I compiled a top-6 list of the most surprising fantasy finishes that were successful but may not continue down that path. The list should be used as a guideline for the waiver wire.
For the following, the quarterbacks I list should not continue to fall within the top 12; running backs and wide receivers are flex options or below. For the week, all players have fallen within the top 24 (QBs are within the top 12).
Without further ado, here are my guys for Week 9.
Joshua Dobbs– Dobbs made this list in my last article, but what he did was remarkable for the Minnesota Vikings. He led Minnesota to victory after being acquired on Tuesday of last week. Dobbs completed 20 passes on 30 attempts for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 66 yards and scored another on the ground.
Worth Mentioning: Tyson Bagent, Baker Mayfield
Keaton Mitchell– The rookie didn’t have many opportunities (9) but he turned them into gold (138 yards) and one touchdown. He also caught a pass. Two of three Baltimore’s longest runs were by Mitchell with a 60 and a 40-yard scamper. Even though most of his carries were doing garbage time he had more carries than Gus Edwards and less than Justice Hill. Mitchell finished fifth among running backs.
Jaylen Warren– It was Warren’s career best in rushing yards (88) on 11 carries while he came a half-yard short of scoring a touchdown. He also caught all three targets for another 25 yards. Unfortunately, Warren will continue to share the backfield with Najee Harris and keep himself from being a trustworthy top-24 candidate.
Worth Mentioning: Tyler Allgeier, Chuba Hubbard
Noah Brown– Brown was a big part of the explosive fireworks displayed by the Houston offense against Tampa Bay. He caught all six targets for 153 yards and a touchdown. His totals led the Texans in receiving yards which was a season high. Brown also superseded his catches and yards up for the season and most of his tally against the Bucs came on a 75-yard score.
Jalen Tolbert– Tolbert caught his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter in Dallas’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. His score came from seven yards away, but he hasn’t caught a pass in the three prior contests. Therefore, consistency isn’t in the second-year pro yet. Tolbert’s last successful game came in Week 4 when he caught four balls for 53 yards against the Patriots.
Wan’Dale Robinson– Robinson returned to the top 24 after his Week 6 performance against the Bills. He wasn’t outstanding, as he caught just four of five targets for 35 yards. However, he did score a touchdown that came in garbage time. Now, there is uncertainty at the quarterback position as Daniel Jones tore his ACL, and Tommy DeVito has not been superb.
Worth Mentioning: Darnell Mooney, JuJu Smith-Schuster