Oct. 27—AI: Bruce, I don’t know about you, but my Week 7 team was… well… rough. When I drafted my guys — I tried to ensure I wouldn’t run into a “half my team is on bye this week” situation. But — with six NFL teams on bye this past week — it was nearly impossible to avoid for many GMs… myself included. For example, how could I not draft Dalvin Cook, Cook’s handcuff Alexander Mattison and Justin Jefferson? I’d rather have that RB/WR talent every other week — than not at all.
But the good news is — Week 8 won’t be as cumbersome for fantasy team owners — unless you have a lot of Ravens and Raiders slotted on your roster. Baltimore and Las Vegas are on bye this week, so bench away.
Regardless if you have bye holes to fill — there are some strong waiver-wire options that may be up for grabs in your leagues.
Here are my top Week 8 picks for each position:
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence
Lawrence will be well-rested — coming off a bye week — with plenty of opportunities to shine in the air against the Seahawks — who allow over 290 passing yards per game — on average. Lawrence is rostered in less than 50 percent of both Yahoo and ESPN leagues, so he could be a viable waiver option as a fill-in QB. Now I know what you’re thinking… he hasn’t done much to warrant a sub-in. But his Week 6 performance against the Dolphins was the glimmer of hope needed to give him a chance this week if you need some QB help.
Philadelphia Eagles RB Kenneth Gainwell
Miles Sanders sustained an ankle injury last week — creating an opportunity for Gainwell to move up the backfield ranks this week. Now — the same could be said for Boston Scott, but based on the rookie’s stats (223 combined YDs, three TDs and 15 grabs), his over 20 fantasy points in Week 4 and his 61 yard/TD performance against the Raiders — I’d say Gainwell is a stronger option and the clear lead in Philadelphia’s backfield. Most of his involvement has been in the passing game, but if Sanders is out, that’ll change. If his role expands, especially against a team like the Lions, I think you’ll see a lot of fantasy productivity this week and moving forward. He’s only roasted in less than 30 percent of both ESPN and Yahoo leagues, so get that claim in — and fast.
New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney
If healthy — Toney will do a number on the Chiefs defense. He’s proven himself as one of the Giants top weapons (that’s not Golladay) — especially Week 4 and 5. He’s 46 percent rostered — so if available I think he’s a great bye week flex or injury replacement.
Washington Football Team TE Ricky Seals-Jones
Washington TE Logan Thomas is on IR with a hamstring injury and it’s given Ricky Seals-Jones opportunity in the last three weeks to go 15 of 22 for 150 YDs and a TD. Against the Packers — he ranked second for GB with six catches for 51 receiving YDs. He’ll look to keep the momentum going as a top offensive weapon for the Football Team. So grab him off waivers to fill a TE1 role — for now.
Alright Bruce, you’re up. Tell us who you have your eye on in the waiver wire pool.
BC: The Bills defense is available in my league. I’ll know Wednesday morning if I got ’em. (NOTE: I did.) They’ve put up double-digit points in three of six games this year and their next three opponents are at home against Miami, at Jacksonville, at the Jets.
New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston
OK, I love to make fun of Jameis because A) He’s a bonehead and B) He’s a turnover machine. But neither of these things make for a bad fantasy QB on the face. Yes, the turnovers are a problem but a Saints-killing red zone turnover is irrelevant in fantasy. Jameis is capable of big numbers. He’s had monster games (4 TDs in one, 5 in another) this year. This week he’s home against Tampa Bay — the team that ditched him for Tom Brady, and a team with significant issues in the secondary. Plus the Saints are likely to be behind and should need to throw a lot.
Detroit Lions RB Jamaal Williams
The volume is there … Williams has had double-digit touches in all but one game. Yes, the Lions are terrible. Yes, D’Andrew Swift seems to be the main dude. But we’re talking about one week, people … roll the dice.
New York football Giants WR Kenny Golladay
Golladay has been a bust; so have the Giants. He’s been injured most of the year but looks to be active for the MNF game against the Chieftains. KC is having a ton of problems all over the field (well, not really at QB) and again, the likelihood is the New York will need to throw the football. Connect those dots.
Minnesota TE Tyler Conklin
Yes, most of the decent TEs are long gone. Sometimes you need to look at the matchups. In this case, Dallas is one of the worst teams in football defending TEs. Even horrible Kirk Cousins should be able to take advantage of this.
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