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Waiver Wire Pickups Week 8

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

Waiver Wire Pickups Week 8How are you fantasy football owners feeling after Week 7? Better get ready because we have another week to hit these waivers hard as the fantasy season starts heating up.

We saw a ton of points scored in Week 7 and saw some productive fantasy outings from last week’s article that included Mitchell Trubisky, Baker Mayfield, Joe Flacco, Marlon Mack, O.J. Howard and C.J.Uzomah. Also, we saw some injuries pile up as the week concluded. So who you are going to add this week?

Key Tips: 

  • Stay ahead of your bye weeks. In Week 8, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers, and Tennessee will be on bye weeks. Week 9, Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Giants, and Philadelphia are on bye weeks. The Bye-Pocalypse is coming.

Without further ado, here are your waiver wire targets for Week 8!

Week 8 Waiver Wire QB Pickups

Mitchell Trubisky

ESPN: Less than 52% owned

Trubisky had another productive outing against the New England Patriots in Week 7. 333 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Trubisky is showing that in the right situation, he can produce in fantasy formats. The real reason for his fantasy success was his rushing ability. 81 rushing yards and a touchdown which really masked the incompetent day throwing the football. He had more rushing yards than the Patriots team had as a whole. He was inaccurate all day and was lucky to add that Hail Mary at the end to push him over 300 yards passing.

In Week 8, Trubisky gets to take on the Jets at home. Over the past four weeks, the Jets have allowed multiple touchdowns passes to each quarterback they have faced and an over an average of 22 fantasy points per game. And that includes matchups against Case Keenum and Blake Bortles. Though I do believe Trubisky still needs to improve as a passer, for fantasy purposes he will be effective in Week 8.

Baker Mayfield

ESPN: Less than 41% owned

Baker Mayfield has his best fantasy outing on Sunday against the porous Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. He scored 20 plus fantasy points for the first time this season going 23-34 for 251 passing yards and two touchdowns. However, the outing was slightly disappointing considering how bad the Bucs had been this year. They had allowed 300 yards passing to every quarterback they have faced this season outside of Mayfield. The Browns started off extremely slow, and it makes you wonder if Mayfield will not be fully unlocked until Hue Jackson gets the 👢.

In Week 8, Mayfield will play the Steelers in what has usually been a great matchup. However, over the past two weeks, the Steelers have been better on defense against the pass against Matt Ryan and Andy Dalton. Two quarterbacks who have been playing well this season. They held those two quarterbacks to under 18 fantasy points. Getting Joe Haden back in the lineup has done wonders for the Pittsburgh defense.

Derek Carr

ESPN: Less than 16% owned

Now if you missed out on the top two guys (there were all featured on the last two waiver wire articles) my dumpster dive on the waiver this week is Derek Carr. He has the Colts in Week 8, and they have allowed the tenth most fantasy points to the QB this season. The Raiders are ninth in the NFL in passing attempts, and the Colts before the Derek Anderson game (irrelevant) had allowed multiple passing touchdowns in three straight games. They have also allowed at least 240 passing yards in every single game that did not feature Derek Anderson. And with no Amari Cooper, Carr will not have to deal with any dropped passes!

*Priority Order* FAAB Spend:  Trubisky, Mayfield, Carr 5% of the total budget

 

 

Week 8 Waiver Wire RB Pickups

Marlon Mack

ESPN: Less than 54% owned

Marlon Mack rushed 19 times for 126 yards and had one rushing touchdown in Week 7. He also added two catches for 33 yards and another touchdown. In all his appearances in 2018, Mack has double-digit touches. He has dominated the carries by owning 19 of the 30 carries on the Colts in Week 7. Mack leads the team in running back targets and snap percentage (56%). The second-year pro has established himself as the primary runner on the Colts and may have shown enough to push out Nyheim Hines. In Week 8, the Colts will play the Raiders who have allowed the 9th most fantasy points to the RB position. If he is available in your league go claim him and start him!

