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Week 8 Waiver Wire Rankings

Week 8 Waiver Rankings

Week 7 is in the books! Which means Week 8 Waiver Wire Rankings are here!

This week we seemed to avoid any major injuries, with only Carson Palmer suffering what will likely be a season-ending broken arm. The last time Drew Stanton started for more than one game was back in 2014. He completed 55% of passes for 1,700 yards and seven passing touchdowns. Taking a look at the pass-catchers that season and their target distribution, Larry Fitzgerald led all wide receivers with 45 targets in just six games. While Michael Floyd saw the same amount, he did so in eight games. John Brown was also involved in the offense with 42 targets. So what does this mean for the 2017 Cardinals’ pass catchers? I think you can feel relatively safe about Larry Fitzgerald and his ability to be a weekly contributor. When you go back and study Drew Stanton you see a QB who is wildly inaccurate but has the moxie to take deep shots which should be good news for John Brown owners. Overall, you have to lower your expectations for the Cardinals offense, but this isn’t a completely lost situation in terms of fantasy production.

Other than Palmer, there were very few injuries of note, which is a good thing for fantasy owners but bad news for waiver adds. This is more of a long-term add week. I would be looking to add depth to my bench if possible. There are certainly some players that you can consider dropping. Mike Gillislee is a worthy drop candidate. With so many backs and his overall poor play, he’s worthy of a drop if someone of value (Marlon Mack) is available. Isaiah Crowell has been awful so far this year. He’s getting closer and closer to drop status. At this point, I wouldn’t even be mad at you if you did.

Another draft season hype train player who looks to be dead in the water is Ty Montgomery. The emergence of Aaron Jones has made Montgomery a very risky start. He seems to be relegated to a change of pace role. He received five total touches to the 20 of Aaron Jones. You will be hard-pressed to start TyMo outside of PPR formats as a dart throw flex. Aaron Jones is the real deal and congrats to all of us who scooped him up. With the Packers looking to lean on the run with no Aaron Rodgers, Jones will be a strong RB2 with RB1 upside no matter the format. He currently has two 100-yard performances in two of the last three weeks to go along with three touchdowns.

Below is as big of a list as you will find for players to pick up. The goal is to illuminate players that fantasy owners can pick up outside of the most obvious targets. We don’t all play in small leagues, so upping the ante and shedding light on players who would otherwise be ignored is optimal. I have included a color code highlighting what type of add priority they possess.

Week 8 Waiver Wire Rankings

Color Coding

Green = Top Waiver Option

Red = Players to who are currently out/injured

Gold = Streaming Target

Blue = Bench Stash

Purple = Deep League Stash

Bye Weeks: Jacksonville, Arizona, Green Bay, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, and Tennessee

Quarterback

Week 8 Waiver Wire Options

  1. Andy Dalton
  2. Tyrod Taylor
  3. Josh McCown
  4. Case Keenum
  5. Matt Moore
  6. Jacoby Brissett

It’s a rough week for streaming options, with six teams on bye and Carson Palmer suffering a broken arm that will likely end his season and possibly his career. The Cardinals will look to Drew Stanton to take over as the starter. We have seen this show before. The Cardinals might actually be better off with the athletic Blaine Gabbert but for now, it’s Drew Stanton’s show. I would limit expectations for John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald. Adrian Peterson is now going to experience a stacked front and will likely be rendered useless due to negative game-script.

Jay Cutler could miss a few weeks with broken ribs. Not that it matters. He’s been awful all season. Matt Moore looked like a major upgrade over Smokin’ Jay. It’s hard to imagine that Cutler gets the offense back once he’s healthy with how poorly Cutler has played and how well Moore played in their comeback win over the Jets.

It’s pretty remarkable how well Tyrod Taylor played last week with zero weapons outside of Jordan Matthews, who is coming back from a hand injury. This week, the Bills will take on a Raiders defense that just allowed 344 yards and three touchdowns to the Chiefs. Over his next six weeks, Taylor will face the Raiders, Jets, Saints, Chargers, Chiefs, Patriots, and Colts. He should be a usable option every week the rest of the season. Add Tyrod now. His running ability gives him a safe floor and with plus matchups, he should be a borderline QB1 option on most weeks.

