Players who are available on waivers, that can help your fantasy football team in week 8 of the NFL Season.
Written by: Joseph Mooney
Between injuries, bye weeks, and just lack of performance this fantasy season has been a roller coaster ride to say the least. Below we take a look at some players lingering on the free agent market that you may want to look to add.
The Detroit Lion running back saw a huge increase in his role, on Sunday, after the injury to starting running back Kerryon Johnson. Ty Johnson carried the ball 10 times for 29 yards and 4 catches for 28 yards, in Detroit’s Week 7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. While Johnson didn’t shine at first, the rookie was the workhorse for the rest of the game and he’s expected to start in Week 8 against the New York Giants. Ty Johnson was favorable in Detroit’s passing game and saw the majority of the snaps on 3rd down and key situations. The New York Giants are coming off of a game where they allowed Arizona Cardinals’ running back Chase Edmonds to rush for 3 touchdowns. The Giants also allow the 5th highest fantasy points to running backs this season. I predict Ty Johnson to have a great fantasy day with 90 total yards, 1 touchdown, and for those in a PPR league 6 receptions.
Another running back that gets to shine due to the injury of David Johnson. Over the past three weeks, Edmonds has taken advantage of his snaps. Edmonds has posted at least 1 touchdown and 60 total yards, these past three weeks. Edmonds rushed for 3 touchdowns and 126 yards against the New York Giants on Sunday, we’ll look to continue that success this week against the Saints, who rank #30 among fantasy points allowed to running backs. While David Johnson is the featured back in Arizona, it’s unclear how severe his ankle injury is, making Chase Edmonds a fantasy must for the time being. While Edmonds matchup doesn’t lean towards his favor, he’s good to stash on your bench or use at the FLEX position.
Johnson came off the bench in Sunday’s contest against the Detroit Lions after receiver Adam Theilen suffered a hamstring injury on the Vikings’ second possession. Olabisi Johnson immediately made an impact, catching a 1 yard flat pass, on the very next play. The receiver hauled in his first career touchdown pass along with 40 yards on 4 catches. Johnson also saw a game-high, 8 targets from Kirk Cousins in Week 7. With Theilen still ruled out against the Washington Redskins, look for Olabisi Johnson to step into the wide receiver #2 spot. Johnson’s matchup also favors him greatly, the Redskins give up the 9th highest fantasy points to receivers. Something also to consider is his quarterback, Kirk Cousins, has thrown for an average 325 yards per game while averaging 3 touchdowns per game, in the team’s last 3 games. While the Vikings may not pass the ball a lot, I predict Johnson to have 6 catches for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Despite catching a pair of touchdowns in Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns, Seattle receiver Jaron Brown stayed active in the passing game Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. Jaron Brown caught 3 of his 6 targets for 60 yards in the Seahawks loss. The Seahawks struggled offensively and in the red zone which limited the bigger receiver. His matchup against the Atlanta Falcons seems to be in his favor. The Falcons give up the 3rd most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and honestly their just a bad team. I think Russell Wilson will correct the mistakes the offense made last week and expose the Falcon’s secondary. While Brown is still the 3rd/4th receiver on the depth chart, look for him to make his presence known in the red zone and on 3rd downs.
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense:
Yes, a defense! The Steelers defense over the season has recorded 20 sacks, 8 interceptions, and 7 fumble recoveries. The Steelers recorded at least one sack, one interception, and one fumble recovery 3 times so far this season. This team is coming off of a bye week and are at home hosting the worst team in the league, the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins gave up the 2nd most points to opposing defenses this season. I believe rookie Devin Bush, TJ Watt, and company take care of business at home and posted a shutout.
Finally, the second most consistent wide receiver this year from the Buffalo Bills. John Brown is among only one of the receivers (Michael Thomas) who has posted at least 50 yards per game this season. John Brown found the end zone over the weekend against the Miami Dolphins and I plan on him finding it again this Sunday when they’re matched up with the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown caught 5 of his 6 catches on Sunday for 83 yards and I project he’ll have similar numbers against the Eagles. Look for John Brown to finish this Week’s matchup with 8 catches for over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
These are just a few players to highlight that have fantasy value and I like with their matchup. If you’re in need of a quarterback look towards the NFC North, both Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford have a high ceiling this weekend. Cousins coming off of back-to-back weekends where he threw 4 touchdowns will take on the Washington Redskins, who have struggled defensively to stop any team this season. Then Matt Stafford looks to stay in Detroit as the New York Giants roll into town. Matt Stafford is coming off of a loss where he threw for over 350 yards and 4 touchdowns on an aggressive Minnesota Vikings defense. With a favorable matchup against the Giants, I expect Stafford to air the ball out downfield. Matthew Stafford is averaging 300 yards per game along with 3 touchdowns at home this season and I don’t see the Giants stopping that.