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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 8

NFL: Minnesota Vikings-OTA David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Before we jump in to our waiver wire pickups I want to reiterate, and urge you once again, that you should go back and look at my piece from last week as well.

I say that for two reasons: First off – I had a pretty good week of advice, so I’m happy about that and, second — most of those guys are still relevant adds via the waiver wire for this week.

Josh Allen, Corey Davis, Darrell Henderson, Mark Walton are all still must-adds and Duke Williams still has some stash and see value.

Don’t miss out on them because of a lack of comprehensive review.

Anyways, let’s jump right in to the week 8 waiver wire additions to look at:

% owned is based on Yahoo Fantasy Football

Shallow Leagues

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons – 56% owned

It’s simple – the Patriots needed a wide receiver and they got one in Sanu. The Patriots also gave up a 2nd rounder to get Sanu, which is significant value to give up for an aging wide receiver. Josh Gordon has been on and off the field with injuries and they have been looking to undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers to pick up the slack. You don’t waste a 2nd round pick on a rotational player — Sanu will see significant volume in a humming offense, go grab him if he’s available.

Intermediate and Deep Leagues

NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans – 14% owned

With Will Fuller V suffering what is being called a ‘significant’ hamstring pull, Stills has the potential to be a season-saver for fantasy owners. Sure, he may not have the consistent floor that you’re looking for, but, he will provide a ceiling that is pretty high week-to-week. Stills will be the Texans deep threat, which he has shown a clear aptitude for, and that’s not even mentioning that Deshaun Watson is his quarterback — which is worth mentioning because it tells us that he has someone that can actually get him the ball when he’s open, as showcased by Stills’ 105 yard performance this past weekend.

Ty Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions – 4% owned

Kerryon Johnson is expected to miss some time, which necessitates the Lions turn to their other Johnson, Ty. In Kerryon’s absence, Ty received 10 carries (for only 29 yards, but never forget, volume is king in fantasy) and 4 targets for 4 catches and 28 yards. Ty could turn in to a real threat as a starter on your team for the next few weeks. The running back position is a mess this year and you’d be smart to grab someone that will receive a high bulk of touches (even despite J.D. McKissic’s presence) in a decent offense — even if it is just for a few weeks.

Olabisi Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings – 0% owned

Cue the Lizzo music, cause I’m sure it’s now stuck in 75% of our heads. Olabisi will most likely be a one week flier due to the unlikelihood of Adam Thielen suiting up for a Thursday night matchup. In Thielen’s absence on Sunday, Olabisi saw 8 targets for 4 catches, 40 yards and a touchdown. Kirk Cousins has been playing a lot better, as of late, and Johnson will be a great one week filler for a team in need, particularly one that owns Adam Thielen in fantasy.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans – 0% owned

Honestly, the whole Titans offense gets a boost in fantasy for the foreseeable future. I know, Ryan Tannehill isn’t an elite player, but he is about a full flight of stairs better than Marcus Mariota and Tennessee did do a good job of surrounding Mariota with talent before the season began. Smith is a clear add to your roster if Delanie Walker can’t go for a while (which seems likely) — and don’t forget to take a look at A.J. Brown and Corey Davis as well.

Alex Erickson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – 2% owned

I consider Erickson far from a must-add, but he deserves a look at this point. Tyler Boyd is there, Auden Tate is there and A.J. Green is looming, so I really don’t expect him to continue to produce. However, he saw 14 targets this week (8 catches, 137 yards) and 6 targets (4 catches, 42 yards and 1 rush attempt for 17 yards) the week before. If you’re desperate, he’s at least worth a look, though I’m not sure if I’ll be attempting to get him myself – he could also be a post-waiver addition if you want to save your place on the pecking order for drops.

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