Pick ‘Em Up: Week 8 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

You did it. You survived Week 7. The Bye-Mageddon or Bye-Pocalypse or whatever we all decided to call it wasn’t really all that bad. Fantasy points were still scored, and it still only counted for one win or one loss. It also marked the halfway point of the fantasy regular season. Hopefully, you’re on the right side of .500. If not, let’s fix that on the waiver wire.

As always, everyone mentioned today will be available in 50% or more Yahoo leagues. Last week, the Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, and Steelers were on a bye, so be sure to check if any of their better players were dropped out of desperation. On that same note, this week, watch the drop list for any Ravens or Raiders, as they are both on bye in Week 8.

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Quarterbacks

Tua Tagovailoa (52% Available)
Haters will tell you Tua is the problem in Miami. He’s not. All he has done in the last two games is throw for 620 yards and six TDs. The Dolphins have lost both, but coaching and lousy defense might be the more significant issue. All that aside, it doesn’t matter for fantasy. Tua has put up 25+ in each of the last two weeks and has a pretty favorable schedule for the next four games.

Carson Wentz (63% Available)
This year, Wentz has thrown two TDs in five of seven games and only has one INT to his name. A far cry from what we saw in 2020. The yardage numbers aren’t great, as Indy would prefer to run the ball, but Wentz is still serviceable for fantasy. His upcoming schedule should help that two-TD streak live on for a few more games.

Running Backs

Kenneth Gainwell (78% Available)
No word yet on the severity of Miles Sanders’ injury, but it’s safe to assume that Gainwell should start seeing an uptick in work. After a quiet couple of weeks, Gainwell scored a receiving TD in Week 7 and has a dream Detroit matchup in Week 8. As a result, he is a top priority add this week.

Demetric Felton (80% Available)
Fantasy analysts everywhere are removing their feet from their mouths after D’Ernest Johnson went HAM last Thursday night. With Nick Chubb set to return this week, Johnson will be relegated to backup, but Felton fills the pass-catching role vacated by Kareem Hunt quite nicely. This season, Felton already has 11 receptions for 111 yards and a TD and should hold some PPR value over the next couple of weeks.

Mark Ingram (64% Available)
Look, I know it’s gross, but Ingram’s 92 carries rank 11th in the league this season. It’s only equated to him as the RB51 thus far, but volume is volume, and with so many RB injuries, Ingram should not be on this many waiver wires.

Wide Receivers

Allen Lazard (96% Available)
I put Lazard on this list before the news dropped that Adams might miss Thursday night. It would appear that in MVS’ absence, Lazard is stepping into the WR2 role nicely for the Packers. He’s scored a TD in each of the last two games on 11 total targets. His value goes sky-high against a bad Arizona secondary if Adams is out.

Van Jefferson (91% Available)
Boom or bust isn’t fun, but the targets are there. Jefferson has seen at least three targets in every game and at least four in each of the last five games. Of course, he is TD-dependent, but that’s a pretty good bet with the way Matthew Stafford is playing. Plus, his value would SKYROCKET if Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods gets hurt.

Hunter Renfrow (51% Available)
I don’t quite understand how the WR29 is available in this many leagues. Fix this.

Jamison Crowder (78% Available)
In three games this season, Crowder has 21 targets that he has turned into 15 catches, 119 yards, and a TD. It’s far from world-beating, but in PPR, he is a playable WR3 every week. With Joe Flacco or Mike White taking over for an injured Zach Wilson, the short routes will be so much more important.

Michael Gallup (60% Available)
Gallup is available more than I expected for someone that could be stashed in IR. With the Cowboys coming off a bye and his coming off IR the same week, I expect him to be close to 100%. He’ll step into the WR3 role, which saw him with seven targets in Week 1. Cedric Wilson has scored two TDs in his absence. I think there is plenty of opportunity in Dallas for Gallup to bounce back.

Tight Ends

Pat Freiermuth (95% Available)
If you read this article last week, you know I advocated adding all three of these tight ends, even though they were all on bye. However, Freiermuth has the most potential. With JuJu lost for the year, there are plenty of vacated targets, and it appears that with seven targets in Week 6, the rookie TE might fill that void.

Dan Arnold (96% Available)
The best thing you can do when streaming TEs, or playing bad ones, is to chase volume. Arnold has been targeted 13 times in his two full weeks as a Jaguar. He’s not doing a ton with them yet, but neither are 90% of the tight ends in fantasy football.

Tyler Conklin (91% Available)
Conklin doesn’t always see the volume you’d like, but he is active in the red zone. Touchdowns are unpredictable but being third on your team in red zone targets helps. He has seen at least three targets in every game this year and is averaging five per game.