Fantasy Football: Playing the waiver wire for Week 9

Shifting focus to Week 9 now, here are some fantasy football waiver wire targets to put on your radar.
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Week 8 will come to a conclusion on Monday night when the Detroit Lions take on the Las Vegas Raiders. So it's time for fantasy football owners to shift focus toward Week 9, and the waiver wire. Four teams are on a bye in Week 9-the Lions, the San Francisco 49ers, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Denver Broncos.

Here is the Week 9 edition of "Playing the Waiver Wire."

Will Levis, QB, Tennessee Titans

Levis made his first NFL start against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8, and he did not disappoint (19-for-29 for 238 yards and four touchdowns; 11 rushing yards). Ryan Tannehill (ankle) is unlikely to cleared to play on a short week before a Thursday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, so the rookie won't give the starting job back for at least one more game.

The Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 10) are mid-pack matchups for Levis, assuming he keeps the starting job. Week 11-13 is a favorable stretch (Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts), as is Week 15-17 (Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks at home, Texans again). Even Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins isn't a bad matchup.

Tannehilll is hardly guaranteed to get the starting job back once he is healthy. So it could, and arguably should, be the Levis show for the rest of the season.

At minimum, Levis is a solid streaming option for Week 9 and any other weeks he starts where he fits the criteria. But there's a possibility he becomes something more than that, and those with room to add him and see what happens should have him high on their waiver wire radar this week.

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Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Murray practiced all week last week, hinting at his looming return. Josh Dobbs will make at least one more start in Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns, and Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon was non-committal about Murray possibly starting Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons.

At 1-7, the Cardinals may not be greatly incentivized to have Murray back into action. But it does seem he will play this season, it's just a matter of when. If not Week 10, then Week 11 against the Houston Texans becomes likely, And his history as a fantasy producer cannot be ignored.

Murray is a worthy stash in 12-team leagues, and he should be able to be put into an IR spot in leagues that have them right now.

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