NFL Week 8 waiver-wire targets

OBJ's ACL injury leaves a rather large void.

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We saw a couple of big-name fantasy players come away with injuries after the week 7 dust settled. The biggest name (and biggest injury) was Odell Beckham Jr., who tore his ACL in Cleveland’s game against the Bengals. There was one main wide receiver who stepped up after OBJ exited and who will be worth grabbing to help fill that rather large void. Meanwhile, Kenyan Drake and Chris Carson were the other two big-name fantasy players to get hurt. Currently slated as “week-to-week”, Carson definitely appears to be in better shape than Drake, who is likely to miss multiple weeks. Chase Edmonds will not be listed here because he is rostered in too many leagues, but he might end up being a league winner this year and, if he is available, you absolutely need to grab him.

PPR waiver wire targets

  1. Corey Davis (TEN WR) – Corey Davis is the most talented, regular starting wide receiver on waivers right now, and is rostered in only 22% of ESPN leagues. Davis has not had a game yet this year with fewer than 5 targets. He is 2nd on the team in air yard market share at 25% – behind only AJ Brown – but leads the team in target share at 20%. Davis is also 2nd on the team in red zone targets with 5, despite missing 2 games. 
  1. Carlos Hyde (SEA RB) – *UPDATE: It sounds like Carlos Hyde came away with a hamstring injury. DeeJay Dallas would serve as the primary running back in the event Carson, Hyde, and Travis Homer are all banged up.* If you have Chris Carson or if you need immediate running back help, Carlos Hyde should be your main target this week. After playing 21, 15, and 16 snaps in weeks 1-3, Hyde was called into action logging 41 snaps and 15 rush attempts after Carson hurt his foot early in week 7. He was able to turn those rushes into 68 yards and a TD, showing he hasn’t lost much from his 1,000 yard rushing season last year. The encouraging aspect in PPR leagues is that Hyde also paced the team’s running backs in routes run with 20, leading other backup DeeJay Dallas who had 6. Hyde should get a sizable chunk of the role Carson had in weeks 1-6 until he returns.
  1. Rashard Higgins (CLE WR) – It appears as if Higgins is going to step right into the OBJ role, based on Sunday’s usage against Cincinnati. Per PFF, Higgins actually led the team in routes run with 28, which was more than Landry’s 25 and Donovan Peoples-Jones’ 20. Higgins also paced the receiving corps in production, hauling in all 6 of his targets for 110 yards. He was already playing a partial role, having seen 5 targets across weeks 5 and 6. With OBJ out now, Higgins will take on a much larger role in an offense that has regularly played in shootouts this season.
  1. Nelson Agholor (LV WR) – Nelson Agholor has found himself in a bit of a featured role within the Raiders offense over the past couple of weeks. While the volume wasn’t great until week 7, the production has been there. Agholor has caught a TD in three straight games now and he finally saw a target amount that matched his time on the field this year. His 9 targets in week 7 were his highest on the year so far, but he has actually led the Raiders’ wide receivers in total routes run, and he continues to lead them on a weekly basis. Perhaps it was just a matter of time for Agholor’s volume to spike due to how much he has been on the field.
  1. Dallas Goedert (PHI TE) – Just a reminder here to snag Dallas Goedert if you didn’t last week as I suggested. Zach Ertz is slated to miss a few more weeks and Goedert will be a main target in the offense, just like we saw from Richard Rodgers in week 7.

Non-PPR waiver wire targets

As previously mentioned, touchdowns are much more valuable in non-PPR leagues, and the high volume pass catchers are much less valuable. This fact will change around some of the rankings for our waiver wire targets. This week’s non-PPR adds are going to be the same as the PPR adds due to injuries around the league. However, some guys get a slight boost or downgrade due to reliance on pass catching or TDs.

  1. Carlos Hyde (SEA RB) – I would prioritize Carlos Hyde over the other options this week in non-PPR as he has the most TD equity of the group. Carson was heavily utilized in the red zone for the Seahawks and Hyde should jump right into that role.
  1. Corey Davis (TEN WR) – Davis being 2nd on the team in red zone targets with 5 despite missing 2 games tells you how involved he is when the Titans are threatening to score. He is a great add in all formats.
  1. Rashard Higgins (CLE WR) – It’s hard to know what Higgins’ red zone role will look like going forward, but with only Jarvis Landry as a big name pass catcher, and Cleveland’s defense being one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, the Browns could play in shootouts for the rest of the year like they have through the first 7 weeks. 
  1. Nelson Agholor (LV WR) – While Agholor has 4 TDs this year, including 3 in his last 3 games, he does only have 3 red zone targets. This is because his targets have typically been deep down the field and he has been a threat to score from anywhere so far through 7 weeks.
  1. Dallas Goedert (PHI TE) – Same as above, pick up Goedert if he is available. He was a top add in this article last week and should return for the Eagles soon.
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Top streaming QB options

  1. Teddy Bridgewater (CAR) – Teddy has been a mainstay as a top waiver add this year. He is still unrostered in the majority of leagues and gets a matchup with arguably the worst pass defense in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons. Teddy threw for 313 yards and 2 TDs against the Falcons a couple weeks ago and should easily be able to repeat that. The Falcons have allowed the most fantasy points to the quarterback position this year at a whopping 27 per game, including 19 TDs in 7 games. 
  1. Derek Carr (LV) – Remember how the Browns defense is one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL and they play in shootouts pretty often? Enter Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders in week 8. The Browns have allowed the 8th most fantasy points to opposing QBs at 21.3 per game, including 16 TDs in 7 games. Carr has thrown for 2+ TDs in every game this year except for week 1. 

Top streaming defense options

  1. Los Angeles Chargers defense – The Chargers get a matchup with the lowly Denver Broncos offense. The Chargers pass rush finally lived up to the hype in week 7 as they racked up 5 sacks against the Jaguars. It helped that Melvin Ingram was able to return to help the pass rush last week. Drew Lock has taken 6 sacks and thrown 4 interceptions in his 4 games played this year. The Broncos are yet to exceed the 21 point threshold under Lock this year as well.
  1. Green Bay Packers defense – The Packers get a matchup with a Vikings offense that hasn’t been great this year outside of a couple garbage time comeback efforts. The Packers have 15 sacks in 7 games, which isn’t a ton, but they’re facing a Vikings offense that has allowed Kirk Cousins to be sacked 14 times in 6 games. Cousins consistently being under pressure has forced him to turn the ball over as well, leading to 10 interceptions thrown through just 6 games. The Packers should jump out to an early lead in this one, forcing Cousins to throw more, and make more mistakes.
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