Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire

Get the waiver wire targets you need for your Fantasy Football Week 8 lineups.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire

Its week 8 and we finally have a player worthy of your number one waiver claim.  Unfortunately,a lot of people may have missed the boat on that as he’s already owned in 57% of Yahoo! leagues.  Last week in our midseason recap we had him as our #1 RB add in the top tier among players owned in less than 50% of leagues.  In fact, we advised picking him up going into week 4, and we reminded you going into week 6, and then finally last week it was “last call”.  So, if you were hanging out with us up until then you likely already own him because you’re a genius.  If you didn’t have the space or were on vacation for the last month here are this weeks’ wavier pickups to enlighten you.

In most formats we are advising you that this is the week to put a claim in on someone, especially if you are in the hole and need players for byes.  There are very few back-ups who would become instant adds at this point if there were an injury and one of them (Rod Smith behind Zeke Elliot) is on bye this week so holding onto high waiver claims could be futile moving forward – especially if you have the 2nd or 3rd claim and you need 2 such breakouts.  

Runningback

Marlon Mack – 57% owned

Waiver: 1 or later

FAAB: 50-75% (or all of it if you would start him this morning

Morning Add: Early Bird but he won’t be there

This one doesn’t need much explanation at this point.  We’ve harped on why he was must add previously.  It’s clear now that he is the guy and the Colts offense, when everyone is healthy, is one that scores points.  Even better, TY Hilton is not a tremendous red zone target and you aren’t going to see Luck calling his own number at the goal line after his injury debacle so it’s Mack, Eric Ebron, and Jack Doyle competing for red zone scores.  Get him.  

Jalen Richard 26% owned

Waiver: 3 or later

FAAB: 10-15%

Morning Add: Early Bird

After weeks of having little to no movement on the RB wire we first have the Carlos Hyde trade that unlocked Nick Chubb, we have the Return of the Mack, and then we have the news thatMarshawn Lynch will likely be shut down for the season.  We had advised before that Richard was a grab, especially in PPR leagues, but with the absence of Lynch we now will likely see him mix in some carries to go along with his 6.1 targets per game.  He’s currently receiving just shy of 2 carries a game which is a nearly nonexistent workload so any bump in touches there could turn him into a poor man’s Tarik Cohen.  Derek Carr loves the check down so he was their leading receiver last week.

Kenjon Barner – 2%

Waiver: 6 or later

FAAB: 2-3%

Morning Add: At breakfast

It’s difficult to get excited about players that earn the “castoff” or “journeyman” label in most circumstances.  It’s just not attractive to us as fantasy owners to see a guy get let go from a team for nothing, especially when it’s multiple teams.  That being said, if there ever were an Island of Misfit Toys that could squeeze some production out of him it’s New England.  After losing Jeremy Hill, then Rex Burkhead, and now Sony Michel, the Patriots really just have James White and Barner as available options.  Bill Belichick has never been one to utilize one back (last RBs to have 200 carries and 50 catches in the same season were before his time with Curtis Martin and Robert Edwards) so, if they don’t add Gillislee or another body, you can pencil Barner in for a decent amount of work.  

Other at breakfast or later adds

Doug Martin 26% owned – Don’t fall for this trap if you can avoid it.  Maybe worth a stash in a standard league but plodders like Martin who don’t catch the ball need volume to be good and the Raiders can’t offer that.  If you don’t utilize guys like Alfred Morris, Royce Freeman, or LeGarrette Blount then you don’t need to follow the crowds and waste a pick on Martin.

Thursday Night Handcuffs: Frank Gore at 26% owned is probably your best bet if Drake were to go down.  Alfred Blue isn’t exciting and we have no idea when D’Onta Foreman will ever be healthy, if he is this season.

Wide Receiver

Tre’Quan Smith – 18% owned

Waiver: 3

FAAB: 12-25%

Morning Add: Early Bird

We’ve touched on this guy multiple times as a stash and it seems that stash is finally panning out.  This past week he played 73% of the snaps (52 snaps) while Cameron Meredith only played 18 snaps.  The number 2 WR in the Saints offense needs to be added in all formats now as it’s your last chance.  He’s already had his bye weeks and the Saints have a slate filled with games where they will be throwing (including another meeting with Tampa Bay and Atlanta which usually provides fireworks).  Scoop him up.  

