Waiver Wired: Week 8 Fantasy Football Pickups

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Waiver Wired: Week 8 Fantasy Football Pickups

QUARTERBACKS


DeShaun Watson, TBD: We are not here to talk legal or moral ramifications. If the NFL is not getting involved in the DeShaun Watson saga, and for now, they seem to be staying out of it, Watson can put up top-five fantasy numbers.

Trey Lance, San Francisco at Chicago: With every shaky start from Jimmy Garoppolo, his hot seat gets red hot. We have seen glimpses of what could be from Trey Lance. Stashing him away a week early may make sense.

Mike Wright, New York Jets vs. Cincinnati: With Zach Wilson out for a few weeks, Mike Wright steps in as quarterback for the Jets. In Super-Flex leagues, every starting quarterback matters.

Joe Flacco, New York Jets vs. Cincinnati: If you are desperate.


RUNNING BACKS

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia at Detroit: Kenneth Gainwell is the most exciting pickup of the week. Gainwell should receive ample opportunity to establish himself as the Eagles’ lead back while Miles Sanders is injured.

Boston Scott, Philadelphia at Detroit: Boston Scott will have a role in the Eagles’ backfield while Miles Sanders is out. Scott doesn’t possess the upside of Gainwell, but he will remain a flex option for your fantasy team.

Brandon Bolden, New England at Los Angeles Chargers: Brandon Bolden, and not Rhamondre Stevenson, was the Patriots’ pass-catching role last week. Bolden could have the job moving forward, which means he is a flex option in PPR leagues.

Peyton Barber, Las Vegas (Bye Week): Peyton Barber might be worth a speculative add with Josh Jacobs leaving last weeks’ game with a pec injury. We saw Barber step up in Jacobs’ absence earlier this season.

Salvon Ahmed, Miami at Buffalo: With Malcolm Brown on the shelf for at least three weeks, Salvon Ahmed has an opportunity to gain a role in the Dolphins’ offense.

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis/TBD: Marlon Mack might be a deep speculative add. Mack won’t have any fantasy value in Indianapolis, but he has been one of the few names mentioned about a possible trade before the deadline.


WIDE RECEIVERS

Randall Cobb, Green Bay at Arizona: With Davante Adams and Allen Lazard out due to Covid restrictions, Randall Cobb is entering Thursday Night’s tilt with Arizona as the #1 pass-catching option for the Packers.

Michael Gallup, Dallas at Minnesota: The Cowboys designated Michael Gallup to return, which means the Cowboys have a three-week window to activate him. Anyone who has a regular role in the Cowboys’ offense is worth adding in fantasy.

Darius Slayton, New York Giants at Kansas City: The New York Giants need all the help they can get at wide receiver. The Giants will be chasing the Chiefs all night long. Slayton has the most big-play ability on the roster at the moment.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay at Arizona: Don’t forget about MVS. Reports out of Green Bay is that Valdes-Scantling will be suiting up for Green Bay, and it is just in the knick of time as the Pack will be down Davante Adams and Allen Lazard.

Khalif Raymond, Detroit vs. Philadelphia: Khalif Raymond has emerged as the Lions’ top wide receiver. The Lions/Eagles game has sneaky upside appeal.

Elijah Moore, New York Jets vs. Cincinnati: The hype machine was on overdrive for Elijah Moore in the preseason. Moore has done very little so far in 2021, but he is gaining more attention in the Jets’ offense with every passing week.

Will Fuller, Miami at Buffalo: Will Fuller will not be back this week, but if you have the room, Fuller might be worth rostering until he returns in week nine. Will he return to a new quarterback under center?

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