Waiver Wire Week 8
What a week we had in week seven. Maybe it was just me, but this week was my favorite week so far. We had a ton of close games, a lot of touchdowns scored and a game of the year candidate on Sunday Night with the Cardinals overtime thriller over the Seahawks. Unfortunately, there were a few more injuries to some prominent players so their replacements will be talked about below. Before we get to this week’s adds though, let’s review some guys who I featured in previous weeks who are still worth grabbing. Chase Edmonds has been in my past two articles and with Kenyan Drake now down, he is my number one add if available (he shouldn’t be). Shockingly, Adam Gase did the right thing and featured La’Mical Perine, who has been in my quick hits section at the bottom of each article, not once, but twice, including last week. He looks to be the back to own moving forward in New York. Sterling Shepard and Cole Beasley were both in last week’s article and are again recommended adds after strong games by each. Now let’s get to this week’s newest additions.
Running Back 5% rostered
Chris Carson is set to miss some time with an ankle sprain and Hyde will be the main beneficiary. Hyde is coming off a 1,000-yard season with the Texans and Carroll knows that he can trust him as his main guy in Carson’s absence. Hyde took 15 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown, adding eight yards on three catches and would serve as a fine RB2 in Carson’s absence. Now, Hyde did pick up an injury of his own, but I have not heard anything suggesting that it will cost him some games. If for some reason, Hyde and Homer miss, it would be Deejay Dallas who would step in as the main back.
Running Back 19.6% rostered
Coleman is set to return from a six-game absence and his return could not be any more welcome with both Mostert and Wilson Jr. out with injury. Coleman and McKinnon will be the top duo, with hype beast JaMycal Hasty as a rarely used change of pace back. My guess is that McKinnon will be the 1A to Coleman’s 1B, but with McKinnon standing at 82% rostered, he is most likely not available. Enter Coleman, who saw 16 touches in his last game before he got injured. Shanahan does love him some Coleman for some reason, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Coleman can return decent flex value for you in a pinch.
Wide Receiver 0.2% rostered
Wide Receiver 0.1% rostered
Odell Beckham Jr. has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, opening the door to relevancy for both Higgins and Peoples-Jones (DPJ). Higgins should start as the second receiver with DPJ as the third option, making him the preferred add of the two. But don’t sleep on DPJ, who was a top recruit out of high school but failed to put it all together in college. The physical traits are there, as evidenced by his game-winning touchdown catch this week with a beautiful sideline catch in the corner of the end-zone. When given the opportunity, Higgins has flashed in the past. In 2018 for example, when on the field for 40% or more of the offensive snaps, he reached 60 yards or a touchdown in six of eleven games, recording both in 3 of those games. Higgins is worth the add in most leagues, with DPJ the target for my fellow deep leaguers.
Wide Receiver 20.4% rostered
To my surprise, Aiyuk is available in nearly 80% of leagues, although if your league is competitive, he is most likely rostered. But if not, you have yourself a solid WR3 with upside available on the wire with Deebo Samuel expected to miss a few weeks with another injury. Not only is Aiyuk a threat through the air, but he has 69 yards and another two touchdowns on the ground this year as well. With the ground game lumped up a bit by injury, I’d expect to see at least 1-3 rushes a game for Aiyuk, on top of his targets as the clear number two option behind Kittle. With byes in full force, Aiyuk can be a starter for a good amount of teams moving forward.
Wide Receiver 22% rostered
Don’t look now, but when healthy, Davis has scored double-digit points in PPR settings in every single game. Tannehill is slinging the rock and making it look like he can support more than just AJ Brown and Jonnu Smith through the air this year. Next up is a Cincinnati defense that just gave up five touchdowns to Baker Mayfield and company, making Davis yet again a worthy flex option.
Wide Receiver 3.4% rostered
Garbage time usually amounts to fantasy production and Mims should see a ton of that moving forward on a Jets team that will be playing catch up for the rest of the year. Mims is the future of the Jets receiving core and should get forced fed all day long as they look to groom him into the alpha on that team with eyes towards 2021. Remember this was only his first game of the season and he should get better each and every week.
Wide Receiver 1.8% rostered
Eagles fans may want to skip this section. Agholor, who was widely regarded as a bust in Philly, has quietly been the Raider’s best fantasy receiver on the year. For the third week in a row, Agholor scored a touchdown and reached double-digit points in PPR settings. What makes it even more impressive is that it was against three pretty good defenses in the Chiefs, Bills and Buccaneers. A bonus with Agholor is that he Raiders have already had their bye, so he is available for the rest of the year. If your league is 14 or more teams, Agholor should be rostered and you can even make a case for him to be rostered in leagues of 12+.
Wide Receiver 9.7% rostered
Tight End 4% rostered
Both Reagor and Rodgers find themselves in favorable situations due to injury. Reagor returns just as Desean Jackson goes down with yet another injury and Rodgers should be the starter until at least week 10 when Dallas Goedert is expected to return. Reagor is the forgotten rookie receiver in this class, but that doesn’t mean that he should be ignored. He should immediately slot in as a top-two option this week next to Travis Fulgham and is worth an add in almost every league. Rodgers is coming off a six catch 85-yard line as the featured tight end and is an effective bye week/injury fill-in until one of Ertz or Goedert returns.
Tight End 0.9% rostered
The second I saw Austin Hooper was ruled out for a few weeks, I immediately crafted a Draft Kings lineup featuring Bryant as my Tight End….and won big because of it. This kid is legit and will be the tight end to own, not David Njoku. He was a stud in college and the pre-season and showed that it wasn’t a fluke this week as the starter, catching two touchdowns. With OBJ out for the year, Bryant will stay involved in the passing game and is a must-own in tight end premium leagues. While Hooper is out, Bryant should flirt with Top 15 value.
- Even with a healthy Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams proved useful as a compliment and should continue to be involved when he returns. But if Jones misses another week, Williams will be a solid RB2 yet again. Same with Giovanni Bernard if Joe Mixon misses another week.
- Wayne Gallman could get an opportunity if Devonta Freeman is forced to miss any time, but his next two matchups against the Buccaneers and Redskins are brutal. Gallman is worth gambling on in only the deepest of leagues, only because of the volume he would see if Freeman were to miss time.
- How is Christian Kirk still available in about 50% of leagues? He now has two touchdowns in back to back games and is seeming to find his role in this high-powered Arizona offense. Absolutely worth an add if he is still available.
- I am fully expecting one of Randall Cobb or Kenny Stills to get traded by the deadline, with my money on Stills. It might be worth grabbing one of these guys and hoping they get moved to a favorable situation.
- Josh Reynolds was pretty involved in the Rams offense on Monday Night and may be worth a look in deeper leagues. The same can be said for Marquez Callaway if Michael Thomas is forced to miss another game.
- There have been growing rumors of an Evan Engram trade recently and given the fact that he was supposedly shopped in the off-season, I would take them kind of seriously and pick up Kaden Smith, especially if you are in a tight end premium league. Smith was a stud last year when filling in for Engram and would immediately jump into the Top 15 at the position if Engram were moved.