Week 7 yielded a number of wild and unpredictable developments in the fantasy landscape. Entering the back half of the fantasy season, winning on the waiver wire will be essential to continued fantasy success. This Waiver Wire: Week 8 article will focus exclusively on players with under 30% ownership in Yahoo leagues.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders – 29%
Carr’s done a fantastic job of continuing to develop into a solid QB for both fantasy and real-life purposes. Through his first 6 games, Carr’s completing 72% of his passes and sporting a 13:2 TD to interception ratio while averaging 287.7 Y/G. He also currently ranks 4th in NFL in adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A) with 8.26. When it comes to fantasy, Carr is averaging a robust 19.39 fantasy points per game. Perhaps best of all, his next 6 games will come against the Browns, Chargers, Broncos, Chiefs, Falcons and Jets in order. He should be a high-end QB2 for most of those matchups.
Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts – 16%
Old Man Rivers actually showed us he still knew how to play football in Week 6’s comeback win over the Bengals. In that game, Rivers went 29/44 for 371 yards, 3 scores and an interception. It was his first time eclipsing the 300 yard mark since Week 1 against the Jaguars. Next week, Rivers and the Colts will travel to Detroit where they currently have a projected Team Total of 27 points. He’s a decent streamer for those in a bye week crunch or deeper leagues.
Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers – 26%
Coleman reportedly has a chance to return in Week 8 and it couldn’t come at a better time for the injury ravaged 49ers. Upon return, Coleman should immediately slide into a co-starter role and receive 12-15 touches per game. It’s fair to question what his level of play will be like going forward but he’s a favorite for goal line work on a team that leads the NFL in rushing TDs per game. He’s a quality stash even if he’s unable to return this week.
JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers – 21%
Speaking of 49ers, the UDFA RB out of Baylor has looked explosive in limited action this season. Hasty’s experience and situation will likely limit him to a committee role this year, but he’s a great fit in the 49ers running scheme and should remain fantasy relevant until the return of Raheem Mostert. If Coleman misses Week 8, Hasty will be a quality FLEX option against the Seahawks.
La’Mical Perine, New York Jets – 16%
With a name like Perine (and a team like the JETS), it’s hard not to get excited about the prospect of owning this kid. Taken in the 4th round out of Florida, Perine will likely be the Jets starting RB for the remainder of the season. Last Sunday, Perine played 70% of offensive snaps and out-touched fellow rookie Frank Gore 13-11. Look for this trend to continue as the Jets have nothing to play for. Perine has a shot at seeing 15+ touches per game the rest of the way.
Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks – 12%
Hyde assumed bell-cow duties on Sunday night following Carson’s foot injury and turned 18 touches (15 carries, 3 receptions) into 76 yards. With Carson now week-to-week and Travis Homer also banged up, Hyde should remain the lead back until Carson returns. Rookie DeeJay Dallas will also be involved but look for Hyde to handle 15+ touches as the starter on a great offense. He’ll be a back-end RB2 if that’s the case. **Update: Hyde is now dealing with hamstring tightness and uncertain to play in Week 8**. Monitor this situation closely over the coming days.
Wayne Gallman, New York Giants – 2%
Gallman’s fantasy usefulness will be contingent on the health of Devonta Freeman going forward. Simply put, if Freeman misses time Gallman would step in as the immediate starter and see similar workloads (18 touches/game). Encouragingly, Gallman looked somewhat like an NFL running back on Thursday night.
