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Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8 (Fantasy Football)

Oct 22, 2019

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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.

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

Ty Johnson (DET)
*Editor’s Note: It was announced Tuesday afternoon that Kerryon Johnson will be placed on Injured Reserve.

Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury in Week 7 and he will not play in Week 8 versus a Giants team who just gave up 34 fantasy points to Chase Edmonds. Ty is a must-start this week and if Kerryon is out for a few weeks, you should be able to use Johnson as a solid flex play during the time he misses.
– Bobby Sylvester (@bobbyfantasypro)

Ty Johnson is the number one waiver wire pickup at runningback by default as Kerryon Johnson is week-to-week with a left knee injury. Filling in for Kerryon Johnson last week, Ty Johnson logged 10 carries for 29 yards and caught all four of his targets for an additional 28 yards. If you need a running back to help get you through the bye gauntlet, Ty Johnson is your guy. I do like Benny Snell as a stash for fantasy teams with a 5-2 record or better. With Jaylen Samuels out and James Conners banged up, Snell could easily pay dividends down the road. Back to Ty Johnson, only pick him if you need help right away. He won’t set the world on fire, but he will have first crack at the Lions’ starting running back job and could play a prominent role in next Sunday’s home game against very beatable Giants’ run defense.
– Brad Camara (@beerad30)

Mark Walton (MIA)
Walton had 14 carries for 66 yards in his first start for the Dolphins and any running back that sees that many carries is worth at least a bench stash. Walton does have a strong playoff schedule playing in Week 14 at the New York Jets, Week 15 at the New York Giants, and at home against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. If he continues to see carries and improve on a struggling offense, he is someone that could have some RB3 fantasy value in the bye weeks and RB2 upside during the fantasy playoffs during a very favorable schedule.
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)

Alexander Mattison (MIN)
Please add Alexander Mattison, even if you don’t own Dalvin Cook. The Vikings have the third-most rush attempts thus far this season. Even with a healthy Cook, Mattison has gotten work on a semi-regular basis. Their schedule is very favorable, but again, if Cook goes down Mattison will be a league-winner.
– Andrew Liang (@whenpigskinfly)

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

Kenny Stills (HOU)
Will Fuller is out once again, and the latest news has him missing several weeks. Cue Kenny Stills, who will fill the role as the Texans’ deep-ball receiver. Stills logged 61 of a possible 65 snaps on offense opposite DeAndre Hopkins, catching four of his five targets for 105 yards in Sunday’s Week 7 loss to the Colts. From Week 8 and beyond, Hopkins and Stills are in line to start out wide for the Texans while Keke Coutee handles slot duties. Stills has two solid matchups coming up (Raiders and Jaguars) and can be a plug-in-play to help you get through the bye week gauntlet. The Texans traded for Stills earlier in the season as insurance for Fuller. He is a solid pickup for fantasy owners who need help at wide receiver.
– Brad Camara (@beerad30)

Will Fuller is a very injury-prone player, and he is now dealing with a hamstring ailment that could have him miss Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders and Week 9 at the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fuller was a first-round pick in 2016, and when he is healthy and on his game, he can have games like he did against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. He had 16 targets, 14 receptions, 217 yards, and three touchdowns in that game. The problem is that he is injured more than he is healthy and if he is not able to play, that gives Stills the chance to be the big-play threat in the offense. Stills is a player that could have WR3 value with tremendous upside if Fuller has an extended absence. He is worth a flyer coming off a 100-yard game and with the chance for an increase in targets with Fuller injured yet again.
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)

Corey Davis (TEN)
It seems unlikely that Ryan Tannehill is going to be able to get the Titans offense going, but it certainly appears to be an upgrade. What’s most important is that Tennesee plays the Bucs’ abysmal secondary this weekend so Davis will make for an elite streamer with upside to leap back into WR3 or even WR2 range the rest of the season if Tannehill keeps targeting him like the team’s alpha dog.
– Bobby Sylvester (@bobbyfantasypro)

A.J. Brown (TEN)
Thank you, Ryan Tannehill. That is a weird statement to say, but it’s true in the case of A.J. Brown. In the first game with Tannehill under center, Brown saw eight targets for 64 yards. It was the most targets Brown had seen in any game thus far and that trend should continue. The Titans’ wide receivers have an easier remaining schedule than most pass catchers in the NFL. Add Brown and Corey Davis now!
– Andrew Liang (@whenpigskinfly)

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