Waiver Wire Week 8

By 5 Yard Rush

It’s hard to believe that in just a few short days, we will be into the second half of the Fantasy Football season. We will also have completed 60% of the Fantasy football regular season as well. That is why the time to own the Waiver Wire is now.

There has been a ton of injuries this weekend. The major positions of Quarterback and Running Back have been affected immensely. So do make sure you catch-up on our Injury Report from last week and also this week, which we will release tomorrow on 5yardrush.co.uk.

We are almost at the point of the year where stashing Running Back handcuffs is a game winning strategy. 

All of these players are under 30% owned on ESPN.com.

QUARTERBACKS

TEDDY BRIDGEWATER- 22.4% OWNED

Week 7- 23/28, 281 Yds, 2TDs, 7 Yds Rushing

One of the stories of the season is the return of Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater is 5-0 as a starter, in the absence of Drew Brees. However, with Brees close to return, Week Eight might be the last we see of Teddy in 2019.

His next game sees him face the Arizona Cardinals, who, coming into Week Seven, gave up the most fantasy football points to Quarterbacks in the NFL, with QBs scoring, on average, 25.2 PPG. We fully expect Teddy to start, and finish this game. However, he is a one week fix

RYAN TANNEHILL- 1.9% OWNED

Week 7- 23/29, 312 Yds, 2TDs, 1INT, 7 Yds Rushing

Tannehill was competent on Sunday and he did look comfortable under centre. He looks like he will have the job in Tennessee until the end of the season, barring any tragic or dismal performances. He isn’t an automatic add most weeks, but he has a juicy match-up coming up this week.

The Buccaneers are the worst team in the NFL defending against the pass. They are given up 305 yards a game in the air. On top of this, they have given up a QB1 performance in 4 of 6 games this season. He might not finish as a QB1 on Sunday, but he has a safe floor. QB1 is not outside of his range of outcomes. And after throwing for over 300 yards on the road this Sunday, this could easily happen again this week against the Buccaneers.

RUNNING BACKS

CHASE EDMONDS- 28.9% OWNED

Week 7- 27 Carries, 126 Yds, 3TDs, 2 Receptions, 24 Yds Receiving

Edmonds had a career day on Sunday. And it came at the cost of many fantasy owners. David Johnson did in fact suit up for the game. He was active. In fact, only 2 Arizona Running Backs were active on Sunday. However, after an early run for 2 yards for Johnson, Edmonds came in and took over. It looked like it was the weather that led to the workload and then the Cardinals leading with the hot hand after that. 

There are concerns over Johnson’s health. However, you will probably not get a performance like this again from Edmonds again. However, he is one of the top handcuffs to own on the Waiver Wire and after this career day, your window to acquire him is limited. Johnson is banged up and carrying injuries. It is unlikely he will play every snap until the end of the season. Therefore, you must pick up Edmonds. Because he had league winning capabilities if he is called upon to be the bell cow back in this Arizona offense.

TY JOHNSON- 1.3% OWNED

Week 7- 10 Carries, 29 Yds, 4 Receptions, 28 Yds Receiving

Kerryon Johnson has gone down with yet another injury. He went down in the first quarter with a knee injury and was left with a brace on his knee. Although too early to tell and with there being no information on Johnson volunteered by Matt Patricia and the coach staff of the Lions, it does not look good for Kerryon. However Ty Johnson (no relation), came in and did a reasonable job running the football. If Ty Johnson is a go, being at home to the Giants is not a bad matchup to exploit. Johnson’s usage was curtailed in the 4th quarter due to game script and chasing the game.

Coming into this week, the Giants defense was ranked 10th worst against Running Backs in terms of Fantasy Points per Game conceded. They have given up 203 scrimmage yards per game to Running Backs. Also, Johnson is a key handcuff. Therefore, he should be owned regardless and could be a good bye cover/ injury cover in the flex.

WIDE RECEIVERS

KENNY STILLS

Week 7- 4 Receptions, 105 Yards

Kenny Stills is back off injury and he is back to being fantasy relevant. Will Fuller V had picked up another injury, in the time of year where he normally gets injured. And it looks likely Fuller will be out for the next couple of weeks. So fire up your Kenny Stills! Hopkins will continue to draw double coverage and Coutee, despite the Touchdown on Sunday, isn’t getting the volume to succeed. Whereas Stills has establish a rapport with DeShawn Watson already and looks like he could be a low end WR2 moving forward for the next few weeks.

The Texans have the Raiders next. The Raiders came into Week Seven giving up the 6th most fantasy points to Wide Receivers. In addition to this, they just gave up 5 Touchdowns to the Packers, to 5 different receivers. This is a perfect match-up for Stills to exploit. He should be a top priority if you need a Wide Receiver this week off of the Waiver Wire.

ALEX ERICKSON- 0.3% OWNED

Week 7- 8 Receptions, 137 yds, 2 Carries, -2 Yds

The Bengals are a bad football team. Really bad! However, they are somehow even worse “attempting” to run the Football. The Bengals in Week Seven managed just 33 yards rushing. This has now taken their rushing total for the season, through seven games, to 372 yards, or an average of 53.1 yards per game. However, their opponents have managed to run the ball for 1,323 yards against them this season. The Bengals are bad on both lines and will be picking in the top 5 of the 2020 NFL Draft.

However, the one thing they do manage to do, is sling the rock. And Erickson, in the slot, isn the main beneficiary of the ball slinging at the moment. He was targeted 14 times on Sunday. Tyler Boyd is commanding double coverage, and Auden Tate, whilst incredible, is taking the top off the defense and therefore won’t get the same volume. Erickson is therefore always the first or second read for Andy Dalton. They face the Rams next and Erickson could easily see 10 targets in that game as well. Especially as they will be chasing the game early. 

TIGHT ENDS

JOSH HILL- 0.2% OWNED

Week 7- 3 Receptions, 41 Yds, 1TD

Josh Hill came in after an injury to Jared Cook and he caught a Touchdown early in the game vs Chicago. Cook is currently recovering from an ankle injury. With the Saints playing the Arizona Cardinals, who, coming into this week, are giving up 24.1 Fantasy Points per Game to Tight Ends. This makes them the worst defense in the NFL against Tight Ends, averaging a Touchdown per game being conceded to Tight Ends. This Hill pick-up off the Waiver Wire is one where you will have to watch the injury reports. Also, it is just a one week pick-up. The Saints are on BYE week 9 and then I am sure Cook, if not already back, will be back for Week 10.

IRV SMITH JR.- 0.9% OWNED

Week 7- 5 Receptions, 60 Yds

Smith is becoming the number 1 Tight End in Minnesota. He is looking better with every game. And whilst Rudolph got the Touchdown and not Smith, Smith ended up getting significant work and looking to be the more effective back. His snap count is rising every week and was at a season high 55% Sunday. As a result, it is looking more and more likely that Smith will take over the majority of work as the Tight End soon. They are also playing the Redskins in Week Eight. Therefore, in a position that is very much a wasteland, he is the best of a bad bunch. However, if you can find a better option at Tight End on the Waiver Wire in your league, then definitely pick them up instead.

KICKER

JASON MYERS- 9.2% OWNED

Week 7- 4/5, 10 Fantasy Points

D/ST

COLTS- 15.9% OWNED- VS DEN

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