Another fantasy football week in the books, and heading into Week 8, we have some interesting potential waiver wire pickups to spend our FAAB dollars on for Week 8. The list is heavy with quarterback options and a few good running back choices,as well, so might have to bend your budget a bit as you look for sleepers for your upcoming matchups.
The Patrick Mahomes injury is going to toy with a lot of owners over the next few weeks, but there are solid short-and-long-term options on waivers to fill the void. There are also a few great D/ST streamers and some tight ends worth noting that are making their debuts this week, so be sure to read up on every little waiver add. Best of luck in Week 8.
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Week 8 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Quarterback
Sam Darnold NYJ; FAAB Bid: 10-12%:?Sam Darnold is still below four-percent?owned in ESPN and Yahoo leagues, and now that the Jets have played the Patriots, the schedule gets significantly easier. They have a lot of road matchups on the horizon and it starts next week in Jacksonville, but the Jags will be without Jalen Ramsey (as they basically have been for the past few weeks)?and even Andy Dalton managed to put up 276 passing yards against the Jags this past week. He also threw three interceptions, but I’ll put a little faith in Darnold going forward. Following the Jags, the Jets play the Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals, Dolphins again, and finally the Steelers in Week 16. Not a bad stretch of games for a quarterback that could be fantasy relevant.
Teddy Bridgewater NO; FAAB Bid: 6-8%:?Bridgewater has been solid with Drew Brees out. The Saints are 6-1 and just put the Bears in their place this past Sunday. Bridgewater had a respectable line of 281 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. That’ll get the job done. His value takes a bit of a hit since Brees will eventually come back and reclaim his job (maybe as soon as Week 8). But the Saints play the Cardinals next week, which could present plenty of offensive opportunities for both teams.
Ryan Tannehill TEN; FAAB Bid: 5%:?The Titans beat the Chargers this past Sunday at home, so there’s little reason for the Titans to go back to Marcus Mariota right now. The offensive line is still decent and next week’s matchup against Tampa Bay is a premium. The Bucs have a good defensive line that can stuff the run, but their secondary is terrible. This bodes well for Tannehill’s prospects as he threw for more than 300 yards against the Chargers on Sunday. I don’t see Tannehill finishing the season as the starting quarterback for Tennessee, but he’s usable in the short-term.
Matt Moore KC; FAAB Bid: 2-4%:?This is a short-term solution if you’re looking for a Patrick Mahomes replacement, so why not grab his backup? Moore came on in relief when Mahomes exited last Thursday’s game, and he did decently against a Broncos defense that had?come to life in its past few games. Moore isn’t an outstanding quarterback, but at least he has some great weapons around him with the likes of Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, etc. The Chiefs host the Green Bay Packers at home next week. Even if Moore gets his points via some garbage time opportunities, he’s in a decent spot next week.
Week 8 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: RB
Chase Edmonds ARI; FAAB Bid: 25-30%:?Edmonds may have just told the Cardinals “Excuse me good sirs, but this is officially a committee” because he has five touchdowns in his past three games. The Cardinals activated David Johnson (knee, back), and to the dismay of all his fantasy owners, they barely used him. And because of DJ’s lack of involvement, Edmonds had a field day rushing for 126 yards and three touchdowns en?route to the Cardinals' third straight win. And if the Cardinals keep winning when he’s playing well, why would they take the ball out of his hands? It sucks for Johnson owners,?we all get that. He was a first-round pick and now might see his workload drop a bit. But Edmonds is red hot and is a FLEX play next week against the Saints.
Mark Walton MIA; FAAB Bid: 12%:?I don’t necessarily like spending up this much for a running back on one of the worst offenses in football. But he did just get 15 total touches against the Bills and led the team in carries and rushing yards.?When Walton’s on the field, there’s a good chance he’s getting the ball. Unfortunately for both he and Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage continues to vulture touchdowns. But Walton’s gradually becoming more interesting by the week, and despite the offense, he should be owned at this point.
Ty Johnson DET; FAAB Bid: 7-8%:?If you’re a Kerryon Johnson owner, you’re obviously disappointed in the fact that he was forced to miss a majority of Sunday’s game with a knee injury. Ty Johnson came in and finished with 14 touches for 57 total yards. Those aren’t great numbers, but it’s the workload and potential opportunity you have to like for Johnson. Kerryon’s status for next week’s game is looking doubtful. If you’re a Kerryon owner, you might need to pay up a little more for Ty. The Giants make for a decent matchup in Week 8.
Week 8 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: WR
Phillip Dorsett NE; FAAB Bid: 10%:?Dorsett returned to the Patriots on Monday night, and his first target from Tom Brady resulted in a 26-yard touchdown catch. It’s good to see that Brady hasn’t faltered from his plan to find ways to get Dorsett the ball (although Dorsett's value could take a hit with Mohamed Sanu's acquisition). Dorsett received seven and nine targets in the games leading up to his injury, so there’s clearly a solid role the Patriots have for him in this offense if Sanu doesn't take it. He’s a FLEX play going forward for your fantasy team.
