Week 8 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Express: ALL ABOARD!!!
Written by Duncan Murphy (@duncanwmurphy) and Mike Ptaschnik (@M65P)
The Waiver Wire Express is leaving the station.
Next Stop: Week 8
This weekly column will tell you all about players I am adding off the waiver wire as well as suggested FAAB amounts. I will also tell you which players I feel comfortable dropping at each position. Pay close attention to your league settings. If you have an injured player and have an IR slot – you’re much better off stashing them on IR as opposed to just dropping them. I try to include clips of each player's highlights from the previous week so I can put the proof right in this waiver wire pudding.
In general, recommended players will be 50% owned or less in Yahoo leagues (some players may be just over).
Top Adds for Week 8:
1. Mitchell Trubisky
2. Baker Mayfield
3. Alex Smith
1. Marlon Mack
2. D'Onta Foreman
3. Chris Ivory
4. Kenjon Barner
5. Jalen Richard
6. Raheem Mostert
7. Doug Martin
8. LeGarrette Blount
9. Mike Davis
1. Chris Godwin
2. Geronimo Allison
3. Cole Beasley
4. Robby Anderson
5. Tyrell Williams
6. Danny Amendola
1. Ben Watson
2. Chris Herndon
1. Dan Bailey
2. Jason Myers
3. Ka'imi Fairbairn
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. New England Patriots
3. Washington Redskins
Quarterbacks to Add:
1. Mitchell Trubisky – CHI (52% Owned): Mitch is a little over 50% owned, but he has to be mentioned considering this makes it three straight games for him with over 300 yards passing and 30 fantasy points!! This week he completed 26 of 50 (!!!) passes for 333 yards, two passing touchdowns and two interceptions and chipped in 81 yards on 6 carries. Believe it or not, Trubisky is a top ten QB at the moment and he has only played 6 games due to a bye week! He is extremely athletic and has begun to use his legs at more opportune times to punish defenses and collect more fantasy points. The interceptions will continue, but they are offset by the rushing prowess and his decision making has shown improvement.
It took a few weeks to come to fruition, but the game is slowing down for Mitch (last year's #2 overall pick in the NFL draft) and this Bears offense is beginning to look explosive. If he is available on your wire I suggest that you be aggressive in adding him even if you are set at QB. If you're rolling with someone like Matt Stafford or Kirk Cousins or if you just need a bye week fill-in, Mitch makes a strong add. To be honest, I think I would prefer Trubisky to those guys moving forward. Up next he has two tough matchups followed by four games against bottom six defenses in defensive pass efficiency according to Sharp Football Stats. It's important to remember that in fantasy, and in life, sometimes you need to risk it to get the Tribiscuits.
Upcoming Schedule: NYJ, @Buf, DET, MIN, @DET, NYG
FAAB Bid: $18
2. Baker Mayfield - CLE (41% Owned): Baker has been cooking some sourdough recently and has not paid back fantasy investors for the heavy bids that were thrown his way when he was named the starter in Cleveland. This week he had a solid performance by going 23/34 for 235 yards and 2 TD plus went 4/43 on the ground to come away with 22.9 fantasy points. This was the start of a glorious schedule run for Mayfield as he just faced the putrid TB secondary and will go on to see three of the most generous passing defenses in the league. If someone dropped him and you are looking for a good back up or streaming option, make the move and invite the Baker in for tea and scrumpets.
Upcoming Schedule: @Pit, KC, ATL, BYE
FAAB Bid: $14
3. Alex Smith - WAS (45% Owned): Smith is by no means a good option in fantasy on a week to week basis, however in week 8 he faces a porous NYG defense that could be mentally defeated if they get lit up Monday night vs Atlanta. The Giants are 27th in pass defense efficiency and Smith has a shot to hit 20 fantasy points for only the second time this season. He is far from a strong option, but if the guys above are gone and you need someone for a bye week, Smith could get it done.
