Ladies and gents – We’re already entering the halfway point of the NFL season and that legitimately makes me sad. There’s no time to cry now, however, because we’re on to Week 8! Let’s start off the Week 8 Waiver Wire article with some quick-hit news and notes.
- I’d be burying the lead if I didn’t start this with Patrick Mahomes. There seems to be more optimism surrounding his patellar dislocation but he’s definitely out this week and I’d assume next week as well.
- Adam Thielen suffered a hamstring injury against Detroit and is unlikely to play on Thursday. This doesn’t seem to be too serious, so he may be back sooner rather than later.
- Another receiver with a hamstring injury is Will Fuller. This one, however, is serious. Fuller is expected to miss several weeks with his pulled hammy.
- Delanie Walker suffered an ankle injury and wasn’t able to return. Walker was dealing with the injury earlier in the week but suited up. Whether or not he’ll miss games going forward is unknown.
- Matt Ryan also suffered an ankle injury and was seen in a walking boot following their loss versus the Rams. The severity is unknown at this time.
- Ryan wasn’t the only Falcon to leave the game with an injury as running back Ito Smith was carted off the field after a helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Cory Littleton. Smith is out for Week 8 but it’s believed he escaped with just a concussion and nothing more significant.
- Kerryon Johnson left Sunday’s tilt against the Vikings with a knee injury and was unable to return. He was seen on the sideline with a knee brace on his right knee but that’s where he stayed for the remainder of the game. Johnson is currently being deemed “week-to-week” but could miss more time.
- Other injuries:
- Chargers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp is out for the rest of the year with a broken ankle. The curse lives on.
- Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald missed week 7’s game against Baltimore with a back injury and is questionable for Week 8 against the Falcons. The ‘Hawks are giving up the 14th-most passing yards per game at 249.
- Cornerback Gareon Conley was traded from the Raiders to Houston for a 2020 third-round pick.
- The Cardinals are hosting Jay Ajayi and Spencer Ware for workouts. I’m not sure how much this matters because it’s Chase Edmonds’ world and we’re just living in it.
*Just a quick reminder, I’m basing these waivers off players available in 40%+ of leagues to try and help as many of you as possible depending on your league size. The % number next to each player’s name is their current ownership percentage. Let’s get to the Week 8 Waiver Wire adds.
- Matt Stafford (57%) vs NYG
- Teddy Bridgewater (17%) vs ARI
- Jacoby Brissett (48%) vs DEN
- Derek Carr (20%) at HOU
- Gardner Minshew (52%) vs NYJ
- Sam Darnold (34%) at JAX
- Ryan Tannehill (5%) vs TB
- Daniel Jones (34%) at DET
- Mitchell Trubisky (25%) vs LAC
- Mason Rudolph (7%) vs MIA
As with each week, we have options for all league sizes at the quarterback position. Matt Stafford is clearly the top option but he’s also owned the most. After looking like he was going to be a super-low ceiling check-down machine, Teddy Bridgewater has put up 240+ yards and at least one touchdown in three straight games and has a date with the Cardinals in week 8. There is a chance Drew Brees returns but that wouldn’t make sense to me considering New Orleans has their bye week the following week. I really wish I had more faith in Ryan Tannehill because his matchup can’t get much better facing off against Tampa Bay in week 8. The Titans offense was really clicking and showed signs of life it simply hadn’t under Marcus Mariota. If you’re in a superflex league you’ve already added him, but he still may be available in deeper leagues if your back is against a wall. Sam Darnold looked turrrrible Monday night but still has a salivating rest of season schedule which we touched on during last week’s podcast.
