Welcome to the Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire pickups where we give you the players to start right away, stash at the end of your bench, or stream for a week or two.
Let’s look back at Week 7 and dissect the future prospects for the fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire.
Note: Roster % based on Yahoo leagues and should hover around 50% or less
WEEK 8 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
- Gus Edwards, RB Baltimore Ravens (43% rostered)
- D’Onta Foreman, RB Carolina Panthers (49%)
- Wan’Dale Robinson, WR New York Giants (29%)
- Parris Campbell, WR Indianapolis Colts (4%)
- Greg Dulcich, TE Denver Broncos (11%)
A Ravens’ running back leads the waiver wire again after JK Dobbins’ knee acted up. Dobbins underwent knee surgery, which will sideline him for four-to-six weeks. In his season debut, Gus Edwards led the Ravens backfield in snaps and carries, resulting in 16 carries for 66 yards and two scores. The Ravens’ offense has really taken a step back as Lamar and the passing game have struggled mightily, but Edwards was able to punch in some scores around the goal line and should remain the RB1 if/when JK Dobbins returns.
The Christian McCaffrey trade opened the door for a new RB1 in Carolina. D’Onta Foreman out-snapped Chuba Hubbard and out-carried him 15-to-nine in Week 7. Although it still resembled a committee, Foreman is bigger and more powerful than Chuba and was able to break off two big runs to gain over 100 yards on the ground. While the offensive potential isn’t sexy, he should see good volume at a thin position. Nobody expected the team to do anything last week but maybe there’s some hope after all.
After striking out on Kenny Golladay and likely Kadarius Toney, it appears the Giants found its star receiver of the future in Wan’Dale Robinson. The rookie scored his first touchdown last week and followed that up with a 50-yard effort to lead the team in targets (seven) and receptions (six) in Week 7. Robinson played 53-of-76 snaps and is electric with the ball in his hands. He’ll be a solid bye week fill-in or flex starter moving forward in an ascending offense
After a super quiet start to the year, Parris Campbell put up WR1 numbers for the Colts this week. He’s been productive in two straight games and this past week, he played all but one snap on the day leading the team with 11 targets. He’s been right on par with Michael Pittman in terms of usage and it’s nice to see him finally stay healthy.
Rookie tight end Greg Dulcich has seen elite usage at the position since his season debut. Dulcich ran a route on 34 of 48 dropbacks this week resulting in nine targets for six catches and 51 yards. While the Broncos offense hasn’t been good, Dulcich is seeing plenty of looks while providing a slight spark to a stagnant squad.
- Daniel Jones, QB New York Giants (40% rostered)
- Justin Fields, QB Chicago Bears (35%)
- Rachaad White, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29%)
- Sam Ehlinger, QB Indianapolis Colts (1%)
- Chuba Hubbard, RB Carolina Panthers (36%)
- Van Jefferson, WR Los Angeles Rams (7%)
- Latavius Murray, RB Denver Broncos (40%)
- Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR Cleveland Browns (20%)
- Cade Otton, TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14%)
- Juwan Johnson, TE New Orleans Saints (3%)
Brian Daboll is the league’s new quarterback whisperer with how he’s turned Daniel Jones into a legitimate starting quarterback. Jones did it all on Sunday, throwing for over 200 yards and two scores while adding 107 yards on the ground. Jones has rushed for over 20 yards in all but one game and over 67 yards in three games. You’d never guess it by looking at him (lol), but he has true Konami Code upside in every game. The Giants have a juicy remaining schedule with the Seahawks, Texans, Lions, Commanders x2, Vikings, and Colts all on the horizon.
It may not look pretty at times. Actually, it’s borderline unwatchable at times. But, Justin Fields is getting it done from a fantasy perspective. He has three straight games of over 19 fantasy points while being a menace on the ground — eclipsing 40 yards in five straight games. He has a tough matchup this week against the Cowboys, then faces a light schedule with Miami, Detroit, and Atlanta. Fields’ rushing upside is elite and he needs to be rostered.
We’re going to keep putting Rachaad White on this list until Leonard Fournette breaks down and White takes over the backfield. White registered a 40% snap share last week and he has the skill set to give this crumbling offense a boost in the passing game. He has top-20 upside if Fournette were to miss time and offers RB3 or flex appeal in the meantime.
