Waiver Wire: Week 8

Cody Wagner @ CwagsFantasy

Waiver Wire: Week 8

Bye week teams: Atlanta, Dallas, Tennessee, Chargers

For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.

  • Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
  • Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positionsi.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
  • Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.

Game Changers:

Jalen Richard – RB | Oakland Raiders

Jalen Richard is my number one waiver priority this week as Marshawn Lynch was put on IR, and Richard should be the beneficiary of that. A lot of people went and picked up Doug Martin as the replacement, but I think Richard is the better player set to have the opportunity, especially in any PPR formats. He leads the team in targets week 6, and with Amari Cooper being traded to the Dallas Cowboys there will be a few more targets to go around. Richard is 23% owned

Chris Ivory – RB | Buffalo Bills

Ivory is my number two waiver priority this week as LeSean McCoy looked like he acquired several injuries this week. He’s in the concussion protocol and also looked to have some kind of lower body injury as well. With him out, the rushing duties will likely be handled by Chris Ivory, and with them playing the Bills, there will likely be a lot of negative game script and dropping off passes to the running back. Ivory averaged 5.1 ypc against the colts, and was targeted 6 times, he is 8% owned.

Tre’Quan Smith – WR | New Orleans Saints

Tre’Quan is my number 3 waiver priority this week, with Ted Ginn gone to the IR, someone has to step up in New Orleans. Tre’Quan has the skill set to step right into the field stretching role. They have a tough matchup this week at the saints, but as long as Michael Thomas is on the other side of the field Smith will be able to handle any teams, secondary cornerback. With a ton of solid receiver options on a bye this week, plugging Smith into your flex spot could give you an edge on your matchup. He is 17% owned.

Depth With Upside:

Danny Amendola – WR | Miami Dolphins

Albert Wilson is going to miss multiple weeks with an injury and Kenny Stills has also been ruled out for this week. Although Amendola was a limited participant in practice this week and is listed as questionable, he would be the receiver to own going against the Texans on Thursday night. If for some reason he is not available to play, the next man up would be Jakeem Grant. Amendola is 10% owned.

Seth Roberts – WR | Oakland Raiders

With the departure of Amari Cooper that leaves an opening for a receiver to step up on the team. Roberts left the game in week six with a head injury and is in the concussion protocol, but could be activated for this weeks game. He wouldn’t step into the Amari Cooper role necessarily, but has great size and speed and has been more of a short yardage receiver to this point. With the Raiders needing to make some midseason changes, and Martavis a head case. They could rely on a heavy dosage of Jordy, Cook and Richard and Roberts going forward. Roberts is not owned in many leagues at all.

Hail Mary’s:

Kenjon Barner – RB | New England Patriots

Sony Michel avoided significant damage to his knee, but it would be highly unlikely the Patriots would run their star runner out there against the Bills next week. I would expect James white to be huge again, but Kenjon was in the mix at the end of the game last week and also has incredible speed. Barner is 1% owned.

D’Onta Foreman – RB | Houston Texans

Foreman wasn’t expected to be activated before this weeks game, but he is eligible to come off the PUP list. He is considered a stash at this point. But when he does play this could turn into his backfield relatively quickly. He is built to be a bell cow back and has all the tools to stay on the field all three downs. He is 18% owned.

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