This is shaping up to be one of the better waiver wire weeks of the year. So much so that I can’t even bring myself to waste valuable newsletter real estate on recapping MNF.
We have a ton of options on the wire, including a bunch of young, talented players stepping into big roles. With the fantasy regular season (Weeks 1-13) more than half over, it’s time to get aggressive on the wire and make that push for the playoffs.
The recommendations below are all owned in less than 25% of ESPN fantasy leagues, but if for some reason a guy like Chase Edmonds is still available in your league, he’s by far the #1 add with Kenyan Drake expected to miss multiple weeks.
Also, I didn’t recommend any QBs because they are generally pretty easy to acquire, but I’d love to take a peek at Tua if I don’t have a high upside QB option currently. Alright, let’s get to it…
The Top 5 Waiver Adds For Week 8
- Deejay Dallas (RB - Rostered in 0.5% of ESPN leagues). Chris Carson is “week-to-week” with a midfoot sprain and Carlos Hyde is dealing with a hamstring injury. Travis Homer also suffered a knee contusion and Rashaad Penny (knee) still isn’t ready either. This leaves the 4th round rookie draft pick Deejay Dallas as the only healthy remaining back. Dallas has an all-around skill set that gives him a pretty high ceiling if he receives the majority of RB touches.
- JaMycal Hasty (RB - 3.5%). Similar to the Seahawks, the 49ers are down to the bone with their running backs. With Jeff Wilson Jr. likely headed to injured reserve, Hasty should take over the thunder component to this backfield with Jerick McKinnon remaining the lightning. Considering they play the Seahawks next—a team that continues to pour scoring gasoline on every matchup—Hasty could have a huge week. He’s another must-add, though one thing to keep an eye on is Tevin Coleman potentially returning from IR this week.
- Brandon Aiuyk (WR - 20.7%). We have mentioned Aiyuk in this same space in previous weeks, but the door is now wide open for him with Deebo Samuel once again dealing with an injury (hamstring). Aiyuk and Samuel have similar skill sets so he should immediately step into the vacated role now that he’s more comfortable in the offense.
- Rashard Higgins (WR - 0.2%) - Odell Beckham Jr. is out for the season (ACL), which means Higgins will step right into his WR role alongside Jarvis Landry. Higgins caught all six of his targets for 110 yards in relief for Beckham in Week 7 and will be a solid option going forward. He doesn’t possess the game-breaking athleticism of Odell, but the volume should be there.
- Richard Rodgers (TE - 4.0%) - The man affectionately known as “Dick Rod” (I hope I’m allowed to say that. I guess we’ll find out) had 85 yards on 6 catches on Thursday night and will be a plug and play TE in Philadelphia for as long as Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert continue to miss time. Best of all, he gets the immensely fantasy-friendly Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Honorable Mention: La’Mical Perine (RB), Harrison Bryant (TE), Eno Benjamin (RB), Denzel Mims (WR), Nelson Agholor (WR)
Chris Spags and I discussed a handful of these options on a recent episode of the Splash Play podcast.
Injury Roundup. Chris Godwin is OUT for Week 8 after receiving surgery on his fractured left index finger. Antonio Brown and Scotty Miller both look interesting as of now...Kenyan Drake is expected to miss a few weeks due to a high-ankle sprain. As mentioned above, that crisp in the air means it's Chase Edmonds szn...It’s possible Christian McCaffrey returns on Thursday. Coach Matt Rhule says Mike Davis will still play when he does return, but I don’t believe him!..Andy Dalton’s (concussion) status for Sunday is in doubt...Joe Mixon is day-to-day with his foot injury.
Loose Ends. Antonio Brown officially signed his one-year contract with the Bucs on Tuesday...Jordan Raanan of ESPN thinks the Giants should consider trading Evan Engram...Will the Miami Dolphins consider trading Ryan Fitzpatrick?