Waiver Wire Fantasy Football Pickups for Week 8

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Week 7 of the 2020 Fantasy Football season is in the rear-view and there are more injuries to report. The biggest two were Odell Beckham Jr. and Chris Carson. See below and hit the waiver wire to replace those studs.

These are players that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.

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Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

Time will tell if Dolphins under Tua can be as explosive as a Ryan Fitzpatrick led offense; but it’s his time to lead the Miami Dolphins. The weapons are in place for Tua. If he can adjust to the speed of the game, his accuracy should be a plus for his receivers. Allowing the wideouts to rip off huge sums of yardage after the catch. We’ve seen what Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert have done in their rookie season thus far. Tua might need some time to get acclimated but he’s just as talented as his draft classmates.

Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers

It’s time to take Teddy more seriously as a fantasy contributor. He’s in a system that allows him to take advantage deep and he has the horses on the outside that can stretch the field. The free agent acquisition of Robby Anderson has been one of the most underrated signings in the league. Anderson is opening things for D.J Moore and Curtis Samuel to take full advantage.

Bridgewater’s latest performance was another efficient ball game completing 23/28 passes for 254 yards and 2 touchdowns. Teddy is on a roll and it should get even better this week against the Falcons’ putrid defense which he dominated in Week 5; for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns. Those numbers might be the floor for him in Week 8.

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Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders

Even though the Raiders took a L on Sunday against the Buccaneers, Carr and the Raiders passing offense continued to be on the same page. The health and speed of Henry Ruggs gives Carr more room to operate in the middle of the field targeting Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow, and Nelson Agholor. If you need a bye week replacement or a QB to start when your QB has a tough matchup, Carr can rack up fantasy production.

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Carlos Hyde/Travis Homer/DeeJay Dallas, Seattle Seahawks

The top RB pickup this week under 50% ownership should be Carlos Hyde (if healthy) with the injury to starter Chris Carson. The Seahawks aren’t a run heavy team anymore. However, Hyde gets an opportunity to get the bulk of the carries on an offense that moves the ball up and down the football field with relative ease. He’s a plug and play RB2 with Carson out and can potentially give you Mike Davis-like production in the short term.

*Hyde is dealing with hamstring tightness so keep a close eye on his status. If he’s out for Week 8 pivot to DeeJay Dallas or Travis Homer if active.

JaMychal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers

Another week another injury to the 49ers backfield. After running for 3 touchdowns and 112 yards against the Patriots, Jeff Wilson lands on injured reserve. Enter Hasty and Jerick McKinnon to share the load in an extremely effective Kyle Shanahan run game. They both are great pickups but Hasty is the player more available as he’s under 50% ownership. Grab him off waivers and start him if you’re in an RB pinch.

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Damien Harris, New England Patriots

Even though Harris hasn’t quite unlocked his true potential yet, I’m still bullish on him as a player to add to your team. The Patriots offense hasn’t looked good but Harris in my opinion is the key to get them on the right track. If the Patriots defense and Cam Newton get their act together it should lead to more positive game scripts for Harris to get more carries. More carries with a robust 5.4 yards per carry average should lead to better fantasy days for Harris.

Other Running Backs I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –

  • Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
  • La’Mical Perine, New York Jets

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Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers

Another 49er pickup with Brandon Aiyuk. He produced last week and had his best game of the year (6/115). That was with Deebo Samuel in the lineup. Deebo is out for the next couple weeks after injuring his hamstring in the second half. Aiyuk will be used similarly as Deebo and should be on your radar as a flex option. The lack of healthy bodies in San Francisco gives Aiyuk a chance to produce as a playmaker in the run and pass game.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants

Fresh of the IR, Shepard came back from a lengthy absence and looked the part. He led the Giants receivers in targets and gained 59 yards and a TD. Daniel Jones and the Giants offense can be hit or miss so it’s best to deploy Shepard in those great matchups. Darius Slayton is still the guy on the outside but Shepard can produce in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field.

Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns

Hollywood Higgins gets another opportunity to showcase his talent with the season ending injury to Odell Beckham. He ran a route on every Baker Mayfield pass attempt and is the biggest beneficiary with OBJ out. Jarvis Landry should eat with more passing targets and Donovan Peoples-Jones is the dynasty stash, but Higgins is a great addition to target for this week.

Other Wide Receivers I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –

  • Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Denzel Mims/Breshad Perriman, New York Jets

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Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

Go grab Goedert immediately, you won’t regret it. Zach Ertz will be out for a while and as soon as Goedert gets back from injury he will be a TE1 for your fantasy team. Congratulations if you already own Goedert.

Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts

If he’s still available on your waivers after the Colts bye week, now is the time to pounce. Burton is the TE1 on a Philip Rivers led offense so he will definitely be involved.

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steeers

I’m still on the Ebron train. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Pittsburgh but Ebron has a role in the offense and has picked up his target volume of late. The TDs will come but 8 targets for a TE is money for fantasy managers.

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