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Fantasy football waiver wire: 7 adds and 4 drops ahead of NFL Trade Deadline

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We’ve reached the midway point of the NFL regular season, which means your fantasy football season is inching closer toward the playoffs.

With that in mind, here is a look at the latest waiver wire moves to make for your fantasy football team heading into Week 9 of the NFL season:

Fantasy Football Week 9 Adds

Seahawks WR David Moore

Break out the Seahawks, who have now won four of their last five games following an 0-2 start. A big reason for their emergence has been second-year receiver David Moore. He’s caught at least two passes in his last four games (13 targets) after getting just one target in his first three games.

But Moore finally had a breakout game against the Lions, catching four balls for 97 yards (4 targets) and a score. He now has four touchdowns over his last three games and would be a great addition for receiver-needy fantasy owners.

Raiders RB Doug Martin

With Marshawn Lynch now on IR, the Raiders’ backfield got a big shakeup heading into the second half of the regular season. While Jalen Richard is the better back to own in PPR leagues (8 grabs for 80 yards vs. the Colts), Doug Martin is getting most of the carries, making him slightly more valuable in standard leagues. Against the Colts, Martin went for 72 yards on just 13 carries in a game Oakland trailed in for much of the second half. He’s worth adding if you’re in need of running back depth going forward.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen

This is a ‘captain obvious’ add, but after Greg Olsen suffered his foot injury, the second major foot issue he’s had since 2017, many fantasy owners dropped the reliable tight end. However, Olsen returned to action sooner than expected, and he finally got back in rhythm with four grabs for 56 yards and a score vs. the Ravens. As of Sunday, he was still free in about 20 percent of CBS leagues, so go do a quick scan and see if you’re lucky enough to add Olsen to your team this week.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker

Now healthy and getting a healthy amount of snaps, Devante Parker is becoming a force again for the Dolphins. Against the Texans, Parker went off for 134 yards on six grabs (9 targets). When healthy, Parker has been a worthy WR2/flex play for fantasy owners. Health has been his main downfall, so as long as he has that, he’s worth rostering in all leagues.

Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

With Jameis Winston melting down, watch out for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who torched the Bengals for 194 yards and two scores in essentially just a quarter of work. Fitzpatrick also has some favorable matchups against Washington, Carolina, New York, New Orleans and San Francisco coming up. There’s also a Week 17 matchup with the putrid Falcons if that’s when you have your fantasy championship and your regular starter doesn’t play much, if at all that week (think Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes and Kirk Cousins). If he’s named the starter this week, Fitzmagic is worth picking up if you’re in need of quarterback help.

Conditional Add: Broncos WR Courtland Sutton

With the trade deadline on Tuesday, there’s a chance the Broncos trade one of Emmanuel Sanders or Demaryius Thomas. But even with those two still in Denver, rookie Courtland Sutton is starting to emerge. He caught three passes on four targets for 78 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. He’s got just 17 grabs in eight games this season, so it’s hard to add him this week unless one of Sanders/Thomas is traded. If a trade happens, then Sutton suddenly becomes one of the hottest adds to make this week.

Conditional Add: Bucs WR Chris Godwin

Another conditional add based on a potential trade is Chris Godwin, who could be in line for a bigger workload if DeSean Jackson is dealt (he’s requested a trade). Godwin had good chemistry with Fitzpatrick earlier in the season with 13 grabs on 20 targets over his first three games, so if Fitzpatrick is named the starter and Jackson is dealt, this becomes a sneaky fantasy add to make this week.

Fantasy Football Week 9 Drops

Bengals TE CJ Uzomah

The Bengals just can’t find a tight end to feature with Tyler Eifert now out for the season. Initially, it looked like CJ Uzomah was going to be the guy, but since Eifert went down, Uzomah has caught just 11 passes for 116 yards and one score. That included zero grabs on four targets against the Buccaneers, a game in which rookie tight end Jordan Franks actually made a 32-yard grab. You can safely drop Uzomah heading into the bye week.

Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde

It’s been a rough fall for Carlos Hyde, who fell out of favor in Cleveland, then was traded to the Jaguars for insurance as Leonard Fournette battles his hamstring injury. But even after the move, Hyde has been a ghost while TJ Yeldon got most of the touches. Hyde has just 45 yards in two games, and the Jaguars are now on the bye week with Fournette set to return soon after. It’s time to part ways with Hyde.

Eagles RB Corey Clement

Another running back heading into his bye that needs to be cut is Corey Clement, who has fallen behind Wendell Smallwood and even Josh Adams in Philly’s backfield. Clement had just 15 touches over his last two games for a grand total of 27 yards and has just two total scores this season. You can safely cut him.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston

It’s been a rough go of it for Jameis Winston since returning from his three-game ban. That came to a head Sunday when he tossed four picks against the Bengals, including a pick-six to rookie safety Jessie Bates. He was also sacked five times and was just a disaster on offense, leading to his benching in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Cut bait with Winston ASAP.