Corey Davis TEN; FAAB Bid: 7-8%:?Davis isn’t consistent by any means, but he proved to be one of Ryan Tannehill’s favorite targets on Sunday. Davis caught six-of-seven?targets for 90 yards and a touchdown on Sunday and gets a very favorable matchup next week against the Buccaneers’ weak secondary. Davis’ teammate, A.J. Brown, is also worthy of being rostered. He’s a very good deep threat who was targeted eight times by Tannehill on Sunday. Both guys are available in a fair amount of leagues and are FLEX options next week against Tampa Bay.
DeVante Parker MIA; FAAB Bid: 7-8%:?When a player has touchdowns in three straight games, you take notice, no matter who it is. Sure, Parker plays for the Dolphins and there’s no telling who will be the quarterback on a weekly basis. They could even make a swap mid-game. But Parker, when he plays, is averaging nearly six targets per game, and he’s really made the most of them the past few weeks. It’s surprising that of all seasons, this is the one where he’s seeming to put it all together with little hope for Miami’s future.
Zach Pascal IND; FAAB Bid: 5%:?The Colts have some difficult games coming up, most notably against the Broncos next week, but when Pascal’s on the field, there’s the case that he's the Colts' No. 2?receiver. Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle are still a dual threat at the tight end position, but Pascal saw seven targets on Sunday and finished with six receptions for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Staying healthy will be key for Pascal, but he’s averaging 18.4 yards per catch this year, so clearly he has big play potential.
Alex Erickson CIN; FAAB Bid: 3-4%:?In this week’s edition of Andy Dalton’s Favorite Target, we’d like to introduce you to Alex Erickson, a glorified kick returner from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in agricultural business management. Sounds like he wants in on the CBD industry at some point. Erickson saw 14 targets on Sunday and has 20 in his past two games. He hasn’t found the end zone, but 14 targets in a game will get you noticed. Can we expect a larger workload going forward? Doubtful. Tyler Boyd still saw his usual workload and is still in the mix, as well. But Erickson did finish with eight receptions for 137 yards, so there might be some PPR upside.
Week 8 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Tight End
Josh Hill NO; FAAB Bid: 5-6%:?The FAAB bid is a little bit high for Hill, who is basically a backup tight end. But Jared Cook missed this past Sunday’s game against the Bears, and Hill stepped in and caught all three of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown. The Saints play the Cardinals next week, and if this past Sunday reminded us of anything, it’s that the Cardinals are still terrible at defending tight ends as Rhett Ellison managed to find the end zone for the Giants. Again, Hill’s value is dependent on Cook’s status, but he could find the end zone next week if he’s the top tight end option for New Orleans.
Dallas Goedert PHI; FAAB Bid: 3-5%:?I don’t like betting against Zach Ertz, but his workload is down from last year, and Goedert could be a serviceable tight end in deeper PPR leagues. He has at least nine PPR points in three of his last four games. Sure, that’s not much to write home about, hence why he’s a deep league addition. The tight end position has been a mess this year, and it gets more cloudy with Patrick Mahomes out a few weeks, since Travis Kelce has just one touchdown so far. Goedert’s not the sexiest name, but he has 18 targets in his last four games, and at the tight end position you’ll take that in deep leagues.
Week 8 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: D/ST
Carolina Panthers (at SF):?The Panthers have a great defense and an immense pass rush. They’re coming off their bye week and will be well rested for a cross-country trip to San Francisco. What are the 49ers currently struggling with? Pass protection. Joe Staley, Mike McGlinchey, and Kyle Juszczyk are out of commission at the moment, and that is great news for the Panthers, who have 27 sacks through six games.?Carolina is under 50 percent?owned across ESPN and Yahoo and should be owned with the upside for four-to-five sacks on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts (vs. DEN):?Might as well take advantage of a great matchup. The Colts host the Broncos next week, and the Broncos offense has four offensive touchdowns in its past three games. Not to mention, the offensive line is in shambles, as they it allowed Joe Flacco to be sacked eight times last week against the Chiefs. The Chiefs were only averaging two sacks per game prior to last Thursday’s bout, so this is just a bad offense in Denver.
Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. MIA):?Might as well target the Dolphins' offense once again. Next week’s Monday Night Football game features these two teams and, well, it will be something to watch...if you choose to watch it. Pittsburgh’s defense has actually been good for fantasy in its past three games. In its past four games it has 15 sacks and 13 takeaways. The acquisition of Minkah Fitzpatrick has paid off quickly, and the Steelers will be coming off their bye. This is a great streamer because, as everybody knows, the Dolphins suck.