Week 8 Draft List – Waiver Wire
After a couple of sparse weeks, there are plenty of quality adds on the fantasy football waiver wire this week.
Woo! Finally, we have a waiver wire column riddled with quality adds, unlike the previous two dry weeks. However, this week we learned to never trust the Cardinals. If you’re a David Johnson owner, you know what I am referencing. After posting a complete week of practice and even after more practice reps than last week, he was limited to just one carry for two yards. Kliff Kingsbury later cited that Johnson was only to be used as an emergency for the remainder of the game. I mean, just wow. The Cardinals threw a smokescreen on the field that lit up the eyes of every Johnson owner when they saw 0.2 fantasy points as his final. But don’t worry, if you read the last two waiver wire columns, then you should already have Chase Edmonds on your bench. As for those that don’t, the third time’s the charm, right?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about how the list was generated. To qualify, each player must be owned in less than 50% of PPR leagues (based on ESPN fantasy app ownership). The ownership percentage will be included for each player. The list is organized by priority of the add. This means the most important addition will be first and the least important/most speculative addition will be last. Finally, the stats are based on standard PPR leagues. With that in the books, let’s get started!
Chase Edmonds – Cardinals
Running back – 38% rostered
Edmonds had a monster game against the woeful Giants defense. Posting 106 yards and three touchdowns, he drove home with 35 fantasy points. Edmonds is a must-add this week, considering we don’t understand the severity of David Johnson’s injury and the fact that the Cardinals are working out additional running backs to add to their roster this week.
Ty Johnson – Lions
Running back – 9% rostered
Ty Johnson took over for an injured Kerryon Johnson in the second quarter of a terrible loss against the Vikings this past week. News broke today that Kerryon Johnson underwent MCL surgery and will be placed on IR. Going forward, Ty should take over the RB1 duties, but be wary as he will most likely be featured in a mix.
Kirk Cousins – Vikings
Quarterback – 38.8% rostered
Wow, has Cousins turned it around after Adam Thielen called him out. Cousins has posted three straight 300-plus yard games and at least two touchdowns in each with the last two garnering four apiece. His next game is a revenge matchup against Washington followed by facing a mediocre secondary in Kansas City. Needless to say, Kirk needs to be picked up.
Corey Davis – Titans
Wide Receiver – 43.9% rostered
I’ll be honest, the only reason I was remotely taking a glance at their week seven game was to see if Ryan Tannehill would actually throw the ball and who he was throwing it too. With an overwhelming 86% snap count in week seven, Davis has garnered at least 80% of the snaps since the start of the season, while A.J. Brown’s max snap count has been 55%. Davis had seven targets in week seven, catching six for 80 yards and a touchdown. The biggest takeaway from this game is that Tannehill is going to throw the ball, unlike his hesitant predecessor, Marcus Mariota. What’s even more important is Davis’s red-zone utilization compared to that of Brown and the fact that they have a banged-up Delanie Walker. Expect Davis to have a bounce-back remainder of the year with some justified wariness, considering he is on the Titans.
Wide Receiver – 34.4% Rostered
News broke earlier today regarding the extent of Will Fuller’s injury. It looks like he will be out several weeks or more with a severe hamstring injury. Fuller just can’t seem to avoid the injury bug. With his loss comes another guy on the waiver wire column, Kenny Stills. After a four reception, 105-yard game against the Colts, it’s easy to be excited about the volume Stills will garner with the Fuller injury. With the way Watson has been playing, Stills is a must-add this week.
Wide Receiver – 8.9% rostered
The ASU rookie is able to come off the IR in week nine and has been practicing with the team for the last two weeks. The Patriots’ acquisition of Mohamed Sanu hurts his value a bit. However, understand that Sanu will more likely be playing out of the slot whereas Harry is the big-play outside threat. Harry is their 2019 first-round pick and if you’re in need of a wide receiver, don’t hesitate to stash him for now.
Running-back – 29.4% rostered
After suffering an MCL injury during week one, Guice looks to be on track to take the field in week 11. Sure, this may be a little too early to mention Guice, considering we have a couple weeks before his return. However, if you have the room to stash him, I would do it considering he is a starting-caliber running back when healthy. Under Gruden, the Redskins ran the ball on average 16.5 times a game. Without Gruden, the ‘Skins average 25.5 rushing attempts per game. The volume is there, but will Guice’s health be?
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