Upcoming Schedule: @NYG, ATL, @TB, HOU
FAAB Bid: $3 Running Backs to Add: 1. Marlon Mack - IND (55% Owned) - Marlon Mack is my most hated player right now in fantasy. He's enemy #1. After clogging up my roster for weeks with injury he seemed prime to disappoint again, especially with multiple RBs involved. I dropped him a few weeks back to clear up the log jam and Ptash snagged him. Fast forward to today and Mack is now looking like a stud RB2 until further notice. He's running behind PFFs #10 offensive line and carried the rock 19 times for 126 yards and 1 TD while chipping in 2 catches for 33 yards and another TD this week. No other back had more than 6 carries. It's officially The Return of the Mack. The hamstring injury he was dealing with earlier in the year could creep back in at any moment, but enjoy the ride while it lasts.
Upcoming Schedule: @OAK, BYE, JAX, TEN
FAAB Bid: $32
2. D'Onta Foreman - HOU (18% Owned) - The Foreman is ready to report to work and he’s available in 82% of Yahoo leagues. Of course, Lamar Miller has a random 100 yard rushing game the week before he returns so who knows if they will give D’Onta the ball, but when healthy he appears to clearly be the better running back. He’ll still needs to contend with running behind quite possibly the NFL’s worst offensive lines (32nd according to PFF).
Upcoming Schedule: MIA, @DEN, BYE, @WAS
FAAB Bid: $14
3. Chris Ivory - BUF (7% Owned) - Ivory has quietly performed well in a backup role this season behind LeSean McCoy. After Shady got concussed this week, Ivory had become a priority add. This week he had 16 carries for 81 yards despite missing a few drives with a minor injury oh his own. He also had 5 targets and 3 catches in the receiving game. PFF ranked his week 7 performance as the #6 run grade of the week. He gets a generous NE defense this week and should collect 3-5 catches in garbage time. Chicago is on deck where he'll be a recommended sit then NYJ and a bye so he is likely a one week play. If McCoy were to miss significant time or get traded, Ivory would become a low end RB2 or Flex play.
Upcoming Schedule: NE, CHI, @NYJ, BYE
FAAB Bid: $12
4. Kenjon Barner - NE (2% Owned) - The fantasy God's have struck down my team this year and Sony Michel is the latest victim. The early news is positive as the MRI did not reveal any major structural damage to the knee, however Sony is likely to miss a game or two and get right. That seems like the best case scenario here. According to Inside Injuries…
“He previously tore the ACL in his left knee, then had surgery in July that kept him out to start the season. There were long-term concerns that caused teams to avoid him in the draft, and now he is already looking at another potentially serious injury. While it didn’t look like an ACL tear, he may have suffered a meniscus damage that would require surgery.”
It’s very possible that the Patriots give him the next month to recover as they play Buffalo, Green Bay, and Tennessee before heading into their bye week in week 11. Two of those games are guaranteed big wins for NE so we may not see Michel until week 12.
Kenjon Barner stepped in this week when Sony went down and received 10 totes for 36 yards including a goal-line carry. At 5’9 195 that seems unlikely to continue, and I would look for the Patriots to sign veteran Mike Gillislee this week for what seems like the 100th time. If that happens, Gill is likely to soak up those goal line touches if Sony does sit for a while. For Sony Michel owners - it would be wise to shell out some coin here to cover yourselves. Barner will likely not be a great option, but running backs are hard to come by and if Barner is able to carve out a role here then he will have value. For non-Sony owners, Barner is not worth a big FAAB bid as this backfield will be dominated by James White if Sony is forced to sit.
Upcoming Schedule: @BUF, GB, @TEN, BYE
FAAB Bid: $8 (For Sony Michel Owners: $18)
5. Jalen Richard - OAK (26% Owned) - Beast Mode is officially on IR and this is likely the last we see of him in the NFL. Richard is a very talented runner in the open field and will be most valuable in PPR formats for fantasy. Oakland really sucks, but with Lynch going down and Cooper shipped out of town, there are targets and carries up for grabs. Some may favor Dougie Martin on the waiver wire, but they will be disappointed. Richard is the player you want and is worth a significant bid.
