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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 8

Between the Percy Harvin trade and injuries to some key people, this week’s waiver wire could be a an interesting one.  Here are few of the guys am considering this week.

Quarterback:

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins– Tannehill is quietly averaging just over 16pts per came which places him 13th among QB’s ahead of names like Cam Newton and Tom Brady.  While I fully expect Newton and Brady to eventually finish the season near the top 10 it’s a testament to how good Tannehill can be.  He has almost 800 yards and 6 TD’s over the last 3 weeks.  His 21% ownership is up 8% so he is starting to show on the radar, you may want to grab him quick before it’s too late.

Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills- Always a threat to throw for 300 yards Orton has a huge upside.  Turnovers have been a bit of an issue which is why he is second on this list.  He is averaging just over 15 points per game since taking the starting roll averaging almost 300 yards per game while scoring 5TD’s and 3INT’s.  Injuries to both key running backs could be an issue or it could open the passing game wide open.

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs– It’s been a couple weeks since Smith was in a relevant waiver wire conversation.  Going into week 7 shaking off a tough pre-bye week performance in SF, Smith got back on track scoring 14 pts vs division rival San Diego Chargers.  Over the last 5 weeks Smith has thrown 8 TD’s and only 1 Int.  He has also rushed for 102 yards on 18 carries adding a few points on the back end.  With games and STL, NYJ, and BUF coming up, there is definitely opportunity here.

Running Back:

Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos– I could have very easily copied and pasted last week’s paragraph here because nothing has changed except that he is still just sitting on the waiver wire.  HE IS ONLY 22% OWNED!  In his 2 weeks as a starter he has finished in the top 20.  He plays for an offense whose captain is arguably the best scoring QB the game.  There is no sane reason for him to still be available in your league.  Pick him up now!

Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars- Toby Gerhart was supposed to the man, but like Monte Ball the experts got it all wrong.  The expectation was for Storm Johnson to take over the starting roll but Gerhart’s injury seem to open the door for Robinson instead.  127 yards on 22 carries and 1 Td.  How do you ignore those stats?  Week #8 vs Miami is going to be a tough one, starting him next week would carry some risk.  You have to decide if it is risk you are willing to take.

Tre Mason, St. Loius Rams & Jerick McKinon, Minnesota Vikings– Both of these guys play for bad teams, both of these guys have starters that are unable to perform, both of these guys were supposed to move from #3 to #2 on the depth chart, and both of these guys have shown they won’t be held back.  While people were looking to scoop up Cunningham and Asiata these guys were quietly out performing them on regular basis.  It appears that both of these players are getting the majority of their teams carries.  If you need to bye week fill in, these guys will do that nicely. 

Wide Receivers:

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks– I will be the first one to say that I am not a fan of the Percy Harvin trade, I think that it hurts Seattle’s offense.  However, it brings a spotlight to Doug Baldwin.  With Golden Tate in Detroit and now Harvin to the Jets, Baldwin will get a shot to carry the receiver core.  Baldwin has great chemistry with his QB and they can still run the ball.  He showed an ability to put up WR1 stats in last week’s loss to STL.  If you grab him now, it could be a steal.

Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants– Since Cruz is out for the remainder of the season his targets need to go to someone.  And while Randle moves to the #1 spot, Beckham will see his targets increase as well.  Giants are a pass first offense who always seems to play from behind.  Anyone who finds the endzone twice in one game should grab your attention.

Stevie Johnson, San Francisco 49ers– I have been waiting all season to put this guy on the list.  I know that he is the #3 WR but he has talent and every week he continues to improve.  He was a fantasy starter when he played for Buffalo and I think he has potential in San Francisco as well.  He is on a bye so he won’t help you this week.  WR are hard to judge so he is worth a serious look.  If San Francisco’s defense continue to struggle the offense will have to throw to keep up.

Tight Ends:

Dwayne Allan, Indianapolis Colts– When it comes to this team’s offense you have to view it just like you would the Denver Broncos.  There are plenty of points to go around and if you can score, luck will get you the ball. Allen is 7th in overall scoring even though he is still available in 68% of leagues.  He is an week starter, if you have roster space pick him up!

Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens– So he never lived up to his former glory like I predicted, sorry about that.  However when it some the very shallow TE pool, having the 11th highest scorer isn’t a bad thing.  That makes him a starter in 12-team leagues.  If you are looking for someone to fill in for a week, he is worth closer look.

Clay Harbor, Jacksonville Jaguars– I moved him down the list this week to make it look like a fresh pick.  He didn’t find the endzoze this week so he only scored a measly 3pts.  However he did catch 6 passes last week in short yardage situations which tells me that isn’t for gotten.  I fully expect him to get some endzone work in this Sunday.

