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Week 8 Waiver Wire Rankings

Hello Friends! Thank you for continuing to use The Fantasy Authority as your source for redraft and DFS information! Let’s dive right into our Week 8 waiver wire rankings!

Green = Top Waiver Option

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench Options/Flex Options

Purple = Deep league bench plays

Quarterback

1) Baker Mayfield

2) Joe Flacco

3) Case Keenum

4) C.J. Beathard

5) Derek Carr 

Baker Mayfield: The rookie quarterback had his best fantasy performance of the season against the Buccaneers in Week 7 with 20.9 standard points and a season high 43 rushing yards. Mayfield has the most potential among streaming quarterbacks in Week 8 against a Steelers defense ranked eighth worst in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks despite coming off a bye week.

Joe Flacco: Angry Joe is never an exciting choice but his floor is higher than other quarterbacks on the wire with his lowest score at 11.22 points in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.  The Ravens will face a Carolina Panthers defense that has done reasonably well this season ranking 12th overall in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.

Running Back

1) Doug Martin

2) Raheem Mostert

3) Frank Gore

4) Chris Ivory

5) Jalen Richard

6) Alfred Morris

7) Mike Davis / Rashaad Penny

8) Ronald Jones 

9) LeGarrette Blount

10) Ty Montgomery / Jamal Williams

11) Darren Sproles

12) Theo Reddick 

13) Devontae Booker

14) Jordan Wilkins

15) D’Onta Freeman / Alfred Blue

16) Spencer Ware

17) C.J. Anderson

18) Chase Edmunds

19) Malcolm Brown

20) Mark Murphy

Doug Martin: With Marshawn Lynch placed on Injured Reserve, Martin will take over early down work in the Raiders offense while Jalen Richard will continue his role as the passing down back. If Martin is utilized like Lynch in the red zone, the veteran back could score some touchdowns as Lynch saw 11 touches inside the ten.

Raheem Mostert: The 49ers running back had his second straight productive performance in Week 7 against the Rams including usage in the passing game with four receptions. With Matt Breida dealing with an assortment of injuries, Mostert should at least have a part-time role in the running back rotation.

Frank Gore: The veteran averages 12 carries per game in the last four weeks and should continue to lead the Dolphins in rushing as the early down back. The ageless Gore has been the red zone back so far in the Miami offense with five carries and one reception inside the ten yard line this season.

Chris Ivory: With LeSean McCoy leaving last week’s game with a head injury, the Buffalo backfield could be led by Ivory in Week 8. In a two-game sample size when McCoy either did not start or could not finish the game, Ivory has played in 80% and 64% of offensive snaps.

Ronald Jones: The rookie back played in a season high 30.5% of snaps in an overtime win over the Browns and could see more future work with starter Peyton Barber banged up. Despite only being active for three games, Jones already has six touches in the red zone including one rushing touchdown.

Wide Receiver

1) Tre’Quan Smith

2) Robby Anderson

3) Geronimo Allison

4) DeDe Westbrook

5) Tyrell Williams 

6) Danny Amendola

7) Mike Williams

8) Christian Kirk

9) Martavis Bryant

10) Courtland Sutton

11) Josh Reynolds

12) Jakeem Grant

13) Jermaine Kearse

14) Antonio Callaway

15) Willie Snead 

16) Cameron Meredith

17) Donte Moncrief

18) Paul Richardson

19) Kelvin Benjamin

20) Anthony Miller

21) DeVante Parker

22) DJ Moore

Tre’Quan Smith: In a two start sample size, the rookie receiver has played in 66% and 73% of offensive snaps in replacement for an injured Ted Ginn. With an important role on a juggernaut offense, Smith should be added in all formats and has low ownership of 8.7% and 17% in ESPN and Yahoo Fantasy leagues respectively.

Tyrell Williams: The Chargers big play receiver produced a second straight impressive performance with 118 receiving yards and one touchdown against the Titans in London. Even with a dependency on chunk yardage plays, Williams is no doubt the second receiver on a good offense with snap counts of 81% the past two games and a low of 71% for the season.

Danny Amendola: The quick slot receiver has now seen an average of nine targets per game in the past two weeks and looks to be a favorite of quarterback Brock Osweiler. With injuries now affecting the Dolphins at this position, Amendola has played in 96% of offensive snaps in two straight games.

Martavis Bryant: With Amari Cooper now in Dallas, Bryant moves up the depth chart and should be the Raiders’ second receiver. The talented receiver is quietly on pace to surpass last season’s yardage of 603 receiving yards and has shown an ability to score with an average of seven touchdowns per season in his first two years in the league.

Josh Reynolds: Despite only seeing one target, Reynolds was on the field for 83% of offensive plays and operated as a starter in a three wide receiver based offense. He is worth an addition if Cooper Kupp cannot go against the Packers (highest projected game total in Week 8).

Courtland Sutton: Rumors are flying about the Broncos possibly trading players on their team specifically at receiver so the potential for Sutton to play a bigger role is a real possibility in the future. The rookie receiver has been utilized so far in the red zone with four targets including two inside the ten yard line.

Jermaine Kearse: The Jets passing game will be inconsistent with a rookie quarterback but injuries are forcing Kearse to log heavy snaps as he played in 90% of offensive plays in Week 7.

Tight End

1) Vance McDonald 

2) C.J. Uzomah

3) Benjamin Watson

4) Jack Doyle (if practicing)

5) Jeff Heuerman

Vance McDonald: Before the Steelers’ bye week, McDonald played in a season high 69% of offensive snaps and saw eight targets against the Bengals. The Pittsburgh tight end has been consistent catching the football this season with a 80% catch rate.

C.J. Uzomah: The Bengals tight end played in 91%, 91%, and 96% of offensive snaps in the past three games and has shown an ability to produce in the red zone with two touchdown receptions from inside the ten yard line. Uzomah has a cupcake match up to continue his touchdown streak in Week 8 against a Buccaneers defense allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends.

As always, thank you taking the time to read TFA’s Week 8 Waiver Wire Rankings! I hope this can help you get through bye weeks and win your match ups with a sneaky waiver grab. Don’t forget to check out other great content on The Fantasy Authority, including a QB/TE streaming, deeper waiver additions, and Risers / Fallers that is also great help for future additions.

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