Week 9 is in the books and fantasy players are combing the waiver wire looking for injury and bye week replacements. We bring you the list of top 5 players who could be waiver wire duds.
WR Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (12% owned)
Baldwin caught 6 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' Week 9 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Baldwin isn't having a bad season it's just that Percy Harvin could return soon and it's hard to trust any Seahawks wide receiver as a solid fantasy option. Seattle is 27th in the league in passing yards and Russell Wilson is averaging only 186.4 passing yards per game.
TE Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13% owned)
Tim Wright is an intriguing tight end candidate. A former wideout who converted to tight end in training camp, the rookie is now second on the receiving list with 24 receptions for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns. The downside is having a rookie quarterback though Mike Glennon is showing promise. He is only averaging 209.6 passing yards per game at this point in his career.
Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery isn't a bad player for the Steelers and you can't ignore the fact he has 5 receiving touchdowns on the year but the Steelers offense remains an enigma. With both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sander on the roster it's curious Cotchery is the leading receiver in the touchdown category. Roethlisberger seems to trust Brown and Cotchery more on third down which does weigh in Cotchery's favor. Consistency is the issue here and it's hard to trust these numbers. Factor in Roethlisberger's touchdown to interception ratio (12/9) and you see the difficulty relying on his production.
Full disclosure: I have Marlon Brown on one of my fantasy teams. The Ravens wideout caught 5 passes for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 9 and is the number 2 receiving option in Baltimore right not but Flacco is struggling and the Ravens are ranked 15th in the league in passing. Brown is averaging 42.4 yards per game though he does have 5 touchdowns on the year.
RB Chris Ivory, New York Jets
Before you get all huffy I really like Ivory and think he could be the guy in New York (Jersey) but the Jets have used a 2 back platoon and Bilal Powell could very well be in the mix. Ivory had an outstanding game Sunday against his former team the New Orleans Saints with 18 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown. Both Powell and Ivory have a touchdown on the year and the carry distribution is fairly even though Ivory got the bulk of the carries on Sunday. Ivory should be owned but the Jets do have a Week 10 bye week. Assume the platoon continues until the situation becomes more clear.