Martavis Bryant 5% owned

Waiver: 5 or later

FAAB: 5-8%%

Morning Add: Early Bird

It’s your classic tale of a guy who has such a bad attitude that his teammates hate him and want him gone, then a team trades a 3rd round pick for him, then they cut him, then no one wants himstill so they re-sign him.  And then he backdoors his way into a WR2 spot after the team trades away the WR1.  His talent excited us when he first came on the scene as a Steeler and the volume should be there so he’s a welcome bench addition while we wait to see what the Raiders look like without Marshawn or Amari Cooper.

Christian Kirk – 26% owned

Waiver: 7 or later

FAAB: 4-5%

Morning Add: At Breakfast

This has been said so many times in these columns that I can’t possibly write it up again.  He got 6 targets again.  He should not be 26% owned.  Add him.  

Courtland Sutton – 5% owned

Waiver: 8 or later

FAAB: 1-2%

Morning Add: At Work

The Broncos have reportedly been shopping DeMaryius Thomas.  Trades midseason in the NFL are fairly rare occasions but we just saw the Raiders announce they were shopping Amari Cooper only to have him actually shipped out in less than a week.  Sutton does not get the volume necessary to be startable now but, if Thomas were to be moved, he could be startable fairly quickly.  This stash might have the highest upside on the list.  

Other After Breakfast or Later Adds

Jakeem Grant 7% owned – if you are absolutely desperate in deep leagues and Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills don’t play then he could be a one week start this week.

Rishard Matthews 6% owned – Terrelle Pryor was released after tearing his groin (though he is telling teams he is fine and can play right away).  The Jets signed Rishard Matthews.  The way the Jets spread the ball around I’m not super excited about the guys that already know the playbook but maybe he can figure things out quickly.  

Quarterback

Mitch Trubisky – 54% owned

Waiver: Situation Dependent

There’s no specific waiver claim advice on this as, if you haven’t figured out your QB situation or are in 2 QB leagues, then you have the best idea of how desperate you are at QB.  Same goes for if you own Matt Ryan or Phillip Rivers and are in must win mode with them on bye.  He could be worth a high claim if you plan to start him right way or ROS or you might never start him so you have no need to waste you claim or FAAB.  The big thing for him is the rushing ability and it gives him a big boost in leagues where passing TDs are worth 4 instead of 6. He also already had his bye so he won’t clog up a roster spot if you are ready to drop your current QB and move on.  

Other After Breakfast or Later Adds

Baker Mayfield 41% owned – I’m sure by now you’ve seen the stats floating around regarding drops that would suggest Baker is a much better QB than the stats say.  Unfortunately the Browns are much more likely to fire their head coach than put together wins against Pit, KC, and Atlanta so I’m not really sure what you do here.  Could be a bye week fill in, especially week 9 against KC.

Case Keenum 20% owned – if streaming is your game then Keenum has KC this week.  Should be a decent bye week fill in or you can go Keenum – Mayfield 1-2 punch against the porous Chiefs pass D the next 2 weeks.

Tight Ends

Not a whole lot of action here so I’ll just rank the bye week fill-ins under 50% owned based on this week.

CJ Uzomah (priority over all as TB has been atrocious against the TE and just lost Kwon Alexander)

Cameron Brate

Vance McDonald

Ben Watson

Charles Clay

Dallas Goddert

Anyone except Chris Herndon

Defense

Steelers Defense – 41% owned

Waiver: 7 or later

FAAB: 2-3%

Morning Add: Early Bird

I literally never do this as I don’t waste valuable waiver resources on kickers or defenses.  In fact, I use them as extra bench spots.  But this is a rare exception where I will try to target the Pittsburgh D.  You can’t really predict interceptions, fumbles, touchdowns, safeties etc. so the most predictable scoring pieces for defenses are points let up and sacks.  Cleveland coming to town off of a Steelers bye week seems like a good recipe for a whoopin’ and last time these two teams played the Steelers had 7 sacks.  

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