FAAB Spend: 15%

Derrick Henry & Dion Lewis

ESPN: Less than 80% owned

People are dropping these guys. Especially with the bye week coming up, you need to be on the lookout for these Titans’ running backs. Running backs are tough to come by and these guys get volume in their offense. Both of them are coming off their best performances of the season in Week 7. I still believe that offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur can change the Titans’ offensive woes around before the season ends. In Week 9, the Titans will head to Dallas. The Cowboys have allowed the fewest rushing yards/game at home so Henry will need to be faded. The Cowboys have been suspect against the pass-catching backs though so prioritize Lewis over Henry for Week 9 and beyond. Lewis is the best add and an interesting trade for player on his bye week.

FAAB Spend: 5%

Ronald Jones

ESPN: Less than 15% owned

I feel as I am flip-flopping on these Buccaneers running backs, but their play warrants the switch. In Week 7, Peyton Barber once again dominated the carries, but it was Jones that came through with the touchdown on a 15-yard reception. Barber appears to also be dealing with some type of injury from Week 7, which could influence his status for Sunday’s tilt against the Bengals. It’s a game with a high under/over and features the two teams that have allowed the first and third most fantasy points this season to all positions. Specifically, the Bengals have been destroyed by the running back position this season allowing over 24 fantasy points per game. Good for sixth worst in the NFL.

FAAB Spend: 3%

Rashaad Penny

ESPN: Less than 22% owned

Penny had his best game as a pro in Week 6 rushing for 43 yards on nine carries. He also caught both of his targets for 27 yards in Week 6. Penny was the most effective back in Seattle’s last game. His production outdid both Chris Carson (59 yards on 14 touches) and Mike Davis (26 yards on seven touches). Carson is still the most-own guy, but things could change in Penny’s favor with Seattle coming off the bye week. He is worth keeping an eye on and stashing if you can on your bench. The Seahawks ground game has an excellent matchup in Week 8, against the Detriot Lions.

FAAB Spend: 1%

Darren Sproles

ESPN: Less than 5% owned

The Eagles current running back room has been underwhelming, to say the least. Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams have not stepped up in the absence of Jay Ajayi. Enter in Sproles who could make an immediate impact in the passing game if he is deemed healthy enough to play. Sproles still hasn’t been able to practice fully since Week 1, but coach Doug Pederson is optimistic it will happen in Week 8.  The Eagles have Jacksonville in Week 8 in London who have struggled against running backs over the past three weeks. At least 87 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown allowed to the RB position.

FAAB Spend: 1%

Kenjon Barner

ESPN: Less than 1% owned

The Sony Michel injury may have opened the door for Barner. Michel looks like he is going to potentially miss a few weeks, which means it is next man up mentality for Barner. He had 10 rushes for 36 yards in Week 7. The Patriots take on the Bills in Week 8, so if they get up big, Barner could see a lot of work grinding out yardage at the end of the game. Though a smaller back compared to Michel, Barner’s size matches more like a Dion Lewis. The Patriots did not shy away from using Lewis last year as an in-between the tackle runner, so Barner figures like the best bet for now.

FAAB Spend: 3%

Chris Ivory

ESPN: Less than 9% owned

It seems like Chris Ivory can only produce when LeSean McCoy leaves the game with an injury. After McCoy left with an injury Ivory had 16 carries for 81 yards and caught three passes for 25 yards. McCoy was limited to just two carries. Again, Ivory is a volume play against the Patriots in Week 8, but make sure you monitor his health. He apparently is dealing with some type of injury, which would open things up for Marcus Murphy. The Patriots have struggled against running backs in the passing game, allowing the fourth-most receiving yards, fifth most targets, and fifth most receptions to the position.

FAAB Spend: 1%

Raheem Mostert

ESPN: Less than 4% owned

Mostert has looked like the superior running back over the past two weeks versus Alfred Morris. Mostert’s 19 carries over that timespan are tied with Matt Breida for the most on the roster. However, Breida (rest his soul/ankle), just cannot stay healthy and looks like he is going to miss next week’s game. The 49ers ‘have to reassess’ Matt Breida’s ankle injury which cannot be a good sign.

