Week 8 - Waiver Wire Grabs
There is a lot to unpack from this week. It was a rough week for a lot of Fantasy Owners, Matt Ryan gave us poor performance prior to getting hurt, Evan Engram disappointed in a prime match up, and Marvin Jones had the performance of the year by any Lions player so far – and that’s not even all of it. Waivers is thin this week, but we might have the pickup of the year if you weren’t ahead of the curve.
Ryan Tannehill (2.3% owned) – This is if, and only if you’re in a two QB league. I truthfully do not think he is a league winner. He can be a streamer next week in regular one QB leagues against the Buccaneers. He has the Raiders and the Jaguars on the schedule as well, but I see him as a one-week rental. He’s worth about 5% FAAB or 25% or more in a two QB league if you’re desperate.
Sam Darnold (21.2% owned) – I can’t say I know how he’ll play tonight against New England, but I know his upcoming schedule is, Jaguars (no longer with Jalen Ramsey), Dolphins, Giants, Washington, Raiders, Bengals, Dolphins. He can carry you to the playoffs. The Ravens and Steelers could pose to be a problem but those don’t come up until week 15 and 16. Darnold has the potential to be a QB1 ROS and is worth 15 FAAB dollars or more depending on your league.
Ty Johnson (1.2% owned) – Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury during the Lions loss to the Vikings. He’s seen a doctor and we will no more this week, for now he is expected to miss ‘some time’. Ty Johnson had 10 carries and 4 targets all of which he caught after Kerryon went down. If news comes out that Kerryon could miss a significant amount of time, Ty Johnson is worth 75% plus of your FAAB and worth waiver priority.
Chase Edmonds (31.5% owned) – Edmonds torched the Giants Sunday in a weird situation in which David Johnson was active but, unknown to fantasy owners only for ‘emergency’. Johnson has officially been ruled day to day and the team is working out Jay Ajayi and Spencer Ware to have depth at the position. Since I do not know the true timeline on David Johnson, I can’t tell you to spend all your FAAB on Edmonds. I can tell you he’s worth a lot if you get him, I, personally would be willing to take the risk and go big. What that means is up for you to decide.
Brian Hill (.1% owned) – Hill took over the backfield in Atlanta as Ito Smith got injured and Freeman got ejected after trying to punch his father, Aaron Donald. Freeman should be back, but Hill will take over the Ito Smith role and can provide nice RB4 or RB5 production in deeper leagues.
Kenny Stills (15.2% owned) – Will Fuller went down early with a hamstring and is expected to miss a lot of time. Unfortunately, unless you have multiple IR spots, I think Fuller is droppable in redraft leagues. Though, Stills is waiting for you to claim him off waivers. He’s the WR2 for an elite QB. Stills is worth 10% of your FAAB with bye weeks coming up. A boom or bust play, but if you start him as a WR3/Flex play you should be very happy.
Zach Pascal (.2% owned) – I was blind to the fact that Pascal has had a role and has seen usage in this Colts offense since week 3 against Atlanta. He’s not going to go for 6/106/2 every week, but he should provide depth at the wide receiver position for you and he’s already had his bye week. This means barring injury Pascal can be started every week here on out.
Josh Hill (1.2% owned) – Jared Cook might continue to miss time, which is a shame because he’ll miss his best match up of the year against the Arizona Cardinals. Hill had a decent game against the Bears, and he can do better against Arizona. Drew Brees is expected to be back next week, and he might want to catch up on his numbers. Hill is only a streaming option, but he is worth about 5-6 FAAB dollars if you’re in desperate need of a tight end.
Steelers (33.8% owned) – They play Miami, nothing more on that.
Lions (5% owned) – Daniel Jones has made a lot of rookie mistakes after his debut against the Bucs. Detroit should get some turnovers making them a good stream worthy candidate.
Seahawks (46.2% owned) – Matt Schaub is starting in Atlanta, and his first game as starter is against the Hawks. I don’t know if the Falcons can get back on track but Seattle should serve as a desperation stream.