Upcoming Schedule: IND, @SF, LAC, @ARI
FAAB Bid: $10
6. Raheem Mostert - SF (12% Owned) - Throw on the tape from this week’s game and tell me in the comments what running back he reminds you of. I can’t quite put my finger on it, (Elijah McGuire?) but he does have an impressive burst and an ability to break some tackles. This week he went 7/59 on the ground and 4/19 through the air. Breida can’t stay healthy and re-injured his ankle on the first play in this game. It’s looking like he could miss a game or two as the team is currently reevaluating his injury and rehab process. If he does miss time, Mostert will get an extended look and is flex worthy until Breida returns.
Upcoming Schedule: @ARI, OAK, NYG, BYE
FAAB Bid: $8
7. Doug Martin - OAK (27% Owned) - Doug Martin was once one of the best running backs in the league, but those days are long gone. He's consistently disappointed in recent years and I don't expect this time to be any different on a bad Raiders team that's in full rebuild mode. Any running back that's getting carries has value though and there is always the chance for some sort of miraculous comeback for Martin so I would be willing to toss out a low bid to see what happens. As I stated above, I believe Richard is the guy to own now, but really none of them are likely to be very good.
Upcoming Schedule: IND, @SF, LAC, @ARI
FAAB Bid: $8
8. LeGarrette Blount - DET (13% Owned) - Blount has put up 3 TD in the past two weeks and is averaging close to 10 carries per game. Kerryon Johnson is by far the more exciting back in the Lions backfield, however Blount could prove to be valuable as the season wears on. In standard leagues, Blount carries far more value considering he is not involved in the passing game at all. Don’t break the bank based on his recent performances, but he’s not a bad player to own on your bench as bye weeks are in full swing.
Upcoming Schedule: SEA, @MIN, @CHI, CAR
FAAB Bid: $6
9. Mike Davis - SEA (17% Owned) - “Iron” Mike Davis has been coming on the past few weeks in Seattle and may have been dropped last week when his team went on bye. The three weeks prior he had games of 21, 12, and 6 carries so that trend is heading the wrong way, but he has looked pretty good out there and if anything were to happen to Chris Carson, Davis would step in as a decent flex option and possible RB2 in the right matchup.
Upcoming Schedule: @DET, LAC, @LAR, GB
FAAB Bid: $4
Wide Receivers to Add:
1. Chris Godwin 49%: Godwin has remained very involved in the Bucs offense as Jameis Winston has returned from his suspension. He’s hauled in 11 passes on 15 targets since the return of Winston and he’s scored 4 touchdowns so far this season in just six games.
Upcoming Schedule: @CIN, @CAR, CIN, @NYG
FAAB Bid: $15-20
2. Geronimo Allison 37%: Allison has been dealing with a hamstring injury over the past month, but could be making his return in Week 8 against the Rams. In the first 4 games of the season Allison averaged over 7 targets per game in the Packers offense. I don’t need to tell you that operating as a key part of an Aaron Rodgers-led offense is a good place to be for a wide receiver and your fantasy lineup.
Upcoming Schedule: @LAR, @NE, MIA @SEA
FAAB Bid: $10-12
3. Cole Beasley 27%: Back to back good weeks for Beasley as he’s been targetted 19 times and had 16 catches for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns over the past two weeks. He could be a big beneficiary from the addition of Amari Cooper. Beasley heads into the bye this week and could be a good under-the-radar add for Week 9 and beyond.
