2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football BYE WEEK, waiver wire and injury help is here!

The following teams have BYE WEEKS in week 8 (this week):
Arizona Cardinals
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Washington Football Team

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Carlos Hyde, JaMycal Hasty, Wayne Gallman, Giovani Bernard, Chase Edmonds, Boston Scott

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Brandon Aiyuk, Rashaad Higgins, Sterling Shepard, Cole Beasley, Nelson Agholor

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Harrison Bryant, Richard Rodgers, Albert Okwuegbunam 

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield. Jimmy Garoppolo, Teddy Bridgewater

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints
RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 5% of all ESPN leagues):
Chris Carson left Sunday night’s game with what’s officially been diagnosed as a mid-foot sprain.  He’ll be week to week moving forward and veteran Carlos Hyde will fill in while Carson recovers.  Hyde took 15 totes for 68 yards and a touchdown and added another 8 yards on 3 catches.  With the bye week behind him, Hyde can be a reliable starter in a run heavy offense but he’ll face the tough fronts of the 49ers, Bills, and Rams.  Still, Hyde should be rostered and can start in all leagues and formats.  Buyer beware: head coach Pete Carroll said Hyde may have picked up a hamstring injury on Sunday night as well.

JaMycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 3.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Jeff Wilson Jr. went down in a win against the Patriots on Sunday after rushing for 112 yards and 3 touchdowns.  It looks like the 49ers offensive system and offensive line are still turning unknown backs into household names.  If Wilson truly suffered a high ankle sprain, Hasty could get plenty of work in one of the best systems for running backs.  He carried the ball 9 times for 57 yards and added another 16 yards on a single catch.  He’s worth adding in all leagues and formats.

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 0.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Gallman stepped in for the G-men after Freeman left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.  He went on to log 34 yards and a score on 10 carries and he brought in all 5 of his targets for another 20 yards. Gallman is presumably the next man up if Freeman is out for an extended period.  It will be tough for the Giants to move the ball against the stout fronts of the Buccaneers, Washington, and the division rival Eagles though.  Nevertheless, Gallman is worth owning especially in deeper leagues given the lack of depth at running back this season.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 53% of all ESPN leagues):
Bernard filled the shoes of the injured Joe Mixon by providing 37 yards on 13 carries and another 59 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches.  He’s more of a Mixon than anything else, but he could help provide fantasy points at the running back position if Mixon remains sidelined with a foot injury for an extended period.  The Bengals have the Titans, a bye week, Steelers, and Washington coming up, but the schedule gets easier leading into the fantasy playoffs with the Giants, Dolphins, and Cowboys. 

Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 55.3% of all ESPN leagues):
**PLEASE NOTE** The Arizona Cardinals have a BYE WEEK this week and do not play. 
Kenyan Drake owners watch in horror as their starting running back limped off the field Sunday night, and was carted to the locker room shortly thereafter.  Drake’s struggles have been well documented this season and the Cardinals backfield became more of a timeshare even prior to Drake’s injury.  However, this opens the door for Chase Edmonds to take the job as lead back from Drake outright.  The extent of Drake’s injury is to be determined, but Edmonds should be owned in most leagues at this point, regardless of Drake’s injury or league format.

STREAMING OPTION: 

Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 50.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Sanders could be out again this week with a knee injury which would give Boston Scott another chance to post points against the Cowboys who have one of the worst defenses in the league.  He took twelve totes for 46 yards and added another 46 yards and a touchdown on 3 catches.  He’s a viable streaming option for at least one more week. 

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 20.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The 49ers receiving options continue to get hurt which means Aiyuk should be in line for a healthy workload.  Deebo Samuel left the game last week against the Patriots with a hamstring injury and could be out for a while according to coach Shanahan.  Aiyuk‘s size, speed, and versatility is similar to Deebo Samuel’s, so he’ll probably be used in a similar manner in Shanahan’s offense.  The rookie playmaker should get a steady diet of targets, handoffs, and pitches with most of the 49ers running backs staying sidelined.

Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Higgins was the beneficiary of a torn ACL to OBJ.  He recorded his best stat line of the season by reeling in all 6 of his targets for 110 yards.  Jarvis Landry has been playing with a broken rib and gets most of the attention in coverage, so Higgins is free to use his size and speed to get open downfield.  While he didn’t catch any of Baker’s 5 touchdown passes last week, he should continue to get a consistent workload moving forward.  He has a great schedule coming up including the Raiders, Texans, Eagles, Jaguars, Titans, Giants, and Jets with a week 9 bye. 

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (currently owned in 36.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Shepard has fallen to the fantasy wayside in recent weeks thanks to an injury, but he posted 6 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in his first game since week 2.  He’s still one of the top targets on the team and is arguably their best receiver.  The injury-plagued wideout will try to keep things rolling against a tough Tampa Bay defense this week.

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 41.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Beasley continues to be a PPR maven in the absence of John Brown.  He caught a monstrous 11 of 12 targets for 112 yards. Although he failed to get in the endzone, he garnered over 25% of Josh Allen’s target share and could continue to do so with Stefan Diggs drawing most of the coverage.  He’ll continue to be a safety blanket for his quarterback as long as John Brown remains sidelined, and he’ll face the soft secondaries of the Patriots, Seahawks, and Cardinals in the coming weeks.  

Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 1.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Agholor has flown mostly under the radar since getting off to a slow start this season.  With rookie Henry Ruggs and Darren Waller getting most of the press and coverage, the former Eagle has found the endzone in 3 consecutive games and brought in 5 of his 9 targets for 105 yards and a score last week.  He’s a bit boom or bust at the moment, but his stat line should continue to improve if he continues to be targeted at a high rate.  He has a decent schedule coming up with the Browns, Chargers, Chiefs, Falcons, and Jets in 3 of the next 6 weeks.  With the bye week behind him, managers in deeper leagues can roster him and get him in the lineup for the occasional spot start. 

TIGHT ENDS (TE): 

Harrison Bryant, TE, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 0.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Bryant burst into the fantasy football scene by collecting 4 of his 5 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown.  O’Dell Beckham Jr left the game with a knee injury, Austin Hooper was sidelined with Appendicitis, and Jarvis Landry has been playing with a broken rib.  The 6’5”, 243lb rookie out of Florida Atlantic could keep getting looks if Landry can’t go at full speed and Hooper stays sidelined. Bryant is worth picking up in all formats. 

Richard Rodgers, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 4% of all ESPN leagues):
Rodgers brought in 6 of his season high 8 targets for 65 yards last week.  Rodgers could have another big week this week with Ertz, Goedert, and a host of other Eagles receiving options out this week.  He’ll take on the Cowboys who have one of the league’s worst defenses.  

Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Denver Broncos (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Albert Okwuegbunam remains relatively unknown, but he’s pulled in 9 of his 13 targets for 105 yards during the last 2 weeks, including a perfect 7 of 7 against the Chiefs.  Jerry Jeudy and Noah Fant draw most of the coverage which should leave Okwuegbunam uncovered and open for most plays.  He’s available in basically all ESPN leagues and fantasy owners can grab him, stash him, and wait and see if he has more consistent production before starting him.  The athletic, 6’5”, 255lb rookie out of Mizzou should be on everyone’s fantasy radar though. 

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 49.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Burrow balled out on Sunday against a relatively weak Browns defense.  He logged his first career 400 yard game, threw for 3 touchdowns and added another on the ground.  Sure he turned the ball over twice and takes all the hits, but he showed why he deserved to be the first overall pick in this year’s draft.  Moving forward, he’ll have the Titans, a bye, and the Steelers, but his schedule eases up Washington, the Giants, Dolphins, and Cowboys to potentially help lead fantasy owners into the playoffs.  He should be started in deeper single QB leagues and all 2QB formats.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 15% of all ESPN leagues):
Mayfield threw 5, yes five touchdowns last week and posted just one turnover against the Bengals who have struggled to contain opposing receiving threats. He did this with OBJ out, Hooper sidelined, and Jarvis Landry limited time an extent.  While Baker won’t have outings like this every week, he has the Raiders this week who have given up an average of 290 passing yards and nearly 2 touchdowns to opposing signal callers.  His schedule gets easier for him after a week 9 bye with the Texans, Eagles, Jaguars, Titans, Giants, and Jets on the docket to help set him up for a strong finish to the fantasy season.  Sure, Kevin Stefanski’s run-first approach could cap Baker’s production, but the Browns defense just allowed rookie Joe Burrow to post his first 400 yard passing game which means Baker and the Browns might need to sling it to keep up.

STREAMING OPTION

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 30.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Teddy B is still one of the more efficient QB’s in the NFL and he has one of the better receiving duos of DJ Moore and Robby Anderson.  He’s a good streaming option this week against a porous Falcons coverage unit that hasn’t stopped much of anything this year.  His stat line gets an additional boost if Christian McCaffrey returns this week.  

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 21.1% of all ESPN leagues):
As long as pitches, dump offs, and short passes all count as passes, Jimmy G is worth getting in the starting lineup.  He still has Kittle and Aiyuk at his disposal along with talented undrafted running back JaMycal Hasty to throw the ball to.  Chances are the 49ers will need to sling it early and often to keep up with Russ and a high powered Seahawks offense.  Luckily the Seahawks don’t have much of a defense and Jamal Adams will probably stay sidelined this week. All this adds up to make the 49ers signal caller a decent streaming option. 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): 

Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 78.2% of all ESPN leagues): 
The Eagles defensive unit led by Fletcher Cox has managed to consistently pressure quarterbacks.  They have a home matchup against the division rival Dallas Cowboys this week in a game that could have playoff implications.  With Dak done for the year and Dalton pulled from the game last week for a possible concussion, the Cowboys could be starting third string QB Ben Dinucci this week.  Sure the Cowboys have a ton of weapons, but they won’t do much if their signal caller can’t deliver the ball. The Eagles have a week 9 bye, but they have road matchups against the Giants and Browns who are both missing key pieces in their offenses after the bye.

Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 37.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chargers defensive unit has struggled recently, but they’re worth streaming this week if they’re available.  Drew Lock he struggled to get on the same page as his receivers and has completed just 56% of his passes for the year.  His offensive line has looked spotty at times and the offense as a whole has struggled to move the ball.  The weather probably played a part in limiting the Broncos offensive production last week as well, but the Chargers are still a good streaming option this week.

STREAMING OPTION

New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 42.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Saints defense has faltered recently, but they’re worth streaming this week against a Bears offense that’s still finding its identity and struggles to move the ball.  The New Orleans unit led by Cam Jordan and Marshon Lattimore should be able to exploit Chicago’s leaky offensive line and pressure Foles into a few mistakes.  

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