What an ugly game it was for Andy Dalton and the Bengals. Dalton threw for 140 yards, two touchdowns, and two INTs against the Steelers. It’s hard to really blame Dalton with how bad their offensive line has been this season. The man never gets a chance to read a defense. He’s constantly throwing with pressure applied. This week the Bengals will take on a Colts defense that just allowed 300 yards and a touchdown to Blake Bortles. So yeah. Look for the Bengals to get back on track. The Bengals will have a roller coaster schedule the next five weeks with plus matchups against the Colts, Titans, and Browns, but should be avoided with matchups against the Jaguars and Broncos.

Other usable options with six teams on bye are Case Keenum against the Browns, Josh McCown against the Falcons and if you’re really desperate Mitch Trubisky is an option against the Saints in the dome.

 

Running Back

Week 8 Waiver Wire Options

  1. Marlon Mack
  2. DeAndre Washington
  3. Wendall Smallwood
  4. Jalen Richard
  5. Dion Lewis
  6. Andre Ellington
  7. D’Onta Foreman
  8. Matt Forte
  9. Austin Eckler
  10. Chris Ivory
  11. James Connor
  12. Alfred Morris
  13. Matt Breida
  14. Devontae Booker
  15. Orleans Darkwa
  16. Charcandrick West
  17. Alex Collins
  18. Samaje Perine
  19. T.J Yeldon
  20. Jamaal Charles
  21. Wayne Gallman
  22. Elijah McGuire
  23. Darren McFadden
  24. Rod Smith
  25. Charles Sims
  26. Mike Tolbert
  27. Corey Clement
  28. Shane Vereen
  29. Jamaal Williams
  30. Akeem Hunt
  31. Corey Grant

 

Marlon Mack seems like the only true must-add at running back. With Robert Turbin out for the year, Mack has a real chance to carve out a sizeable workload in behind a 34-year-old Frank Gore. He’s available in 60% of Yahoo formats. He scored 10 PPR points this week on nine total touches. He’s an explosive playmaker and should continue to carve out a bigger role moving forward. This week he will face off against a Bengals defense that ranks seventh in run DVOA. This sets up as a better matchup for Mack as the Bengals have allowed the eighth most receptions to running backs. If Mack is somehow available in your league, add him now.

Sometimes suspensions happen and allow players who would otherwise be non-factors to surface. After Marshawn Lynch went Beast Mode on an official, he will be suspended this week. Enter DeAndre Wahington and Jalen Richard. The issue with this situation is simply bad matchup and predictability. After Lynch exited, Washington received 12 total touches which were one fewer than Richard. Now, game-script played a part with the Raiders playing from behind the entire game. This week the Raiders will take on a Bills defense that grades 11th in run DVOA. I wouldn’t spend a ton to acquire either, but Washington figures to have the greatest opportunity to find the end zone making him usable in 12 team leagues as a flex. Richard is a dart throw in strictly PPR formats as the pass-catching option.

Trying to decipher the New England backfield is going to be one of the toughest choices moving forward, with Dion Lewis continuing to lead the group in touches (14) and being the most productive in the backfield.  He rushed for 76 yards (5.8 YPC) and was the man to salt away the game against the Falcons. Next week the Patriots will take on a Chargers team that has allowed the most rushing yards in the league.  I don’t have a ton of confidence with so many different backs receiving carries, but for now, he seems like the one to own. If you’re in PPR formats, you can safely drop Mike Gillislee.

In a world void of stellar option in free agency and only six weeks away from the fantasy playoffs, the time is now to stash some running backs who could provide league-winning upside down the stretch.

Devontae Booker will continue to back up CJ Anderson, however, over the last two weeks, his nine targets are the tied for ninth in the league during that span.  With the Broncos searching for an identity, Booker could carve out standalone value. He worth an add in all formats. With an improved offensive line and a running back not known for his health ahead of him, Booker could be the guy who carries your team to a championship if the cards fall his way.

