The Waiver Wire – Week 8

Week 7 came and went and made me feel dirty all over. Not even a kiss goodbye or a thoughtfully written note talking about all the fun we had the previous evening. Instead, I felt used, my mind racing around thinking about all the things I could have done to have had a different outcome. I need a shower, I’ll be right back…..

I play in 6 leagues and this season has tried my patience at every turn and has made me second & even third guess myself at times. Fantasy is becoming more challenging than ever with teams reaching so far into their depth chart grab bags to pull out a healthy body they can play, you sometimes need Google’s help just to figure out who that person is and where they went to school. Insert Don Jackson into your search browser I know you did! But at the same time, it’s one the of the most fun things about the NEW fantasy football 2.0 world we live in. You never know who will be that week’s fantasy star and you feel like a genius when you call it and even better when you start em!!

That is why I love writing this article so much because I hope that I am able to give someone out there in our awesome fantasy community the inside track on a player who can change not only their current week’s outcome but maybe even their entire season. I can dream that this little publication can have that big of an impact for its readers, can’t I?

With that being said let’s see who you need to be targeting this week in The Waiver Wire. Like always I will give 3 choices at each position (plus bonus’s from time to time). This is ranked in order of who I would target first to third. At the end of the day you control your waiver rankings, so go get the guy you want! Without further hesitation let’s dive right into this weeks The Waiver Wire.

Quarterback: 

  1. Jameis “Crab Legs” Winston (ESPN 54% / Yahoo 70%) – This week’s matchup against Oakland pits a QB and a defense on the rise (more on Oakland below) but only one can win. “Crab Legs Winston has looked good at times and bad at times but his overall body of work has been tolerable enough that he is a great start this week. This is only Winston’s 3rd game at home, the last time he played at home he scored 33 points! He is a great spot start and long term solution if you are struggling at QB.
  2. Brock “Groot” Osweiler (ESPN 12% / Yahoo 14%) – Ok I get it the Big Oak Tree has been bad with a capital BAD but there is a sliver of hope left for all Nuk & Fuller owners out there as well as “Groot” himself. Detroit has given up the most points to fantasy QBs and the Texans get them at home. If Brock can’t make an impactful performance with this juicy of a situation then there is no saving him this season. I understand if you pick up Dak over him but I am a sucker for matchups!
  3. Tyrod “TyGod” Taylor (ESPN 59% / Yahoo 69%) – My favorite buy low candidate coming into the season has finally found something under the new OC and has been starting to make fantasy waves once again. The man I gave the reins to my team last year and he rewarded me with a fantasy championship is once again an appealing target for owners in need of QB help this week. The last time he played New England he went 27 of 39 for 246 and a touch and added 28 yards on the ground. Good enough for 16.6 points. The last time he played New England at home week 2 of last year he went 23 of 30 for 242 and 3 touchdowns and added 43 yards and a touchdown on the ground. That performance was good enough for a 29 point day. It’s a riskier play than others on the waiver wire but I like his long-term value for the price.

*BONUS DEEP SLEEPERS:

  1. Ryan “Picked Off” Fitzpatrick (ESPN 15% / Yahoo 19%) – Fitz is once again the starter of the awful New York Jets and no one really cares. But, if you are looking for a sneaky QB play to make your league stand up and give you a golf clap if it works out, Fitz is your man. Cleveland is bad like 18 passing touchdowns so far bad. Fire up Fitz and hold on for dear life…I hope this ride makes it back to the station.
  2. Josh “Journeyman” McCown (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 1%) – Our favorite chuck it up and close your eyes player in the NFL is scheduled to make his return this week at home against the Jets. McCown like Hoyer just puts up numbers and no one really knows how they do it but somehow when you look at your team they have scored you 26 to 30 points. McCown is more of a longer term stash then he is a player for this week but once that offense gets all of its pieces back he could be a steal.

Running Back: 

  1. Knile Davis (ESPN 35% / Yahoo 36%) – The RB position is so bare that Knile Davis tops my list for this week. I know that there are other names that you might trust more but I like the need for a true RB in Green Bay even if TY Montogomery is stealing carries. It is still yet to be determined if TY is a long term solution or something of a stop gap until Davis is up to speed but I would take a flyer and see what happens.
  2. Mike Gillislee (ESPN 6% / Yahoo 51%) – The big Gillislee is looking at extended time as the #1 in Buffalo as McCoy once again aggravated his hamstring in Sunday’s game against Miami. Pause for all McCoy owners to swear at their computers and yell “WHY DID YOU PLAY HIM!!”. The Bills are two games away from their bye but they have NE and Seattle up next on the schedule. I think Gillislee who fared good against San Francisco but struggled last week against Miami is going to get his opportunity to start these next two weeks. Just temper your expectations which those two defenses up next.
  3. Chris Thompson (ESPN 14% / Yahoo 13%) – Another third down back who was thrown into the starting job but this time it wasn’t because of an injury. No, Matt Jones can’t hold onto the ball and his inability Sunday to produce coupled with ball issues lead the coaching staff to turn to Thompson. Thompson was impressive racking up 113 yards through the air and ground on 19 touches and might of carved himself out a greater role as the Skins head to London to play Cincinnati Sunday. Again this isn’t a great RB week with a clear cut option so temper your expectations.

*BONUS: 

  1. Matt Asiata (ESPN 26% / Yahoo 21%) – Asiata makes an interesting claim to be taken 1st overall but we still don’t know the severity of Jerick McKinnon’s ankle injury and if it will cause him to miss any time. Asiata was good when asked to take over the starting duties racking up 80 total yards on 18 touches. I would put a claim in but understand he might just be a goal line make a wish option if McKinnon can go Sunday against the Bears.

