Considering six teams withdrew, it’s no surprise there aren’t many breakout performances or major injuries on Sunday. There were a few though, as Miles Sanders (ankle) came out early and opened the door for the popular preseason sleeper. Kenneth gainwell to take over RB. Some pass receivers also intensified, with Russell gage scoring in his first game back, Bateman consumption continuing the impressive start to his rookie season, and CJ Uzomah throwing his hat in the ring as TE of the year. All will be among our Top Week 8 Fantasy Waiver Transfer Pickups and Free Agent Additions in a week lacking in many high-quality options.
However, what we lack in quality, we make up for in quantity. Our full list of free agents features several more interesting WRs (Allen lazard, Darius slayton, Kalif raymond), some worthwhile wives (Brandon bolden, Devonta freeman), and a couple of key players returning from injury (Rashaad Penny, Michael Gallup, Tre’Quan Smith). And while there are only two byes from Week 8 (Raiders, Ravens), we also have a ton of suggestions from Week 8 streamers on QB, WR, TE, and D / ST, which can be found in the end of this list.
PLUS WEEK 8: Complete list of exemptions
Gainwell will have a higher exemption claim unless we get optimistic news about Sanders before Tuesday night (which we probably won’t). Depending on how Penny performs on Monday night, it could also require a high claim. Other than those two, you probably won’t use an exemption claim unless you really need help in a certain position or want one of the returning IR guys. (Also, check if yours is one of the 26 percent of Yahoo’s leagues where Jerry jeudy is it availabe.)
Overall this is a bad you resign week but strong free agent week. There are plenty of decent and widely available players, especially in QB, TE and D / ST, with favorable matchups this week. Don’t settle for a borderline player with poor to mediocre matchmaking just because he’s already on your roster. Always look to update. As long as you don’t discount a legitimately good player with long-term advantages, check out the matchups and consider some of these streamers.
Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned less than 50 percent of the Yahoo leagues considered.
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Eagles. Gainwell caught a 13-yard TD on Philadelphia’s first drive, then led the backfield after Miles Sanders’ ankle injury. He finished the day with 71 total yards and a TD on 10 touches, although it’s worth noting that he actually had one less carry than Boston Scott, who also scored. Gainwell envisions operating as the leader in Week 8 in a favorable matchup against Detroit if Sanders can’t go, giving him RB2 value, especially in the PPR leagues. Gainwell saw eight targets (many in garbage time), dwarfing Scott’s two targets.
Russell Gage, WR, Falcons. Gage was a popular preseason sleeper, but a slow start and an ankle injury quickly derailed him. He returned to the field in Week 7 and immediately made his presence felt, catching four of six goals for 67 yards and a touchdown. It’s believed to be the Falcons’ third goal, but given how often Atlanta pitches, there’s still a lot of potential value there. Gage has a silver lining against a Carolina defense struggling in Week 8.
PLUS WEEK 8: Complete list of exemptions
Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens. Bateman put in a decent performance in his season debut in Week 6, and he followed suit by catching three of six goals for 80 yards in Week 7. At the very least, the talented rookie has great game potential every week, and it seems it’s just scratching the surface. He’s been helped by the absence of Sammy Watkins (hamstring), and he’s clearly no higher than third in the receiving pecking order behind Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews, but Bateman is worth saving for the second half. .
CJ Uzomah, TE, Bengals. Uzomah continued his breakout season in Week 7, catching all three of his goals for 91 yards and two touchdowns. It’s mostly been all or nothing, but that’s true for most waiver transfer TEs. With five TDs in his last four games, there’s still a lot to like here. A favorable showdown against the Jets in Week 8 puts him squarely in the streamers’ conversation.
Darius Slayton, WR, Giants. Slayton might be nothing more than a week-long flash as Kadarius Toney (ankle), Kenny Golladay (knee) and Sterling Shepard (hamstring) were out in Week 7, but we know Slayton is talented and capable of great plays. He led the Giants in goals (9) and receiving yards (63) against the Panthers, and if any of the three players mentioned above are out next week against Kansas City, Slayton will be in play as a boom-or-bust flex.
For more waiver / free agent tips, including more streaming options at each position, check out our full list from week 8.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.