Fantasy owners should be getting ready for Week 9. November is here and the fantasy season is rapidly coming to a close. It's time to make sure you can get a win and start to clinch a playoff spot. If there is a player on your bench that you haven't started yet this season, it's time to re-evaluate why you are hanging on to them.
Check your waiver wire to see who might be available that you could actually start. Just because you drafted someone in an early round or you've had them since draft day does not mean that they still need to be on your roster. You want the best team – think with your head, not your heart.
Teams on bye: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (10 percent owned)
Fourth-quarter Drew Lock looked great. He threw three touchdowns in the final frame of the Broncos' game against the Chargers on Sunday, including the game-winner with a second left. It's not easy to trust Lock, as the last time he threw a touchdown pass was Week 1. However, the Broncos face the Falcons in Week 9. This is the team that allows the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Atlanta has let every quarterback throw at least one touchdown pass (including letting Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles combine for four in the same game) with five tossing multiple. Lock is a QB2 that could fill in during the bye week (no Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Joe Burrow, or Baker Mayfield this week).
Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers (1 percent owned)
Jimmy Garoppolo hasn't been right coming off the ankle injury he suffered in Week 2. He's been in and out of games, and then re-aggravated it in Sunday's loss to Seattle. He is expected to be out a minimum of six weeks and possibly longer if he needs surgery. Mullens will get the start on Thursday night against Green Bay. He stepped in when Garoppolo was benched in Week 8 and threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns in garbage time. However, Mullens himself has been benched before (replaced by C.J. Beathard), so his leash will probably be short. But if he puts forth a good showing against the Packers, the starting job could be Mullens' for the rest of the season.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens (30 percent owned)
The Ravens have said that Mark Ingram may miss another game because of his ankle injury. On Sunday, Edwards had 87 yards and a touchdown. J.K. Dobbins outgained Edwards (113 yards) with fewer carries (15 vs. 16) but Baltimore has always been a team willing to run the ball. As long as Edwards doesn't cede goal-line work to the rookie, he should be owned while Ingram is sidelined and is an RB2/3 option.
Nyheim Hines (29 percent owned) and Jordan Wilkins (2 percent), Indianapolis Colts
In a game where Jonathan Taylor was expected to excel, Wilkins had 20 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown, adding one reception for 24 yards. Hines was the pass-catching back with three receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Taylor had 11 carries for 22 yards. This backfield is a mess, but apparently Taylor is dealing with an ankle injury, which may explain his usage. If Taylor is hurt that should pave the way for Wilkins to have a bigger role. Unfortunately for him, the Colts play the Ravens this week, but Wilkins should be owned and Hines should be grabbed in PPR formats.
DeeJay Dallas, Seattle Seahawks (25 percent owned)
Heading into Week 8, Carlos Hyde was doubtful. Chris Carson was questionable, but ruled out prior to kickoff. Travis Homer was questionable and was active, but it was Dallas who led the Seattle backfield. He had 41 rushing yards, five receptions for 17 yards and scored both on the ground and through the air. Hyde doesn't appear close to returning while Carson's status is up in the air. If both remain out, Dallas is an RB2 against Buffalo in Week 9.
Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions (49 percent owned)
It's unclear what Kenny Golladay's injury is, but it seems serious as he left with a hip injury and is already ruled out for Week 9. Jones should be the guy to fill in for Golladay. In Week 8, he had three receptions for 39 yards and two touchdowns. Jones is only available in about half of the leagues, but if that's yours, go and pick him up. Danny Amendola, Quintez Cephus, and Marvin Hall are available in 99 percent of leagues and any of these guys could see more looks with Golladay out.
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles (24 percent owned)
The Eagles are so banged up when it comes to their offense that when someone returns from injury, they jump onto the fantasy radar. Reagor finally returned from IR for a thumb injury that required surgery and he wasted no time in making his presence known. His six targets tied him for second in the win over Dallas, as he caught three of them for 16 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a two-point conversion and picked up six yards on one carry. Reagor will likely be more involved in this offense moving forward. Philadelphia is on bye in Week 9 but you probably shouldn't wait too long to add Reagor if he's available. There's risk with all of the injuries on the Eagles' offense and Carson Wentz' inconsistent play, but there's plenty of upside with Reagor as well.
Anthony Miller (21 percent owned) and Darnell Mooney (6 percent), Chicago Bears
Mooney has quietly had at least five targets in every game that Nick Foles has played this year. He had six in Week 8 and he caught five of them for 69 yards and a touchdown. Miller had the most targets and receptions on the team (11 targets, eight receptions for 73 yards). Both wide receivers are obviously behind Allen Robinson but both do have some value, assuming Foles can get the offense going. Fantasy owners should look at Miller ahead of Mooney, but both can be WR4s.
Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers (45 percent owned)
In the past two weeks, Ebron has had 10 receptions and 50 and 48 receiving yards, respectively. He scored a touchdown in Week 8 and next up for the Steelers is the Cowboys. Dallas' defense is having a rough year and has surrendered four touchdowns to opposing tight ends. Based on his usage, Ebron is a high TE2 and should be grabbed in all 12-team leagues and considered in 10-team leagues.
Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers (3 percent owned)
George Kittle broke a bone in his ankle/foot in Week 8 and will be out for eight weeks – or essentially the rest of the fantasy season. This is a huge blow to Kittle owners, but the next man up is Reed. When Reed was healthy and filled in for Kittle in Week 2, he had seven receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Reed is still on IR but has been activated to either return or be shut down. Ross Dwelley (0 percent owned) will be the tight end if Reed is not activated.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Tennessee Titans (48 percent owned)
The Titans face the Bears in Week 9, and while Chicago is 5-3, the offense has struggled throughout this season. Nick Foles hasn't looked all that much better than Mitchell Trubisky, and he's been sacked nine times in the past two games. Foles also has thrown at least one interception in every game he's played and this makes for a good play for opposing DSTs. The Titans are the best option available in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but for those that are looking for a lesser-owned streaming DST, the Texans (owned in 5 percent of leagues) face a Jaguars team that will start rookie Jake Luton on Sunday with Gardner Minshew out because of a thumb injury.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.