Morris led the team in carries last week, but Mostert was on the field more. He led the RB room in snap percentage (37.93%) and yards from scrimmage (78) in Week 7. The matchup for Week 8 could also not be better for any other running back against the Arizona Cardinals. No team allows more rushing attempts, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and red zone touches to the running back position.

FAAB Spend: 5%

Jalen Richard

ESPN: Less than 18% owned

Richard has scored at least 11.7 PPR points in four or six games so far this season. The run game for Oakland has been struggling overall, which is why Richard has the most upside at the running back position. With Amari Cooper also being traded away that opens up an even larger target share for Richard to thrive. This Raiders squad looks to be going all in on 2019, which means the garbage time check downs are going to be absolutely a real thing. I 100% prefer Richard, over Doug Martin as the Raiders running back to grab off waivers. The matchup in Week 8 against the Colts is also nice for Richard because the Colts have allowed the third most receptions to the running back position so far in 2018. The rest of 2018 as well looks great for Richard. Each matchup they have is favorable towards the running back position outside two matchups against Pittsburgh and Baltimore. With the Raiders looking like they will be playing from behind consistently, Richard seems like a lock to be an RB2 the rest of the way.

FAAB Spend: 10%

Honorable Mentions:  Devontae Booker DEN, Kapri Bibbs WAS, Elijah McGuire NYJ

 

 

Week 8 Waiver Wire WR Pickups

Geronimo Allison

ESPN: Less than 38% owned

FAAB Spend: 10%

It’s absolutely mind-boggling that this guy is available on waiver wires. In the four games, he had played this season he has at least had 64 receiving yards and has scored no less than 12 fantasy points. You can never go wrong attaching yourself to a receiver tied to the great Aaron Rodgers. If healthy, Allison is an immediate play for Week 8, as the Packers take on the Rams. No team has allowed more fantasy points to the WR position than the Rams over the past four weeks. If Allison ends up being a no-go again Marquez Valdes-Scantling (less than 5% owned) becomes a replacement target at the wide receiver position.

Danny Amendola

ESPN: Less than 25% owned

FAAB Spend: 3%

Injuries continue to pile up for the Miami Dolphins at the wide receiver position. Both Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson have been at least ruled out for Thursday night’s game against Houston. There is a potential that these guys miss even more time. Regardless that leaves Grant, DeVante Parker (less than 20% owned), and Danny Amendola (less than 25% owned) as the most notable beneficiaries of these injuries. Grant definitely represents the high upside play due to his explosiveness, with Amendola being a better floor play. Amendola has played in over 96% of the snaps the past two weeks, to go along with 18 targets over that timespan. Osweiler seems to trust Amendola the most who via Pro Football Focus has run 81% of his snaps from the slot over the past two weeks. 63 total routes run.

Christian Kirk

ESPN: Less than 19% owned

FAAB Spend: 3%

Christian Kirk has to be Josh Rosen’s favorite target. The rookie wide receiver caught three of six targets for 57 yards in Week 7 against the Broncos. This is the third straight week that Kirk has led Arizona in receiving and he leads the team in that category overall (368). Kirk after seven weeks has the second most targets on Arizona (37). With the San Franciso 49ers coming to Arizona for Week 8 I think Kirk can be picked up in started with the multiple teams on bye weeks. The 49ers defense has allowed double-digit fantasy points to five different wide receivers over the past three weeks. That includes Kirk who has three receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown back in Week 4 against these same 49ers.

