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Where has the season gone? We are heading into the halfway point of the season. With the arrival of week 8, brings forth another edition of Waiver Rankings.

We did get a few more injuries this week with Brian Hoyer (broken arm) and Geno Smith (ACL) suffering major injuries. Injuries also occurred to LeSean McCoy who re-injured his hamstring and Tevin Coleman who exited with a hamstring injury.

You have to wonder what the hell Rex Ryan was thinking allowing Shady to play this week. It was reported all week that he was going to miss extended time and somehow made it back the same week. Now with the Bills rushing him back, he could miss significant time.

What in the world is going on with Allen Robinson? I’m sorry but you don’t luck your way into 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. I’m not sure if it’s just the terrible play of Blake Bortles or it could be the seven drops according to ProFootballFocus.com (most in the league). Whatever the case may be, I think he turns it around and makes for one of the best buy-low targets of week 8.

How many QBs are the Browns going to use this season? The total currently stands at an absurd six QBs through week 7, and there is no way I believe that number won’t rise. Oh and now they want to trade LT Joe Thomas. Godspeed to whichever QB lines up behind center.

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Must Add but on PUP list or injured.

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench stash

Purple = Deep league stash

Quarterback

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  1. Jameis Winston (53% ESPN)
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick (14% ESPN, 19% Yahoo)
  3. Alex Smith (40% ESPN, 38% Yahoo)
  4. Marcus Mariota (59% ESPN, 78% Yahoo)
  5. Sam Bradford (14% ESPN, 17% Yahoo)

Jameis Winston – I don’t understand how he’s still this widely available in ESPN leagues. Do they have this many inactive leagues? He’s owned in 78% of Yahoo leagues which seems more fitting. Either way, if he’s available, then add him now. He’s a player I would even consider trading for at this point. His schedule is too good to pass up on. Tampa Bay gets the Raiders this Sunday, which should lead to another big performance. Winston finished Sunday with 269 yards and three touchdowns and could have had more if the ground game wasn’t so effective.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – I guess all the Jets needed to do was piss him off. He completed 9-of-14 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in relief of injured Geno Smith. Fitzpatrick came out in his post-game presser and ripped the organization for his benching. Hopefully, he stays pissed off because the Jets face off against the Browns in week 8.

Alex Smith – He was one of my top streaming options last week against a Saints defense that had been shredded all season. He finished with 214 yards and two touchdowns. It was nice to see the Chiefs come out aggressive and we even saw him go deep for a 38-yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill.  Up next for the Chiefs is the Indianapolis Colts who pose little threat to the hot Chiefs offense.

Running Back

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  1. Ty Montgomery
  2. Devontae Booker
  3. Jacquizz Rodgers
  4. Chris Thompson
  5. Knile Davis
  6. Mike Gillislee
  7. Ka’Deem Carey
  8. Matt Asiata
  9. Bilal Powell
  10. Tim Hightower
  11. Dion Lewis
  12. Alfred Morris
  13. Thomas Rawls
  14. Zach Zenner
  15. Derrick Henry
  16. Robert Kelley
  17. Kenneth Dixon
  18. Cameron Artis-Payne
  19. Andre Ellington
  20. Charcandrick West
  21. CJ Prosise
  22. Shaun Draughn
  23. Don Jackson
  24. Paul Perkins
  25. Peyton Barber
  26. Mike Davis
  27. Damien Williams
  28. Josh Ferguson
  29. Reggie Bush
  30. James Starks
  31. Wendell Smallwood
  32. Jalen Richard
  33. Alex Collins
  34. Orleans Darkwa
  35. Dexter McCluster
  36. Benny Cunningham

Ty Montgomery – Oh boy, in a shocking move, ESPN has granted Ty Montgomery RB eligibility which makes him the top waiver add this week, especially for those in PPR formats. He’s hauled in 20 receptions the last two weeks and also ran nine times for 60 yards against the Bears. His build (6′, 216 pounds) makes him a perfect fit for the running back position and could easily run away with the job in Green Bay. Add him now. He’s worth a nice chunk of FAAB or the No. 1 waiver add this week.

Devontae Booker – It’s about damn time. The Broncos finally unleashed the rookie running back and he rewarded them with 83 yards on 17 totes and found the end zone. If you watched the game it was obvious that he was the more explosive back. He even out-snapped CJ Anderson (35-28). If you’re a CJ Anderson owner, it’s time to be a little concerned. With the Broncos run-first approach, Booker makes for a top two or three add and is available in 67% of ESPN leagues. He has RB1 upside and for my money is the Broncos running back to own.

