The Raiders and Ravens have a bye in Week 8. The best players needing replacements are quarterback Lamar Jackson, running back Josh Jacobs, wide receiver Marquise Brown, tight end Mark Andrews and tight end Darren Waller. Here’s a look at some waiver collections for week 8.
QB James Winston, New Orleans Saints
After five starts for the Saints, Winston has been productive in touchdowns (13) while cleaning up his interceptions (3). His low total in passing yards (892-178 per game) comes from the fewest passing attempts (23.2) in the league. In his last two starts, he threw for 505 yards combined with four touchdowns. His receivers gained 9.5 yards per pass attempt on this stretch. The return schedule for Michael Thomas is unknown. New Orleans will be a great air offense when I get back.
Next week, Winston faces the Buccaneers at home. Tampa Bay entered Week 7 as the 30th defense against quarterbacks (1,941 combined yards with 18 touchdowns). The Saints will need to throw the ball to beat the Bucs. I see Winston as goodbye and I hang on with four other favorable matches at home (ATL, DAL, MIA and CAR). In many leagues, he could be the best quarterback option in the free agent pool.
RB Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles
Miles Sanders left this week’s game in the first quarter with an ankle. His injury creates an intriguing opportunity for Gainwell. During the first seven games, the Eagles rookie gained 223 yards combined with three touchdowns and 15 receptions. Gainwell scored 20.90 Fantasy points in Week 4 and was successful against the Raiders (61 yards combined with one touchdown and four receptions). Must be added in all formats. Boston Scott will possibly be a complement in deeper formats if Sanders’ injury is serious.
RB Devonta Freeman, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens never established a run against the Bengals, leading Freeman to gain 29 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown. The veteran running back drew the starts with Latavius Murray injured. Baltimore will be free next week, giving Murray more time to recover from his ankle problem. At the very least, Freeman should be considered the Ravens’ best wife.
WR Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With Antonio Brown absent from Week 7 with an ankle problem, Johnson should have been more active in the passing game against the Bears. Tom Brady had no trouble beating Chicago with his two best receivers (Mike Evans – 6/76/3 and Chris Godwin – 11/8/1), leading to a minimum day for Johnson (2/16). Tampa has a bye in Week 9, so they may choose to seat Brown for another game. Johnson only makes sense in deep league for a team struggling to find a replacement receiver.
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WR Dante Pettis, New York Giants
New York played this week’s game without its top three starting wide receiver options. Pettis saw his playing time increase to 61 percent in Week 6, followed by a starting job against the Panthers. He caught all five of his goals for 39 yards and a score against Carolina while also completing a 16-yard pass. With so many receivers in the pipeline for the Giants, Pettis looks more like a weekend addition than a goal when waivers run midweek.
WR Darius Slayton, New York Giants
After missing three games with a hamstring problem, Slayton moved into New York’s starting lineup in Week 7. He should offer almost a wife’s role for Kenny Golladay with a lower ceiling. On Sunday, Slayton led the Giants on targets (9), leading to five receptions for 63 yards. However, your game tends to have a boom or bust feel. In his 33 career games, he gained 15.4 receiving yards with four hitting games (10/121/2, 5/154/2, 6/102/2 and 8/129) while making 25 starts.
WR Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
For the first time all season, Lazard ended a day relevant to fantasy against Washington. He caught five of his six goals for 60 yards and a touchdown. In the second half, the Packers left some offensive stats on the table when Washington controlled the clock but couldn’t push the ball through the end zone. Lazard has a size advantage and has a touchdown in back-to-back games. For now, only one player of the replacement type due to injury or coverage per week.
TE Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers
I selected Tonyan in many leagues throughout the season and have tried to hold on to him until Aaron Rodgers started giving him more chances. However, he only had 11 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown on 20 goals during the first six games while ranking 35th in tight end score (4.37 FPPG). Even with his best game (4/63/1) on Sunday, Tonyan is a challenging start for any fantasy team. The next four Packers games (@ARI, @KC, SEA and @MIN) should be high scoring, so he’s still working as possible TE2 for a team that has a break for the next month.
TE Foster Moreau, Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas has the next week off, so Moreau doesn’t look like a viable truck unless the news about Darren Waller’s injuries gets worse. I’ve said it many times before; The best player to replace an injured player on your team is the player who replaces him. Unfortunately, a late scratch from Waller after 1:00 PM led to the fantasy owners scrambling to find a living body to fill. The winning ticket was Moreau, who caught six passes for 60 yards and a touchdown on six goals.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.