 

 

Tre’Quan Smith

ESPN: Less than 9% owned

FAAB Spend: 1%

Smith has massive upside going forward with Ted Ginn Jr. put on injured reserve. In Week 7, Tre’Quan Smith played 52-of-71 snaps (73 percent) against the Ravens. The biggest win from Week 7 from Smith may not have been his output, but the output by Cameron Meredith. Meredith played just 18 snaps and had zero targets. Smith compiled 44 yards on three catches versus the Ravens. He was targeted six times which was second highest on the team and ran more routes than everybody on the team outside of Michael Thomas. Smith’s schedule rest of season is also extremely good. Minnesota, Los Angeles Rams, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Pittsburgh. Majority of these teams rank in the top ten of fantasy points allowed to the WR position.

Courtland Sutton

ESPN: Less than 9% owned

FAAB Spend: 1%

With the Demaryius Thomas trade rumors spreading like wildfire, I think it might be time to pull the trigger on Courtland Sutton. I have been advocating for Sutton to get added the last few weeks, and his numbers back it up. On the season he has actually out-snapped Thomas (70% to 64%). Sutton has also scored touchdowns in two of his last three games. The Thomas trade does look like it will get done. According to Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. “I want to be here but I’ve been hearing it the whole season now so I feel like somewhat it is true,” Thomas said Monday. “My time here is coming up.”

Dontrelle Inman

ESPN: Less than 0% owned

FAAB Spend: 1%

Super deep dive here, but the snaps do not lie. Dontrelle Inman led the Colts in the snap percentage of all skill position players in Week 7. 42/66 total snaps played. If you play in a 16-team league that I do, Inman could be a desperation play, in a high volume Andrew Luck passing attack.

Honorable Mentions:  Donte Moncrief JAX,  Anthony Miller CHI

 

 

Week 8 Waiver Wire TE Pickups

Vance McDonald

ESPN: Less than 41% owned

FAAB Spend: 1%

There’s a good chance that McDonald was dropped after the Steelers’ bye week. Add him for a high upside weekly tight end play. The Browns are not great against the tight end and Jesse James managed 60 yards receiving in their first matchup this season. McDonald did not play in that game back in Week 1.

Benjamin Watson

ESPN: Less than 35% owned

FAAB Spend: 1%

Watson had six receptions for 43 yards and scored Drew Brees’ 500th touchdown for his career. He seems like a new option in the passing game with the absence of Ted Ginn. 10 of his targets in the two games have come when Ginn has been out, including a season-high six on Sunday. With the Vikings coming up next, look for Brees to look Watson’s way once again. The Minnesota Vikings have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to the tight end position in 2018.

Chris Herndon

ESPN: Less than 1% owned

FAAB Spend: 1%

Herndon was targeted seven times for 42 yards and a touchdown in Week 7. Herndon has now scored touchdowns in back-to-back games. He scored a 12-yard touchdown on Sunday and should continue to see heavy involvement in New York’s passing game. The Jets are dealing with a ton of injuries right now, so Herndon is becoming an option for Sam Darnold. The Bears have allowed four passing touchdowns to the tight end position which is tied for the second highest in the NFL. Jets take on the Bears in Week 8.

*TE Priority* McDonald, Watson, Herndon 

Honorable Mentions:  Ed Dickson TE

Defense/Special Teams Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

Steelers DST vs Browns

Cleveland has given up the tenth-most fantasy points to Team Defenses this season.

ESPN: Less than 14% owned

49ers DST vs Cardinals

Arizona has given up the second most fantasy points to Team Defenses this season.

ESPN: Less than 2% owned

Cardinals DST vs 49ers

San Francisco has given up the third most fantasy points to Team Defenses this season.

ESPN: Less than 41% owned

– Andrew Erickson is a fantasy writer for Gridiron Experts. Follow me and vote in my twitter poll!

 

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Andrew Erickson

Andrew is a Roger Williams University graduate where he majored in Marketing. While there he interned at a sports marketing agency where he had the opportunity to work with many professional athletes like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

After college, Andrew started to write his own fantasy blogs via Wordpress.com to show his friends why he calls himself the Fantasy Football Master. He calls himself this because back in '07 in his first ever fantasy football league he drafted the Bears defense in the 1st round. He then proceeded to win the entire league. #DefenseWinsChampionships

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