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2017 Fantasy Football: Week 8 Waiver Wire Hound

Who should you be targeting on the fantasy football waiver wire this week?

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The following players are owned in less than 60% of fantasy football leagues and could present a value to your rosters.

*Availability (% owned) and statistics based on Yahoo! PPR leagues.


QUARTERBACK

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (55%) — Dalton gets the Colts (30th against QB’s, 20.86 FPPG) and Titans (27th against QB’s, 20.03 FPPG) in two of the next three weeks. If you’re streaming QB’s, he’s a great option.

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (52%) — The Rams have a bye this week, but then Goff has only a few bad matchups the rest of the way. Overall, his remaining opponents allow 17.41 FPPG to QB’s. Goff averages 17.89.


RUNNING BACK

Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (44%) — Will Ezekiel Elliott eventually be suspended? Who knows? But, if you’ve got space on your roster to wait, McFadden may just put up RB2 numbers for you when/if Elliott is suspended.

Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings (41%) — Murray’s playing time has seen a definite up-tick since Dalvin Cook went down, but there was always concern about whether or not Murray was fully “back” from offseason ankle surgery. Well, on Sunday, he looked good. He actually looked like his former fast and powerful self en route to 113 rushing yards.

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (40%) — Mack is going to be frustrating fantasy owners the rest of the season because of the team that he is on, but he will be worth being on rosters all the way through, especially in PPR. With Robert Turbin out for the year, Mack actually saw more snaps than starter Frank Gore on Sunday, 32-22. That is significant because it’s the first time all year that Gore hasn’t led the team in snaps, and this wasn’t the first time that the Colts have been blown out.

Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (38%) — Riddick is almost always a decent flex option in PPR leagues. He’s catching 3.8 passes per game and averaging 36.5 yards from scrimmage per game. He hasn’t scored any TD’s since Week 1 so his value is purely based on PPR for now.

Matt Forte, New York Jets (30%) — Forte’s fantasy value has been resurrected from a PPR perspective. After missing Weeks 4 and 5 with turf toe, he has returned the last two weeks and caught 13 passes and averaged 81.5 total yards of offense per game.

Dion Lewis, New England Patriots (29%) — If you’re going to try and count on any guys from the Patriots backfield, Lewis and James White appear to be the guys. Lewis has been getting more involved every week, leading the team in carries the last two weeks. Although he’s been a great PPR option in the past, he’s only caught 8 passes this year. It makes sense for that number to go up.

D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans (13%) — If the Texans didn’t try to find ways to get Foreman better involved over their bye week, then I don’t know what’s going on. He makes plays seemingly every game and averages 5.2 yards per touch. They’ve got something great going on with QB Deshaun Watson but they can take it up another notch with Foreman being a weapon in the red zone as well.

Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders (11%) — Marshawn Lynch is suspended for this week, so Richard appears to be the main man. Buffalo isn’t a great matchup (ninth-fewest FPPG to RB’s, 15.44) but Richard can catch passes, so that gives him added value. I wouldn’t count on him as anything more than a PPR flex option this week, however.


WIDE RECEIVER

Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (53%) — Kearse doesn’t get a ton of catches but he seems to make the most of them. Targeted 5.3 times per game, he averages 46.9 yards per game and has scored 4 times.

Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans Saints (51%) — Ginn had hot fantasy stock leading up to the season, and after a mundane start to the year, he’s finally heating back up. In the last two weeks, he’s caught 11-of-11 targets for 207 yards (18.8 avg) and 1 TD. Overall, he’s caught 81% of his targets on the season.

Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (42%) — Kupp has been a pretty consistent performer this year, averaging 3.3 catches (6.1 targets) for 45.1 yards per game and scoring 3 times.

Marqise Lee (40%) and Allen Hurns (38%), Jacksonville JaguarsYou can’t expect Lee and Hurns to combine for 9 catches for 173 yards every week like they just did against the Colts, but they are obviously Blake Bortles’ favorite weapons. Either of them are good options to keep on your bench for a rainy day when your other WR’s are on a bye, hurt or you need a flex.

Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (38%) — Steve Sarkisian has found a way to ground the Falcons’ high-flying offense, but it’s not affecting Sanu much. He missed a couple of games with a hamstring injury but is averaging 4.4 catches (6.8 targets) for 45.6 yards per game.

Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (37%) — One of the biggest beneficiaries of Goff’s development has been Woods. He has at least 5 catches in four of the last five games. Overall, he’s averaging 10.3 FPPG in those contests.

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (25%) — Davis has been out since Week 2 after aggravating a summer hamstring injury. He is finally expected to begin practicing again next week. He is a nice “boom” candidate for the second half of the year. Perhaps he could be the catalyst for Tennessee’s passing game woes.

Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (21%) — While DeVante Parker has been slowed by an injury recently, Stills has been on fire. In the last two weeks, he has 10 catches (13 targets) for 134 yards and 3 TD. Matt Moore filling in for the injured Jay Cutler likely means nothing for Stills’ value, as Cutler has been pretty unproductive. Both of Stills’ TD’s in Week 7 came from Moore anyhow.

Robby Anderson, New York Jets (19%) — Like his receiver corps mate Kearse, Anderson’s value is pretty TD-dependent. Anderson is seeing 6.6 targets per game, but he’s only averaging 3.0 catches for 47.3 yards per game otherwise.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (14%) — Smith-Schuster has been a sneaky play a lot of weeks this year. He’s got three games with at least 9.0 points. He’s also becoming a dependable red-zone target for Ben Roethlisberger, scoring all 3 of his TD’s (7 RZ targets) inside the 20-yard line.

Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins (12%) — Doctson getting worked into Washington’s offense continues to develop. He caught 3-of-5 targets on Monday night for 35 yards. He also had 2 TD’s in the last four weeks. On Monday, Doctson had the second-most snaps among Redskins WR’s (54/84%, Jamison Crowder had 58/91%).

Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8%) — Humphries had a quiet game on Sunday with just 2 catches for 13 yards, but he’s been a chain-mover for Jameis Winston so far this year. Humphries is averaging 4.2 catches (5.8 targets) for 45.2 yards per game.


TIGHT END

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (44%) — The recent focus on the Colts has been about them being a dumpster fire. However, Jack Doyle has been a consistent fantasy performer for them despite some recent on-field struggles. He is averaging 5.0 catches (6.8 targets) for 42.8 yards per game.

Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals (15%) — Tyler Eifert is on the shelf for the year and Kroft has filled in quite nicely. In the last four weeks, Kroft is averaging 4.3 catches (5.0 targets) for 39.3 yards and has scored 3 TD’s.

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13%) — Howard has been far from a consistent fantasy performer this year, but hopefully Sunday was a sign of things to come. He blew up the Bills for 6 catches (6 targets), 98 yards and 2 TD’s. That was only his second week posting a TD and only the second week posting more than 60 yards. He can be held onto in deeper leagues.


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