Welcome to Wavier Wire Tuesday, week eight edition.

The 2018 season is nearing the midway point and there are still many questions that you need answers to when it comes to your lineup. This week we continue with the dreaded bye weeks in the NFL, unfortunately, there are four teams on a bye this week: Tennesse Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, and Atlanta Falcons.

These four teams on a bye week will test your fantasy teams depth, your savvy usage of the waiver wire and your foresight to the weeks ahead. There is plenty of talent within these four teams that you're going to have to replace in your lineup.

Now, it's time to see which players I'm targeting this week on your waiver wires, as we've talked about, the waiver wire when used correctly, can be a deadly weapon to the success of your season.

The choice is yours and yours alone. Choose wisely, my friends.

Running Backs:

Jalen Richard/Doug Martin (OAK vs. IND, Both Owned in 18.5% of ESPN Leagues)

The Oakland Raiders running back room just got a little bit of a shake-up while the news that Marshawn Lynch aka Beast Mode is hitting the shelf for at least eight games after landing on IR. Lynch has been dealing with a groin injury and now that'll leave the running back duties to Jalen Richard and Doug Martin. In a PPR league I'd lean more towards Richard but if you're in a standard league I'd roll with Martin. It's understood that Martin will handle the early down duties and Richard will be the pass-catching back. Richard has caught at least six passes in four of the Raiders first six games, in PPR that's beautiful and that was with Lynch in the lineup.

Raheem Mostert (SF at ARI, Owned in 4% of ESPN Leagues)

Tough week for San Fransisco last week against the Los Angeles Rams, not only on the scoreboard but with their leading rusher in Matt Brieda who reinjured his ankle early in this game and didn't return. Enter, rookie Raheem Mostert who has shown to be effective filling in with all the injuries in the Niners backfield. Filling in for Brieda on Sunday he received seven carries and turned them into 59 yards to go along with catching four passes for 19 yards. As long as Brieda misses time, he should be the guy to own in the SF backfield.

Wide Receivers:

Geronimo Allison (GB at LAR, Owned in 37% of ESPN Leagues)

The Green Bay Packers are coming off of a bye week and it couldn't have come at a better time as they needed to get some of their wide receivers healthy. They get the LA Rams coming off their bye and it looks like Allison and Randall Cobb will be back on the field and in order to beat the Rams Aaron Rodgers is going to need to utilize all of his available weapons. Allison is the number three receiver in an offense that loves to throw the football, you expect for them to be trailing and so the ball will be in the air which will lead to opportunities for GERONIMOOOOO.

Danny Amendola (MIA at HOU, Owned in 24% of ESPN Leagues)

I'm not a huge Amendola guy but with all the injuries the Miami Dolphins have endured with their wide receivers, he's basically the lone man standing. Albert Wilson sustained a leg/hip injury last week and head coach Adam Gase said there's a chance he may land on injured reserve. Kenny Stills also fell victim to injury on Sunday which left Amendola with plenty of opportunities and he turned in a nice day against the Detroit Lions with six catches, 84 yards, and a touchdown. He'll serve as the team's number one receiver when the Dolphins take on the Houston Texans on Thursday night.

Tre'Quan Smith (NO at MINN, Owned in 9% of ESPN Leagues)

No Ted Ginn directly resulted in more time on the field for the youngster Tre'Quan Smith and less time for Cameron Meredith as Smith saw 77% of the snaps with Meredith seeing only 25%. Smith didn't blow you away with his stats against a very tough matchup with the Baltimore Ravens but the important thing is that his usage was up and he was on the field, and that will lead to opportunities. This week they've got another tough task going up against the Minnesota Vikings where a lot of attention will be paid to Michael Thomas and the running backs, I feel like Smith may be able to find himself open and we know Drew Brees has no problem throwing to whoever is open.

Tight End:

C.J. Uzomah (CINN vs. TB, Owned in 40% of ESPN Leagues)

With injuries causing all kinds of problems for the Bengal tight ends C.J. Uzomah is the only man left standing. He caught only two passes on Sunday night but he made the most of it finding pay dirt. I liked the matchup last week with the Kansas City Chiefs but I like this weeks matchup even more in week eight against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We know the Bucs defense is garbage and the Bengals will have a better time of it on offense after a dud week against Kansas City.  Uzomah won't provide you with huge upside but has the opportunity to be a steady option if you're streaming tight ends.

Best of luck in week eight!

 

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