Fantasy Football: G’s Week 8 Waiver Wire Pick-Ups
The next two weeks will test your fantasy football teams depth with six teams on a bye week. This week we've got: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, and Tennessee Titans.
What does so many teams on a bye mean for you? Well, for starters it means that the likelihood of you needing to find replacements for a number of starters is high. It also means that you may have to deep dive into the waiver wire pool depending how many teams are in your league.
This sort of thing can be hazardous for a fantasy football season as you're trying to garner as many wins as possible and put yourself in line for the playoffs.
Let's see if we can help you with filling out your roster spots.
Josh McCown (NYJ, 12% Owned in ESPN Leagues):
I know the latest memory you have is of McCown throwing an egregious interception late in the game against the Miami Dolphins last week but lets put that aside for a minute. Over the past two weeks he's averaged just about 22 fantasy points in which he's thrown a total of six touchdown passes, not too bad for a journeyman. This week he's got a tough match-up in Atlanta but I would definitely consider him a streaming option this week if you're looking to replace a player on his bye week or an injured Carson Palmer.
Andy Dalton (CIN, 33% Owned):
Before you completely dismiss this idea citing that IT IS Andy Dalton and his upcoming schedule is daunting, I'm only suggesting him as a streaming option for week 8. This week he takes on a a mediocre Indianapolis Colts defense who had just suffered a couple of injuries to Malik Hooker and John Simon. This could be one of the last times you use Dalton, if you can help it, for a while this season.
Dion Lewis (NE, 20% Owned):
Things might be starting to clear up a bit for the New England backfield as James White is the third down back and now Dion Lewis has seemed to emerge as the early down back. Lewis received a team high 13 carries in Sunday night's match-up against the Falcons and turned those carries into 76 yards on the ground. This marks the second week in a row he's paced the team in carries so if you're in a 12 team or deeper league Lewis could be someone you're seriously targeting this week.
DeAndre Washington (OAK, 3% Owned):
Marshawn Lynch's one game suspension has been held up and so now we need a replacement. There are two options, DeAndre Washington or Jalen Richard, both have been effective in their own ways in their short careers. Washington seems to be more prone to take over early down work while Richard is more suited for that third down pass catcher role. More of me wants to lean towards Washington but until the week progresses we won't 100% know how this will all shake out.
Ted Ginn Jr (NO, 44% Owned):
Ted Ginn Jr on the Saints > every other team he's played for. Sean Payton and Drew Brees just seem to know how to best utilize these smaller sized speedy receivers and Ginn has been no different. Coming into this year I wasn't so much of a fan of his but he's continued to prove me and everyone else who doubted him wrong. The previous two weeks he's connected with Brees 11 times for 207 yards and a touchdown. With Willie Snead struggling to get himself healthy enough to be effective I'd look to continue to deploy Ginn and Coleman.
Josh Doctson (WSH, 13% Owned):
Boy, Terrelle Pryor Sr has been a bit of a disappointment in the Nations Capital so far this season. He's so unsure of his hands that he's started catching balls against his body which for a receiver they tell you is a no, no. Doctson has had a career plagued by injuries but he is a former first round pick and now that he's healthy the skill is starting to show through. The coaching staff is beginning to trust in him as well, if you look at the snap count between Pryor and Doctson from Monday nights game Pryor was on the field for just 30 snaps while Doctson was on the field for 54 of 60 offensive snaps.
Tyler Kroft (CIN, 11% Owned):
With the loss of Tyler Eifert at tight end it has been all Tyler Kroft and he's taken advantage of his opportunity. Since becoming the starter in Cincinnati he's averaged just over four receptions per game and an average yardage total of just about 40 yards. In that same time span he's scored three touchdowns which has kept him very fantasy relevant. This fact also makes him a perfect tight end streaming option this week against an already described average Colts defense missing a couple defensive starters.