Fantasy football waiver wire advice for Week 8 of the 2017 season.
The parameters and assumptions of this weekly waiver wire advice column can be found in the preseason introduction. Let’s see what we can scrounge up for Week 8 waiver wire advice.
WEEK 8 WAIVER WIRE ADVICE
Percent of ESPN leagues where the player is available is in parentheses. Players are listed in the order I prefer them, but that may not apply to your league settings. Hit me up in the comments or on the Message Boards for more specific advice.
Brett Hundley (80%), Josh McCown (88%), Case Keenum (89%), and C.J. Beathard (97%)
These four were bandied about last week as potential waiver adds. Hundley could certainly figure things out, but Week 7 was a disaster. Beathard managed 20 points, while Keenum managed just 10. McCown, meanwhile, finished as QB6 for the week.1 Leave three of them on waivers (or toss them back) but McCown is still widely available and has a great short-term schedule; I’m a fan. Make sure to check out Giana Paccinelli’s weekly QB streaming advice for more recommendations.
Javorius Allen (25%) is somehow slightly more available than he was last week. He may not be on waivers but he’s probably available in trade. His upcoming schedule (Miami, Tennessee, then a bye) isn’t great for RBs, so he might get dropped or become acquirable. Grab him. He didn’t have a great stat line in Week 7, but he had 11 targets. Eleven! Only five players at any position2 had more. He has a top-five fantasy playoffs schedule (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis). I’d offer a compelling package to get him.
Dion Lewis (80%) led the Patriots in rushing attempts and yards. His attempts have increased three weeks in a row. He’s still ceding all the receiving game work to James White, but Lewis should definitely be rostered. If you make it that far, the Patriots have a great schedule for RBs in Weeks 15 and 16 (Pittsburgh and Buffalo). I’d make a sizable bid.
Aaron Jones (34%) probably won’t be acquirable after his Week 7 performance. With trouble at quarterback and a Week 8 bye (followed by Detroit and Chicago), maybe you can pry him away from an owner that needs to win right now. Just don’t overpay. I love Jones, but it is worth noting that he faced eight or more defenders in the box on just 29 percent of his carries. That seems like a low number that should go up, especially if Hundley continues to do nothing to threaten defenses through the air. I’m holding Jones but would consider selling if a great offer comes along.
Tarik Cohen (31%) is an interesting player. He only made one play this week — but it accounted for 70 of the Bears 107 passing yards (65 percent of Chicago’s receiving yards). That one play was good for eight PPR points. Not great, but pretty good considering the Bears offense. He gets New Orleans next and Cleveland (both very good matchups) in Week 16. He should still be rostered. A small bid if he’s available, or try to get him as an add-on in a trade.
Orleans Darwka (50%) didn’t have a great game but was more involved as both a rusher and receiver than Wayne Gallman. The Giants have a Week 8 bye, meaning Darkwa shouldn’t be very expensive. After the bye he gets the Rams and 49ers, two very good matchups. If you need a short-term starter, he should be affordable. Don’t spend much, because Paul Perkins could return.
Wendell Smallwood (60%) plays on Monday night. If he’s available now, go ahead and stash him for free. LeGarrette Blount has done very well as a rusher over the past two weeks but hasn’t added anything as a receiver. Smallwood can certainly still carve out a role and Philly gets San Francisco next week.
Latavius Murray (35%) finally had a big game. Murray should definitely be rostered, but he’s not a priority target. Jerick McKinnon has still had a better season, and after a nice Week 8 matchup against Cleveland, Minnesota has a bye and a tough matchup against Washington. To top it off, they have a bottom-seven fantasy playoffs schedule.
Marlon Mack (73%) was out-touched by Frank Gore, but Mack was more efficient as a rusher and added four catches for 40 yards as a receiver. He has a neutral schedule over the next three weeks but has a very tough fantasy playoffs schedule. He’s trending up but not as fast as we’d like. A small bid should do the trick.
Deandre Washington (97%) and Jalen Richard (95%) will get at least one week without Marshawn Lynch. Richard has been better as a receiver, so I’d give him the nod. I’m not spending much for either, since it’s still a committee and Lynch is coming back. Oakland also has a bottom-three fantasy playoff schedule for RBs (KC, Dallas, Philadelphia).
Jamaal Charles (71%) and Devontae Booker (97%) are interesting, cheap stashes. Both were more involved than C.J. Anderson as receivers this week. Although Anderson was still the leading rusher and posted a decent 4.4 yards per carry number, he faced eight or more defenders on only 10 percent of his carries. Denver has one of the toughest RB schedules over the next three weeks, which could lead to increased work for Charles and Booker as receivers. Whoever emerges in Denver has a top-four fantasy playoff schedule (including the NY Jets, Indianapolis). Either is worth a cheap stash if you have roster space.
