2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds, Waiver Wire Pickups, and Bye Week Subs

RUNNING BACKS: Marlon Mack, Jalen Richard, Doug Martin, Chris Ivory, Kenjon Barner

WIDE RECEIVERS: Danny Amendola, Chris Godwin, Christian Kirk, Tre'Quan Smith, Tajae Sharpe

TIGHT ENDS: Benjamin Watson, Chris Herndon, C.J. Uzomah, Jack Doyle, Michael Roberts

QUARTERBACKS: Mitch Trubisky, Baker Mayfield, Dak Prescott

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS: New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals



The following teams have BYE WEEKS and DO NOT play this week:
Atlanta Falcons
Dallas Cowboys
Los Angeles Chargers
Tennessee Titans

RUNNING BACKS

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 53.4% of all ESPN leagues):
He started off the season injured and it's taking him a few weeks to recover, but it looks like Mack is once again the lead back for the Colts backfield, with Nyheim Hines serving in the complementary role. There's no doubt that last week's dominant win over the bills played a part in Mack's stat line.  However it does look like Indianapolis finally has a steady ground game to complement their high-flying passing attack.  At this point Mack deserves to be added in all formats. 

Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 17.1% of all ESPN fantasy leagues):
Richard has always been a complementary piece the Raiders backfield. However, he should take on a more prominent role with Lynch placed on injured reserve (IR) thanks to a reaggravated groin injury, which means he could potentially miss the rest of the season.  Beast Mode's touches would presumably be spread out between Richard and Doug Martin with DeAndre Washington getting into the mix.  Since the Raiders don't really have a defense, they would presumably be playing catch up most of the time, which bodes well for Richard's role.  He's worth an add in all leagues, but has added value in PPR formats.

Doug Martin, RB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 18.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Like Richard, Martin is now worth rostering in all formats due to Lynch's extended absence.  He'll presumably get the bulk of the carries on the ground.  He could also get a bigger workload than Lynch did now that Amari Cooper is no longer with the team.  It remains to be determined how effective Martin will be on the ground since they've averaged 92.5 yards per game on the ground ranking 25th in the league.  That was with Beast Mode pushing the pile forward with his sheer will.  Nevertheless, Martin is the man moving forward.

Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 9% of all ESPN leagues):
Ivory is a handcuff that should be rostered by all McCoy owners.  Shady left last week's game against the Colts with a head injury and the severity of that injury is yet to be determined.  Ivory assumed the role of lead back and should continue to do so as long as McCoy remains sidelined. 

Kenjon Barner, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
It appears the Patriots' lead back Sony Michel has avoided a serious injury. He could still miss time but exactly how much time is to be determined.  In the meantime, Kenjon Barner looks like he'll take over the duties of ball carrier on the ground, with James White continuing to serve in the complementary role on passing downs.  Still, if last week's usage of Marlon Mack is any indication of how the Patriots will use Barner, then Barner is certainly worth an add especially in deep leagues at the very least as a streaming option. 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Danny Amendola, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 24.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The injury to Albert Wilson opened a door of opportunity for Danny Amendola.  The slot receiver snagged six targets for 84 yards and a score.  Should Wilson and Stills be out for extended periods of time, Amendola will certainly see added usage.  The additional volume provides upside and should lead to fantasy success in all formats.  Even though Amendola carries an injury designation of his own, he should be added in all leagues.

Chris Godwin, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 46% of all ESPN leagues):
Godwin seems to have surpassed Adam Humphries on the depth chart.  He led his team in receptions and week 6 against the Falcons, and he's caught 11 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in the last 2 weeks. He certainly worth an add especially in PPR formats, and is  an emerging target for Buccaneers.  He has lots of potential upside and should continue to be involved in a Buccaneers passing attack that includes him, Mike Evans, and O.J. Howard.

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 18.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Kirk has slowly become more and more involved in the Cardinals offense but he is still available in the majority of ESPN leagues. The Cardinals' schedule finally softens up with some decent matchups against the 49ers, Raiders, Packers, and Falcons.  This should provide some upside for offensive rookies.  They'll have the Rams during the championship week of the fantasy season, but at least Kirk can help get his owners there.  Savvy owners can also dangle Kirk as trade bait if his performance pans out.

Tre'quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 3.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Ever since Ginn went down with an injury, the Saints have been missing that speed element that helps him them stretch the field.  Two years ago it was Brandin Cooks.  Last year, it was Ginn.  While there may not be a speedster like either of them on the team, Tre'quan Smith provided 4.5 speed and a big body receiver at 6'2", 203lbs.  Although he was limited to just 3 catches for 44 yards against a tough Ravens defense, he posted 3 catches for 111 yards and 2 scores the week before.  Owners can expect him to try and make an impact this week against a Vikings defense that's looked spotty at times.

Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Sharpe was the lone bright spot in a struggling Titans passing attack last week. He caught seven passes for 101 yards but failed to find the end zone.  Corey Davis seems to draw most of the coverage and things just haven't panned out for Taywan Taylor.  Sharpe saw a spike in targets with 9, which is more than twice what he's seen in the previous 6 games.  It's only a matter of time before he reaches the end zone if he continues to see added volume.  Sharpe is worth an add in deep leagues and dynasty formats.

TIGHT ENDS

Benjamin Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 34.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The absence of Ted Ginn. Jr. has left much to be desired in the receiving game.  If the Saints can't beat their opponents with speed, they'll beat them with size.  This is where Watson comes in.  The Vikings have given up an average of 72 receiving yards per game and 3 touchdowns all season to opposing tight ends, so they have been vulnerable to the position.  Watson's target count against the Ravens matched his season high and he made them count by snagging all 6 of them for 43 yards and a touchdown.  Expect another heavy workload this week.  Brees will probably need to dump the ball off quickly to negate a tough Vikings pass rush. 

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
At a position that has absolutely no depth, it's important to keep track of all players who have potential scoring ability.  Such is the case of Chris Herndon, the young tight end drafted in the fourth round of this year's NFL draft.  A budding rapport seems to be developing between Herndon and his rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.  Herndon has snagged 6 targets for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns in the last 2 weeks.  Now that both Powell and Quincy Enunwa are out, their targets need to be redistributed and Herndon stands to benefit. He's available in virtually all ESPN fantasy football leagues.

C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 40.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Uzomah managed to save his fantasy outing last week by catching just 1 pass for 4 yards in the endzone.  He should continue to be a steady source of offense for the Bengals, and should fill in well at least as a bye week streamer.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 25.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Doyle has been dropped in the majority of all ESPN fantasy football leagues thanks to his week-to-week status and the emergence of Eric Ebron. A lot of owners seem to have forgotten that Doyle was second in receptions in 2017 at his position only to Travis Kelce.  However it looks like Doyle might be ready to return to action and could once again be an integral part of the Colts offense.  He's available in the vast majority of all fantasy football leagues.

Michael Roberts, TE, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 0% of all ESPN leagues):
Well it's a bit premature to label Detroit's young tight end as a playmaker, Michael Roberts did catch two touchdowns last week against Miami.  Again at a position that lacks any type of depth, monitoring Michael Roberts' usage will be crucial in the coming weeks.  He might be a complete bust but he's certainly worth a speculative add in deep leagues or those with 2 or more flex spots.

QUARTERBACKS

Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 51.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Mitch's last 3 outings have generated over 1000 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns and just 3 picks.  He also added 13 rushes for 181 yards and another score during that span.  This certainly puts him in the QB1 conversation, as he was 2nd in scoring this week only to Patrick Mahomes.  He'll have some decent matchups coming in the next month or so, and he could potentially help teams make a playoff push.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 40.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Although Mayfield did not face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first game of the season, a relationship has been developing between him and his possession Jarvis Landry, and his tight end David Njoku.  Landry and Njoku showed off their potential last week when they combined for 14 catches for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns against a porous Buccaneers defense.  The offensive trio of Mayfield, Landry, and Njoku will look to keep things rolling as they face off against the Steelers for the second time this season, with Chubb leading the charge on the ground.  At the very least, Mayfield is a viable bye week sub.

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 30% of all ESPN leagues):
*****Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys DO NOT PLAY this week*****
Shockingly enough, Mayfield is owned in more ESPN leagues than Prescott.  However, Prescott is poised to see a bump in his numbers after the Dallas Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper for a first round draft pick.  The rest of the Cowboys schedule looks pretty favorable aside from divisional matchups against the Eagles and the Redskins.  He might just put up mid-tier QB2 numbers, but he has a lot of upside as a matchup-based start.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

STREAMING OPTION:

New England Patriots (currently owned in 47.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Pats are excellent at game planning, and their defense is no exception.  It's New England's turn to pounce on the lowly Bills when they travel to Buffalo. 

Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 41% of all ESPN leagues):
When Arizona traveled to San Francisco 3 weeks ago, they held the 49ers to just 18 points, forced 5 turnovers, and returned a fumble for a touchdown.  Buyer beware: Beathard has looked more comfortable in Kyle Shanahan's system, and Shanahan's play calling has become more creative in the last couple of weeks.  The Cardinals defense has also been mediocre against the run.  Nevertheless, Arizona's pass rush will try and force Beathard into making some mistakes, and it could be a great day for a solid Cardinals secondary.

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