2016 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups


 
Week 8 Bye Week and Injury Replacements here! These teams DO NOT play week 8 (bye week):
Baltimore Ravens
Los Angeles Rams
Miami Dolphins
New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Francisco 49ers

Running Back (RB)
 
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 33.4% of all leagues):
Last week, Booker was a speculative add in our Sleepers, Streamers, and Fliers article after head coach Kubiak mentioned he'd get more work.  Booker got everyone's attention by taking 17 totes, for 83 yards and a score, while adding 4 yards on 1 catch.  At this point, Booker looks like the better back.  However, he may have just been the beneficiary of a big Broncos lead by Kubiak's decision to keep the ball on the ground and use up the time of possession.  If you're still not convinced, leave him on the wires, but don't wait long.  The Broncos will have the Chargers, Raiders, and Saints in the coming weeks, which means Booker could keep getting work to protect leads and keep other, high-powered offenses off the field.
 
Mike Gillislee, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 6.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Gillislee did some decent work after Starter McCoy left the game with a hamstring injury.  Buyer beware: He gets the Patriots, Seahawks, and a bye for the next 3 weeks.  His schedule softens up after his week 10 bye.  Also, Reggie Bush made an appearance, punching in a 1 yard touchdown run.  Watch and see if Bush becomes a touchdown vulture.  Nevertheless, McCoy will miss at least a couple of weeks, so Gillislee could see his workload expand. 
 
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 14.1% of all ESPN leagues):
With the Redskins' backfield becoming a timeshare, Thompson could be an add, especially in ppr leagues, and should be an add in deep ppr leagues.  With Matt Jones being his usual self, and the loss of Josh Norman, the Redskins could find themselves chasing points, setting up the ideal situation for the Redskins to play Thompson. 
 
Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 25.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Minnesota's fullback took 12 handoffs for 55 yards and caught another 6 targets for an additional 25 yards.  He should be worth an add in ppr leagues, and could be worth an add in deep standard leagues, considering how many teams have byes this week.  Also, Asiata could see additional work if McKinnon's ankle stays gimpy.  He'll have the Bears in week 8, the Lions in week 9, and has a relatively soft schedule the rest of the season.
 
Wide Receiver (WR)
 
Ty Montgomery, WR/RB, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 17.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Montgomery's versatility just gave him the running back designation for the rest of the season, meaning he can now go in any wide receiver, running back, or flex spot on your roater.  In addition, should continue to see added action as a running back with the Pack desperately thin at the position.  Therefore, the statuses of Stark and Jackson should be tracked as they'll directly affect Ty's workload.  Nevertheless, he's the best backfield option the Packers have at the moment.  Grab him for his roster versatility, keep him for his production possibilities.
 
Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 12.3% of all ESPN leagues):
LaFell has 4 scores in the last 3 weeks.  The fear here is that rookie Tyler Boyd would supplant LaFell after he hurt his hand.  That fear has failed to materialize, and LaFell is now being consistently targeted by the Red Rifle, Andy Dalton.  At 6'3", 210 lbs, LaFell should continue to see targets opposite AJ Green, especially in the red zone. 
 
Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 51.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jets' defense has faultered in recent weeks, forcing the offense to produce if they want to win games.  Brandon Marshall should draw Joe Haden in coverage in this week's game against the Browns, which could set up Enunwa for a big day. 
 
Russell Shepard, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 1.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The 6'1", 195 lb wideout for the Bucs filled in well for Vincent Jackson who was placed on IR.  Although he's technically the 3rd option behind Mike Evans and Adam Humphries, Shepard caught 7 targets for 55 yards and a score.  His success could continue against a leaky Raiders' defense. 
 
Tight End (TE)
 
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 14.9% of all ESPN leagues):
With Dwayne Allen out Doyle got all of the Colts' snaps at tight end.  He made the most of his opportunity by snagging 9 catches for 78 yards and a score.  He'll face a fierce Chiefs defensive front this week, and Luck will need to throw the ball quickly.  With Dwayne Allen's status still questionable, Doyle should have plenty of success if he can get to the second level. 
 
Quarterback (QB)
 
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 53.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Winston has thrown for nearly 500 yards and 4 scores, with only 1 pick in his last 2 contests.  He's starting to connect with  Humphries, Shepard, and Brate.  He'll look to keep things rolling against the Raiders, who have arguably the worst passing defense in the league. 
 
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 14.2% of all ESPN leagues):
At this point, you've probably had fits about Fitz, and only playing him as a desperation play.  The thing is, maybe this is exactly what he needed to get out of his slump.  He completed 9 of 14 passes for 120 yards and a score.  More importantly, he didn't turn the ball over.  This week's matchup against the Browns could have Fitz licking his chops though.  The Browns are who we thought they were, and Fitz probably play like he has something to prove. 
 
Defense / Special Teams (D/ST)
 
New York Jets (currently owned in 22.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jets' defense has been shaky in recent weeks, giving up 23 or more points in their first 6 games, but only totaling 6 turnovers for the year.  However, you can always count on the Browns to make any opposing defense look like a probowl unit.  The Browns will start Kevin Hogan, their 5th QB of the season, who threw for 100 yards and 2 picks.  Buyer beware, Hogan did also rush 7 times for 104 yards and a score.  Nevertheless, the Jets' defense looked good against "Average Joe" and the Ravens. 

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