Quarterback:

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins– Tannehill is quietly averaging just over 16pts per came which places him 13th among QB’s ahead of names like Cam Newton and Tom Brady.  While I fully expect Newton and Brady to eventually finish the season near the top 10 it’s a testament to how good Tannehill can be.  He has almost 800 yards and 6 TD’s over the last 3 weeks.  His 21% ownership is up 8% so he is starting to show on the radar, you may want to grab him quick before it’s too late.

Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills- Always a threat to throw for 300 yards Orton has a huge upside.  Turnovers have been a bit of an issue which is why he is second on this list.  He is averaging just over 15 points per game since taking the starting roll averaging almost 300 yards per game while scoring 5TD’s and 3INT’s.  Injuries to both key running backs could be an issue or it could open the passing game wide open.

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs– It’s been a couple weeks since Smith was in a relevant waiver wire conversation.  Going into week 7 shaking off a tough pre-bye week performance in SF, Smith got back on track scoring 14 pts vs division rival San Diego Chargers.  Over the last 5 weeks Smith has thrown 8 TD’s and only 1 Int.  He has also rushed for 102 yards on 18 carries adding a few points on the back end.  With games and STL, NYJ, and BUF coming up, there is definitely opportunity here.

Running Back:

Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos– I could have very easily copied and pasted last week’s paragraph here because nothing has changed except that he is still just sitting on the waiver wire.  HE IS ONLY 22% OWNED!  In his 2 weeks as a starter he has finished in the top 20.  He plays for an offense whose captain is arguably the best scoring QB the game.  There is no sane reason for him to still be available in your league.  Pick him up now!

Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars- Toby Gerhart was supposed to the man, but like Monte Ball the experts got it all wrong.  The expectation was for Storm Johnson to take over the starting roll but Gerhart’s injury seem to open the door for Robinson instead.  127 yards on 22 carries and 1 Td.  How do you ignore those stats?  Week #8 vs Miami is going to be a tough one, starting him next week would carry some risk.  You have to decide if it is risk you are willing to take.

Tre Mason, St. Loius Rams & Jerick McKinon, Minnesota Vikings– Both of these guys play for bad teams, both of these guys have starters that are unable to perform, both of these guys were supposed to move from #3 to #2 on the depth chart, and both of these guys have shown they won’t be held back.  While people were looking to scoop up Cunningham and Asiata these guys were quietly out performing them on regular basis.  It appears that both of these players are getting the majority of their teams carries.  If you need to bye week fill in, these guys will do that nicely. 

Wide Receivers:

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks– I will be the first one to say that I am not a fan of the Percy Harvin trade, I think that it hurts Seattle’s offense.  However, it brings a spotlight to Doug Baldwin.  With Golden Tate in Detroit and now Harvin to the Jets, Baldwin will get a shot to carry the receiver core.  Baldwin has great chemistry with his QB and they can still run the ball.  He showed an ability to put up WR1 stats in last week’s loss to STL.  If you grab him now, it could be a steal.

Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants– Since Cruz is out for the remainder of the season his targets need to go to someone.  And while Randle moves to the #1 spot, Beckham will see his targets increase as well.  Giants are a pass first offense who always seems to play from behind.  Anyone who finds the endzone twice in one game should grab your attention.

Stevie Johnson, San Francisco 49ers– I have been waiting all season to put this guy on the list.  I know that he is the #3 WR but he has talent and every week he continues to improve.  He was a fantasy starter when he played for Buffalo and I think he has potential in San Francisco as well.  He is on a bye so he won’t help you this week.  WR are hard to judge so he is worth a serious look.  If San Francisco’s defense continue to struggle the offense will have to throw to keep up.

Tight Ends:

Dwayne Allan, Indianapolis Colts– When it comes to this team’s offense you have to view it just like you would the Denver Broncos.  There are plenty of points to go around and if you can score, luck will get you the ball. Allen is 7th in overall scoring even though he is still available in 68% of leagues.  He is an week starter, if you have roster space pick him up!

Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens– So he never lived up to his former glory like I predicted, sorry about that.  However when it some the very shallow TE pool, having the 11th highest scorer isn’t a bad thing.  That makes him a starter in 12-team leagues.  If you are looking for someone to fill in for a week, he is worth closer look.

Clay Harbor, Jacksonville Jaguars– I moved him down the list this week to make it look like a fresh pick.  He didn’t find the endzoze this week so he only scored a measly 3pts.  However he did catch 6 passes last week in short yardage situations which tells me that isn’t for gotten.  I fully expect him to get some endzone work in this Sunday.

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Jason Duclos

Jason DuClos has been a contributing writer for CCB since 2013. He is a loving father of three, a devoted husband, part time youth director, and full time fantasy football fanatic. When he is not coaching 1st and 4th grade basketball, teaching, or writing a paper for school is he working on his blog. He is self described as the other side of the coin, someone who lives on the side of devils advocate. Whether it's fantasy football or wrestling, he will not shy away from controversy. You can read his blogs exclusively on CCB and follow him on Twitter @TSMPDX

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