Another devastating injury hit a team that undoubtedly needed to avoid losing a major offensive threat. As a result, the Week 8 Waiver Wire takes a hit, again in the shallowest kiddie pool that is the running back waiver wire market.
The Houston Texans RB Arian Foster tore his achilles. Alfred Blue, the only RB on the Week 8 Waiver Wire worth a look, becomes a must-add where you’re weak in RBs. Do not feel alone, as Jamaal Charles’ owners found themselves in a similar situation just weeks ago. Now, Eddie Lacy owners are probably disappointed that James Starks will be featured as the Green Bay Packers go-to RB. It’s been a tough year for Fantasy Football RBs.
Not only are the Texans missing their premier RB, but they just released Ryan Mallett. This brings more clarity to the starting QB situation in Houston and bumps up Hoyer’s Fantasy status a tick. However, there has been no indication as to who the Texans will bring in as their back-up QB given they only carried two QBs on the active roster and Tom Savage is on injured reserve and Zac Dysert is on the practice squad.
Remember, to be eligible for this waiver wire list, players must be less than 30 percent owned in ESPN leagues. So Called Fantasy Experts know not every Fantasy Football player is in such deep leagues, but with that said, don’t hesitate to share your more-owned waiver wire suggestions. If you’d like to compare your matchups each week, use the Fantasy Football: Strength of Schedule Comparison Tool.
Also, the Week 8 byes are as follows: Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars. Remember to check your lineups accordingly, especially if you’re including any of the Week 8 Waiver Wire targets!
Week 8 Waiver Wire Targets
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (24 percent owned)
Even though his ownership is up 13 percent since last Monday, Fitzpatrick is still owned in less than 30 percent of ESPN leagues. He’s not a breakout QB, but you can expect 250 yards, one TD and one turnover every week. He’s recorded at least one TD and at least one turnover every week this year. If you need a QB2 because of a bye or injury, Fitzpatrick has been consistent. The Jets play teams the next three weeks—Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills—that have allowed an average of more than 18 Fantasy points per game against QBs.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (19 percent owned)
Consider Cutler a last-resort option. If your QB situation crumbled to pieces already and Fitzpatrick and Hoyer are owned, Cutler is your only hope on the Week 8 Waiver Wire. Cutler’s Week 8 foe, the Minnesota Vikings, have been rough against QBs, allowing only eight passing TDs while recording four INTs and 17 sacks. Cutler is the lowest-end QB on the waiver wire.
Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (13 percent owned)
The third time is a charm, right? Hoyer has stayed below 30 percent owned, which is why he’s on this list for the third straight week. Hoyer’s thrown only three INTs this season, and has recorded at least two TDs in the air every week since Week 4. If you can still add Hoyer because you have a need at QB, be thankful, but consider he loses value without Foster. This Sunday, Hoyer plays at home against the Tennessee Titans, a team that’s been surprisingly OK against QBs. The Titans have allowed QBs to score an average of 15.6 Fantasy points per game. Hoyer’s not as solid an option as he was three weeks ago, but as a low-end QB2 now, he has a high ceiling.
Alfred Blue, Houston Texans (19 percent owned)
With Foster out for the season from yet another injury, Blue is next on the depth chart. Blue has rushed 60 times for 234 yards and a TD this year, but 31 carries, 139 yards and that lone TD came in Week 3 when Blue plowed through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Keep track of news out of Houston this week, as I imagine the Texans will mix up Blue and Chris Polk out of the backfield. It could be that Chris Polk becomes the lead back. If you’re desperate for RBs, get both, but don’t overpay. I’m more inclined to wait to see how Houston manages this mess.
For instance, where I lost Arian Foster I will not spend on Alfred Blue on WW, I will instead try and trade for C. West where I can.
— Dennis M. Esser (@coachesser) October 26, 2015
Stevie Johnson, San Diego Chargers (25 percent owned)
Last Sunday, Johnson returned from a hamstring injury that kept him off the field for two weeks. Even if TE Antonio Gates returns for the Chargers this Sunday, I expect the Chargers’ WRs to do the bulk of the damage. The Baltimore Ravens stay home to face the Chargers, and the Ravens have allowed TEs to record only 19 receptions for 193 yards and a TD. Against WRs, the Ravens have allowed 94 receptions for 1,332 yards, the most among teams that have played six games. The Ravens have allowed the second most Fantasy points per game (32.3) to WRs. Johnson is a deep-league WR3 as a Week 8 Waiver Wire addition.
Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (16 percent owned)
Tom Brady has targeted Amendola nine times in the Patriots’ last two games. Amendola caught seven and eight passes Week 6 and 7, respectively, to total 191 receiving yards and a TD. He hasn’t played fewer than 60 percent of snaps since Week 2, and played 85 percent of offensive snaps last Sunday. It seems Amendola has a niche in the offense, although it is limited and curbs Amendola’s Week 8 Waiver Wire value. Consider him a solid WR4 with a high ceiling if Brady looks his way all day.
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (27 percent owned)
Ebron is a capable TE on the Week 8 Waiver Wire, but his floor is just as low as his ceiling is high. His TD last Sunday against the Vikings was hist first since Week 2 against the Vikings. Ebron looked athletic on 12-yard TD reception and his 55-yard haul, too, so it appears his knee injury is fading. Unfortunately, the Lions play the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that’s allowed TEs to score only 3.7 Fantasy points per game.
Calvin Johnson was triple-covered on that play. Eric Ebron was no-covered. Interesting strategy, Cotton! — Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) October 25, 2015
Kansas City Chiefs (23 percent owned)
As a Week 8 Waiver Wire D/ST streaming option, the Chiefs have a favorable matchup. They play at home against the Detroit Lions who have a total 476 rushing yards. QB Matthew Stafford has thrown nine interceptions. The Lions’ rotations of RBs do not offer much hope for success. This is a good chance for the Chiefs to build on their meager nine takeaways.
Tennessee Titans (19 percent owned)
The Titans have not been great at stopping the run this year, but they play the Texans this Sunday. Without Foster, the Texans’ backfield is less threatening. Still, the Titans have to keep Hoyer from continuing his streak of games with two or more passing TDs.
As mentioned, the low-ownership threshold I adhere to for the waiver wire targets keeps the list manageable. However, never hesitate to reach out to us in the comments or Twitter for more waiver wire advice.
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