Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pick-Ups for Week 8

The “Duh” Pick-Ups

Odell Beckham Jr.- Two TD’s in his first game in a starting role is significant. I would have liked there to be more targets(only 6) but the production was there and he should be picked up everywhere if you weren’t buying him simply on the expanded role.

Dwayne Allen- He’s a touchdown machine! He has 5 TD’s in his 7 games this season and is available in a lot of leagues. He is mostly TD dependent but is a top 10 tight end and entrenched in the second tier of tight ends after Julius Thomas, Gronk, Jimmy Graham and Greg Olsen(that’s right Greg Olsen!).

Jerick McKinnon- Did you read me last week? He put together another good game and is a strong flex and decent RB2 going forward.

Carson Palmer- I wanted to see more and I saw enough to think Palmer should be owned everywhere. He was solid again against Washington and has a good schedule coming up with the Eagles, Cowboys and Rams. Palmer has enough weapons in Andre Ellington, Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown to keep playing well and throwing TD’s.

Ronnie Hillman- How does 103 total yards and 2 TD’s sound?? Pretty great right? I’d pick him up if he’s available.

Colts D/ST- I doubted them significantly this year and all they have done is produce. They are a top 10 fantasy defense and have scored double digit points in four of their last five games. Their upcoming schedule is the Steelers and Giants before the bye, which doesn’t scare me. If you are moving on from draft day defense grab the widely available Colts.

Chandler Catanzaro- Very quietly putting up a good season for a kicker. He has scored no less than 7 points in every game he’s played this season and has yet to miss a field goal this season(jinx looming). If you whiffed on kicker during your draft it’s time to move on and pick up this top 10 kicker. I also suggest Cody Parkey if he was dropped during his bye week and available in your league as a top 10 kicker on waivers.

 

The “Other Pick-Ups”

Ryan Tannehill- He has quietly put together three consecutive quality outings, two of them having been at least 20 fantasy points. The key to Tannehill’s recent fantasy success has been his rushing during these past 3 games. Tannehill has rushed for 132 yards in those 3 games with no less than 35 yards in every game. If he keeps playing solid football and keeps up the rushing he could sneak into the top 15 at the position.

Benny Cunningham- The Rams seem to have shifted away from Zac Stacy and are going running back by committee now, with Cunningham and Tre Mason as the main backs. Cunningham has been getting about 10 touches every game since the bye week and has scored in every game since the bye week as well. Not the best option in the world but he could have some value going forward.

Davante Adams- Aaron Rodgers makes 3 of his receivers have fantasy value.

Owen Daniels- He’s a solid tight end. His upside is limited by his skills at this point in his 9th season in the NFL, but he will have his moments. He has 25 targets 17 catches 205 yards and a TD since taking over the starting role, and had 9 targets for 58 yards and a TD against the Falcons Sunday. He’s had success under Gary Kubiak(Ravens offensive coordinator) during their time in Houston and I think he continue to be fairly successful in the starting role.

Pick-Ups due to Injury

Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon- I think Bryce Brown is the guy you want here with both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson slated to miss time. Buffalo will still want to run the ball though so I could see Dixon getting some tread as well, especially at the goal line. Next week will provide more clarity into this situation.

Need to see more

Denard Robinson, Storm Johnson- Robinson had a big game on Sunday with 22 carries for 127 yards and a TD. Storm had 6 carries for 16 yards and a score. It looks like Robinson has passed Johnson on the depth chart but one big game doesn’t necessarily make that true. I want to see more from both of them and see how the workload is split before I could start to trust either of them.

Doug Baldwin- With Percy Harvin shipped out of town Baldwin steps into the #1 receiver role for the Seahawks, and he took full advantage of it last week with 7 catches on 11 targets for 123 yards and a TD. Baldwin has been mostly fantasy irrelevant so far this year, with only two games with over 50 yards receiving. If he can keep this up though, he is definitely worth the add and might start cracking line-ups.

Tre Mason- 85 yards and a TD isn’t shabby at all, and with the above mentioned departure from Zac Stacy at running back Mason clearly could grab the job and literally run with it. There are concerns about his snap count and usage in a game when they are trailing, and I would just like to see it again from the rookie before I trust him. He is definitely on the radar though.

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