Jacquizz Rodgers – Over his last two starts he’s received 56 carries and he turned that into 255 yards. He’s certainly getting the work with Charles Sims on the IR and Doug Martin still recovering from his hamstring. Despite the heavy workload, I’m not buying that he will sustain this level of production, not to mention he’s not a player who will find the end zone all too often. I would try to sell Quizz everywhere I can.

Chris Thompson – He rushed for 73 yards on 12 carries and caught all seven passes for 40 yards in a losing effort against the Lions. With Matt Jones reverting back to his old habits, the Redskins could look to go in a different direction. Matt Jones has been solid this season but his recurring fumbling problem is a real cause for concern. Thompson isn’t your prototypical lead back, but he’s proven that he can be effective. He will never be a goal-line option which limits his value in standard leagues, however, he could become a viable RB2 in PPR formats.

Knile Davis – Last week plenty of fantasy owners ran out to pick up Knile Davis once he was traded to the Packers. However, fantasy owners should have viewed him as a bench stash and nothing more the first week. He was only able to practice once prior to Thursday’s matchup against the Bears. With ten days between games, it should be enough time for the athletic freak to get up to speed. He should get goal-line carries and could carve out a larger role if Ty Montgomery fails to sustain his level of play.

Mike Gillislee – He was supposed to receive a major uptick in touches with the availability of LeSean McCoy in question. However, McCoy played but ended up re-injuring his hamstring in the first half. Gillislee entered a rotation with Reggie Bush and only received five totes for 20 yards and zero targets. He’s been a steady contributor albeit with a small sample size (5.8 YPC). If Shady misses time, Gillislee will once again be a boom-or-bust RB3 against the Patriots.

Ka’Deem Carey – How quickly things change in the NFL. Only a few weeks ago Jordan Howard was the man to own in Chicago. He put up big numbers his first two starts but then started showing signs of slowing down. Last Thursday against the Packers, Carey received three more carries and was far more effective rushing for 48 yards. This could be a blip in the matrix or it could be a sign of things to come. One thing is for sure, If you’re a Jordan Howard owner, you would be wise to handcuff him with Carey.

Matt Asiata – The Vikings suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. Jerick McKinnon also went down with an ankle injury which opened the door for Asiata to see an expanded workload and he made the most of it. He ended the day with 80 total yards on 18 total touches. If McKinnon is forced to miss time, Asiata makes for a decent RB2 in both standard and PPR leagues.

Dion Lewis – We continue to wait for him to return. He’s eligible to be reinstated any day now, but with the strong play of LeGarrette Blount and James White the team appears to be in no rush to bring him back. The Patriots are on bye week 9, so the likeliest scenario appears to be a week 10 return. I’m still stashing the explosive back despite the fact that we have no clear indication of when he will actually return.

Alfred Morris – With Ezekiel Elliott smashing the fantasy world, Alfred Morris is nothing more than a bench stash. With that being said, he’s probably one of the top handcuffs there is.

Kenneth Dixon – Time is running out on the rookie running back to make any real impact. Many will be dropping him after a few weeks of ineptitude, but if you’re in a league with ample bench space, he’s certainly worth an add.

Wide Receiver

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  1. Davante Adams
  2. Donte Moncrief
  3. Cole Beasley
  4. Brandon LaFell
  5. Brian Quick
  6. Jamison Crowder
  7. Russell Shepard
  8. Quincy Enunwa
  9. Corey Coleman
  10. JJ Nelson
  11. Cordarrelle Patterson
  12. Mohamed Sanu
  13. Marquise Goodwin
  14. Dorial Green-Beckham
  15. Kendall Wright
  16. Justin Hunter
  17. Tyreek Hill
  18. Tyler Lockett
  19. Chris Hogan
  20. Marqise Lee
  21. Anquan Boldin
  22. Devin Funchess
  23. Victor Cruz
  24. Tyler Boyd
  25. Chris Conley
  26. Robby Anderson
  27. Eli Rogers
  28. Rishard Matthews
  29. Terrance Williams
  30. Torrey Smith
  31. Eddie Royal
  32. Seth Roberts
  33. Breshad Perriman
  34. Jermaine Kearse
  35. Danny Amendola
  36. Brice Butler
  37. Tajae Sharpe
  38. Ricardo Louis
  39. Adam Humphries
  40. Jeremy Kerley

Davante Adams – Well, well, well look at who we have here. If it isn’t Mr. Brickhands McGee. He went from ineffective and downright awful in 2015 to a complete monster the last three weeks. He’s emerged as the No1 WR for Aaron Rodgers and found the end zone twice last week against the Bears. With Jordy Nelson falling off a cliff, it’s Davante Adams who should be viewed as a solid WR2 moving forward or until he reverts back into a pumpkin.