James Conner, Matt Breida, Charcandrick West, and Malcolm Brown are all on the same level with Booker. Each of them possesses that league-winning upside if anything happens to their starters. Go ahead and drop that dead weight and pick up one these gems.

Also, it should be mentioned, do not one for on handcuff your lead backs. The best strategy is to pick up other league-mates backups.

 

Wide Receiver

Week 8 Waiver Wire Options

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  1. Cooper Kupp
  2. Kenny Stills
  3. Allen Hurns
  4. Tedd Ginn
  5. Robert Woods
  6. Juju Smith-Schuster
  7. Robby Anderson
  8. Kenny Golladay
  9. Mohamed Sanu
  10. Marqise Lee
  11. Jermaine Kearse
  12. Corey Davis
  13. Paul Richardson
  14. Demarcus Robinson
  15. Tyrell Williams
  16. Jordan Matthews
  17. Tyler Lockett
  18. Ricardo Louis
  19. Marquise Goodwin
  20. Benny Fowler
  21. Jamison Crowder
  22. Donte Moncrief
  23. Roger Lewis
  24. Cole Beasley
  25. Chris Moore
  26. Josh Doctson
  27. Jaron Brown
  28. DeDe Westbrook
  29. Aldrick Robinson
  30. Taylor Gabriel
  31. Albert Wilson
  32. Mike Williams
  33. Kendall Wright
  34. Zay Jones
  35. Trent Taylor
  36. Brandon LaFell
  37. Deonte Thompson
  38. Jordan Taylor
  39. Bruce Ellington
  40. Kasen Williams
  41. T.J. Jones
  42. Chris Godwin
  43. Phillip Dorsett
  44. Brice Butler
  45. Terrance Williams
  46. De’Anthony Thomas
  47. Geronimo Allison
  48. Brandon Tate
  49. Laquon Treadwell
  50. Michael Floyd
  51. Tanner Gentry

This is just an awful week for waivers if I’m being honest. The only player I would use a top waiver on this week would be Marlon Mack. Past that they’re all bye week fodder and bench stashes.

Cooper Kupp is on bye this week, but he’s someone I would add immediately in PPR formats. With Sammy Watkins rendered useless, it’s been Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods carrying the wide receivers in weekly fantasy production. Though neither have much of a ceiling, their weekly floors allow them to be in consideration for flex/WR4 options.

Kenny Stills exploded for 26 PPR points on six receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns. His nine targets were a season-high. He had a nice rapport with Matt Moore, but will likely fall down the pecking order once DeVante Parker returns from his injury which could be as early as this week. Stills remains a boom-or-bust flex option against a Ravens secondary that has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to WRs.

While Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee are on bye this week, both are worthy of a bench spot. Neither will explode for huge weeks, but they each possess some level of upside as the only two wide receivers seeing a healthy target share. My personal favorite bench stash in deeper formats is DeDe Westbrook. I have mentioned him a time or two over the weeks. He could be back within a few weeks and offers something neither Lee or Hurns can and that’s his ability to take the top off a defense. He balled during the preseason and deserves a look in deeper leagues.

Another boom-or-bust wide receiver who has scored double-digit fantasy points in each of his last two weeks is Tedd Ginn. He’s as volatile as they come but when you’re tethered to Drew Brees you are always in play. This week the Saints will take on a Bears defense that has been decent against opposing wide receivers. They have allowed the 12th-fewest points to the position.

Oh, Martavis Bryant what a dumpster fire you have been. You continue to let the fantasy community down with subpar performances and now creating bad chemistry in the locker room. All of this makes JuJu Smith-Schuster a great add in any format. While he isn’t seeing heavy volume, brighter days are ahead for the Steelers in terms of matchups. As for Marty B, he is unstartable for the foreseeable future.

Speaking of the Steelers, the Lions return from their bye to face the Steelers. Golden Tate’s status is up in the air which would open the door for Kenny Golladay. He’s been sidelined the last four weeks with an injury, but all signs point to him returning this week. With so many teams on bye, Golladay is a worthy flex play in a game that should be high-scoring.

