Waiver Wire Wishlist – Week 8
A lot of big names went down in week seven leaving some potential out on the waiver wire. Breece Hall, Mike Williams and David Njoku among others will be missing multiple weeks or may even be done for the season. Make sure you grab the following guys that may get themselves a larger role in their respective offenses thanks to these injuries. Below you’ll find the guys I’ll be claiming this week. Good luck bidding!
Week 8 Suggestions
Daniel Jones (New York Giants) - Owned in 29% of ESPN leagues
Week 8 Matchup: @SEA
Danny Dimes bay-bee. He’s got the New York Football Giants sitting at 6-1 overall and looking great this season. The thing about Jones is that his passing numbers aren’t superbly impressive. He’s got just two games with over 200 passing yards and has only thrown six touchdown passes in seven games. What makes Jones a fantasy asset are his legs. Danny Dimes has rushed 10 or more times in three games and even ran for over 100 yards last week against Jacksonville. He’s also scored three rushing touchdowns on the season. When quarterbacks can produce running back numbers, they’re always a fantasy asset.
Other options: Davis Mills (3%), Bailey Zappe (1%).
D’Onta Foreman & Chuba Hubbard (Carolina Panthers) - Owned in 35% & 26% of ESPN leagues
Week 8 Matchup: @ATL
After trading Christian McCaffrey, the Carolina Panthers looked to the combo of Foreman and Hubbard to replace his production. The newly dynamic duo did just that. Foreman carried for eight yards per carry and Hubbard carried for seven yards per carry and added a touchdown. The impressive part is they did this against the Buccaneers’ defense that entered the week as the second-best defense against opposing running backs. Both of these guys should be added. I’d lean toward Forman first, as he saw the majority of the touches last week. They take on a weak Atlanta team this coming week.
Gus Edwards (Baltimore Ravens) - Owned in 16% of ESPN leagues
Week 8 Matchup: @TB
The Gus Bus is back! I truly missed Edwards over the span of his year-plus absence and his return was great. Edwards toted the ball 16 times for 66 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he relegated last week’s waiver pickup Kenyan Drake to the bench. If you read the article, you shouldn’t have spent on Drake and now have more FAAB dollars to spend on Edwards. I’m adding this guy everywhere I can, as backfield mate J.K. Dobbins is slated to miss 4-6 weeks with yet another injury. Over those coming weeks Edwards approaches must-start territory. I’ll be intrigued to see what he can do against Tampa Bay this weekend who was a top-notch run defense before being torched by the aforementioned Carolina duo last week.
I have to touch on Michael Carter here who seemed likely to see a solid workload with the absence of Breece Hall. Unfortunately for Carter owners, the Jets swung a trade for James Robinson. I’d expect these guys to split work going forward. It will be interesting to see if one or the other can earn the majority of the work on a consistent basis, but both are likely owned in your leagues anyway, so I don’t know why I’m even talking about this. Also, I mentioned Malcolm Brown last week. I firmly believe he should be stashed. We’ve already seen that Darrell Henderson can’t carry the full load all by himself.
Other options: Isiah Pacheco (30%), Latavius Murray (24%), Malcolm Brown (1%).
Wan’Dale Robinson (New York Giants) - Owned in 14% of ESPN leagues
Week 8 Matchup: @SEA
Hopefully you added this guy last week even though you probably only started him if you were in a really tough spot. Robinson delivered as a decent waiver wire pick up last week hauling in six of eight targets for 50 yards. For a double-digit ppr performance. His six catches led all Giants receivers and with Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney out and Kenny Golladay seemingly a ghost, he’s going to keep having opportunities. Robinson should be grabbed and played in plus matchups, which he ought to see this week against the Seattle Seahawks.
Parris Campbell (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 3% of ESPN leagues
Week 8 Matchup: vs. WSH
I pounded the drum for Alec Pierce for the last two weeks and this week I’m changing my tune to Parris Campbell. I was a Campbell fan when he came out of Ohio State a few years ago, but he’s battled through injury every season. This season he is healthy and he’s seen a healthy dose of targets over the last three weeks, getting 23 targets over that span. I’m a bit nervous of the upcoming quarterback change in Indianapolis as Sam Ehlinger looks to take over for Matt Ryan after yet another rough performance by the veteran. I’d grab Campbell and hold him to see what his usage looks like against Washington this week.
Other options: Rondale Moore (57%), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (54%).
Harrison Bryant (Cleveland Browns) - Owned in 0% of ESPN leagues
Week 8 Matchup: vs. CIN
This is a deep deep dive into the depths of the tight end pool. I’m going with Bryant this week after the injury to David Njoku last week. Njoku looks to miss multiple weeks and Bryant is the next man up at tight end. Bryant has been getting a small target share most weeks, and that is likely to increase with the amount of vacated targets coming from the loss of Njoku. Bryant has 21 targets, 14 receptions and 114 receiving yards through seven games. I expect those numbers to go up starting this week against Cincinnati who is below league average against opposing tight ends.
Other options: Irv Smith Jr. (32%), Evan Engram (33%), Greg Dulcich (8%).