Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets for Week 8

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Hopefully by this point in the season you are still in the playoff race in your fantasy football league. If not, there’s always next year!

Fortunately, in the one league that I am probably out of it at 1-6, you can still win $$ by getting high points each week, so at least I can look forward to that. And yes, that one win got me $$!

If you are still hanging in there, you may need to upgrade your roster for a playoff run, or find players to fill in during bye weeks. We haven’t had any Covid related surprise by weeks lately, but you never know when that could happen!

Here are my fantasy football waiver wire targets for week 8. (Rostered percentage in parenthesis %)

Quarterbacks

Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals (64%)

Burrow has had a few good games this year, but he exploded onto the scene Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. He Threw for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns, and only 1 interception.

He also added 34 yards rushing, and another touchdown on the ground, and with match ups against 3 NFC East teams in the near future he should be added in all leagues.

Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns (33%)

On the other side of the field, Mayfield had his own great game. He didn’t throw for as many yards, only 297, but did throw for 5 touchdowns after an early interception.

It doesn’t make sense, but Odell Beckham going down for the year actually seems to help Baker, so going forward we will see if that trend continues.

If you are like me and have Cam Newton, he is an obvious upgrade with potential to score 20+ points a week with only 1 team ranked in the top 10 against fantasy quarterbacks left on their schedule.

Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders (29%)

Carr will face the Browns next, who let Joe Burrow throw for 406 yards Sunday. He has been successful himself lately, scoring over 20 fantasy points in 4 of the last 5 games using traditional scoring.

After that the Raiders do have a few tough games left on their schedule, but if you need a streaming option for the next few weeks Carr is an excellent option.

Running Backs

Carlos Hyde – Seattle Seahawks (12%)

The running back waiver wire is always the most competitive, with most back-ups already on other teams as a handcuff for the starting running back.

Hyde remains on the wire in most leagues, even with Chris Carson dealing with a foot injury, because Hyde is dealing with hamstring tightness of his own.

Keep an eye on him this week, because if he plays he will be a RB2, but if not then the rookie DeeJay Dallas (0%) will be the waiver target since he will be the only healthy back to go against the 49ers this week.

Giovani Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals (59%)

Bernard only rushed 13 times for 37 yards on Sunday against the Browns, but did catch all 5 of his targets for 59 yards and a touchdown.

As long as Mixon is out, Bernard will be useful as a RB2, since he is the obvious 3-down back for the team.

La’Mical Perine – New York Jets (17%)

If you are truly desperate at running back, Perine is a touchdown dependent fantasy option. He only rushed 11 times for 39 yards against a tough Buffalo defense, but did score a touchdown to salvage the day.

He was targeted 3 times in the passing game, catching two of them, but with the Jets offense it will be tough to trust any running back for the team.

Wide Receivers

Brandon Aiyuk- San Francisco 49ers (50%)

Auiyuk has had a relatively solid year so far, getting over 9 points in PPR leagues in 4 of the past 5 weeks, including 17.5 points this past week.

He caught 6 of his 7 targets for 115 yards against the Patriots, and if Deebo Samuel misses time with his hamstring injury Aiyuk’s value goes up even more.

Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans (28%)

Corey Davis was activated from the Covid-19 list for week 7, and proceeded to catch 6 passes from 10 targets. He only had 35 yards, but did get a touchdown to save the day.

Davis does have to compete with AJ Brown and Jonnu Smith getting targets, but it was promising for Davis to see so many targets in his first game back.

Sterling Shepard – New York Giants (29%)

Shepard was the number one receiver coming into the season for the Giants, but struggled in his first two games before leaving with an injury in Week 2 against the Bears.

Granted they played the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday night, but seeing 8 targets and catching 6 of them was promising, as he finished with 59 yards and a touchdown.

If you are hurting at receiver he is worth the add, because if he reaches his potential as the top receiver in New York he will be at least a WR2 in fantasy football.

Tight Ends

Richard Rodgers – Philadelphia Eagles (9%)

Rodgers hasn’t been heard from much since he was with the Green Bay Packers, but he took advantage of the injuries to Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.

Thursday night against the Giants, he was targeted 8 times, catching 6 of those passes, for 85 yards. As he and Carson Wentz continue to build rapport, Rodgers could move up to TE1 status this week against the Cowboys.

Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears (65%)

Graham had a quiet night against the Rams on Monday Night Football, as did most of the Bears offense. He still caught 5 of his 6 targets, for 31 yards.

Graham is normally a big red zone target, but was curiously off the field on the Bears first attempt in the red zone. Hopefully coach Matt Nagy will learn from his mistake going forward. Graham is facing New Orleans this week, so should have plenty of motivation against his former team.

Trey Burton – Indianapolis Colts (21%)

Trey Burton had two scores when we last saw the Colts in week 6 against Cincinnati Bengals, catching 4 of 5 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown, while adding another touchdown on the ground.

Even if Mo Allie-Cox comes back from injury, Burton will have value as the Colts have shown they want to get him involved in the offense.

Team Defense

New Orleans Saints (60%)

The Saints defense was highly touted coming into the season, but has not played up to expectations yet. That being said, they are playing the Bears this week, who have an abysmal offense as seen last night against the Rams.

They shouldn’t let up too many points, and will probably get a few sacks and a couple interceptions with the shape of the Bears’ offensive line.

Green bay Packers (20%)

The Packers face the Minnesota Vikings this week, who have had their own offensive struggles this year. They put up a good amount of points, but struggle to hold onto the ball.

The Packers had 3 sacks and a fumble recovery last week against the Houston Texans, and should continue to put pressure on offenses as they try to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.

Tennessee Titans (27%)

The Titans face the Bengals this week, who have the potential to put up a lot of points, but also have a rookie quarterback that can make mistakes.

The Titans had 3 interceptions against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers last week, and can surely confuse Joe Burrow and get some turnovers.

Conclusion

By week 8 you normally have an idea where your fantasy season is going. Most leagues have playoffs starting in week 14, which is right around the corner.

This could be the week you add the piece that sends you into the playoffs. Who are you targeting this week? How is your team looking halfway into the season? Let me know in the comments below!

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