Week 8 Waiver Wire Targets
Week Seven was pretty quiet in terms of injuries, but there are still plenty of players out there worth a roster spot so it makes for a decent Waiver Wire week!
We are now getting close to the halfway point of the season, and it may be too late for any one-win or winless teams. Still, it’s fun to spoil others, and there is always a chance you go off and somehow squeak into the playoffs. Long story short, don’t give up quite yet.
You may need to blow your FAAB, but there are players capable of winning you a week or two so let’s dive into some players worth adding this week.
Darrell Henderson Jr – Running Back – Los Angeles Rams (12% rostered)
A weird situation unfolded this weekend with the Rams’ Running Backs. Rookie Zach Evans seemed to be the next man up, but something in practice must have made them reconsider.
The Rams brought Darrell Henderson and Royce Freeman up from the practice squad and played both of them instead.
Henderson got a majority of the work against Pittsburgh, rushing 18 times for 61 yards and a touchdown. He caught one pass for five yards.
Kyren Williams and Ronnie Rivers are on IR until their Bye in three weeks, so Henderson should see plenty of work over at least the next two games. Dallas may be rough, but after that they get the Packers’ atrocious rush defense.
You may need to spend up to get Henderson, but just know he could be only a two-week rental.
Royce Freeman – Running Back – Los Angeles Rams (20% rostered)
Royce Freeman rushed 12 times for 66 yards on Sunday, finishing with a much more efficient day than teammate Darrell Henderson.
At this point it’s merely a guessing game at who gets the most work in that backfield, but it seems like for now Henderson may outcarry Freeman.
Still, this could become a “hot hand” approach and both will be utilized. If you need a Running Back for the next few weeks, either of these guys should suffice.
Kareem Hunt – Running Back – Cleveland Browns (46% rostered)
Jerome Ford left Week Seven late with an ankle injury and was spotted in a boot after. Now there is no update yet, but a boot is usually not a great sign. We could see a multi-week absence, making Kareem Hunt the Browns’ starter (who would have seen that coming?).
He rushed 10 times for 31 yards and two touchdowns, which is a little concerning but you can chalk it up to Ford playing a majority of the game.
Hunt may not be the player of old, but he knows the system and should get the first crack at the backfield. The Browns may bring someone in from free agency or may opt for a trade, but until then Hunt is a must-roster.
D’Onta Foreman – Running Back – Chicago Bears (49% rostered)
Surprisingly, Roschon Johnson missed another game thanks to the concussion he suffered a few weeks ago, so D’Onta Foreman got the start.
And Foreman did not disappoint. He finished the day with 16 carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns. He caught three passes for 31 yards and an additional touchdown.
The Bears beat up on a bad Las Vegas defense, and get the Chargers next week. Should Johnson finally clear concussion protocol, I’d venture to guess he will be worked in with Foreman. Should Foreman continue to produce, maybe we see him as the Bears’ workhorse the rest of the season.
Emari Demarcado – Running Back – Arizona Cardinals (16% rostered)
Classic fantasy football. Emari Demarcado is picked up and stinks in his first action. Then the next week he’s given almost every single carry.
He finished with 13 carries for 58 yards and caught four passes for 17 yards. James Conner could be back soon, and I don’t really want to play Demarcado against the Ravens and Browns, but he is a fill-in if you are desperate.
Rashee Rice – Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs (49% rostered)
Rashee Rice is still trending in the right direction, and yet is available in just over half of leagues on ESPN.
Even with an explosion by Travis Kelce and a long touchdown by deep threat MVS, Rice still got plenty of work and scored his third touchdown of the year.
Rice is making a case to be the true number one receiver in KC, and where he may never be close to Tyreek Hill numbers, a consistent WR1 on a top offense is always good to have.
Rice gets Denver and Miami the next two weeks, so he has a great opportunity to keep building on his rookie season.
Kendrick Bourne – Wide Receiver – New England Patriots (24% rostered)
Even with Kendrick Bourne flashing this season, it was hard to have him be a waiver wire pickup with how dysfunctional the Patriots have looked this year. But the Patriots worked out some kinks this past week, beating the Bills in one of the bigger upsets.
The past two weeks have been great for Bourne, who went 10 for 89 yards against the Raiders and then six for 63 yards and a touchdown against the Bills.
With Miami, Washington, and Indy the next three weeks, Bourne and the Patriots have some opportunity to turn the ship around.
Josh Downs – Wide Receiver – Indianapolis Colts (35% rostered)
This guy continues to play like a potential ROTY candidate, catching five passes for 125 yards and a touchdown against the tough Browns’ defense on Sunday.
Downs has continued to impress on an offense that had a lot of questions coming into the season, and he has also stayed relevant even with all the changes on offense.
Downs has been one of Gardiner Minshew’s favorite targets, and since he should be the one to finish out this season, Downs should stay relevant.
Buyer beware: he faces New Orleans next week and New England in a few weeks, so let’s see how he does against tough matchups again.
Dalton Kincaid – Tight End – Buffalo Bills (31% rostered)
Finally, Dalton Kincaid saw the action he was drafted for, catching eight passes for 75 yards. It was by far the best game of the season for the rookie Tight End, and the Bills’ struggles may finally force him into more action.
Now there really isn’t much more to say on this except he should be a stash type of player for now. One game isn’t enough to really say Kincaid has “arrived”, but there is a chance we see the rookie break out over the second half of the season, especially now that news broke Dawson Knox will undergo wrist surgery.
Kyler Murray – Quarterback – Arizona Cardinals (22% rostered)
Kyler Murray has been back practicing with the first team offense, but most likely the Cardinals will ease the young Quarterback back from his ACL tear. He could potentially sit until Week 10, so this is another stash option.
Murray has always provided solid fantasy points thanks to his rushing, and that could be a big risk moving forward. Murray may stay in the pocket more, but until we see him play it’s hard to say what will happen.
If you are in desperate need of a Quarterback and can afford to wait a few more weeks, Murray might be a solid option. The Cardinals’ schedule also gets a bit easier over the second half of the season.
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