2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football waiver wire, injury, and bye-week help is here!

The following teams have bye weeks and WILL NOT be playing this week:

Baltimore Ravens
Dallas Cowboys


RUNNING BACK (RB)

Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 31.5% of all ESPN leagues):
We back David Johnson had exactly one carry before Chase Edmonds was forced to fill in for the rest of the game. The extent of DJ's injury is still to be determined, but he seems like he has struggled with injuries  all season. Edmonds is definitely worth adding especially by David Johnson owners.  He carried the ball 27 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns and he has four touchdowns in his last three games. His owners can get him on the roster and start with confidence if David Johnson is unable able to go.

Mark Walton, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 4.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Walton has gradually been taking over the Dolphins backfield and has done it averaging 4.65 yards per carry over his last three games.  He led the team in carries last week and averaged 4.7 yards per carry against a tough Bills defense.  Looks like this trend is bound to continue with rumors that Kenyan Drake might be traded and Kalen Ballage struggling.  Ballage is a player to buy low at the moment and should definitely be picked up in dynasty/keeper formats and deep leagues.  It's only a matter of time before the 5'10", 200lb back finds the endzone for his first NFL touchdown.

Ty Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 1.2% of all ESPN leagues):
It was Ty Johnson, not J.D. McKissic, who came in to run the ball for the Lions last week after Kerryon Johnson left the game with a knee injury.  Initial reports indicate that Johnson will miss some time with the knee injury, although the extent of the injury remains to be determined.  Ty Johnson played 71% of the snaps after Kerryon exited the game and J.D. McKissic came in occasionally to spell Ty.  It looks like Ty Johnson is the back to own in the Lions' backfield at the moment.  For more on Ty Johnson's college career, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post here.

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 0.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Smallwood could start this week if Adrian Peterson's ankle injury keeps him sidelined.  The former Eagle is next in line to carry the ball with Guice on IR and Thompson struggling with injuries as well.  Smallwood is a deep league lotto ticket who should get a large volume of work but will need to run against some tough defenses such as the Vikings, Bills, and Jets.  Smallwood struggled to make an impact in a very crowded Eagles backfield during the first three years of his career, but he carried the ball five times for 23 yards and caught one pass for another 18 after while sharing the workload with Peterson.

STREAMING OPTION

Benny Snell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 5.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Jaylen Samuels' health will need to be monitored ahead of this one, but Snell is the next man up behind starting running back James Conner if Samuels can't go.  The 'Fins are in the tank so it should be pretty easy for the Steelers to build a lead and then drain the clock.  Whoever is starting behind Conner should have a pretty significant workload since Pittsburgh might be managing Conner's touches to avoid injury.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 18.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The workload in the Vikings backfield has been pretty even as far as touches are concerned, with Cook seeing the majority of first and second down work but being able to do more with his touches.  That doesn't mean Mattison is a bum either.  The talented rookie out of Boise State has been used to spell Cook in this run first offense, and he could see his workload increase if his team builds a huge lead over the struggling Redskins.  Mattison is a decent upside dart throw this week.

WIDE RECEIVER (WR)

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 43.9% of all ESPN leagues):
When Delanie Walker is unavailable or not in the game, Corey Davis becomes the new top target for the Titans.  Walker was forced off the field early in the game against the Chargers and Davis took full advantage of the situation.  He caught six of his seven targets for 80 yards and a touchdown.  Naturally, Davis's usage is basically dependent on Walker's health so continue to monitor Walker's status before kickoffs.  In the meantime, Davis looks like he may have taken a step forward as a receiver and as fantasy production Mike get a slight uptick thanks to Ryan Tannehill getting the starts.

Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 8.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Parker is finally starting to show some competency as a route Runner and pass-catcher and may finally start to live up to his expectations as a top draft pick. While he's been inconsistentoh, he has flashed some decent potential and he has found the end zone three games in a row despite his inconsistent volume. However, he saw 10 targets which is the most which he has seen all season.  He caught five of those targets for 55 yards and a touchdown against a tough Buffalo Bills defense. He looks like he is finally showing a rapport with the Dolphins quarterbacks and his team is finally starting to learn how to use him. He is worth picking up in deep leagues and he is certainly worth a grab and stash to see how things pan out.  However, starting him is a risky proposition because his floor is so low.  Nevertheless, he's worth adding.

