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Week 8 Waiver Wire (and Wake Early Wednesday)
Below are the players I'm considering adding to my rosters before week 8 kicks off. All of these players are near or below 50% rostered in Yahoo leagues and therefore likely to be available in most leagues.
Important note: I'm typically pretty frugal with my waiver priority and FAAB, usually only spending on a player that can win me the week. In other words, if they're just "depth" adds and nice-to-haves that might not even see my lineup, then I'd rather wake up early on Wednesday morning and add them for "free" instead of using a waiver claim for them.
Pro Tip: It's a little extra effort, but I have a recurring Wednesday morning "appointment" (reminder) on my calendar with a link to a Google Doc. Inside that google doc are the links to alllllll 20+ of my leagues followed by a bulleted list of who I plan to add/drop in each one. This helps me keep track without spending waiver priority for convenience, a short-sighted move.
As is almost always the case, there aren't any QB's I'd use waiver priority or FAAB dollars on. But there's a few guys in mind for streaming purposes:
Kirk Cousins - 80% rostered - on the off chance he's available in your league, Kirk Cousins is quarterbacking a Vikings offense that's expected to score a healthy 26.25(ish) points—the 5th most on the week 8 slate—against a Cardinals defense that was allowing the 8th most fantasy points to QBs before Andy Dalton dumped 26.54 fantasy points on them in week 7.
Jared Goff - 57% rostered - Jared Goff's Lions are expected to score 23.75(ish) points—the 10th most on the week 8 slate—in a possible shootout—the 50.5 point over under is the highest on the entire slate—with a Dolphins that was allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to QBs entering week 7.
Andy Dalton (or Jameis Winston?) - 3% (and 21%) rostered - The Saints are expected to score 23.5(ish) points—the 11th most on the week 8 slate—in a possible shootout with the Raiders, a defense that was allowing the MOST fantasy points per game to QBs before Davis Mills dropped 18.08 points on them in week 7.
Marcus Mariota - 29% rostered - Marcus Mariota's Falcons are expected to score 24(ish) points—the 9th most on the week 8 slate—in a home victory over the Panthers.
If you're in a 2 QB league, consider adding Sam Ehlinger after the Colts benched Matt Ryan in favor of the 2021 6th round pick. Frankly, I'd rather stream the Commanders defense against Ehlinger than steam Ehlinger against Washington, but I understand the mid-season desperation in 2 QB leagues.
There are 4 RBs that I'd consider using waiver priority on this week depending on how bleak my RB situation is. None of them are a MUST add but definitely worthy of using priority if you need the help:
Michael Carter - (67% rostered) - Over the last 3 games before he shredded his knee, Breece Hall was averaging 20.3 touches—including 3.3 targets—per game. Michael Carter was the unquestioned next man up before the Jets swung a late Monday trade for James Robinson. Best case scenario, Robinson will just be a backup to Carter (I doubt that). Worst case, Robinson may handle early down and short yardage work while Carter serves as the pass catching back. In other words, best case, Carter becomes a weekly RB 2 with upside, and worst case, Carter is a PPR flex which will come in handy during bye weeks.
D'Onta Foreman - (50% rostered) - Chuba Hubbard "started" week 7 but it was D'Onta Foreman who saw the bulk of the snaps (54% to 46%), PPR points (16.5 to 15.3), touches (17 to 11) and scrimmage yards (145 to 73). Don't get crazy with expectations; there's going to be a lot of negative game scripts and ugly games in a committee, but he's a lead back that *could* get a neutral enough game script in two of the next three games against Atlanta.
Gus Edwards - (44% rostered) - Gus Bus blew through a few stop signs en route to 18.6 PPR points on 16 touches—all carries—for 66 yards and 2 TDs in week 7. He has tough matchups on deck with the Buccaneers and Saints before a week 10 bye and JK Dobbins return shortly after that, but Edwards is a solid short-term rental for those in need.
Tyler Allgeier - (40% rostered) - Tyler Allgeier played a season high 62% of the snaps in week 7 and now has 44 carries over the last 3 games. His Falcons are entering week 8 as 6 point home favorites (implies plenty of rushing attempts) against a Panthers defense that entered week 7 allowing the 8th most PPR points per game to RBs. Cordarrelle Patterson might return in week 9 but if he doesn't, Allgeier will get a Chargers defense that's allowing the 4th most PPR points per game to RBs in week 9 (and then the Panthers again in week 10).
After waivers clear, here are several RBs to consider adding to your roster before week 8 kicks off.
Isiah Pacheco - 49% rostered - The Chiefs sent fantasy managers into a Sunday morning frenzy when it was surprisingly announced that Isiah Pacheco would start week 7. He technically did, but he played just 30% of the snaps (Jerick McKinnon played 44% and Clyde Edwards-Helaire played 27%) and received just 8 touches/carries. He's now on bye and remains only an option in games the Chiefs are expected to win big, but that could very well be the case in weeks 9 and 10 against the Titans and Jaguars.
Latavius Murray - 40% rostered -The Broncos let Melvin Gordon have his starting job back in week 7, but Latavius Murray still saw 39% of the snaps for 10.3 PPR points on 10 touches—including 2 catches on 3 targets—for 23 yards and 1 TD. He'll see some action in week 8 against a Jaguars defense that was allowing the 6th most PPR points per game to RBs before Saquon Barkley stung them for 17.5 PPR points in week 7.
