Fantasy Football: Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

Here are the Week 8 waiver wire pickups from senior fantasy football expert Dr. Roto. Keep that bench brimming with talent!

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal

Daily Dr. Roto — October 22, 2019

Week 8 Waiver Wire


Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill, Titans

Tannehill finally started in Week 7, and he made the most of his chance. Unlike Mariota, Tannehill is unafraid to throw downfield and allow his receivers to make plays. He gives the Titans way more balance on offense, which certainly should help RB Derrick Henry.

Spend 8-10% of your FAAB

Nick Foles, Jaguars

Don’t look now, but Foles is close to a return. The Jaguars have played well with Gardner Minshew, but the team paid Foles an awful lot of money to be their starter, so there is little doubt that he will get his job back. Foles has some excellent receivers to work with, so he could be a good stash at this point.

Spend 3-5% of your FAAB

Derek Carr, Raiders

Surprisingly, Carr has played reasonably well thus far in Jon Gruden’s offense. The good news is that the Raiders added WR Zay Jones to their roster, which should help give Carr a solid WR2 to join Tyrell Williams when he returns from injury. Most importantly, TE Darren Waller has been a revelation, and he and Carr have a terrific rapport.

Spend 3-5% of your FAAB

Dwayne Haskins, Redskins

If Case Keenum has another horrible outing in Week 8, there is a good chance that Haskins might be named the starter in Week 9. Haskins is still very raw as a prospect, but the Redskins have nothing to lose by going with him and allowing him to make some mistakes.

Spend 1-2% of your FAAB

Ryan Finley, Bengals

This is just a speculation play, but it seems possible that the Bengals will give up on this season and try to “win” the number one overall draft pick. If that happens, the team will likely move on from Andy Dalton and give Ryan Finley a look at QB. I doubt this will happen in the next week or two, but smart Fantasy owners should be advised of this just in case.

Spend 1-2% of your FAAB

Running Backs

Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds
Chase Edmonds, Cardinals

What happened in Week 7 was quite a shock, as Edmonds ended up getting all but one carry and ran all over the Giants for 3 TDs. With David Johnson dealing with back and ankle issues, Edmonds needs to be owned right now. He does have a rough schedule over the next month (he faces New Orleans this week and the 49ers two out of the following three weeks), but the Air Raid offense is worth picking up in all its forms.

Spend 50-60% of your FAAB

Ty Johnson/JD McKissic, Lions

Kerryon Johnson is week-to-week with a knee injury, but early reports have him missing a decent amount of time. Johnson is the better runner, so expect him to get the bulk of the carries. McKissic is the better pass catcher, so expect him to be playing on obvious passing downs. Neither player is worth breaking the bank over, but both should have an opportunity to play in the coming weeks.

Spend 30-40% of your FABB Budget on Johnson and 25-30% on McKissic

Mark Walton, Dolphins

I will be shocked if Kenyan Drake doesn’t get traded at the trade deadline. If that happens, Walton will be the new starting RB and should perform reasonably well. If you watch the Bills/Dolphins highlights from this past week, you will see that Walton ran hard and aggressive and looked explosive. He also has pretty good hands out of the backfield. This week might be the last chance you have of getting him.

Spend 30-40% of your FAAB

Kareem Hunt, Browns

Hunt is due back shortly, and although Nick Chubb looks fantastic right now, you have to think that Hunt will get an opportunity to play towards the end of the season. Every week you wait on adding Hunt will cost you more, so get him now before his cost rises too high.

Spend 12-15% of your FAAB

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Wide Receivers

Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown
A.J. Brown, Titans

Ryan Tannehill will help the entire Titans passing attack, and Brown is a highly talented rookie who should be able to make a few plays down the stretch. I would not overpay for any Titan, as their offense is still very heavily slanted towards the run, but if they are playing from behind, Brown could be a sneaky source of production.

Spend 10-12% of your FAAB

Danny Amendola, Lions

With Kerryon Johnson out for a few weeks, I think the Lions will become much more of a short-passing, West Coast offense. That plays right into the strengths of Amendola, who always seems to be open over the middle when Matt Stafford needs him. Amendola gets injured easily, so be careful not to overspend on him.

Spend 10-12% of your FAAB

Olabisi Johnson, Vikings

With Adam Thielen most likely sitting out this Thursday night’s game, Johnson is a one-week rental. The Vikings play the Redskins and should control the game on the ground, so I don’t see Johnson getting much more than 8-10 Fantasy points this week.

Spend 3-4% of your FAAB Budget

Zach Pascal, Colts

In his last four games, Pascal has had two games with seven targets, so it looks like he is earning the trust of Jacoby Brissett. The problem with spending too much on Pascal is that the Colts like to involve a lot of players on offense. Feel free to bid on him, but don’t break the bank based on last week’s performance.

Spend 4-6% of your FAAB

Alex Erickson, Bengals

Don’t overpay for Erickson’s once-in-a-lifetime performance from last week. A.J. Green will be back in the next couple of games, so Erickson will be sure to lose playing time unless there is an injury.

Spend 2-4% of your FAAB

Allen Lazard, Packers

Lazard had the most snaps of any Packers WR last weekend, and so long as Davante Adams remains out, he certainly is a viable option. If I owned Adams, I might even make a more concerted effort to pick up Lazard just in case Adams continues to miss time.

Spend 6-8% of your FAAB

Adam Humphries, Titans

As I mentioned earlier, Tannehill’s emergence makes the entire Titan passing game more relevant. Humphries is the slot receiver, who does most of his dirty work on third downs and in garbage time. He’s never going to be a significant Fantasy scorer, but 10-12 points each week is a definite possibility.

Spend 6-8% of your FAAB

Tight Ends

New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson
Ben Watson, Patriots

With Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse both injured, the Patriots brought Ben Watson back, and he is once again starting. He was just cut a few days ago, but anyone who is starting in the Patriots offense is worth a few dollars, especially at such a difficult position to fill.

Spend 2-4% of your FAAB Budget

Foster Moreau, Raiders

TE Darren Waller is the central figure of the Raiders’ offense. If he were to miss any time for any reason, Moreau would step in and be the beneficiary of many of those targets. I can’t imagine me bidding more than 1-2% of my budget on Moreau, but he is the type of player who can reap Fantasy owners’ huge rewards.

Spend 1-2% of your FAAB Budget

Dallas Goedert, Eagles

I usually try to stash Goedert in every league that I play in for one simple reason: What if Zach Ertz goes down with an injury? If that should happen, I think that Goedert would immediately become one of the top five tight ends in Fantasy Football. If you play in a league with a deep roster, stash Goedert for the what-if factor.

Spend 3-5% of your FAAB Budget

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