Week 8- Waivers Edition

October 22, 2018

 

My waiver additions are based off of 10-man leagues. I use the average ESPN percentages and stats to supply the information I use within my waiver additions. Some of the players listed may be taken in your league, but I will go in depth to add deep waiver additions as well. I broke it down by position, listing it by the most value at the top leading to the least value at the bottom. I will try not to list players from week to week but there are no promises. As we go week to week, the waivers will become more and more barren. Make sure you make your waivers count, as they are what help you build a winning team. Players from last week that would still be great waiver pickups if they are available: Mitch Trubisky, Latavius Murray, Marlon Mack, Chris Godwin, OJ Howard.

 

 

Quarterbacks

 

 

Baker Mayfield, QB- Cleveland Browns- 40.6% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: PIT, KC, GB

Baker has been all over the place. A boom or bust when it comes to quarterbacks is risky, but could also pay off. Baker has one of the best schedules in the upcoming weeks. He has matchups that offer a lot of upside due to weak defenses and the high chance of offensive shootouts. If you are dealing with Byes or just need an upside play. Baker is the guy I would aim for, he should put up solid numbers against a suspect Pittsburgh Defense.

 

 

Brock Osweiler, QB- Miami Dolphins- 3.7% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: HOU, NYJ, GB

You know things are getting weird when Brock is actually fantasy relevant. Over his last two games, he has been a solid fantasy starter. Now this is for the deepest of the deep formats, or those who need a QB in a Superflex/ 2 Qb league. For the moment Brock is the starter, and while being the starter he is helping the dolphins play some of their best ball of the year fantasy wise. If you are in a tough spot and need to roll the dice, Brock is a fine play this week against the Texans. Side note: If Ryan Tannehill plays this week, disregard this.

 

Running Backs

I wrote about Marlon Mack last week, and for those who picked him up congratulations. He would be my top waiver add this week, if he is available in your league. The following running backs might not be as valuable, but offer solid upside for those who are running back needy.

 

 

Chris Ivory, RB- Buffalo Bills- 9% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: NE, CHI, NYJ

LeSean McCoy went down with a significant head injury that knocked him out for the game. Ivory came in and put up solid stats in LeSean’s absence. There is a good chance LeSean will be out this upcoming week, leaving Ivory to be the lead back for the Buffalo Bills. Ivory has a juicy matchup against a beatable New England defense. If you are dealing with Byes/ injuries Ivory would be a serviceable running back this week. Ivory would be a flex this week with upside to be a low end RB2.

 

 

Kapri Bibbs, RB- Washington Redskins- 0.9% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: NYG, ATL, TB

Bibbs had a solid stat line this past week with Chris Thompson being out. If Thompson were again inactive, Bibbs could come in and be a serviceable flex in deeper leagues this week against a division rival New York Giants. The Giants have been thrashed by the passing game in the past, leaving Bibbs with upside. Keep an eye on Thompson’s designation, but Bibbs could be a sneaky add for those who need a running back with PPR upside.

 

Wide Receivers

 

 

Tyrell Williams, WR- Los Angeles Chargers- 8.4% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: BYE, SEA, OAK, DEN

Everyone had suspected that Mike Williams was going to be the TD hawk in the absence of Hunter Henry and any real tight end.  The truth is that over the past two weeks Tyrell has been the most consistent target for Phillip Rivers. Things fluctuate, so the red zone targets could spread to anybody. But for the moment, the second Chargers receiver I would aim for is Tyrell. He has major upside due to his size, and field stretching ability. He could very well pay dividends in the second half of the fantasy season. They have a bye week, which means you could most likely get him at a cheap price. He will have flex value when he returns, with WR2 upside if the touchdowns continue to come his way.

 

 

Danny Amendola, WR- Miami Dolphins- 24.4 % Owned

Upcoming Schedule: HOU, NYJ, GB

Amendola is pretty much the last man standing. Both Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills suffered injuries, and Amendola also looked pretty good these past two weeks with Brock Osweiler throwing him the ball. If Osweiler continues to be the QB, then I like Amendola as a flex play. His value increases in PPR leagues, due to his target impending share.

 

 

Michael Gallup, WR- Dallas Cowboys- 8.7% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: BYE, TEN, PHI, ATL

The Dallas receiver’s core has been horrible. But over the last two weeks, the main bright spot has been Gallup. His target share has increased, and he is developing a better relationship with Dak. Like Williams, he has a bye this week. Which means you may be able to attain him for little or nothing, and could have a solid flex play for the rest of the season. Gallup is a WR3/flex with upside. **Amari Cooper traded to the Dallas Cowboys**

 

Tight Ends

At a position that has such a large fluctuation of points scored, any type of solid production is always acknowledged. The following tight ends may not be the best, but over the last two weeks have grown and developed into solid additions to any roster with tight end needs.

 

 

Ben Watson, TE- New Orleans Saints- 34.3% Owned

Upcoming Schedule:  MIN, LAR, CIN

Watson has now made my waiver wire article three times this year. That just shows how horrible the tight end position has been. I will always take a guy that is being thrown to by Drew Brees. With Ted Ginn being put on IR, Watson has a chance to receive more targets going forward. If you need a bye week fill in/ or just a streaming option. Watson should offer you a solid floor, with moderate ceiling.

 

 

CJ Uzomah, TE- Cincinnati Bengals, 40.2% Owned

Upcoming Schedule: TB, BYE, NO, BAL

Uzomah is a boom or bust option at the tight end position. If he had not had that touchdown, I might not be talking about him but he did. He has a nice matchup this upcoming week and offers upside at a depleted position. Uzomah is a solid bye week fill in and has the upside to produce TE1 numbers.

 

 

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