Cooper Kupp (59%) had nearly 30 percent of the Rams air yards. That’s a solid number, and after a Week 8 bye, you can look forward to the third-best fantasy playoffs schedule for wide receivers. Robert Woods (80%) had 22 percent of the Rams air yards and also makes a solid add. He went over five catches or 50 yards for the fifth time this year. Both should be cheap and make great adds.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (92%) recorded two catches for 39 yards and a score. It isn’t a fabulous line, but once again he’s outperforming Martavis Bryant. The Steelers will likely force targets to Bryant at some point, but Smith-Schuster is the No. 2 in Pittsburgh.
Robby Anderson (86%) continues to outperform Jermaine Kearse and deserves a roster spot. Make it a cheap one. Even with a tough upcoming schedule, he’s interesting due to a ridiculous 38 percent of the Jets air yards.
Allen Hurns (70%) had over 31 percent of the Jaguars air yards and has a Week 8 bye. That should keep his price down. He’s worth a small bid since Jacksonville gets Houston and San Francisco in Weeks 15 and 16. Ditto Marqise Lee, who’s still available in over 60 percent of ESPN leagues.
Kenny Stills (35%) may get dropped given Jay Cutler’s injury. But on a similar number of career targets, he’s actually produced better with Matt Moore.
If DeVante Parker can’t return, I’d be willing to start Stills. A small bid should do it.
Ted Ginn (56%) is the PPR WR30 on the season and has hit double-digit points in three of the past four games. If you’re struggling and need help at WR, you could do a whole lot worse.
Marquise Goodwin (95%) gets a huge amount of air yards but seldom does much with them. Still, he should continue to get a lot of opportunities and has the potential for a big game, especially the next two weeks against Philadelphia and Arizona.
Chris Moore (100%) came through this week, sort of. Two catches for 36 yards isn’t great, but the TD helped. He also earned eight targets and a ridiculous 55 percent of Baltimore’s air yards. Miami and Tennessee are good WR matchups if either Jeremy Maclin or Mike Wallace miss another game. Moore’s a solid dynasty stash but a fringe redraft target at this point.
Deonte Thompson (100%) had himself a day. Four targets, four catches, 107 yards. That’s nice, but Jordan Matthews returned and Zay Jones still got almost a third of the air yards. Buffalo has a nice stretch of WR matchups (Oakland, NY Jets, New Orleans), but it’s hard to feel confident about Thompson’s opportunity going forward. Remember, he’s a 28-year-old vet who was recently cut by Chicago — not exactly a WR-rich team.
Zach Miller (66%) has two poor matchups sandwiched around a bye, so no rush to pick him up, but grab him if you have room. If not, make a note to come back and get him. He has the best fantasy playoff schedule for tight ends.
A.J. Derby (99%) had 29 percent of Denver’s air yards this week. You probably don’t need to add him yet, but Denver has the second-best playoff schedule for TEs.
Ben Watson (91%) has two favorable matchups in a row and the third-best playoff schedule.
David Njoku (94%) saw 32 percent of Cleveland’s air yards this week. Week 8 against Minnesota looks like a tough matchup, and then he has a bye, so don’t run out to add him yet (or if you do, wait for first come/first served waivers). But keep him in mind, as Cleveland has the Detroit, Jacksonville, and Cincinnati after that. All are favorable matchups.
Jonnu Smith (99%) is a player I love long term, but Delanie Walker’s injury doesn’t seem that serious. Tennessee has a bye in Week 8, so Smith may not even get a start. Tennessee also has the worst fantasy playoff schedule for TEs. Leave Smith on waivers.
Here’s how I see things overall:
- Guys I want on my team no matter what: Javorius Allen, Dion Lewis, Aaron Jones, Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods.
- Guys I want if I have a need/upside stashes: Tarik Cohen, Latavius Murray, Marlon Mack, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Robby Anderson, Allen Hurns (or Marqise Lee), Ted Ginn, Kenny Stills, Zach Miller, Josh McCown.
- Depth and desperation: Orleans Darkwa, Wendell Smallwood, Case Keenum, Ben Watson, David Njoku.
- Ugh: DeAndre Washington or Jalen Richard, Jamaal Charles or Devontae Booker, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Moore, Deonte Thompson, A.J. Derby.