Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 wide receivers to look at for Week 9

Andy Lyons

Need a replacement for Calvin Johnson or the Broncos receivers this week? Here are five receivers who could help.

Bye weeks continue to wreak havoc on the fantasy football world. Six teams have a week off now, including important fantasy-centric teams like the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions. That means owners will be forced to sit Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker.

If you need to go to the waiver wire to plug roster holes this week, here are five wide receivers worth looking at.  All league data comes from Yahoo! Sports.

DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (owned in 47 percent of leagues)

The rookie out of Clemson has had steady, if unspectacular, production so far. Week 7 against the Chiefs was his best game since Week 2, grabbing three catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. Hopkins has talent, but it doesn't always show up on the box score, which makes it hard to trust him week-to-week. He has WR3 upside if he can make plays with defenses focusing on Andre Johnson.

Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (owned in 34 percent of leagues)

Jake Locker is back and connecting with his favorite target once again. Washington secured 62 yards on three catches, his highest yard total since Week 4, the week Locker went down. Washington's production disappeared with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but he should be back on the WR3 radar with Locker getting the bye week to heal up.

Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (owned in 25 percent of leagues)

Well, that came out of nowhere. Jones exploded against the Jets, racking up eight catches for 122 yards and four touchdowns. Fantasy owners expecting WR1 production every week will be disappointed, but Jones may be here to stay as the No. 2 receiver alongside A.J. Green. He has now scored a touchdown or more in three straight games. The Bengals play the Dolphins next week.

Kris Durham, Detroit Lions (owned in 14 percent of leagues)

The lanky 6'6 receiver has seen more playing with Nate Burleson out, and if nothing else has been consistent. He's on pace for 50 catches, 620 yards and two touchdowns, which are respectable WR4 numbers. Durham's snap counts could take a hit when Burleson returns in a couple weeks, but he should continue getting his fair share of targets in a Lions offense that loves to throw the ball.

Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints (owned in 10 percent of leagues)

Working as the straight-line speedster in a Drew Brees offense means that Stills has a chance to get huge chunks of yards. That was demonstrated on Sunday, when he recorded 129 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, Stills still isn't seeing many targets, playing a highly specific role on the roster. He has just 13 catches on the year, but those have gone for 25.2. Stills is one of the ultimate fantasy risks -- he could go off for a big statline or give you a goose egg. There's no real middle ground for the Oklahoma rookie.

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