Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Wishlist, Week 8
Another week is in the books. As always, there were huge breakouts from under-the-radar players and dud performances from supposed studs. If you’re looking to shake things up for your Fantasy roster ahead of Week 8, here’s some players to add from the Waiver Wire.
Note: All fantasy advice in this article is based on PPR scoring unless otherwise stated.
DARRELL HENDERSON | LOS ANGELES RAMS
Henderson came off the couch for the Rams in Week 7 against the Steelers to handle 18 carries for 61 yds and a touchdown. With Kyren Williams questionable to return in Week 8 against the Cowboys, Henderson seems in line to again garner a significant workload for a familiar Sean McVay offense.
EMARI DEMERCADO | ARIZONA CARDINALS
After a total disappearing act in his first attempt as the lead back with James Conner on IR, Demercado operated as the clear RB1 for Arizona with 17 total touches and 75 total yards. The matchup in Week 8 isn’t great against a tough Baltimore front, but with Bye weeks in full swing and injuries to other starting RBs in play, Demercado might be your best bet for high volume replacement work this week.
ZEKE ELLIOTT | NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Elliott now has 2 touchdowns in as many weeks, and he has a clear, defined role for New England as their short yardage/goal line back. There’s not a lot of upside here, but sometimes a fall into the End Zone for a substitute starter is enough in a tight contest.
JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA | SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
The Ohio State product has had an underwhelming Rookie campaign overall as the 3rd receiver in Seattle, but with DK Metcalf sitting out Week 7 with an injury, JSN shined for the ‘Hawks. While he won’t provide usable fantasy performances every week, in the event either Metcalf or Tyler Lockett miss time, he turns into one of the more valuable WR2’s in the league.
JOSH DOWNS | INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Downs is here to stay as an almost weekly FLEX option for Fantasy Managers, and yet he’s rostered in less than 50% of leagues still. With another big point performance in Week 7 and a very consistent role in this Gardner Minshew-led passing attack, Downs should be rostered in all formats right away.
KENDRICK BOURNE | NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
After a 24-point Week 1 outing, Bourne disappeared for four weeks and many managers let him slip onto the waiver wire as a lost cause. Bourne’s last two performances, though, have been extremely encouraging as the Patriots offense has somewhat awakened. It’s a bad offense still, but Bourne is still its top target in the passing game. Roster him if you have room.
TAYSOM HILL | NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Hill is working his way back into the equation for this strange Saints offense. With his abilities as a pass-catcher, passer, and runner, he’s the most interesting player in fantasy, and if he remains a big part of New Orleans’ offensive gameplans moving forward, he could turn into an every week starter for a weak position group.
LOGAN THOMAS | WASHINGTON COMMANDERS
Logan Thomas is a favorite target of QB Sam Howell, and the Commanders will be playing catch-up in a ton of matchups this season. That means lots of passing attempts and a lot of targets for Washington pass-catchers. Thomas has been hot and cold, but what TE hasn’t this season.
WEEK 8 STREAMERS
QB: DEREK CARR vs. Indianapolis Colts, MAC JONES vs. Miami Dolphins
D/ST: FALCONS vs. Tennessee Titans, TEXANS vs. Carolina Panthers
That does it for this week’s Waiver Wire Wishlist. For more details about these players, tune into the Fantasy First Podcast on Tuesdays and Thursdays where I discuss Waiver Wire targets, Thursday Night Football player and team props, DFS Darlings, and more!
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