Fantasy Football – Week 8 Waiver Wire – Redraft

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Another week, another major injury.

Let’s head to the waiver wire to find those bye week fill-ins and injury starters to help your fantasy football team.

On bye: Bills, Jaguars, Eagles, Redskins

Coming off bye: Bears, Bengals, Broncos, Packers

All players focused on here are owned in less than 50% of all NFL.com leagues and could be available in your redraft leagues. Ownership % shown in parentheses.

Quarterback

  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick (8.0%)Wk 7 (22-39, 295 yds, 2 TDs, 0 Int)Fitzpatrick is not flashy but will post decent numbers and as the bye weeks are in full swing, he could be a great fill in. These weekly numbers will be typical as the Jets are still run first but Fitz is dependable.
  2. Brian Hoyer (4.1%) – Wk 7 (23-49, 273 yds, 3 TDs, 1 Int)The Texans are a really bad football team and just lost one of their best offense weapons in Arian Foster. This situation will lead to Hoyer playing from behind quite often and garbage points are still points.
  3. Derek Carr (22.7%)Wk 7 (24-31, 289 yds, 3 TDs, 0 Int) – Carr is still slinging the ball and the Raiders are playing good football. Carr can be a good bye week starter as his chemistry with Cooper and Crabtree continues to grow.
  4. Zach Mettenberger (0.2%) – Wk 7 (22-35, 187 yds, 1 TDs, 2 Int)Ugly numbers but the opportunity may still be there but will need to monitor the injury report on Marcus Mariota (37.5%). The matchup against the Texans is really juicy and either Mariota or Mettenberger would be worth starting.
  5. Josh McCown (9.4%) – Wk 7 (26-32, 270 yds, 0 TDs, 0 Int) – The Rams are good on defense and shut down the rushing game thus forcing McCown to throw. The Cardinals are up next and are not any easier. On an injury note, will need to monitor McCown as he is day to day with a shoulder injury.

Running Back

  1. Charcandrick West (16%) – Wk 7 ( 22 carries, 110 yds, 1 TDs, 2 rec, 19 yds) – Came back after a mediocre first week and West delivered. Knile Davis only had one touch during the game so the Chiefs definitely trust him. If someone dropped him or he is out on the wire, he is worth the add as he is the RB1.
  2. James Starks (20.4%) – Wk 6 (10 carries, 112 yds) – The bye week came at a good time for the Packers and Eddie Lacy. Starks may have been dropped during the bye week and if you are a Lacy owner, this would be the time to add him.
  3. Duke Johnson (44.1%)Wk 7 (6 carries, 17 yds, 7 rec, 73 yds) – Duke has cemented the role of the passing back for the Browns with another good performance. Duke was second on the team behind Crowell but the Browns were held down by the stout Rams defense. As the Browns will be playing from behind usually, Duke will remain a good start in PPR leagues.
  4. Theo Riddick (4.9%) – Wk 7 (3 carries, 8 yds, 3 rec, 40 yds) – Riddick’s use in the passing game is what keeps his name on this list as the Lions running game is stuck in neutral. With a new offensive coordinator taking over, Riddick’s role remains strong as the passing back in the offense.
  5. David Cobb (1.3%) – IR – The Titans really could use Cobb as no one has taken the reins in the passing game. If you can afford the roster spot, now is the time to stash him.
  6. Robert Turbin (0.9%) – Wk 7 (5 carries, 30 yds, 2 rec, 8 yds) Not flashy numbers and Crowell is still there but Turbin could be supplanting him shortly. If you have room, Turbin is an end of the roster stash that may pay off later in season.
  7. Branden Oliver (4.3%) – Wk 7 (9 carries, 35 yds, 6 rec, 39 yds) Melvin Gordon was active after all but was limited as Oliver and Woodhead dominated the passing game role. This will be another RBBC while Gordon is injured and having ball security issues. Oliver will share to the superior Woodhead but teams in a bye week pinch could take a chance on Oliver.
  8. Zac Stacy (0.3%) – Wk 7 (7 carries, 19 yds, 1 rec, 11 yds)Stacy makes this list due to Chris Ivory’s quad injury and is worth monitoring. Stacy is now healthy and has proven in the past that he can shoulder the load if needed.
  9. Chris Polk (0.2%) – Wk 7 (4 carries, 4 yds, 2 rec, 14 yds) – Arian Foster’s injury opens up an opportunity for Polk as Alfred Blue will be the first up to fill the void. Polk is worth a stash to see how the roster shakes out.

