looks like his NFL days are over.

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson
This was supposed to be a bounce-back season for Steve Johnson after several good years followed by some bad ones with the Bills. He signed with the Chargers hoping to revive his career and show he could still be a 1,000-yard kind of receiver, and early reviews out of training camp and the preseason suggested that was possible.

Johnson went on to grab 11 passes for 127 yards and two scores in his first two games this season, but a variety of injuries have limited him since then. He was in and out of the Chargers' Week 8 loss to the Ravens, and finished with just two catches for 28 yards. He's caught just 13 passes for 156 yards with no scores since Week 3, and it's time to part ways with him if he's on your team.

Watch List

Bears RB Jeremy Langford.
The Bears got a major scare on Sunday when star running back Matt Forte left their game against the Vikings with a knee injury, the extent of which is still unknown. If he's going to miss significant time, Jeremy Langford is someone you're going to want to watch out for. He's been the clear-cut No. 2 back behind Forte this season, though Forte gets so many snaps that Langford rarely plays.

In seven games, Langford has just 27 carries for 80 yards and two scores. He did gain 46 yards on just 12 carries in the Bears' loss to the Vikings in Week 8 after Forte went down. This isn't enough to call Langford someone you should definitely add, but he is someone to keep an eye on going forward.