Your Prime Week Eight Waiver Targets
Fantasy Football owners face another week with four teams (Falcons, Cowboys, Chargers and Titans) on byes. There are an unusually high number of RBs that I am recommending this week, mostly due to injuries. RB is always a very volatile position. One RB that I didn’t include in the body of this column is Patriots Kenjon Barner. Sony Michel (knee) is considered week to week but if he can’t play this week, James White will likely see more touches, with Barner probably getting only a slight uptick in work. In addition, there’s always a chance that the Pats bring in an additional back from the outside (Mike Gillislee maybe) to add depth to their roster. Work the wire wisely people! We’re at the point of the season where you should be checking to see how much FAAB your league mates have left. Knowing that information will help you make sensible bids.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens, (54% ownership in CBSSports.com leagues)
If you’re looking for a QB to stream, Flacco has favorable matchups over the next two weeks. He faces the Panthers in Week Eight and they’ve given up two TDs to QBs in five straight games and yielded at least 310 passing yards to the position in three of their last four games. Flacco takes on the Steelers in Week Nine. He threw for 363 yards and two TDs against them in Week Four.
Waiver Priority: Try to gauge if there are other teams that need a QB over the next couple of weeks in your league and then determine how aggressive you should be.
FAAB – Anywhere from 10 to 15 percent should do it.
Doug Martin, RB, Oakland Raiders, (37%)
With Marshawn Lynch being placed on the I.R. and not eligible to return to action until December 24th Martin should be the busiest of the Raiders RBs in early down situations. In his last two seasons (2016 and 2017) Martin rushed the ball 282 times for a pathetic 2.9 YPC, so I wouldn’t expect much. If you do want to take a chance and grab him off the waiver wire it might be best to leave him on your bench for a week if you have other options. Let’s see if he’s got any gas left in the tank before you invest your Fantasy Football future in his legs. RBs are always at a premium in Fantasy Football, otherwise the recommendation would be to avoid this very risky player.
Waiver Priority: There will be some moderate interest and competition for Martin based on position scarcity, potential opportunity and bye weeks.
FAAB – 10 to 15 percent should be adequate, but check prior week bids in your league in an attempt to determine your league mates’ likely aggressiveness.
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (29%)
The Buccaneers announced that Peyton Barber suffered an injury in Week Seven but as of yet we’re not sure if he will be forced to miss any time. Conventional wisdom had Jones eventually taking the starting job from Barber. The Bucs were waiting until they were convinced that his pass-blocking skills had improved enough to warrant more playing time. Maybe this is where it all begins for Jones. The Bucs are a pass-oriented team, so look for them to ease Jones into the offense if Barber is forced to miss time. That approach could limit his Fantasy production.
Waiver Priority: Again, Fantasy Football players are always on the prowl for a RB. Maybe Barber’s potential injury will fly under the radar and you can pick up Jones on the cheap.
FAAB – To be safe you should place a mid-range bid in the 10 to 15 percent range.
Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders, (29%)
If you play in a PPR league Richard is the Raiders RB that you should focus on. Richard has averaged 6.5 targets and 5.5 catches per game over the past four weeks. In addition, the Raiders’ trade of Amari Cooper to the Cowboys may earn him a few more looks per game. As mentioned earlier, the Raiders game plan is expected to be Doug Martin getting the early down work, with Richard continuing to be a check-down option for QB Derek Carr.
Waiver Priority: If you play in a PPR scoring league you’ll have to be a bit aggressive in your bidding.
FAAB – Anywhere 12 to 20 percent.
Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills, (17%)
It’s still too early in the week to determine whether or not LeSean McCoy will miss time due to the head and right leg injuries that he sustained in Week Seven. If he is forced to miss time, Ivory will take over as the Bills’ primary ball carrier. While there is a stigma surrounding many Bills players in Fantasy due to the perception that they play for a bad team (they do), Ivory filled in admirably for McCoy this past week. He carried the ball 16 times for 81 yards (5.06 YPC) and added three catches for 25 yards.
Waiver Priority: Another RB with the potential to be the primary ball carrier for his team in Week Eight. There will be moderate interest in him on the waiver wire.
FAAB – 12 to 18 percent.
Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers, (17%)
Matt Breida is dealing with a nagging ankle injury. Alfred Morris has 3.23 YPC in his last three games and didn’t play a snap in Week Six. Mostert has taken advantage of his limited playing time over the past two weeks and has earned a bigger role in the 49ers run game. In limited opportunities (19 carries), he’s posted 7.69 YPC and in Week Seven Mostert led 49ers RBs with a 38 percent snap rate.
Waiver Priority: Mostert has a juicy matchup against the Cardinals in Week Eight. Bid aggressively.
FAAB – Up to 20 percent.
Danny Amendola, WR, Miami Dolphins, (8%)
Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills will both miss the Dolphins’ Thursday night matchup against the Texans. In two weeks with QB Brock Osweiler under center Amendola has been targeted 18 times and he has 14 receptions. Unfortunately, Amendola is made of glass and all that extra work has caused him to have a boo-boo on his shoulder. His progress needs to be monitored carefully as game time approaches in this short work week. The Dolphins may have no choice but to start DeVante Parker, but you can’t trust him in your Fantasy lineup. Instead, if Amendola can’t play and you’re desperate for help at WR, look to Jakeem Grant, who is owned in just two percent of CBSSports.com Leagues, and has some big play potential.
Waiver Priority: I don’t think there will be too many of your league mates clamoring to add Amendola, this week but with four teams on byes you never know.
FAAB – Anywhere between 10 to 12 percent should do it.
Tyrell Williams, WR, L.A. Chargers, (41%)
Williams has exactly 118 receiving yards in each of his last two games and he’s scored two TDs during that stretch. Although he only has four targets in each of his last two games, he’s a big play receiver who is averaging 21.4 yards per catch. He has more Fantasy value in standard scoring leagues where TDs are at a premium.
Waiver Priority: Medium, depending on your team’s needs and the type of scoring format that you play in.
FAAB – 10 to 15 percent.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Oakland Raiders, (7%)
We alluded to the Amari Cooper trade and it should positively impact Bryant’s potential Fantasy production. He does have the ability to catch a deep ball. Frankly, if we don’t see an uptick in his targets and catches, then not only doesn’t he belong on your Fantasy team, but he doesn’t belong in the NFL either.
Waiver Priority: Low. Everyone seems to be focused on grabbing Raiders RBs right now but the astute Fantasy Football player will look to add Bryant as well.
FAAB – Up to 12 percent should get it done.
Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets, (4%)
With so many Fantasy Football players in need of help at the TE position Herndon, who has caught TDs in two straight games, should get some attention on the waiver wire this week. He had a season high seven targets in Week Seven with four catches for 42 yards.
Waiver Priority: Medium. There are plenty of Fantasy Football players looking to upgrade their TEs.
FAAB – 10 to 15 percent.