Week 8 Waiver Wire Targets


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Written by George Haraktsis


Quarterbacks


Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (40.2% owned)

In 2-QB leagues, Baker Mayfield is a great addition. He might not get it done year-long, but the rookie has three straight juicy matchups against the Steelers, Chiefs, and Falcons who rank 29th, 28th, and 31st in fantasy points against the quarterback position. He has proven he can get it done through the air and that he can chip in with his feet as well. If you’re fighting to find a quarterback with the upcoming BYE weeks, look no further than Mayfield.

Running Backs


Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (3.9% owned)

Kyle Shannahan loves utilizing two backs in his offense, and Matt Breida loves getting hurt. A perfect combination for Mostert. On Sunday he led the team in yards from scrimmage and recorded his second week in a row of at least 79 yards. Breida will inevitably get hurt again making Mostert a perfect stash and wait, and BYE Week fill-in candidate for when that time comes.


Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills (9.0% owned)

LeSean McCoy left Sunday’s game early in the first quarter with a head injury, and Ivory filled in admirably. Ivory had 16 carries for 81 yards and averaged over 5 yards a carry against a solid Colts rush-defense. If McCoy is out for an extended period of time, and Josh Allen continues to miss some games, the offense will run through Ivory making him a very hot waiver pick-up this week.


Kenjon Barner, New England Patriots (0.1% owned)

The Patriots backfield has been decimated by injuries this year, and that pattern continued when Sony Michel went down with a knee injury against the Bears. Barner stepped in when Michel went down and tied for the team lead in carries with 10. The Patriots are very thin at running back at the moment with just White and Barner on the roster. If White were to go down, Barner would be the #1 back in that offense. He’s worth a pick-up and a wait-and-see approach.


Wide Receivers


Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints (8.7% owned)

Tedd Ginn Jr. was placed on the IR last week, and Smith has been able step-up in his absence. In his last two games, Smith has 7 receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 9 targets. He may not see consistent volume every single week, but Brees does like getting his number 2 wide receiver involved and it’s looking like Smith is that guy.


Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (22.7% owned)

Someone had to emerge as a receiving threat in the Cowboys offense right? Not many pegged Beasley as that guy. He leads the team in receptions, targets, receiving yards, and is tied for the team lead with 2 receiving touchdowns. Dak looks for Cole often and will continue to do so all year. In a PPR league, Beasley has proven to be a reliable option, with a safe-floor and should be rostered as a BYE week flex option based on his matchups.


Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins (24.4% owned)

The Dolphin’s wide receiving corps is growing thinner every day. Both Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills look to be missing an extended period of time due to injuries, and DeVante Parker is on Gase’s bad side. Amendola has 18 targets in the last two weeks for 143 yards on 14 catches. He, like Beasley, has a safe floor as long as Osweiler is at QB and is a very good option as a flex in all PPR leagues.


Martavis Bryant, Oakland Raiders (2.4% owned)

A real flyer here, but with Cooper gone it’s a shot worth taking. Bryant has not been phenomenal this year but Gruden has kept him around even after cutting him at one point. He plans for Bryant and with Cooper gone, it should be much easier to execute them.


Tight Ends


C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals (40.2% owned)

Uzomah was on last week’s list and made us look great with a touchdown on two catches for 13 yards. He’ll never be a target monster, but he’ll be looked at in the end zone by Dalton consistently. With the current drought in fantasy football occurring at the tight end position, owners can’t be picky and Uzomah has a matchup against the Bucs next week who are last in the league at defending the TE position.


Defense/Special Teams


New England Patriots (47.6% owned)

The Patriots find a way to get it done week after week on D/ST. They just put up 20 fantasy points thanks to a kick return and a blocked punt. This week they face the Bills who have given up 42 fantasy points in the last two weeks to average defenses. With Josh Allen seemingly out again this week with an elbow injury, Anderson should get the start again. He just threw 3 INTs against a terrible Colts’ defensive backfield, always start the D/ST against the Bills.

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