Brandon LaFell – It’s been a weird year thus far for fantasy football. Over the last four weeks, Brandon LaFell has been a WR1. Let that sink in for a second. He’s even outproduced, Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, Brandin Cooks, Larry Fitzgerald, and Allen Robinson (who hasn’t?). Moving forward, I wouldn’t plan on him continuing to lead the team in red zone targets (8) with the return of Tyler Eifert. Don’t go crazy trying to acquire the veteran wide receiver, but he’s worth adding in all 12 team formats, especially with so many teams on bye the next few weeks. 

Brian Quick – Since week 3 he’s had at least 50 yards receiving and has also found the end zone three times. He’s been a solid deep threat this season. His explosiveness has been on display over the last five weeks with the sixth highest YPR (18.7), ninth highest YPT (11.2) and is sixth in RAC yards (7.8). Despite the Rams bye this week, he’s still worth an add in deep leagues.

Russell Shepard – Once Vincent Jackson went down with a season-ending injury there was speculation that Cecil Shorts would be the man to soak up the vacated targets. Well, after one week it was the former undrafted free agent from LSU Russell Shepard. He caught five-of-six targets for 77 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers. He’s not a dominant athlete, but when you take a peek at his player page on PlayerProfiler.com you see he has decent measurables. He possesses a 126.5 burst score (78th percentile), 4.5 40 yard dash (61st percentile), and a catch radius of 10.05 (60th percentile). At this point, he’s worth a bench stash and could make for a decent WR4 in 12 team leagues against a Raiders defense that allows the fourth-most fantasy points to the position.

Quincy Enunwa – Just when you feel good about letting Enunwa go after weeks of chilling on your bench, he hauls in a 69-yard touchdown against the Ravens. I’m still not convinced he’s going to be fantasy relevant this season despite being the No 2 wide receiver. As for this week, he takes on a Cleveland defense that has allowed the third-most points to the position. Enunwa makes for a shaky WR3 this week.

Corey Coleman – Should be back within a few weeks. Worth an add in all formats.

JJ Nelson – With Jaron Brown headed for season-ending surgery and John Brown battling his own injury issues, JJ Nelson could become a big beneficiary in the absence of both Browns. He was also the lone bright spot among the Arizona wide receivers on Monday night after hauling in 3-of-7 targets for 84 yards. Nelson was a shoelace tackle away from a touchdown in overtime that would have won the game. He’s a deep threat who gets a Panthers secondary in week 8 that has been torched all season.

Dorial Green-Beckham – The Eagles continue to increase his snap share but it’s not really translating into on-field production. He did find the end zone on Sunday against the Vikings but was otherwise ineffective. DGB is another bench stash but has the tools to be a star. That said, he may never put it all together.

Tyreek Hill – The Chiefs continue to find ways to get the ball into the hands of the fastest player in the NFL. He scored on a 38-yard pass from Alex Smith on Sunday. It was his third score of the season and is a home run waiting to happen. His usage is creeping up on Jeremy Maclin and should be viewed as a boom-or-bust WR4 in deeper formats.

 

Tight End:

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  1. Jack Doyle
  2. Cameron Brate
  3. Vernon Davis
  4. CJ Fiedorowicz
  5. Charles Clay
  6. Eric Ebron
  7. Lance Kendricks
  8. Antonio Gates
  9. Ladarius Green
  10. Vance McDonald

Jack Doyle – I tried to tell you last week. With Dwayne Allen out with an ankle injury, Jack Doyle assumed the starting role and put together a solid TE1 week. He hauled in 9 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. With Andrew Luck as his QB and Allen sidelined, we can reasonably expect similar production moving forward.

Cameron Brate – Things didn’t play out the way we had hoped. However, once you factor in the targets that went to Mike Evans and the rushing attack that destroyed the 49ers, it wasn’t shocking to see the lackluster performance in week 7. I’m still buying and feel great about it with the Raiders on tap. The Raiders allow the fifth-most points to tight ends. Brate makes for a low-end TE1 this week. 

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Hello, my name is Kevin Steele. I enjoy long walks on the beach and cuddling up with a good glass of scotch and The Fantasy Life book by Matthew Berry.

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