Week #8 Waiver Watch Of Truth
Week #8 Waiver Watch of Truth
The bye-pocalpse is almost over for many of us and hopefully none of you lost too many matchups because of bye weeks. I know I certainly had a fair share of underperforming players on active rosters due to byes and I also benefited in a few matchups because my opponents were without key players. Hopefully some of the fill-ins you used or are available on waivers this week will be able to aid everyone in covering byes in the upcoming weeks and help make your push to the playoffs. However, it must also be noted that as we near midseason the waiver wire is looking pretty thin at a few positions, especially quarterback and running back, which are key to fantasy success, so unfortunately a lot of my suggestions might already be unavailable. I recommend if that is the case look for players who are in positions where teams are known for giving up points. For example, the Ravens are having a terrible time covering tight ends, so start tight ends that play against them.
Tua Tagovailoa, 53% rostered on Sleeper
Tua is the perfect example of why you shouldn’t be racing to buy Deshaun Watson, yeah Watson is certainly a better player, but the Dolphins have not yet seen what they have in their sophomore QB and have little reason to take a risk on a player with so many off field issues to navigate along with learning about new teammates, establishing chemistry with them, and learning a new playbook. Tua also continues to deliver in his return under center despite losing to the Falcons this week, he completed 32 of 40 attempts for 291 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 29 more yards on the ground. Yes he threw two interceptions but a 4 touchdown game is a rare commodity in the NFL and makes his a fantasy relevant player.
P.J. Walker, 0% rostered on Sleeper or Deshaun Watson, 29% rostered on Sleeper
Now this is the situation to monitor with Watson or Walker, never thought I would ever say those two names in the same sentence, but with Sam Darnold playing so poorly over the last 3 weeks it would not be surprising to see a quarterback change or trade, sooner rather than later. It is tough to judge Walker on his miniscule sample size this year and his one full game last year against Detroit was not impressive either with a stat line of 24 completions on 34 attempts 1 TD and 2 interceptions. In the 4th quarter today he managed just 3 completions on 14 attempts for 33 yards. However, something will have to give in Carolina, either Darnold starts improving, Walker gets tapped to take over, or Watson is traded to the Panthers and his off field issues are ignored by the league until things improve. Regardless, either one is a risky pick up that should only be done if you are desperate or have the deepest of benches and can afford a ‘wait and see’ approach.
QB Honorable Mentions
Jameis Winston (55% rostered on Sleeper)
Kenneth Gainwell, 37% rostered on Sleeper or Boston Scott, 6% rostered on Sleeper
This is a tough timeshare to calculate but if Sanders is sidelined in week 8, one or both of these players will be helpful. Unfortunately, neither player was able to separate themselves but in terms of PPR play, the obvious add is Gainwell since he was significantly more involved in the passing game and will probably see added check down passes. This week he was targeted 8 times and caught 4 of them for 41 yards and a touchdown. Scott got one on the ground but if I had to pick between the two, I would go with the one who played in the same backfield as Antonio Gibson, i.e. Gainwell. However, if one is desperate or Gainwell is already taken Scott could be a useful fill-in as long as both stay involved in the Eagles run game.
Brandon Bolden, 11% rostered on Sleeper
This is an obvious addition, perhaps the most glaring one available, however, it also comes with the risk that Bolden plays for Bill Belichick who is notorious for mixing up his running backs on a semi-frequent basis. In this case though, I think I can say with some confidence that Bolden will be heavily involved in the passing game moving forward. Bolden was targeted 7 times on Sunday and caught 6 of them for 79 yards and a passing touchdown grab. While the Patriots don’t get to play the Jets every week, Bolden seems to be a reliable check down option for Mac Jones and the next couple of games for the Patriots are either high scoring offenses or struggling teams like the Panthers, Browns, and Falcons who should allow for multiple New England running backs to be involved in the offense.
Running Back Honorable Mentions
Devonta Freeman (52% rostered on Sleeper)
Kenyan Drake (64% rostered on Sleeper)
Darius Slayton, 23% rostered on Sleeper
The Giants wide receiver room is a mess to navigate at the moment with Shepard, Golladay, and Toney all hurt and with Slayton and Dante Pettis being the primary beneficiaries in their absences. It’s incredibly tough to know what will happen if/when the Giants get healthy again, but with all that in mind, Slayton is currently the best option available if the other three are already taken and siting on your opponents injured reserve bench. However, if Slayton is unavailable as well, I do recommend grabbing Pettis off of waivers since he has managed 5 catches in both games with the Giants. Slayton though is clearly your best option as Pettis will probably be pushed down the depth chart as the other players return and perhaps even Slayton will since his 9 targets for 5 receptions for 63 yards were not particularly impressive either. If you need depth or a bye week fill-in Slayton might be a viable option next Monday night when the Giants play the Chiefs.
Rashod Bateman, 51% rostered on Sleeper
I gave Bateman an honorable mention last week and after this week, the cost to get him is going to be significantly higher since coming off his early season injury he has already carved himself out a role in the Ravens passing game. Today he tied Marquise Brown for 80 yards despite drawing 8 fewer targets, just 6 compared to Hollywood’s 14, and catching just 3 of those targets. That is an impressive level of efficiency, one can safely assume touchdowns and added targets will start being sent his way following the Ravens bye week and get to face the Vikings in week 9, which should be a high scoring affair.
Wide Receiver Honorable Mentions
Russell Gage (27% rostered on Sleeper)
Bryan Edwards (29% rostered on Sleeper)
Allen Lazard (10% rostered on Sleeper)
Mo Alie-Cox, 17% rostered on Sleeper
Mo is not ever going to get you a lot of passing yards but he has become a necessity in the red zone for Wentz and the Colts. He scored another touchdown this week and caught 3 passes for 25 yards. He is definitely going to remain a touchdown dependent option but he has been remarkably consistent over the last few weeks, scoring 4 in that span and catching 3 passes in most of those games. It will be tough to trust him long term but he seems to be establishing a good rapport with Wentz and hopefully it translates to more targets as well.
C.J. Uzomah, 15% rostered on Sleeper
Like I mentioned at the start of this article, playing tight ends who face the Ravens are normally a good bet, meaning Conklin with the Vikings is who you should play in two weeks following the Ravens bye. For next week though, Uzomah gets to play the Jets and with the way the Bengals offense is playing, it’s a good bet that he will be involved. He is also a popular red zone target for Burrow and has caught 5 touchdowns over the last 4 weeks. His yardage total is more ‘boom or bust’ though since he has almost surpassed 100 yards on two occasions meaning he gets significantly more yards after catch and is more involved in the passing game.
Tight End Honorable Mentions
Cole Kmet (30% rostered on Sleeper)
Foster Moreau (4% rostered on Sleeper)-He is only valuable if Waller is unavailable following the Raiders bye week
Good Luck to all the Truth Serum fans this week and as always Stay True.
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