Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 8
Updated: Monday, October 26th
Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.
For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).
With that said, here are some waiver-wire options that we like heading into Week 8 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):
[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]
Week 8 Waiver Wire: Quarterbacks
1. Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (44%)
Whether looking for a bye-week replacement for Kyler Murray or Deshaun Watson, both on bye in Week 8, or streaming the position by design or out of necessity (Dak Prescott's season-ending injury), Bridgewater is an ideal plug-and-play option off the waiver wire this week.
Bridgewater has thrown multiple touchdowns and scored at least 19 fantasy points in three of his past four games. In Week 8, Bridgewater gets a repeat matchup against one of those teams (Atlanta). In his first matchup, Bridgewater completed 27-of-36 for 313 yards and two touchdowns.
It's not just Bridgewater that has had success against the Falcons secondary; every quarterback has. The only game in which they did not allow a 300-yard passer was due to the fact that the Bears benched Mitch Trubisky for Nick Foles, but the duo combined for 316 passing yards and four touchdowns. Heading into Monday Night Football, no team has allowed more fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season than the Falcons.
Week 8 Waiver Wire: Running Backs
1. Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers (43%)
Kelley's efficiency in Week 7 leaves a lot to be desired, but the workload (17 touches) makes us take a long look. The fourth-round rookie carried the ball 12 times for 29 yards and added five catches for 24 yards. Meanwhile, backfield mate Justin Jackson had only 10 touches (after getting 20 before the bye in Week 5).
It's certainly possible that Jackson out-touches Kelley in Week 8, but the duo has a favorable upcoming schedule after their difficult Week 8 matchup (Broncos). From Weeks 9 to 11, the Chargers face the Raiders, Dolphins and Jets, who have allowed the second-most, ninth-most and seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
Week 8 Waiver Wire: Wide Receivers
1. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (48%)
Despite the 49ers running all over the Patriots, the first-round rookie had the best game of his young career on Sunday with six catches for 115 yards. To a degree, the boxscore production for Aiyuk has been a bit up and down given the run-first nature of the offense, but he's averaging 3.6/51.8/0.2 on 5.8 targets per game over his past five games.
Opportunities could be more plentiful for Aiyuk in Week 8. The run-heavy offense may need to throw much more often in Week 8 to keep up with Russell Wilson and the league's highest-scoring offense. In addition, Deebo Samuel tweaked his hamstring on Sunday as well.
Not only will the 49ers likely throw it more often than their norm, the matchup for Aiyuk is ideal as no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than the Seahawks.
Week 8 Waiver Wire: Tight Ends
1. Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts (21%)
Coming off his team's Week 7 bye, Burton had five-plus targets in each of his past three games. In those three games, Burton has a total of 11 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets and a one-yard rushing touchdown as well. Meanwhile, Jack Doyle has only six targets during that same stretch. Going forward, Burton is on the TE1/TE2 fringe as a streaming option in fantasy leagues.
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