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Waiver Wire Rankings (Week 8)

Oct 24, 2016

Davante Adams is finally beginning to break out like some expected from him in the past

Davante Adams is finally beginning to break out like some expected from him in the past

A new week is here and we’re nearing a time in the season where picking up players on the waiver wire is much more of a streaming play or a stash. Week 7 didn’t result in anything mind blowing from a sleeper perspective, but for those of you who picked up Jay Ajayi a while back, things appear to be looking up in a major way.

Although the waiver wire may not be filled with studs, there are players that can still help your team out. Weeks 8 and 9 have six teams on bye each, so it’s likely you’ll need to fill some holes. To help with that, we’re asking for advice from our featured pundits below who have not just ranked the top readily available waiver wire options for you, but have also named their top readily available streaming D/ST units for the upcoming week.

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Featured Experts:
Joe Bond – Fantasy Six Pack
Jason Willan – Gridiron Experts
Sean Beazley – EDSFootball

Bobby Sylvester – FantasyPros

*Teams w/ Week 8 Bye:  Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, NY Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

*Ownership % derived from a consensus of Yahoo & ESPN leagues

Q1. Give us your thoughts on a waiver wire target (or two) you especially like as a pickup.

“After a couple of quiet weeks, Jamison Crowder is back on the fantasy radar following 52 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 and a seven-catch, 108-yard performance on Sunday. He’s much more involved in the offense when Jordan Reed is out, but can remain productive if Reed gets back on the field, as Crowder has been the top-performing Redskins wide receiver this season. Reed will reportedly miss his third consecutive game in Week 8 and with a history of concussions, there’s no guarantee he will make it back anytime soon. Crowder and fellow waiver target Vernon Davis should continue to be the primary beneficiaries. Corey Coleman has been sidelined the last five games after breaking his hand in practice ahead of Week 3, but the first wide receiver taken in the 2016 NFL Draft appears to be nearing a return and is a nice stash for fantasy owners with room on their bench. Prior to the injury, Coleman recorded seven catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns over his first two NFL games, flashing the potential that led the Browns to take him with the 15th overall pick in the draft. The rookie wideout could return to practice this week and Cleveland is likely to continue passing the ball quite a bit as they play from behind most of the time. Terrelle Pryor has had a nice season, but with Josh Gordon unlikely to play in 2016, the number-one receiver spot on the Browns is Coleman’s for the taking once he gets back on the field.”
Jason Willan (Gridiron Experts)

Corey Coleman would be the first person I would add this week. We have already seen what Coleman can do this year (5/104/2), and the Browns should be playing from behind all year.”
Sean Beazley (EDSFootball)

“The waiver wire this week is pathetic. There is not one player I’d recommend spending $10 FAAB on. With that being said, Corey Coleman scored 29.3 points in his two games played and should get ample opportunity with the Browns playing from behind so often. I’m also very fond of Chris Thompson, who has more yards per carry than any back in football since he entered the NFL and is now on the verge of taking over in Washington, having had 19 touches in Week 7.”
Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

“With no stud pickup available this week, one of my favorite players to stash right now is Ladarius Green. There are so many owners out there who are struggling at the tight end position and could use the boost. If you can stash him at the end of your bench for a week or two, then do it. When he returns and Big Ben is back as well, Green is going to be one of the top tight ends the rest of the season.”
Joe Bond (Fantasy Six Pack)

Davante Adams had a severe case of the drops last season, but the talent was apparent. Now he’s putting it together and most of all, the opportunities are coming his way. With the Packers run game a mess, more passes from Aaron Rodgers seems logical, which means more pass catching opportunities. Adams tops Jamison Crowder among receivers because his weekly role is clearer, though the Redskins’ slot threat continues to standout.”
Ben Standig (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

Q2. For owners renting a D/ST in Week 8, what readily available option should they target and why?

“Coming off their best performance of the season, the New York Jets defense is in play for me as a streaming option in Week 8. New York allowed just 10 points to the Ravens on Sunday, while forcing three turnovers and recording a sack. The Jets will look to carry that momentum into a favorable matchup against Cleveland, which could very well be starting free agent rookie Kevin Hogan at quarterback. Already among the league leaders in total turnovers (10) and sacks allowed (21), the Browns quarterback situation continues to go from bad to worse, and the offense might be hitting rock bottom just in time for New York to capitalize.”
Jason Willan (Gridiron Experts)

“Obvious or not, the New York Jets facing a Browns offense that could start one of two rookies at QB is worth a look even though New York hasn’t been a fantasy gem.”
Ben Standig (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

“The defensive options are pretty ugly this week. I would probably target the Dallas Cowboys. They have a good matchup at home in prime time vs. the Eagles. We saw Wentz make a few mistakes this week. Dallas is also a team who likes to control the clock through the ground game.”
Sean Beazley (EDSFootball)

“With six teams on bye this week, finding a streaming defense is going to be tough. There simply just aren’t a lot of options. That said, the Cleveland Browns are one I would not overlook. They get to face the Jets who are averaging the most points given up to opposing defenses thanks to a turnover happy Ryan Fitzpatrick, who looks like he may start again in place of the injured Geno Smith.”
Joe Bond (Fantasy Six Pack)

“Blake Bortles has been abysmal all season and has always been a reliable opponent to throw several interceptable balls. That won’t change this week in when they meet a Tennessee Titans defense that has been much better than expected this season.”
Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

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