AJ Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 11.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Brown was targeted eight times to Corey Davis' 7.  Brown caught six of those targets for 64 yards.  At the moment, it seems like new starter Ryan Tannehill has a preference for Brown over Davis.  Bear in mind that the targets of both Davis and Brown can and will decrease upon Delanie Walker's return.  It's tough to predicts how much work Brown will actually got since he has been a boom or bust commodity this year.  Other than last week's game against the Chargers, he has three catches or less in all of his other games.  However, the rookie is tough to bring down and has demonstrated big play ability during his young career.  Brown is a player worth stashing in deep leagues and dynasty formats and is a player to monitor going forward.

Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 15.2% of all ESPN leagues):
It was only a matter of time until will Fuller my down. The Speedster went down with a hamstring injury in last week's game and that left the door wide open for Stills.  Stills is a Speedster at his own rights and arguably the better route Runner. He should assume the role opposite DeAndre Hopkins in the place of the injured will Fuller. Stills does not get a ton of targets which leaves his floor pretty low, but his big-play potential drastically raises his ceiling.  He caught four of us five targets for 105 yards last week against the Chargers.  He could be in line for even more work if Fuller's hamstring keeps him out for extended time.

TIGHT END (TE)

Irv Smith Jr., TE, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 0.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Vikings' supposed pass catching tight end brought in 6 of his 7 targets for 50 yards but failed to find the endzone against the Lions last week.  Thielen exited the game early last week and it looks like his team will try to spread his workload around.  This means both Smith and Rudolph could see more targets.  The difference is Smith is available in virtually all ESPN leagues.

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 19.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Herndon was one of the go to targets for young QB Sam Darnold toward the end of last season.  He caught 39 passes for 502 yards and 4 touchdowns last season.  If he's finally healthy, He could come on strong this week against a Jaguars defense that has struggled at times to cover tight ends.  This talented pass catcher should continue to see significant targets and be a formidable weapon against some soft coverages for the remainder of the season.  The only question is when he'll be healthy enough to come back from his hamstring injury.

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 21.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Those who didn't pick up Sam Darnold last week because they didn't have a roster spot last week should definitely pick him up this week.  The Jaguars are now without Jaylen Ramsey which means part of their secondary is wide open.  Yes the Jaguars still have a formidable pass rush, but Darnold also has a variety of offensive weapons he can throw the ball to as well as a talented pass catcher out of the backfield in Lev Bell.  The Jets also have one of the easiest schedules for the remainder of the season with the Giants, Bengals, Redskins, Ravens, Eagles, and the Dolphins twice.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 48.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Stat Padford is shockingly available in roughly half of all ESPN leagues.  He should get picked up after throwing for 364 yards and four touchdowns last week against a tough Vikings defense.  It seems like the Lions have finally figured out what they need to do on offense.  Stafford can safely be rostered in all leagues and deserves the occasional spot start in a good matchup such as this week's home showdown against the Giants.

STREAMING OPTION

Mason Rudolph, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 6.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Sure, the Steelers will probably just hand the ball off to Conner and let him go to work, but Rudolph will still need to throw the ball occasionally to keep opposing defenses honest.  Luckily the opposing defense happens to be the hapless Miami Dolphins.  Rudolph still has a talented compliment of receivers in Juju, Diontae Johnson, James Washington and Vance McDonald so he should be able to post at least serviceable numbers this week.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 21.5% of all ESPN leagues):
After a tough matchup with the Bears last week, Teddy B and the Saints face a much softer Cardinals secondary this week.  Expect Bridgewater to post a decent stat line throwing downfield to Michael Thomas, Ginn, Kamara.  Jared Cook might also be a good to target this week since the Cards have trouble covering tight ends.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

New York Jets (currently owned in 9.7% of all ESPN leagues):
It's important to get ahead of the game in fantasy football, which is one of the reasons why the Jets defense appears in this column.  Potential owners may have been scared off by their performance against the Patriots last week, but that only means they might have gotten dropped in even more leagues.  They're certainly worth grabbing and stashing this week before they start with one of the easiest remaining schedules in the league.  They're also an underrated streaming option against the Jaguars this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 34.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Steelers defense is still formidable.  They've produced 13 turnovers and scored their first touchdown last week.  They still have a decent schedule ahead of them.  At the very least, they play a Dolphins team this week that's still in the tank.

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