NFL Week 8 – Waiver Wire Pickups
As you might expect at this point in the NFL season, your best Waiver Wire pickups entering Week 8 of this season are filled with guys who’ll likely see more playing time due to the guy ahead of them on the depth chart getting injured.
Given that, we recognize that most of these recommendations might be “spot duty” guys. But as the saying goes: the fantasy football season isn’t a race, but a marathon. And you always need guys who can get you through the grueling mid-portions of the season.
Kenjon Barner, Running Back, New England Patriots – The New England Patriots dodged a major bullet this week, when they found out that rookie running back Sony Michel didn’t sustain any structural damage to his already banged-up knee, when he was tackled awkwardly – and carried off the field – in the Patriots’ win over Chicago. But, New England will be without Michel’s services for the immediate future, and possibly even through their bye in Week 11. Based on what we saw, former Philadelphia Eagles’ reserve running back Kenjon Barner will step into Michel’s role as the primary running back in the offense, with James White continuing to serve as more of a pass-catching weapon. Barner had 10 carries last Sunday, but that total could very well go up.
Danny Amendola, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins – While many people might have drafted him before the season started, it’s very likely that you’ll find Amendola sitting on waivers, after a lot of disgruntled fantasy owners released him after a very underwhelming first month of the season. But with injuries to both Albert Wilson (he’s out for the season) and Kenny Stills (he looks doubtful to play in Thursday night’s game against Houston), Amendola might be a solid pickup, especially if you’re in need of a wide receiver or flex guy in a league where any points are given to receptions. Over the first five games of the season, Amendola had a grand total of 20 targets; over the last two games alone, he’s had 18 targets, with 59 or more receiving yards in both games.
Jalen Richard, Running Back, Oakland Raiders – Marshawn Lynch is reportedly set to miss “at least” month with a groin issue. Doug Martin, DeAndre Washington, and Richard are behind Lynch on the Raiders running back depth chart. Richard is the most enticing waiver wire add, especially because of his versatile receiving ability — he led Oakland in catches in Week 6. Also, Richard has seen his usage increase with Derek Carr checking down a lot this season in negative game scripts. A lead role in this offense with Lynch’s absence is not out of the question for Richard. While Derek Carr is averaging a career-high 7.65 yards per attempt right now, after losing Amari Cooper via trade, expect that number to come down closer to his career average of 6.64 yards per attempt; in other words, more check downs to Richard, who’s already second on the team in receptions.
Chris Ivory, Running Back, Buffalo Bills — While Chris Ivory might get more carries for the Buffalo Bills because LeSean McCoy is currently in the concussion protocol, the bigger truth is that there’s a high potential for McCoy to get traded between now and next week’s NFL trade deadline, as the Bills continue their rebuild process. The other truth is that even if Ivory were to ascend to a starting role in Buffalo, the offense is so moribund that it’s hard to imagine any real substantive production from Ivory. But if you play in a deeper league, or you’re just desperate for a running back to start when many teams have their bye week in the next few weeks, Ivory is an option for you.