Week 8 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups

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Week 7 is in the books and we still have many of our star players questionable to return in week 8, namely A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson. This week we add two Bills running backs to that list, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

Spiller broke his collarbone and is out for the season, and Fred Jackson (groin) could miss at least 4 weeks. That leaves the door open for Bryce Brown to see his first game as a Buffalo Bill.

Brown should be the No. 1 running back to target this week in all leagues off waivers. Next I would target Tre Mason of the Rams.  Mason should remain the starter for the Rams, but unlike Brown, he has a lot of competition in that Rams backfield.

Other notable players this week would be Ryan Tannehill as the No. 1 quarterback (quietly putting up good fantasy numbers and gets Jacksonville this week) and Doug Baldwin who stepped up last week as the No. 1 receiver (since Percy Harvin was traded). Owen Daniels is the No. 1 tight end Im recommending this week (that may actually be out on the waiver wire) because of his matchup at Cincinnati, and the Dolphins DST.

The 49ers and Giants are on a bye, leaving Fantasy owners without some potential stars, such as Kapernick, Gore, Crabtree, in addition to injuries with the Bills running backs, Pierre Thomas (shoulder),and Reggie Wayne (elbow). It should make for another important week on the waiver wire.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings

I recommended him a few weeks ago when there was still a little doubt who would get the touches, but then again that’s the time to strike and pickup guys before they blow up.  McKinnon is the Minnesota running back to own in fantasy leagues. He was impressive in Week 7, rushing for 103 yards on 19 carries and now next on the schedule are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have one of the NFL’s worst defenses(especially run).. Definitely grab McKinnon now if he’s still out there..

 

Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams

The Rams’ backfield is back to the carousel again, going ’round and ’round. They appeared to begin Sunday’s game splitting halfback time among Mason, Benny Cunningham and Tavon Austin, it was Mason who led the team in backfield looks (18) and rushing yards (85). While Benny Cunningham (seven touches) was also involved

I think Mason is the man in St.Louis going forward.  He has enough size, speed and quickness to be a three-down back — but like most young backs, he isnt trustworthy in pass protection; on Sunday Mason came off the field in all throwing situations.   Also if the Rams keep playing from behind, he can find himself ridding the pine.

 

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks:

I always had a  hard time trustingSeattle wide receivers, but with Percy Harvin gone, Baldwin has taken over as Seattle’s No. 1 wideout role in Week 7 hauling in 7 balls for 123 yards receiving on 11 targets. Don’t be misled though, I don’t think any Seahawks WR is likely to produce like that on a weekly basis because Seattle runs a lot and Russell Wilson likes to spread the ball around.

The potential is there for Baldwin to be a regular No. 3 fantasy wideout the rest of the season, so get him now. He has a favorable matchup in Carolina up next.

 

Denard Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars:

Its hard to rely on anyone in the Jags backfield.  First it was Toby Gerhart. Then it was Storm Johnson. But now  Robinson now appears to be the best bet.

 

Bryce Brown, RB, Buffalo Bills

Now that C.J. Spiller is out for the season and Fred Jackson will miss a few weeks with a groin injury. they will go into Week 8 with Brown and Anthony Dixon in their backfield. Though Brown hasn’t played a regular-season game this year, he had some success with the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago. Brown has more upside than almost any player you’ll find on a waiver wire.

Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants

With Victor Cruz (knee) out for the remainder of the season, Beckham will have a shot at seeing far more targets from Eli Manning. See week 6 waiver wire pickups.

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 Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots

The old Tom Brady is back and a big part of that has been the immergence of LaFell.  He has been a bigger part of the Patriots’ pass attack in recent weeks, scoring double-digit fantasy points (three touchdowns). While he hasn’t been consistent, but the Pats have a nice matchup versus the Bears coming up.

  

Miami Dolphins defense:

Miami has been playing well and the Jaguars still allowed an average Cleveland Browns defense to score eight fantasy points. The Dolphins are able to generate a lot of sacks and turnovers.  They also have very friendly opponents until they play the  Denver Broncos in Week 12

won’t have the full workload of Baldwin and Kearse, he will be out there a bunch. The rookie caught all four of his targets Sunday for 33 yards but didn’t get a chance to show off his sprinter’s speed.

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