Wide Receiver

  1. Stefon Diggs (15.8%) – Wk 7 (9 targets, 6 rec, 108 yds, 1 TDs, 1 carry, 9 yds) – The window for buying Diggs is closing really fast and this may be the last chance you have if he is still out on waivers. Diggs has passed Charles Johnson and is the new WR1 for the Vikings leading the teams in targets. Get him on your roster now as he is the real deal.
  2. Rishard Matthews (35%) – Wk 7 (3 targets, 3 rec, 75 yds, 1 TDs) – The running game was on full display with Lamar Miller having a field day shredding the Texans so Tannehill only threw 19 passes. Matthews turned one of his receptions into a touchdown to start off the scoring and is becoming the WR2 in the Dolphins offense.
  3. Willie Snead (18.5%) Wk 7 (7 targets, 3 rec, 25 yds) – Second on the team in targets behind Brandin Cooks. Snead is operating as the WR2 in the Saints offense and is a good add with Drew Brees still slinging the ball.
  4. Marvin Jones (11.3%) – Wk 6 (12 targets, 9 rec, 95 yds) – The Bengals are coming off a bye and Jones could be out there for a pick up. With Tyler Eifert and A.J. Green dominating looks in the passing game, Jones will be boom or bust on a weekly basis.
  5. Michael Floyd (23.2%) – Wk 7 (4 targets, 3 rec, 59 yds, 1 TDs) – Floyd played well Monday night grabbing a touchdown and continues to become a reliable option for Carson Palmer.
  6. Danny Amendola (9.2%)Wk 7 (9 targets, 8 rec, 86 yds) – Tied with Julian Edelman for second on the team for targets, Amendola was very effective. This was the first game back for LaFell and it remains to be seen how long it will take for him to get back to football speed thus leaving Amendola with a role to fill.
  7. Steve Johnson (10.3%) – Wk 7 (8 targets, 4 rec, 50 yds) – Johnson came back after a hamstring injury and was shaking off the rust and not as sharp as before. The injury to monitor will be Antonio Gates as he has a MCL injury and if he misses any time Stevie could fill the void.
  8. Donteea Dye (0.0%) – Wk 7 (1 targets, 1 rec, 7 yds, 1 TDs) – Louis Murphy is out for the year with an ACL and Vincent Jackson left the game with a knee injury. There is no depth behind Mike Evans and next man up is Donteea Dye.

Tight End

  1. Jordan Reed (14.5%)Wk 7 (13 targets, 11 rec, 72 yds, 2 TDs) – Redskins are on a bye this week but if you can spare a roster spot then Reed is worth it. DeSean Jackson may be back after the bye but the offense will run through Reed.
  2. Eric Ebron (7.8%) – Wk 7 (5 targets, 5 rec, 89 yds, 1 TDs) – Coming back from injury and Ebron found his form. He was very efficient catching all his targets and leading the team in receiving yards. With the change of offensive coordinators and running game stuck in the mud, the Lions will be looking to pass. Add Ebron and reap the rewards.
  3. Crockett Gillmore (4.2%) – Wk 7 (7 targets, 5 rec, 53 yds) – Gillmore was second on the team with targets and given the lack of receivers behind Steve Smith Sr. there is a major void that Gillmore is filling.
  4. Ladarius Green (35.2%)Wk 7 (9 targets, 4 rec, 45 yds, 1 TDs) – Monitor the Gates injury as Green has proven he can be a great option in the passing game for Philip Rivers.
  5. Richard Rodgers (17.1%) – Wk 6 (5 targets, 2 rec, 34 yds) – The Packers are coming off of bye and Davante Adams looks to come back to action. Temper expectations going up against Denver with less looks in the passing game.
  6. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (5.6%) – Wk 7 (out – injured)Down to their fourth string receiver, the Buccaneers could really use ASJ back soon. This is a stash that could play dividends as the season goes on.

All stats from ESPN.com

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