Upcoming Schedule: BYE, TEN, @PHI, @ATL
FAAB Bid: $8-10
4. Robby Anderson 47%: He really has just one good game on the season, but the Jets need him to step up and he got 10 targets on Sunday. Terrelle Pryor was released due to injury and Quincy Enunwa is still dealing with a high ankle sprain. Kearse managed just two targets on Sunday and it is clear the Jets are trying to get Anderson more involved. If they can just connect a few times Anderson has the skills and speed to do some damage.
Upcoming Schedule: @CHI, @MIA, BUF, BYE
FAAB Bid: $8-10
5. Tyrell Williams 15%: He’s definitely a boom or bust receiver, but he’s paid major dividends each of the past two weeks racking up 236 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 7 catches. The targets are not really there so he comes with a fair amount of risk. But if you need a lottery ticket at WR3 or Flex Tyrell Williams is your guy.
Upcoming Schedule: BYE, @SEA, @OAK, DEN
FAAB Bid: $6-8
6. Danny Amendola 10%: He’s been very productive the past two weeks. He’s turned 18 targets into 14 catches for 143 yards and 1 touchdown. There’s several factors working in his favor. He appears to have a rapport with Brock Osweiler, so he’s definitely on my radar while Osweiler is starting and we’ll see what happens if and when Tannehill returns. The injuries are piling up. Stills is hurt. Albert Wilson is headed to IR. And Adam Gase hates DeVante Parker and won’t play him even though he’s reportedly healthy.
Upcoming Schedule: @HOU, NYJ, @GB, BYE
FAAB Bid: $4-6
Tight Ends to Add:
1. Ben Watson (40% owned): Ted Ginn is on IR and Cameron Meredith has been a non-factor. Brees will have to lean on Watson more in the pass game and he did just that on Sunday. Watson caught 6 passes on 6 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Upcoming Schedule: @MIN, LAR, @CIN, PHI
FAAB Bid: $4-6
2. Chris Herndon (0% owned): The Jets wide receiver situation is a mess. Terrelle Pryor is gone. Quincy Enunwa is hurt. Herndon has stepped up and scored twice in the past two weeks. He has 6 catches for 98 yards in those two games and was targeted a season-high 7 times on Sunday.
Upcoming Schedule: @CHI, @MIA, BUF, BYE
FAAB Bid: $1-2
Kickers to Add:
1. Dan Bailey: He’s one of the best kickers of all time. He’s scored double digit fantasy points in four straight games. Add this man.
2. Jason Myers: Still leads all kickers in scoring. He’s made 17 of 18 attempts this season with a long of 55.
3. Ka’imi Fairbairn: Tied for 3rd amongst kickers in scoring. He’s made 5 FG’s from over 40 yards out and is tied for the league lead in FG Attempts with 20.
Defenses to Add:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers: They have the second best pass rush in the league this season, averaging 3.7 sacks per game. Now they play their division-rival the Cleveland Browns fresh off a bye week. Baker Mayfield took 5 sacks on Sunday against the Bucs, who only had 9 sacks entering the game. Cleveland has allowed the most sacks in the NFL this season, 31, and the Steelers should exploit this matchup.
2. New England Patriots: Two or more turnovers in their last 4 games. Now they get Derek Anderson in prime time. He only threw for 175 yards on Sunday against the Colts and threw 3 picks, lost a fumble and was sacked twice. If that isn’t enough for you the Bills are possibly without their best offensive player, LeSean McCoy, who is in the concussion protocol.
3. Washington Redskins: They have looked great over the past two weeks, holding each of their opponents to just 17 points. They have recovered 4 fumbles in that time and have 5 sacks. If the Giants’ struggles continue, it could be a big day for the Washington defense.
Deep League Adds: QB Brock Osweiler, QB Joe Flacco, QB Dak Prescott, RB Kapri Bibbs, RB Marcus Murphy, RB Trenton Cannon, WR Tre’Quan Smith, WR Willie Snead IV, WR Christian Kirk, WR Courtland Sutton, WR Donte Moncrief, WR Tajae Sharpe, WR Keke Coutee, TE Mike Gesicki, TE Dallas Goedert