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Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8 (2019 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Oct 20, 2019

DeVante Parker looked pretty good with Ryan Fitzpatrick back at the helm for the Dolphins this week.

Each Sunday night during the season, I’ll be bringing you early waiver wire suggestions to help you get a jump on the competition! Thanks for joining me as we hit the waiver wire looking for players who can help you out for Week 8 and beyond. It’s another tough week for Waiver Wire adds, with just one or two strong adds and far more speculative pickups. Regardless, you’ll want to take every opportunity possible to improve your team. So here we go once again with our early waiver wire pickups!

Note: All players have less than 30% ownership in Yahoo leagues.

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Running Back

Ty Johnson (DET): 1% owned
Kerryon Johnson left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury and was spotted in a brace shortly thereafter. Johnson handled the majority of the touches at running back following the Wayward Son’s exit, and he could garner a starting role for Week 8 against the lowly Giants. He’s a priority add.

Next three weeks: NYG, @OAK, @CHI

Mark Walton (MIA): 21% owned
Walton operated as the lead back Sunday, toting the ball 14 times for 66 yards and leading the backfield in carries by a comfortable 14-6 margin over Kenyan Drake. It’s tough to trust a Miami back, but sheer volume makes Walton a borderline flex play if he continues this level of usage.

Next three weeks: @PIT, NYJ, @IND

Wide Receiver

Kenny Stills (HOU): 12% owned
Will Fuller left the game early with a hamstring injury, and Stills promptly went for over 100 yards. The performance included two receptions of 40+ yards, showing off the veteran’s big-play ability. He should be next in line behind DeAndre Hopkins in the wide receiver pecking order in Houston, making for a nice play against the Raiders in Week 8.

Next three weeks: OAK, @JAX, BYE

DeVante Parker (MIA): 12% owned
Parker has quietly emerged as the best receiving option in Miami. Though that’s a fairly low bar, but this is a team chasing points each and every week, meaning Parker should continue to see his share of targets. He’s scored three weeks in a row, for what it’s worth.

Next three weeks: @PIT, NYJ, @IND

Cole Beasley (BUF): 29% owned
Beasley doesn’t offer a ton of upside, but he provides a fairly safe floor, particularly in PPR formats. His receiving line this season is indicative of a heavy-target slot option, and his upcoming schedule is juicy, with matchups against the Eagles, Redskins, and Browns looming.

Next three weeks: PHI, WAS, @CLE

Alex Erickson (CIN): 2% owned
Erickson blew up for 137 yards on 14 targets in Week 7, and he offers value as the No. 2 receiver behind Tyler Boyd. A.J. Green may be back in the next week or two, but it’s entirely possible he has a setback, is limited when he returns, or is traded. That leaves plenty of opportunities for Erickson.

Next three weeks: @LAR, BYE, BAL

Zach Pascal (IND): 1% owned
Pascal scored twice Sunday, and it’s possible he’s due for more work moving forward. With no clear No. 2 receiver emerging behind T.Y. Hilton, Pascal is worth a speculative add. He’ll operate as the preferred option behind Hilton with Parris Campbell (abdomen) out.

Next three weeks: DEN, @PIT, MIA

Quarterback

Matt Moore (KC): 1% owned
Moore stepped up admirably on Thursday night after Patrick Mahomes went down with a knee injury, going for 117 yards and a touchdown in relief. Andy Reid should be able to scheme-up some quality looks for the veteran signal-caller.

Next three weeks: GB, MIN, @TEN

Ryan Tannehill (TEN): 5% owned
Tannehill took over for Marcus Mariota in Week 7 and played well, racking up 312 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick. With a favorable schedule on the horizon, he makes a solid add for teams in need of quarterback help.

Next three weeks: TB, @CAR, KC

Tight End

Irv Smith (MIN): 1% owned
He’s far more athletic than Kyle Rudolph and offers a lot of upside. With Adam Thielen out of the lineup for an unknown period of time, Smith could get an expanded opportunity, making him an attractive option at a desolate position.

Next three weeks: WAS, @KC, @DAL

Jonnu Smith (TEN): 0% owned
Smith got in a solid workload with Delanie Walker (ankle) sidelined. Smith displayed his upside last season with Walker out for most of the year, and he showed that in Week 7, too. He went for 64 yards and could be a great streaming option in a fantastic matchup with a porous Tampa Bay defense in Week 8.

Next three weeks: TB, @CAR, KC

D/ST

Detroit Lions D/ST: 9% owned
The Lions D/ST has been solid most of the season, and a home matchup with the Giants could mean a big game for this unit. At only nine percent owned, the Lions D/ST is worth an add.

Next three weeks: NYG, @OAK, @CHI

Indianapolis Colts: 12% owned
The Colts D/ST has been a reliable option this year, and they have a great schedule for the next few weeks. A Week 8 home matchup against the Broncos could spell a big effort, while Weeks 9-10 against Pittsburgh and Miami could be monster weeks. Add now.

Next three weeks: DEN, @PIT, MIA

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Zachary Hanshew is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Zachary, check out his archive and follow him @zakthemonster.

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