Tyler Orginski @FFTylerO
Waiver Wire: Week 8
Whether you won or lost, this is the time to either bolster that winning roster or look ahead to getting the W in week eight. Active teams win leagues, and you are now tasked with the difficult decision on not only who to pick-up but how much to bid. If your league is not using FAAB, consider the order in which the players are listed, by position, to determine their priority. Players available in ~33% of Yahoo leagues will be featured in this week eight waiver wire article.
You might be able to get him for nothing considering his miserable performance against the Pats on Monday night, but I still want Darnold for his string of juicy matchups from weeks 9-14. The Jets get the Dolphins twice, the Giants, Bengals, and Redskins. I predict he puts up top 12 numbers during this stretch.
This is just a week eight streamer, but the Steelers draw the Dolphins on Monday Night Football (woof); nevertheless, the Dolphins give up the 2nd most fantasy to the QB position, and Rudolph should be a solid bye week fill-in. Take your 18 or so points and move along.
Grab Chase Edmonds if he’s available, he deserves at least a 20% bid.
Johnson is the top waiver-wire RB option this week, but I will advise against blowing your FAAB on him, likely someone will outbid you, and you should let them. Even with Kerryon Johnson, the Lions were struggling to run the ball, and this will probably be a split with JD McKissic. I also wouldn’t be shocked to see the Lions make a trade for some depth, Kenyon Drake comes to mind. Let someone else spend up on Johnson this week but still put your bid in, just in case.
Seeing 12 touches last week on a 34% snap rate, he was the immediate back-up to Gurley with Malcolm Brown sidelined with an ankle injury. The Rams backfield isn’t what we thought it would be, but with the Brown injury the sad state of the Gurley, he’s worth an add. He drew comps to Kamara this preseason while likely farfetched; he does provide more explosion than 2019 Gurley and Brown.
Walton is a very “meh,” pick-up on a terrible offense, but he’s been seeing some looks. He got 11 touches for 75 yards in Week 6 and 15 touches for 58 yards in Week 7. With the Kenyan Drake trade rumors milling, there are worse bench stashes that could get you through some bye weeks.
These two are shaping up to be fantasy football’s elite handcuffs. They need to be owned and are possible league winners.
If you need WR help, feel free to blow it all on Stills. He will return solid WR2 numbers with upside while Fuller is sidelined, which is looking like four weeks minimum. The #2 option on the Texans offense is valuable, and Stills has the talent. At worst, you toss him in your flex. We might not see another WR on the waiver wire in this good of a position for the rest of the season.
Good news, Tannehill might be an upgrade from Mariota. In Tannehill’s first game, Brown led the team in targets with eight. He has also shown ability in yards after the catch. The Titans are playing the Bucs in an excellent matchup for Titans pass catchers this week. He is a fine plug and play flex option in week 8. Who knows, he might return some value this season with the new QB under center.
The clear #2 in Pittsburgh and Mason Rudolph’s favorite target to date. If he is on waivers, pick him up. The Steelers have knocked it out of the park with WR talent, having him on your bench is smart.
Stills is the clear #2 option in Houston, but Coutee is now healthy and the #3. He saw a season-high 69% snaps in week seven and proved he can be a difference-maker in 2018. I am not as wild about starting him in week eight, but I would like to see how this plays out.
I keep writing about this guy and am still baffled he’s not owned in more leagues. He has a double-digit outing in 4/5 games and is the clear #2 in Buffalo. The Bills draw the Eagles in week eight, who are awful against the pass. I flex this man every week in deeper PPR leagues.
Preston Williams – Devante Parker – Anthony Miller – Zach Pascal
This is my 5th time posting this. Last year, he was a top-eight TE from week 6 to 16. The return of Darnold has righted the ship on offense, and the Jets matchup from weeks 9-14 is cake. There is not much upside left at TE on waivers at this point, Herndon may be your last chance to get a Top 12 guy.
Dawson Knox – Kyle Rudolph