Waiver Wire Pickups Week 8
Not going to waste much time with the intro here. Six teams were on a bye last week and now return so we will have a lot more guys available to us. Hopefully, you escaped bye-armageddon with a win. Let’s get into it.
*All rostered percentages are from ESPN (formerly from Sleeper) and all players must be less than 50% rostered to qualify.
Quarterback 21% rostered
Bridgewater for the most part has been very consistent this year and now should get back his explosive receiver Jerry Jeudy for a cake matchup against a struggling Washington defense. Bridgewater has been dealing with an injury but will have a full 10 days between games, so he should be much healthier for this easy matchup, making him a solid Quarterback option in Week eight with Lamar and Carr on bye.
Running Back 26% rostered
Running Back 1% rostered
Early word is that Miles Sanders has avoided any fractures in his injured ankle. That being said, I think he will miss at least two weeks, possibly more, turning over the Eagles backfield to some combo of Scott and Gainwell. Given that Gainwell has acted as the de facto backup so far this year, he is the preferred option between the two. Scott will surely be involved and I think it will be more split between these two than it has been between Sanders and Gainwell, making Scott a possible flex option for those of you in deeper leagues of 14 teams or more. Even better is that the Eagles will face the lowly Lions in Week 8 where Gainwell could sneak into the Top 20 at the position.
Running Back 6% rostered
This is purely speculative and only for those of you in leagues of 12+ teams, but Mack has been involved in an increasing amount of trade talks recently with the trade deadline approaching on November 2nd. If I am a savvy owner and have space on my bench, I am hopping on Mack a week early and sitting on him in the event he gets traded to a more favorable situation. If he doesn’t get traded, then I will simply drop him. Big brain move that could pay off.
Wide Receiver 10% rostered
In his return from injury, Gage flashed the potential that has made him a popular off-season sleeper for the past few years. Last year with Julio Jones still on the team, Gage had multiple double-digit point games, including six over 15 points and three over 20 points. Now healthy and locked into a near every-down role, Gage has the opportunity to be a sneaky double-digit per week guy in PPR leagues. After an awful week one, Matt Ryan has looked solid and the Falcons have already had their bye, meaning Gage will be available to you for the remainder of the season barring injury. Take advantage of his low ownership while you still have the chance.
Wide Receiver 22% rostered
With starting Quarterback Zach Wilson most likely facing a multi-week absence, it will be Mike White at Quarterback for the Jets for the foreseeable future. White is as green as they come and should look early and often to the short to immediate routes that Crowder specializes in, I just don’t see him having the confidence, or ability at that, to push it successfully downfield. In PPR leagues, Crowder becomes an instant flex option for me in leagues of 12+ teams.
Wide Receiver 5% rostered
Davante Adams is set to miss Thursday’s game against the Cardinals due to being placed on the COVID list. Insert Lazard, who is coming off back-to-back touchdown games and will be in an absolute shootout against the high-powered Cardinals offense. Fellow receiver Marquez-Valdez Scantling could also return so it is worth monitoring his status as I would prefer those two over Randall Cobb.
Tight End 14% rostered
I included Alie-Cox in my quick hits section of last week’s article as my preferred streaming option for this week and it paid off as he registered his fourth straight game of at least 8 PPR points and grabbed his fourth touchdown in as many weeks. Carson Wentz has looked good and Alie-Cox is proving to be a favorite target of his once they get near the red zone. Alie-Cox has a tasty schedule coming up over the next three weeks, with the Jets and Jaguars on tap in Weeks nine and ten. In a world where Tight End is a weekly struggle, Alie-Cox could be your answer for at least the next three weeks.
Tight End 10% rostered
Yet another guy who was mentioned in a previous week’s quick hits section, (No seriously…make sure you scroll to the bottom of my articles and read them every week) Uzomah has been on fire lately. With their talented trio of receivers taking away all of the attention, teams have forgotten about Uzomah and he has burned them when given the opportunity. Just like Alie-Cox, Uzomah also has four touchdowns in the past four weeks and now gets an opportunity to feast against the Jets in Week eight. SIGN. ME. UP.
- They probably won’t be available in most competitive leagues but it’s worth mentioning just in case they are. Jerry Jeudy and Michael Gallup are slated to return from their multi-week injury absences and deserve to be rostered everywhere. My preference is Jeudy, who has WR2 upside the rest of the season.
- Jaret Patterson has been in my quick hits section before but it still needs to be said for my fellow deep league homies in leagues of 14+ teams. JD McKissic actually out-snapped Gibson this week, meaning Gibson’s injury is something for real and could be easily re-aggravated. If so, I believe Patterson will step in as the primary runner.
- Keep an eye on the Giants receiver situation as their top three receivers are all dealing with an injury, leaving only Darius Slayton and Dante Pettis as useable options. If at least two of those guys miss next week’s game, Slayton could be a sneaky play against the struggling Chiefs’ defense. If all three miss, I can see Pettis being startable in deeper leagues where the options are very thin.
- Dawson Knox has been red hot so far this year but is set to miss at least three weeks with a hand injury. This means Tommy Sweeney will step into to starting spot which has been lucrative thus far on the Bills. Sweeney will have an extremely friendly schedule with the Dolphins, Jaguars and Jets for the next three weeks.
- Tyler Conklin, Pat Freiermuth, and Gerald Everett are three other guys worth streaming with big shots Darren Waller and Mark Andrews on bye. Big week for streaming tight ends…
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