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While there are six teams on a bye again this week, there is light at the end of the tunnel, as it’s the last six-team bye week of the season. In addition, we have a few running back options ready to step in and save your Fantasy season, or at least help you to a Week 9 win. Don’t forget to check your free agent list after waivers run. As mentioned, with six teams on a bye, several owners will be desperate and could have dropped players of value such as Sammie Coates last week. Shrewd owners will find value both before and after the waiver period.
As a reminder, these waiver wire players aim for the 50 percent or less ownership on average across the major sites and have Yahoo! ownership listed. They’re also good for DFS too, as they will often have a lower cost and present values.
Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups QBs (Streaming Quarterbacks)
Dak Prescott, DAL (62%) – Prescott was here last week, and he’s back again just in case he’s somehow floating out there in your league. Not only did Prescott account for three touchdowns against the Eagles (one rushing), he gets to face the Browns this week. Forget streamer potential, Prescott has Top 5 QB upside.
Colin Kaepernick, SF (7%) – Kaepernick’s Fantasy potential is rooted in his rushing ability. Despite only throwing for 187 and 143 yards in his two starts, Kaepernick finished as QB15 in both weeks. He had 66 rushing yards in his first start and 84 in the second. The 49ers just happen to host the Saints out of their bye as well, and it doesn’t get much better than that. Kaep has QB1 potential this week.
Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups RBs
You Should Have Picked Them Up: Mike Gillislee, BUF; Darren Sproles, PHI
Charcandrick West, KC (9%) – While there is a chance Spencer Ware could be cleared for the Jacksonville game, we know concussions are never simple. That makes West a must-add in any and all formats. West would have Top 15 upside if Ware were out. Even if Ware plays, the Jaguars run defense is soft enough to make West a flex option with the likelihood that Jamaal Charles is still out.
Robert Kelley, WSH (35%) – Don’t forget that players on bye have value too. If you want to stash a running back with RB2 potential, you have to grab Kelley now. The yards per carry weren’t pretty last week, but Kelley was good after contact, and most importantly, he didn’t fumble. That gives him a leg up on the lead role even when Matt Jones returns.
Tim Hightower, NO (5%) – Mark Ingram fumbled and then sat on the bench. Whether or not Sean Payton is making a statement, we could have a full-blown timeshare in New Orleans for the first time in a few years. Hightower performed quite well and similarly to last year when replacing Ingram, which makes him a necessary addition in most leagues. Facing the 49ers gives both Ingram and Hightower a nice flex-level floor with upside for a RB1 performance, even with shared touches.
Antone Smith, TB (1%) – Doug Martin sounds doubtful to return, and Jacquizz Rodgers is also doubtful to be ready on a short week. Smith looks to be the next man up, although Peyton Barber is also in the mix. Smith has a history with Dirk Koetter from their time with the Falcons, so he gets the edge, especially with his explosive ability.
Derrick Henry, TEN (48%) – Many DeMarco Murray owners have Henry stashed, but at 48 percent ownership, it’s obviously not all of them. If Henry is sitting out there, grab him now, as we have seen enough flashes of his potential to know he’d be a RB1 if Murray ever got hurt.
Kapri Bibbs, DEN (7%) – Devontae Booker gave us a scare with a shoulder injury last week, and Bibbs is the next man up in Denver. Pick him up now before Booker misses time or is injured in a future game, leaving the backfield to Bibbs.
DuJuan Harris, SF (0%) – Harris looks the be the running back of choice if Carlos Hyde isn’t ready for Week 9. The 49ers backfield is a committee without Hyde, but Harris looks to be the most reliable of the trio (Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn the other two).
James Starks, GB (6%) – Ty Montgomery could return this week and lead the backfield again, but Starks and the Packers have history, and he could return soon and lead the team in carries. Add him now for future potential usage.
Deep Leagues/Handcuffs: Dion Lewis (time to stash), Thomas Rawls, Alfred Morris, Cameron Artis-Payne
Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups WRs
You Should Have Picked Them Up: Donte Moncrief, IND; Michael Thomas, NO; Ty Montgomery, GB; Sammie Coates, PIT; Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
Corey Coleman, CLE (42%) – Coleman is nearing a return and was progressing nicely before his injury. Andrew Hawkins had two touchdowns last week, but he’s not the talent that Coleman is and will return to the No. 3 receiver role. With Josh McCown at quarterback, there are enough targets to go around even with Terrelle Pryor commanding the majority of the attention.
Jamison Crowder, WSH (49%) – I’m going to keep this quick and just repeat last week… What does Crowder have to do in order for people to roster him? Pick him up! Stop ignoring him. Crowder needs to be owned everywhere and can even start for many teams in Week 9.
Kendall Wright, TEN (6%) – That’s two out of three good games for Wright since he returned to a starter role. He was quiet against the Colts but totaled 14 catches, 217 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns and Jaguars. The Titans offense will never be pass-heavy unless playing from behind, but Wright is showing good chemistry with Marcus Mariota and certainly has WR4/flex value in PPR leagues.
Brian Quick, LA (7%) – A few weeks ago, I talked about how Kenny Britt was underrated and ignored simply because of his playing for the Rams. What do you know; I need to mention his teammate in the same fashion. Quick is WR38 on the season and has at least 51 receiving yards in each of his last five games. Quick isn’t an every-week play, but the Panthers defense has been terrible and it’s a tough bye week.
Russell Shepard, TB (3%) – Shepard has impressed in his brief time. In just two starts for the Buccaneers, Shepard has seven receptions, 101 yards and two touchdowns. While his production is somewhat touchdown reliant, Shepard has four red zone targets in those two starts. The Bucs host the Falcons on Thursday night, which gives Shepard a great chance to make it three straight games with a touchdown.
J.J. Nelson, ARI (3%) – Nelson is officially a starter for the Cardinals, passing Michael Floyd and crushing our hopes that Floyd would break out. It’s always tough to trust the Cardinals trio with their weekly inconsistency, and Nelson is the riskiest of the three. Nevertheless, each of the three always carries a WR1 ceiling, and that gives Nelson roster value in most leagues.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Rishard Matthews, Tyler Lockett, Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd
Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups TEs
Eric Ebron, DET (37%) – Ebron is back and healthy, and he needs to be owned in all leagues. Ebron has just one touchdown, but the tight end position is rough, and few tight ends have a higher floor than Ebron. In fact, Ebron has at least 4.2 points in every game and the 11th highest FPPG average at 7.0.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU (15%) – Fiedorowicz is another player that owners might overlook due to the team’s bye. Fiedorowicz has taken a big step forward in the last five weeks with 10.8, 6.1, 14.5, 3.5 and 10.3 points, and the two low totals were in Minnesota and in Denver. I think we can pardon him a bit for struggling a bit against those defenses. The Texans come out of their bye to face the Jaguars, which will have him knocking on the TE1 door.
Dennis Pitta, BAL (44%) – Pitta hasn’t scored yet, but he has 335 yards and has been rather consistent in PPR leagues. The fact that he’s mainly a PPR option ranks him behind the other tight ends, but if you are looking for a few safe points with the Steelers ranking middle of the pack at defending tight ends, Pitta is your man.
Deep Leagues/Watch List: Eric Ebron, C.J. Fiedorowicz