The Seahawks offense appeared to come to life in the second half against the Giants. Tyler Lockett received seven targets but only turned that into 29 yards. Paul Richardson was far more effective although on far less volume with two targets. He hauled in a 38-yard touchdown late in the four quarter which bailed out fantasy owners (like myself) with 14 PPR points. This week, the Seahawks will face a potent Deshaun Watson led offense. On the season, the Texans defense has allowed the 11th-fewest points to wide receivers, but with JJ Watt and Witney Mercelius sidelined for the season, you have to believe they’ll begin to struggle with less pass-rush. Richardson makes for a touchdown-dependent option, while Tyler Lockett is better served to be on your bench.

Demarcus Robinson has really benefitted from the season-ending injury Chris Conley suffered two weeks ago. Over the past two weeks, he has received 13 targets and has turned that into 86 yards on six receptions. It’s hard to imagine starting the Chiefs No. 2 wide receiver but with how poorly the defense is playing, the offense might have to turn into a much more high-volume pass attack which would allow Robinson to be a weekly WR4. As for this week, he’s better left on your bench with a matchup against the Broncos.

Tight End

Week 8 Waiver Wire Options

  1. George Kittle
  2. Austin Hooper
  3. Zach Miller
  4. Tyler Kroft
  5. Ben Watson
  6. Daniel Fells
  7. Jared Cook
  8. Jack Doyle
  9. Jonnu Smith
  10. Ryan Griffin
  11. Vance McDonald
  12. O.J. Howard
  13. David Njoku
  14. A.J. Derby
  15. Coby Fleener

The tight end position has been a dumpster fire this year. Despite so many promising rookie tight ends this year, only Evan Engram has been a consistent option in fantasy. George Kittle is receiving the targets to be in consideration as a weekly option, but with bad quarterback play, he’s going to be hard to trust outside of PPR formats. Jonnu Smith has shown promise, however, he has been buried behind Delaine Walker. Walker suffered what is being called a bone bruise in his ankle. Good news for owners is he’s on bye this week. His status for Week 9 is up in the air depending on severity.

Jack Doyle was supposed to be a PPR beast this year. That just hasn’t been the case, and while he hasn’t been Eric Ebron bad, he has been almost unusable most weeks. To make matters worse, the Colts will face a Bengals defense that has allowed the second-fewest yards and only one touchdown to the position. I would likely avoid the situation this week unless you’re truly desperate.

If you wanna know just how bad the tight end position has been, look no further than Zach Miller. He’s TE11 the last two weeks posting four receptions on six targets for 54 yards and a touchdown. With so few weapons for Mitch Trubisky to look to, Zach Miller has been the only “consistent” option in the offense. This week the Bears will head to a dome and face a Saints defense that has allowed the third fewest yards (236) but the fifth most touchdowns (3) to tight ends.

Tyler Kroft has double-digit fantasy points in two of his last three weeks and has hauled in at least four targets per game. I’m going all-in on Bengals this week in DFS. Kroft may not be a sexy name but he’s getting the targets to make a weekly viable streaming option.

If you’re looking for a great matchup for a tight end, then Ben Watson might be your man. The Dolphins have struggled to stop the tight end position allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to the position at a clip of 14.9 points per week. He might be old and — have joe Flacco at QB — but he has been targeted 34 times this season. He’s as good as any tight end this week to stream.

At this point, you are hoping for a touchdown from any tight end not named Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Cameron Brate, Evan Engram or Hunter Henry. Even the seven tight ends I just listed have been up and down all season, outside of maybe Cameron Brate who had his touchdown streak snapped at four games. If you don’t have one of these tight ends, then join me in playing a game of flip-a-coin-for-your-tight-end.

D/ST

  1. Eagles vs SF
  2. Bengals vs Indy
  3. Dolphins vs Balt
  4. Saints vs Chi
  5. Falcons vs NYJ

Kicker

  1. Jake Elliott
  2. Harrison Butker
  3. Will Lutz
  4. Kai Forbath
  5. Cody Parkey

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.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Bryan

    October 24, 2017 at 8:26 am

    How come OJ Howard is so far down the list after his huge breakout Sunday?

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