News broke today that Sam Ehlinger will replace Matt Ryan for the remainder of the season following Ryan’s shoulder injury and struggles. Ehlinger was a beast in the preseason and offers fantasy upside thanks to his true Konami Code upside. The range of outcomes he could produce is extremely broad, but in the chance his legs make him a reliable fantasy quarterback, he’s worth the stab and stash. It also helps that he has a treasure chest of weapons to help him succeed.
While Foreman led the Panthers in carries and touches, Chuba Hubbard was still a factor in Carolina’s offense. He ran in a 17-yard score and averaged 7.0 yards per carry on the day. While Foreman is the big bruising back, Hubbard is a solid change of pace that will for sure still get his playing time moving forward.
Rams WR Van Jefferson returns from IR this week and he could give a much-needed boost to a struggling Rams offense that’s looking for a reliable WR2. Allen Robinson has done next to nothing so far, and Jefferson has shown the ability to stretch the field and make big plays for Matthew Stafford.
Latavius Murray “leads” the Broncos’ backfield and he should get a workload boost with Mike Boone headed to IR. Murray found the end zone to salvage his day after only putting together 24 yards on the ground. It’s the great Plod-Off in Denver and Murray is an okay Breece Hall replacement if you’re extremely desperate.
Donovan Peoples-Jones is stepping up as a second receiving option and is slowly becoming fantasy-relevant. In Week 7, he notched six catches for 71 yards on six targets and his target share could only expand with the injury to David Njoku. Don’t forget Deshaun Watson returns in Week 12.
Another tight end with elite usage, Cade Otton saw TE1 usage with 36 routes run on 51 dropbacks as the Bucs lost a shocking game to the tanking Panthers. There wasn’t much to cheer about in this dreadful passing attack, but Otton’s involvement in the offense and his four catches for 64 yards put him right behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Despite seeing limited targets, Juwan Johnson made the most of his opportunities with 5-32-2 on Thursday Night football. The Saints are dealing with a number of injuries at receiver and Johnson has proven his value in the red zone.
- Mike Gesicki, TE Miami Dolphins (41%)
- Tyler Allgeier, RB Atlanta Falcons (40%)
- Andy Dalton, QB New Orleans Saints (3% rostered)
- Taylor Heinicke, QB Washington Commanders (5%)
- Marquise Goodwin, WR Seattle Seahawks (0%)
- Tre’Quan Smith, WR New Orleans Saints (1%)
- Indianapolis Colts D/ST (34%) (Week 8 DST Streamers)
The return of Tua under center for the Dolphins has helped to right the ship offensively and tight end Mike Gesicki is now established as the surefire third weapon of the offense. Gesicki’s seven targets trailed only Tyreek Hill on the day, unfortunately only resulting in a 3-27 line. While the results weren’t there, the usage is promising. Plus, he gets the Lions’ leaky defense this week.
This was the first week that Tyler Allgeier separated himself in the backfield and dominated snaps and touches. He ran well, ending up in the end zone on the day, and this Falcons offense is hell-bent on sticking with the run no matter the game script or score. Allgeier will go back to the bench once Cordarrelle Patterson returns, so stream him while you can — especially against the Panthers this week.
It wasn’t pretty, but Andy Dalton found himself in catchup mode last week, racking up 361 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort. The Saints have yet to officially name him as the rest of season starter, but all obvious signs are pointing toward it. He gets the Raiders’ defense this week in what should be a high-scoring and high-volume passing day for Dalton and the Saints. Maybe he gets another weapon back this week, too.
The magician himself, Taylor Heinicke pulled a rabbit out of his ass with a stunning upset over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. He’s not afraid to make any throw, which can be good and bad, but he’s going to take his shots at the end zone offering a decent ceiling. He also has a good rapport with Terry McLaurin, which is good news for McLaurin managers.
DK Metcalf was carted off with a patella tendon injury, but luckily, he avoided surgery. Still, Marquise Goodwin showed off his elite athleticism with two touchdowns against the Chargers. Goodwin has track speed and a ceiling that could pop off at any time, leading him to our streamer list until Metcalf returns. This offense is for real under Geno Smith and Goodwin should make some noise.
The injuries to Saints receivers have allowed Tre’Quan Smith to climb up the target totem pole in New Orleans. Smith had 3-43-1 two weeks ago and 5-59 this past week with Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry out of the lineup.
While Heinicke’s magic is real, he still turns the ball over and takes sacks at a high rate for opposing defenses. So, the Colts could very easily be a top defense this week.