- Chase Edmonds (48%) at NO
- Ty Johnson (2%) vs NYG
- Mark Walton (21%) at PIT
- Darrell Henderson (31%) vs CIN
- Alexander Mattison (25%) vs WAS
- Adrian Peterson (59%) at MIN
- Ronald Jones II (48%)/Peyton Barber (43%) at TEN
- Benny Snell (5%) vs MIA
- Brandon Bolden (3%) vs CLE
- Darrell Williams (11%) vs GB
- Ty Montgomery (3%) at JAX
The top option for waivers at running back is in the same vein as quarterback above – also the highest owned. Apparently David Johnson was an emergency-only option even though he got the first carry? Super tilting for a lot of us. Anyway, Chase Edmonds needs to be owned in all formats and should be looking at 80%+ ownership by Friday. Even if DJ returns to full health, Edmonds is going to be getting enough touches to be a weekly FLEX consideration. As noted above, Lions running back Kerryon Johnson is likely facing a multi-week absence and based off Sunday’s game, Ty Johnson is the guy to own. Ty Johnson doubled up J.D. McKissic’s touches 14 to 7 and saw 49 snaps to McKissic’s 19. Depending on your team’s current situation you have a couple of options for the remainder of my waiver recommendations. If you need someone to start this week and someone who is locked into touches, Mark Walton and Adrian Peterson are your best options, although their matchups in week 8 aren’t exactly great. Looking for a high-upside stash? I’ll never stop singing Alexander Mattison’s praises. Benny Snell has a great matchup against the lowly Dolphins but probably only has two more weeks of relevance before Jaylen Samuels returns to the lineup. I added Brandon Bolden after seeing Sony Michel go down although as of me typing this (early Tuesday morning), there hasn’t been any sort of update for Michel, positive or negative.
- Jamison Crowder (57%) at JAX
- Kenny Stills (14%) vs OAK
- Corey Davis (41%) vs TB
- A.J. Brown (17%) vs TB
- Zay Jones (4%) at HOU
- Cole Beasley (29%) at PHI
- Phillip Dorsett (44%) vs CLE
- Keke Coutee (14%) vs OAK
- Geronimo Allison (26%) at KC
- Allen Lazard (36%) at KC
- Auden Tate (38%) at LAR
- DeVante Parker (14%) at PIT
- Preston Williams (12%) at PIT
- Zach Pascal (1%) vs DEN
- Alex Erickson (2%) at LAR
With Will Fuller slated to miss “several weeks” with his hamstring injury, Kenny Stills is one of my favorite week 8 waiver wire targets. The Houston offense needs a legit vertical threat to optimally function and they haven’t shown the willingness to use Keke Coutee in that role. Coutee is a fine add as well, however, but needs manufactured touches to provide value to your fantasy roster. Corey Davis and A.J. Brown were resurrected by none other than Ryan Tannehill and have the matchup to put up two consecutive weeks of solid fantasy points. Both Green Bay receivers will take hits once Davante Adams is back, though we’re not certain when that will be. Zay Jones is active this week after being a healthy scratch against the aforementioned Packers in week 7. It feels gross putting two Bengals receivers on this list, but Auden Tate has been a semi-consistent presence, and Alex Erickson just 8/137 on 14 targets and out-produced Tyler Boyd.
- Eric Ebron (52%) vs DEN
- Chris Herndon (29%) at JAX
- Vance McDonald (49%) vs MIA
- O.J. Howard (55%) at TEN
- Dawson Knox (27%) vs PHI
- Dallas Goedert (13%) at BUF
- Jack Doyle (17%) vs DEN
- Kyle Rudolph (28%) vs WAS
- Noah Fant (17%) at IND
Boy is it gross out here in these TE streets. Chris Herndon would be the top add at the position if there were a clearer picture about his availability moving forward. He was “doubtful” to suit up in Monday night’s game against the Patriots, so there’s a chance he suits up against Jacksonville in week 8. Both Colts’ tight ends make the list although I’d be hesitant to trust either. Neither Eric Ebron nor Jack Doyle are in the top-20 of routes run at the position. O.J. Howard is fourth in my rankings and even that feels high, which is a depressing statement given the hype coming into the 2019 season. Dawson Knox has seen five targets in back-to-back games but has just 34 scoreless yards to show for it.
That’s going to wrap up the Week 8 Waiver Wire article! Did I miss anyone? Someone you’d have higher? Let me know by joining our FREE Slack community where writer ridicule is welcomed. Good luck in Week 8!