Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 8 (Fantasy Football)
Levi Chappell discusses which players you should consider grabbing from your dynasty league’s waiver wire in Week 7.
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It’s a bright and cheery Thursday morning, you have a bit more pep in your step. Your coworkers are commenting on how chipper and energized you look. So why are you so happy? Its September 6th and the first NFL game between the Eagles and Falcons is on later that night. You have done your research, you identified potential sleepers, you drafted a rookie at the 2.10 pick that you believe will be the next Le’Veon Bell, your team is full of hope and whimsy. Fast forward seven weeks and you are 2-5, your star running back is hurt, that rookie hasn’t seen the field, and you are wondering what all went so horribly wrong. The answer is… fantasy football.
It is a wicked and harsh game at times. The blood sweat and tears… let me rephrase that. The hours and hours of highlight videos on youtube, copious amounts of low-carb Monsters you have poured down your gullet, and real tears you have shed for leaving your high point scorer of the week on your bench, don’t seem to add up to wins. It has you questioning everything you know about fantasy sports.
The greatest thing about dynasty is that you are never out of it. Ya, maybe you are out of the running for a playoff spot this season, but you could have been that lucky individual last year who went 2-12 and welcomed Saquon “tree trunk thighs” Barkley to their team. Maybe you will hit the jackpot on the waiver wire, because you never know when you will find the next Devonta Freeman or Adam Thielen on the wire. So chin up my fellow “fantasy-er”, it will get better (probably… hopefully).
Some of the names that I will be listing below and in future articles will already be owned in your league. If you are in a 10-team league, many of these players may be available, but if you are in a 12 or 14 team league, fewer may be available. For the most part, I will be listing players that are owned in less than 40% of 12 team leagues. Here we go!
Kenjon Barner (RB – NE)
Hey look, another New England running back that was not even on the radar at the beginning of the season. We should not be surprised at this anymore. First Jeremy Hill went down, then Rex Burkhead, now Sony Michel looks like he got banged up. All of this means that you need to get familiar with the name Kenjon Barner. He came onto the game in a relief effort and posted 36 yards on 10 carries. James White will most likely get the bulk of carries, but then again this is the Patriots we are talking about, so I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if a promoted practice squad-er lead the team in carries. Barner has value against a very poor bills defense.
Doug Martin (RB – OAK)
That Doug Martin? Yep, that Doug Martin. Marshawn Lynch is expected to miss at least a month with a groin injury, so this gives the Muscle Hamster a chance to show if he has anything left in the tank. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Jalen Richard again, so please make sure to pick him up if he is available. But for the next month or so, the backfield will consist of Martin on early downs, and Richard on third downs and change of pace duties. Lynch is a UFA next season, so this is a big opportunity for Martin to prove to the team that he can be a lead back moving forward.
Danny Amendola and Jakeem Grant (WR – MIA)
Wilson who was the Dolphins big play guy is likely headed to the IR ending most or all of his season. With Osweiler running the show the last two weeks, Amendola has received 18 targets which he turned into 14 catches for 143 yards and a score. He has become fantasy relevant at just the right time, with injuries and bye weeks hitting frequently. On the other hand, Grant will likely fill the role that Wilson will now vacate, a speedster with breakaway ability. Grant will be very inconsistent, but possibly worth an add in deep leagues. He can explode for 20+ points on any given day.
Tajae Sharpe (WR – TEN)
While I will not advocate for many Titans offensive players, if you can add Sharpe off the waiver wire for next to nothing, then why not? Sharpe may have had his coming out game where he garnered nine targets which resulted in seven catches for 101 yards. He out targeted Corey Davis on the day, and while I wouldn’t expect that to continue, Sharpe has firmly supplanted Taywan Taylor as the WR2 in Tennessee.
Chris Herndon (TE – NYJ)
On a young team like the Jets, there will be growing pains, but you are always looking for the silver lining. That silver lining may have come in the form of Sam Darnold and Herndon’s budding connection. They have hooked up for a score in back-to-back weeks, and the Jets are desperately looking for consistent playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. The tight end position group for the Jets was wide open before the start of the season, and Herndon looks like he is taking a firm grasp on the starting job and running with it.
Brock Osweiler (QB – MIA)
Want a deep name to go after? The Brockweiler… the Brosweiler… whatever you want to call him, has actually looked, dare I say “good” in a Dolphins uniform? This article is somehow turning into the Miami Dolphins list of key position players. Ryan Tannehill did not look all that great before getting injured, and Brock has played pretty darn well. I wouldn’t be totally surprised if he retained the job for at least a couple more weeks.
Other names to watch