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Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8 (Fantasy Football)

Oct 23, 2018

We asked our writers to name their top waiver-wire targets at running back and wide receiver for the week. Here’s what they said.

All players are owned in 30% or less of Yahoo leagues.

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Who’s your top running back pickup of the week?

Raheem Mostert (SF)
The 49ers plan to “reaccess” Matt Breida’s status after an aggravated ankle injury led him to play five snaps in Week 7’s loss to the Rams. Following a surprising Week 6 arrival, Raheem Mostert continued his climb up the depth chart by leading the backfield in snaps (22), touches (11), and total yards (77). A rematch with the Cardinals, who rank last in rushing defense while relinquishing an NFL-high 12 touchdowns on the ground, make Mostert a high-priority add. Even in a timeshare with the less talented Alfred Morris, Mostert merits a Week 8 start if Breida opts for rest.
Andrew Gould@andrewgould4

It’s ridiculous to me that Alfred Morris is owned in 23 percent of Yahoo! leagues while Mostert is still only owned in 13 percent. Morris has scored just two points over the past two games, while Mostert has scored 15. Matt Breida was in and out of the lineup against the Rams on Sunday (as he’s done all season), and Mostert was the guy Kyle Shanahan turned to. He finished the game — in which the game script certainly didn’t benefit the 49ers’ running backs — with 78 all-purpose yards. There’s no reason to believe that Breida is going to be at full strength any time soon, so Mostert could easily be on his way to 15 or so touches a game.
Jon Munshaw – @jon_munshaw

Jalen Richard (OAK)
With Marshawn Lynch landing on IR with a groin injury, the Raiders are likely to employ a committee featuring Doug Marin on early downs and Jalen Richard in a change-of-pace role.

Lynch has averaged 4.2 yards-per-carry behind Oakland’s offensive line, while Martin has plodded his way to a mediocre 3.7 figure after running for 2.9 yards-per-carry in consecutive seasons. He’ll get the first crack at the early-down work but odds are that Martin is not going to have much success, which would open the door for Richard and even DeAndre Washington to carve out a bigger role.

Martin has also caught only four passes this season while Richard has hauled in 31 receptions. Losing Lynch isn’t going to help the 1-5 Raiders, nor is losing Amari Cooper, so expect the game script to continue to favor the pass, which makes Richard the better add, especially in PPR formats where he offers weekly RB3/flex value.
Jody Smith@JodySmithNFL

Ronald Jones (TB)
I’ll continue stubbornly suggesting Ronald Jones on the belief that one of these days the Buccaneers will realize they need more out of their running game than Peyton Barber, who may have gotten hurt this weekend, gives them. Jones saw his most offensive snaps of the season (29) and scored his first touchdown on Sunday. This offense is good and should theoretically put the running backs in a position to score, and Jones one day soon should be the beneficiary.
Ryan Melosi – @RTMelos

Doug Martin (OAK)
Richard is my top choice, as I’d imagine will be the case for everyone else, so I want to talk about his teammate Martin. It seems likely that he will absorb the goal-line role in Oakland’s offense and while he isn’t as safe of a pickup as Richard, let’s not forget that Martin has serious potential. He has been a top-five fantasy running back both seasons he stayed healthy the whole year so it isn’t crazy to think spending 10% of your FAAB on him could lead to you having a top-15 RB heading into the playoffs.
Bobby Sylvester@bobbyfantasypro

Who’s your top wide receiver pickup of the week?

Tre’Quan Smith (NO) 
It’s Smith for me, as he’s the clear-cut No. 2 receiver in the offense now that Ted Ginn is on injured reserve. While many thought Cameron Meredith would be the next-best option next to Michael Thomas, he didn’t see a single target versus the Ravens. Smith had a tough matchup with Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr but did manage to sneak in three catches for 44 yards, including a nifty catch where he toe-tapped along the sideline on an errant pass, surely earning some trust in him going forward. He’s the type of waiver wire receiver who could change your season, making him worth 10-plus percent of your budget.
Mike Tagliere – FantasyPros

With Ted Ginn being placed on the IR Smith was expected to fill that role in the Saints offense. That expectation became a reality on Sunday, seeing six targets and playing 73% of the offensive snaps. The Saints passing game struggled against a good Ravens defense, but the volume was there and should continue to be constant for Smith. I’m rostering him wherever I can.
Ryan Melosi – @RTMelos

Although the Saints placed Ted Ginn on injured reserve (knee) Friday, most managers didn’t act swiftly. Tre’Quan Smith remains available in 83 percent of Yahoo leagues, and he might be easier to attain after a tame three-catch, 44-yard performance. Let’s hope so. In a brutal matchup at Baltimore, it was simply encouraging to see him play most of the snaps (52-of-71) and garner six targets on Drew Brees’s 28 throws. Cameron Meredith, meanwhile, did not draw a single target in 18 snaps. As the clear No, 2 wideout to Michael Thomas, Smith is a high-upside option who could ultimately swing leagues with the Bengals (Week 10), Falcons (Week 12), Buccaneers (Week 14), and Steelers (Week 16) still on the schedule. This could be the last call to grab him.
Andrew Gould@andrewgould4

Danny Amendola (MIA)
In Miami’s first five games, Amendola failed to eclipse four receptions or 42 yards in any one game. Since Brock Osweiler took over at quarterback, Amendola has hauled in 14-of-18 targets for 143 yards and a touchdown. While the Dolphins have fluctuated snaps among their receiving corps, Amendola has played over 81% of the team’s snaps.

Osweiler has already been named the club’s starter for this week’s matchup in Houston, which should help Amendola get another solid week of targets in Thursday’s matchup with the Texans. Amendola is a fringe WR4 in PPR leagues, but he’s worth a spot start or bye week fill-in.
Jody Smith@JodySmithNFL

Tyrell Williams (LAC)
This is going to seem like an all-too-obvious pick because of Williams’ huge two back-to-back games. And it is. And I’m not saying that Williams is going to keep catching 60-plus-yard touchdowns from Philip Rivers, but I am saying you should buy in on this Chargers offense. Rivers has thrown at least two touchdowns in every game this season and is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. Williams may be the second or third option in this offense, but there’s no doubt Rivers is looking to Williams to make big plays. All it takes is one 75-yard touchdown to give you a huge leg up in any fantasy matchup.
Jon Munshaw – @jon_munshaw

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