Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 8: Deshaun Watson, Allen Lazard among top free agent pickups


Deshaun Watson is wholesome and has the potential to be a top-five fantasy soccer participant, however he is =been sitting on waiver wires in most leagues this 12 months. We all know why, however with the NFL’s commerce deadline looming and Watson commerce rumors heating up, it is doubtless that the star QB will likely be among the top Week 8 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds. Fortunately, there are some gamers who’re really, you already know, taking part in who’re value selecting up this week, too. Miles Sanders-backup Kenneth Gainwell and Davante Adams’ “handcuff” Allen Lazard will most likely require claims, however most of this week’s pickups will likely be focused as free brokers after waivers clear round 4-5 a.m. ET on Wednesday mornings in Yahoo and ESPN leagues.

Our full free agent list options extra worthwhile pickups and stashes, corresponding to Rashod Bateman, Boston Scott, Russell Gage, C.J. Uzomah, and Michael Gallup, however many of the worth may be discovered on the end of the list the place we function a bunch of potential Week 8 streamers at QB, WR, TE, and D/ST. Also, in case you’re questioning whether or not you need to drop Justin Tucker throughout his bye week, you may get the reply and discover a substitute with the assistance of our Week 8 kicker rankings.

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Gainwell will doubtless value you a top waiver declare, however it’s doable you could possibly get Scott for free in case you’re fast sufficient. Depending in your scenario (low waiver declare, attempting to save lots of the top spot), you would possibly wish to go that route since Scott really had extra carries than Gainwell final week and we all know the Eagles barely run the ball with their RBs. The Adams COVID information most likely means Lazard will value a waiver declare, too. It’s doable somebody goes all-in on Watson, however given the uncertainty surrounding his scenario, there’s actually no must. Bateman is on bye this week, so he is most likely not value a declare both.

Ultimately, this can primarily be one other massive free agent week. Only a pair house owners ought to hassle with waivers, particularly with simply two groups on bye this week (Ravens, Raiders). Unless accidents actually have you ever determined, you’ll be able to most likely fill the holes with a free agent, as only a few gamers stand out above others.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Top fantasy soccer waiver wire pickups for Week 8

Unless in any other case famous, solely gamers owned in fewer than 50 p.c of Yahoo leagues thought-about.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Texans. Many anticipate Watson to be traded by the Nov. 2 commerce deadline, with the Dolphins or Panthers because the more than likely touchdown spots. It’s unclear if he’ll really be capable to play, because the NFL hasn’t but dominated on his availability as a result of he is been on the Texans’ exempt listing this complete season. Until the NFL says one thing, Watson will likely be eligible to play immediately, so he might have worth as quickly as Week 9. Of course, he might simply simply not see the sphere in any respect this 12 months. We know the expertise Watson has, so he is value stashing simply in case. Even in case you do not want him, it isn’t a nasty concept to maintain him off another person’s staff.

Allen Lazard, WR, Packers. Lazard is coming off his greatest recreation of the season, catching five-of-six targets for 60 yards and a TD. He figures to the Packers “No. 1 receiver” towards the Cardinals in Week 8 after Davante Adams was positioned on the COVID listing. Even after Thursday’s recreation, Lazard has loads of worth, as he’ll be getting three straight favorable matchups (Chiefs, Seahawks, Vikings) in Weeks 9/11.

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Rashaad Penny RB, Seahawks. Penny (calf) got here off the IR on Monday and ran six instances for 9 yards. The lack of manufacturing blended with Alex Collins’ 16 carries is clearly a discouraging signal, however it’s doable Penny sees extra taking part in time subsequent week towards the Jaguars. Collins additionally struggled (35 yards), so his groin harm may need been bothering him. Either method, Penny is value grabbing as a free agent and stashing on the prospect he sees extra work subsequent week.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Boston Scott, RB, Eagles. Scott really obtained two extra carries (7) than Kenneth Gainwell after Miles Sanders (ankle) exited early on Sunday. Scott totaled 29 whole yards on eight touches and scored on a brief TD run. Gainwell had simply 9 touches, however he noticed eight targets and had 61 whole yards. If Sanders misses subsequent week, it is doable Scott is as concerned as Gainwell. As it stands, we predict Gainwell will get extra taking part in time, particularly if the sport is comparatively shut. Scott took benefit of rubbish time in Week 7 and might definitely do it once more, which supplies him worth in PPR leagues, so he is nonetheless value including on the prospect he performs greater than we predict in a extremely favorable matchup towards the Lions.

Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys. Gallup (calf) is anticipated to return from the IR in Week 8. He hasn’t performed since Week 1, however we all know he may be an explosive a part of the Cowboys’ high-powered offense. He’s value having in your bench as a doable WR3/flex worth going ahead, particularly in Week 8 towards Minnesota.

For extra waiver/free agent strategies, together with top pickups Kenneth Gainwell, Russell Gage, Rashod Bateman, and extra streaming choices, try our full Week 8 list.

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