DeeJay Dallas, Seattle Seahawks – 1%
With Carlos Hyde now battling hamstring tightness, DeeJay Dallas is firmly in play as the potential only man up in the Seahawks backfield. If that’s the case Sunday, he’s locked into a true workhorse role and could flirt with RB1 numbers. Continue to monitor this situation and roster him until we hear otherwise.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants – 29%
I was a little surprised to see Shepard coming in at just under 30% ownership. In his return to the lineup, Shepard caught 6 of 8 targets (26.7% share) and led the Giants with 59 yards and a score. He’s displayed good chemistry with Jones throughout his career and has only once received fewer than 6 targets from him. While he’s better suited to PPR formats, Shepard will be on the WR3 borderline most weeks going forward. His next matchup will be a difficult one Monday night against the Bucs vastly improved defense.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans – 27%
Davis continued to be a favorite of Tannehill’s in his first game back hauling in 6 of 10 targets for 35 yards and a TD. Through 4 games this season, Davis is averaging 7.3 targets, 5.3 receptions and 60.3 yards. It’s unlikely Davis throws up consistent WR3/4 outings but he’s shown he can be a viable bye week fill-in and matchup based streamer.
Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins – 21%
Williams has largely been a fantasy disappointment through the first 6 games of the 2020 season. As a result, his place on this list has less to do with him and more to do with the recent change at QB. We’ve yet to see Tua Tagovailoa start a game under center and Williams has an outside chance to become his favorite target in the early going. He should be viewed as a cheap, high-upside stash who has a shot at returning WR3 value if things break his way.
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles – 14%
Reagor’s activation from IR couldn’t come at a better time for the perennially wounded Eagles. It’s possible Reagor is held out through the Eagles Week 9 bye however, he should be stashed regardless given his obvious upside and lack of competition. Reagor has a fantastic schedule down the stretch as he faces the Cowboys (x2), Giants, Browns, Seahawks, Packers, Saints and Cardinals.
Denzel Mims, New York Jets – 4%
Fantasy players were finally able to watch the much anticipated debut of 2nd round rookie Denzel Mims on Sunday. He did not disappoint as he led the Jets in both targets (7) and yards (42). It’s worth noting that Jamison Crowder was out, however Mims should become more involved in the Jets offense as the season goes along. On a team that will continue to face plenty of negative gamescript, Mims should be rostered in most formats this week.
Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns – 2%
Higgins played fantastic on Sunday while filling in for the injured OBJ, catching all 6 of his targets for 110 yards. With OBJ set to miss the rest of the year, Higgins is firmly entrenched as the #2 receiver going forward. Unfortunately, that role won’t translate to consistent fantasy production on the run-heavy Browns and will likely render Higgins an inconsistent WR4/5.
Marcus Johnson, Indianapolis Colts – 1%
The Colts receiving corps has been decimated by injuries and Johnson has been a direct beneficiary of that. Over the past 3 games, Johnson has seen his target total grow from 1, to 3, to 8 and has doubled his receiving yards in each contest. In the Colts most recent win against the Bengals, Johnson brought in 5 of 8 targets for 108 yards while seeing an aDOT of 17.8 and commanding 42.7% of the Colts air yards. With minimal competition, Johnson has a shot at remaining the Colts leading receiver and primary deep threat for the coming weeks. He’s a sneaky, inexpensive add with minimal downside.
Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team – 26%
Thomas disappointed fantasy owners after drawing rave reviews and large target shares in the early going. Since the switch to Kyle Allen, he’s produced over 40 yards and a score in the past 2 games. He’s squarely back on the TE1 radar and gets the Giants, Lions, Bengals and Cowboys in his next 4 games.
Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts – 20%
Burton has seen at least 5 targets in each game since returning to the lineup and nearly doubled his yardage each time out. He’s also out-targeted Jack Doyle by a staggering 16-6 margin during that span and emerged as the Colts primary receiving TE. Burton will remain around the TE 12-15 range moving forward and has a nose for the end zone.
Irv Smith Jr. Minnesota Vikings – 7%
About damn time. Through the first 4 games of the season the Vikings inexplicably targeted Smith Jr. a grand total of 6 times. Over the past 2 games he’s turned 10 targets into 8 receptions and 119 yards. With the Vikings now emerging as sellers, look for them to continue to get Smith the ball and see what he can do. He’s a TE2 with TE1 upside moving forward.
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