Wide Reciever: 

  1. Davante Adams (ESPN 18% / Yahoo 19%) – This is the clear #1 waiver claim of week 8. Adams exploded Thursday night as the Packers were forced to pass the ball on almost every offensive possession. Adams feasted on the Bears rookie CB to the tune of 13/132/2 on 16 targets! That is an impressive stat line I don’t care if it was against Chicago. Yes, this production is due to the opportunity but who’s isn’t? Atalanta is next, the packers have to throw the ball to win and the volume Adams, Cobb, and Nelson are going to see for the rest of the season is too high to not want to take a chance on it. The talent has always been there now his hands and the targets should be too.
  2. Brandon LaFell (ESPN 13% / Yahoo 12%) – HOLY SHIT Brandon LaFell is actually a thing in fantasy football again…2016 in a nutshell..well him and another person on this WR list (Look 2 spots down!). LaFell has adjusted nicely into the #2 spot in Cincinnati and looks to have built a great repour with Andy Dalton. Over the last three weeks, LaFell has posted a stat line of 21/14/164/4 and faces a Washington secondary Sunday at home that is giving up 243.6 yards a game through the air and has allowed 7 passing touchdowns, 5 of which have been to WR’s (Thank you Rotoworld).
  3. Jamison Crowder (ESPN 40% / Yahoo 37%) – Reed is out again and since his absence week 6, Crowder’s target volume has increased and he has been delivering solid returns for those fantasy owners who stuck with him. Crowder is coming off a 100+ yard performance in the motor city and faces a Cincinnati defense that has allowed 14 touchdowns through the air! Sign me up for some more Crowder with an extra side of Jamison!

*BONUS:

  1. Cordarrelle Patterson (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 2%) –  He is a thing again and I could be happier. Look at his stat line over the past 3 weeks; 19/16/144/2 and he even ran a beautiful deep route for one of his 2 touchdowns. Don’t get me wrong he is not going to turn into Sammie Watkins overnight or be a consistent start for you but the talent has always been there and if they can use him on more than just screen passes and reverses, I think he has a real shot of being something again.

Tight End:

  1. Jack Doyle (ESPN 15% / Yahoo 31%) – Last week President Doyle was #2 on the TE list and this week with Hunter Henry skyrocketing in ownership and slipping in production he takes over the number one spot. Allen was out last week and helped Doyle rack up 9 catches on 10 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown. If Allen is out again this Sunday (fingers crossed) then Doyle is in line for another high target day but against a much better secondary.
  2. C.J. Fiedorowicz (ESPN 7% / Yahoo 8%) – Fedora farts is the real deal..now if only someone that could play QB in the NFL could throw him the ball consistently. Still pick up Osweiler, because I said so…sorry. The stretch of much easier secondaries starts this week against Detroit who has been bad against the TE all season. Vernon Davis scored a touchdown on them that’s all you need to hear. Pick him up for this week and he will have great matchups as the season continues.
  3. Cameron Brate (ESPN 31% / Yahoo 31%) – You think darkness is your ally? Brate was born into the darkness. Little inside joke here at the office but Cameron Brate has been Jameis Winston’s binky for most of the season. Tampa, as mentioned above finally gets to play at home and the last time they did Brate went off for 10/5/46/2 on route to a 16 point day. If the TE landscape is bare Brate is your man.

Defense:

  1. New York Jets (ESPN 22% / Yahoo 20%) – The Jets play Cleveland that’s it. Anyone who plays the Browns until McCown comes back and starts slinging the rock should be your #1 streaming defensive choice.
  2. Tennessee Titans (ESPN 37% / Yahoo 39%) – I was SOOO wrong about Blake Bortles and he has been terrible. He leads the league in interceptions and the Jags offensive line is awful. The Titans should be in the backfield all game long and a pick six or a sack fumble is definitely in the cards this week.
  3. Oakland Raiders (ESPN 28% / Yahoo 46%) – The Raiders are tied for the division lead and are playing some of the best football Oakland has seen since Chucky coached there. Famous Jameis is good for one INT if not two and that will help offset any points the Oakland secondary gives up to Cameron Brate.

Kickers:

  1. Ryan Succop (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 1%) – Jacksonville is currently giving up the most points to kickers. 17, 12, 1o, and 18 are the scores of the last 4 kickers who have faced Jacksonville.
  2. Blair Walsh (ESPN 36% / Yahoo 44%) – Chi town has given up the 4th most fantasy points and gave up 23 to Adam Vinatieri just two weeks ago. The Vikes will be out for blood Sunday. Look for Walsh to have a double digit day.
  3. Jason Myers (ESPN 5% / Yahoo 18%) – On the other side of the ball in our Thursday Night game Myers is set to have another double digit game. The Titans are currently giving up the 6th most points to kickers. Sounds like a high scoring game awaits us Thursday Night.

Well there you have it,  The Waiver Wire is in the books for this week. Tonight we kick off the World Series and I want to wish both teams all the best. LETS GO CUBS!! I will see you all next Tuesday for another edition! Remember to send us your lineup questions on Twitter @TFFGurus, @DaFantasyFather, and @TheFantasyBoys.  Or shoot us an email at insider@tffgurus.com or check our Facebook page called The Fantasy Football Gurus.  We’re here to help you, and if you need more Gurus, be sure to listen to our weekly podcasts by checking out Trophy Time on Google Play, Sticher Radio, and iTunes.

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