Kyren Williams - 32% rostered - Kyren Williams makes for a mighty fine upside stash after it was announced that Cam Akers has likely played his last snap with the LA Rams. I don't know if Williams is the answer LA is looking for, but it seems clear that Darrell Henderson ain't it. The 5th round rookie might get his chance.
Rachaad White - 29% rostered - Yet to hit 9 touches in a single game despite seeing Leonard Fournette rack up 23+ touches four times, Rachaad White still isn't seeing quite enough volume to be a valid fantasy football option. But he did play a season high 43% of the snaps in week 7 (Fournette played 60%) and carries massive, league-winning potential if the Buccaneers current workhorse goes down.
Chuba Hubbard - (50% rostered) - Chuba Hubbard "started" week 7 but it was D'Onta Foreman who saw the bulk of the snaps (54% to 46%), PPR points (16.5 to 15.3), touches (17 to 11) and scrimmage yards (145 to 73). Still, Hubbard just might get enough volume to be an option in fantasy leagues during bye weeks.
There are not any wide receivers that I'd use priority on this week in "normal" sized leagues, but there are several I'll consider adding to my rosters after waivers clear:
Wan'Dale Robinson - 29% rostered - Wan'Dale szn is getting started. Robinson jumped up to a very nice 69% of the Giants' snaps, garnering 8 targets, 6 catches and 50 yards (11 PPR points) in week 7. The exciting rookie looks well on his way to being the Giants WR 1 the rest of the way.
Rondale Moore - 48% rostered - Just 2 targets in DeAndre Hopkins' week 7 return but still operating as the Cardinals' clear WR 2 after playing 89% of the snaps in week 7. Before week 7's dud, Rondale had 24.7 PPR points over the previous 2 games on 18 targets, 13 catches and 117 scoreless yards.
Parris Campbell - 5% rostered - After averaging just 4.4 PPR points and targets per game over the first 5 games of the season, Parris Campbell suddenly turned in a whopping 23 targets, 17 catches, 127 yards and 2 TDs (41.7 PPR points) over the last 2 games. The QB change in Indy somewhat resets things, but Campbell's arrow is certainly pointing up.
Josh Palmer - Mike Williams and his 9.2 targets per game will miss "weeks not days," keeping Josh Palmer locked into a key role on the Chargers offense after averaging 10.5 PPR points and 7.2 targets per game while Keenan Allen was out.
Zay Jones - 18% rostered - Averaging 8.5 targets per game over his last 4 contests. That could certainly prove handy as bye weeks get heavier.
Marquise Goodwin - 1% rostered - DK Metcalf and his 8.3 targets per game left week 7 early and did not return, potentially meaning an extended absence. Marquise Goodwin stepped up with 22.7 PPR points on 5 targets, 4 catches, 67 yards and 2 TDs. He won't do that frequently, but he could be a serviceable WR 4 during bye weeks while Metcalf is out.
Josh Reynolds - 33% rostered - In the 3 games prior to his week 7 dud against an impossible defense, Josh Reynolds averaged 17.3 PPR points on 9.33 targets, 6.33 catches and 89.67 yards with 1 TD in 3 games. That includes three straight games of 8 or more targets, 6 or more catches and 81 or more yards. Amon-Ra St. Brown left week 7 early and if he can't go in week 8, Reynolds will be a possible target hog in a possible shootout with the Dolphins.
As usual, there are no tight ends I would use waiver priority on. Here's who I'd consider in a week 8 pinch however:
Mike Gesicki - 41% rostered - 14 targets, 9 catches, 96 yards and 2 TDs (30.6 PPR points) over the last 2 weeks. Now gets a shootout with a Lions defense allowing the 7th most PPR points per game to TEs.
Irv Smith - 41% rostered - Averaging 5.4 targets per game over his last 5. Now gets a possible shootout with a Cardinals defense that's allowed the MOST PPR points per game to TEs.
Will Dissly - 12% rostered - if you're somehow this desperate, Will Dissly's Seahawks have a week 8 date with a New York Giants defense that's allowing the 11th most PPR points per game to TEs.
I'll never use waiver priority on a defense, but there are several defenses I'd be looking to stream in week 8 if I can find them. Assuming I can't get the Cowboys (93% rostered), Bills (97% rostered) or Patriots (97% rostered), I'd be going for the:
Philadelphia Eagles - 79% rostered - their opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are implied to score just 16.25(ish) points in week 8, the 2nd fewest on the 30 team slate. They're THE top streaming option if they're available to you.
Jacksonville Jaguars - 27% rostered - their opponent, the Denver Broncos, are implied to score just 17.75(ish) points in week 8, the 3rd fewest on the 30 team slate. Note that this line could move if Russell Wilson's status improves. You could always pivot to the...
Atlanta Falcons - 2% rostered - their opponent, the Carolina Panthers, are implied to score just 18(ish) points in week 8, the 4th fewest on the 30 team slate.
Indianapolis Colts - 35% rostered - their opponent, the Washington Commanders, are implied to score just 18.75(ish) points in week 8, the 6th fewest on the 30 team slate.
Tennessee Titans - 41% rostered - their opponent, the Houston Texans, are implied to score just 19.25(ish) points in week 8, the 7th fewest on the 30 team slate.