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Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8 (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Oct 25, 2020

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Good evening, folks! We’ve made it through the bulk of Week 7 action, and it’s that most wonderful time of the evening once again. Sunday night gives fantasy owners time to reflect on the week’s triumphs or losses and take stock of their roster heading into the new week. It’s a time for reflection and a time to assess potential waiver wire options. Each week, I’ll be highlighting a handful of low-rostered options you should consider when making waiver wire claims. Each player’s upcoming three-game schedule will be noted, including strength of matchup. This is particularly helpful if you need a streaming option or a temporary replacement to get you through the tough times.

Best of luck in all of your leagues moving forward! If you’ve got any questions about the week’s waiver wire options or anything fantasy football, hit me up on Twitter @ZaktheMonster.

Note: Most players are less than 30% rostered in Yahoo leagues.

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Wide Receiver

Note: Cole Beasley is 40% rostered, and while he doesn’t fit the 30% rostered criteria for this article, if he’s available in your league, he’s the top WR add of the week.

Rashard Higgins (CLE): 0% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
LV BYE HOU

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Cleveland suffered an unfortunate injury Sunday, as Odell Beckham is believed to have suffered a “major knee injury.” OBJ left the game early, and Higgins did the heavy lifting after that.

Higgins went 6/110 after Odell was forced out of the contest, and he should be a starting wideout if Beckham is forced to miss time moving forward.

Nelson Agholor (LV): 3% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
@CLE @LAC DEN

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Agholor went off for 5/107/1 on nine targets in Sunday’s loss, and he’s now scored in three straight games with four touchdowns total on the year. With Derek Carr playing well, Vegas’ schedule opening up, and Agholor playing a regular part in the passing game, he should be added off the waiver wire.

Sterling Shepard (NYG): 28% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
TB @WAS PHI

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Shepard returned on TNF to rack up 6/59/1 on eight targets. With the Giants likely to be playing from behind most weeks, Shepard should resume a favorable role in the offense, giving him WR3/flex appeal on a weekly basis.

Tight Ends

Trey Burton (IND): 20% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
@DET BAL @TEN

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He was a recommended add last week ahead of Indy’s bye, and he’s on the radar ahead of Week 8. After a two-score performance in Week 6, Burton looks like the Colts’ TE1 moving forward and is worth an add.

Logan Thomas (WAS): 26% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
BYE NYG @DET

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Just like Burton above, Thomas was listed as an add last week after he scored in Week 6, and he repeated the feat in Week 7 by going 4/60/1. After two strong performances, he’s back on the TE1 radar and needs to be picked up where available.

Harrison Bryant (CLE): 1% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
LV BYE HOU

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With Austin Hooper out, Bryant drew the start at TE over David Njoku and racked up a 4/56/2 receiving line. Njoku scored too, but he only saw three targets, and Bryant was the clear TE1 here. As long as Hooper is out, Bryant is worth an add off the waiver wire with some streaming appeal.

Richard Rodgers (PHI): 8% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
DAL BYE @NYG

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Rodgers had a big game on TNF, going 6/85 on eight targets in the absence of Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Both Ertz and Goedert will likely be out for at least Week 8, making Rodgers a strong streamer against Dallas.

Running Back

JaMycal Hasty (SF): 20% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
@SEA GB @NO

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As of this writing, Jeff Wilson Jr. is the week’s highest-scoring running back. Yep, this is the kind of thing that happens in 2020. Jerick McKinnon was expected to take the lead out of the backfield, with Hasty mixing in. Instead, Wilson Jr. went off for over 100 yards and three scores. He suffered an ankle injury late in the game as he splashed into the end zone for the final time, and Hasty took over from there. Hasty managed 9/57 on the ground and 1/16 through the air, while McKinnon totaled -1 yard on just three carries. If Wilson is out for Week 8, Hasty should be the lead back and deserves priority consideration off the waiver wire.\

Lamical Perine (NYJ): 16% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
@KC NE BYE

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Perine finished with his best performance of the season Sunday, totaling 55 yards on 13 touches and punching in a short, goal-line touchdown. He led the backfield in touches, and with New York sitting at 0-7, the coaching staff would be wise to get Perine more involved moving forward. He needs to be added of the waiver wire ahead of Week 8.

Wayne Gallman (NYG): 2% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
TB @WAS PHI

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Devonta Freeman injured his ankle in the third quarter of Thursday’s loss to Philadelphia, and Gallman filled in admirably. The extent of Freeman’s injury is unknown, and Gallman is worth a speculative add. New York’s Week 8 matchup is a doozy, so expectations should be tempered for whichever back ends up getting the start. Gallman is more of a deep-league add, but if Freeman is out, Gallman could be a desperation flex next week.

Quarterback

Tua Tagovailoa (MIA): 28% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
LAR @ARI LAC

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Week 8 begins the Tua era in Miami, and the rookie should be added wherever available. Even with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing well and guiding Miami to a respectable 3-3 record, the bearded one has been benched in favor of Tagovailoa, which tells you all you need to know about the coaching staff’s confidence. He’ll start his career with a trial by fire against one of the league’s best defenses, but Miami’s schedule lightens up after that.

Derek Carr (LV): 29% rostered

WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10
@CLE @LAC DEN

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Carr continues to play well, and he’s now put up 13 touchdowns to just two interceptions through six games while averaging nearly 300 passing yards per contest. His upcoming schedule opens up significantly, and he’s a strong add for those in need of help at the position.

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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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