9 route: Top 9 fantasy football waiver targets in Week 9

Chiefs' Charcandick West, Titans' Derrick Henry could be next men up for potent ground attacks

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In this photo taken Jan.16, 2016, New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch (97) closes in on Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (35) in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, in Foxborough, Mass. Moves are few and far between at the NFL trade deadline, but every team could use help, even the 6-1 New England Patriots, who need depth along their defensive line. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this photo taken Jan.16, 2016, New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch (97) closes in on Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (35) in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, in Foxborough, Mass. Moves are few and far between at the NFL trade deadline, but every team could use help, even the 6-1 New England Patriots, who need depth along their defensive line. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) — Elise Amendola

Every Tuesday, Arthur Arkush shares his top nine waiver wire targets for fantasy football players. This will focus exclusively on players owned in less than 50 percent of all Yahoo! leagues.

A note of caution: just because a player is on this list, it doesn't mean readers should exhaust their claim priority and/or waiver budget. Those decisions should be based on individual roster makeup, injuries and other outside forces.

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Just missed the cut: Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Bears QB Jay Cutler, Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson, Titans WR Kendall Wright, Falcons TE Austin Hooper, Packers RB Don Jackson

9. Bills WR Percy Harvin: I trust Harvin about as much as I trust Javy Baez laying off a breaking ball right now, which is to say not at all. But it's a game of opportunity, and Harvin has both that and skills that can't be taught (not a right hook; that can be taught), as they say. His versatility should appeal to Anthony Lynn and his red-hot ground game, too. Harvin against his former team Sunday is a blinder stab than Baez applying tags to would-be base stealers. How desperate are you?

8. Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber: Dirk Koetter is selling Antone Smith, but we're not buying it. Instead, with Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) unlikely to go Thursday versus Atlanta, Barber, the bigger and fresher option than Smith, will be an intriguing play. The Bucs are committed to the run. Rodgers and Smith are journeymen behind fragile Doug Martin. This likely isn't the last time Barber makes the cut.

7. Lions TE Eric Ebron: Because I'm a sucker for false hope, apparently, and Jared Cook and Dwayne Allen don't provide enough annually, why not kick the tires on Ebron? The arrow seems to be pointing down suddenly for Marvin Jones, and no one else has Ebron's size-speed ratio in the Detroit passing attack. He's coming off a career game (7-79-0) and game-high 10 targets vs. Houston. He looks healthy, Stafford is looking his way and he gets a lot of confidence in practice going against the Detroit 'D' and its immunity of actually covering TEs.

6. Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise: Seattle should be throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks offensively at this point. The third-rounder corraled all four of his targets for 80 yards, including a 43-yard burst in New Orleans, and the healthier he gets, the more chances he'll see.

5. Browns QB Josh McCown: He seemingly falls out of bed to throw for 300 yards and a couple of touchdowns (in addition to having that heavily sculpted hairdo). Jamie Collins is a nice get but not the sudden fix for Cleveland's league-worst 'D,' which means McCown, if he's healthy, is dropping back a lot and seeing Terrelle Pryor and, soon, Corey Coleman. Joe Thomas wasn't dealt, either, and while we don't see how that helps Cleveland's rebuild, it's clearly a boon for McCown, a decent streaming option at home Sunday vs. Dallas' dinged secondary.

4. Saints RB Tim Hightower: This guy is so easy to root for, so you better get Hightower on your team to avoid having to awkwardly resist cheering for your opponent. After Mark Ingram's second fumble in as many weeks, Hightower became the third(!) back to eclipse the century mark vs. Seattle this season. Sean Payton conceded a comittee is forthcoming, and with Ingram's injury history, plus San Francisco's stout run defense being ancient history, Hightower can help immediately and, very possibly, for the duration of the season. And we're pros here, so I don't have to mention the inherent incentive in adding Drew Brees' guys, right?

3. Jets WR Quincy Enunwa: What more does this guy have to do to get to 50 percent ownership? All he's doing is out-producing Brandon Marshall, whom you might be able to trade, and then pick up Enunwa free of charge. His arrow is clearly pointing up, even if the Jets' isn't.

2. Titans RB Derrick Henry: His ownership dipped below 50 percent just in time for his best game, spurred by a DeMarco Murray toe injury the Titans say they're not worried about. But Murray's workload is worrisome, and Tennessee's offensive line is awesome. Just a handcuff until now, Henry suddenly has standalone value and the potential to become the workhorse, at best, and more involved after his breakthrough, at worst, for one of the NFL's top ground attacks.

1. Chiefs RB Charcandick West: There's blood in the water with Jamaal Charles' knee not improving and Spencer Ware in concussion protocol and West smells it. Remember, before Spencer Ware became a household fantasy name, it was West whose stock was headed north. He has more juice than Ware, plenty of passing down chops and has done it on big stages before. The Chiefs' next-man-up approach over the past year has been a marvel; there's no reason to think West can't keep the Chiefs' powerful run game going in the absence of Ware and Charles, especially with Jacksonville, coming off a bludgeoning by Tennessee, in full-on crisis mode.