Waiver Wire Week 8: The last straw
So the fantasy season is getting to the point where the waiver wire is beginning to thin and there will be fewer gems who can help your teams. At this point, it’s crucial to know which under-performing players on your roster are worth the boot.
Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots
Belitricks was in full swing in the Patriots' backfield Sunday night. Dion Lewis started the game, then we got a dollop of Gillislee, then it was the Rex Burkhead show and James White was used throughout the game. Lewis lead the team in carries with 13 and had the best yards per carry average. Gillislee has fumbled in recent weeks. I believe his days as a starter in your lineup are over.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins
My condolences to all the Pryor fans out there who believed he and Kirk Cousins would make a dynamic tandem in Washington. It’s not happening, folks. Josh Doctson started over Pryor in the team’s Monday night tilt against Philadelphia (more on that later).
Eddie Lacy/Thomas Rawls, RBs, Seattle Seahawks
Another running back committee, another nightmare. Lacy and Rawls rushed for a combined 70 yards on 22 carries last Sunday against the Giants and there wasn’t much variance between the two (Rawls had 36 yards to Lacy’s 34). There’s no viable fantasy option in the Seattle backfield right now, at least not between the tackles. I’m still sticking to my guns on my long-term prediction that J.D. McKissic will emerge as the back to own in Seattle.
Here are some players who can replace these guys:
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots
Other Waiver Targets:
Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders
Marshawn Lynch is serving a one-game suspension and will be unavailable Week 8 and truth be told, his time in Oakland hasn’t been as productive as fantasy owners would like. Richard and fellow back DeAndre Washington will get the majority of the work in Lynch’s absence. I like Richard because he’s involved in the passing game, which makes for a higher floor.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
As I said, Doctson assumed the starting wide receiver role in Washington Monday night against Philadelphia. While it was a quiet night for Washington’s 2016 first-round draft pick, it was a significant start. It means Doctson has leap-frogged Pryor on the team’s depth chart. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has found his stride, throwing multiple touchdowns in his last four games. Doctson needs to be on rosters everywhere.
Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings
For Murray the issue has been that the volume was always there, the yards and scores weren’t. That ended last Sunday with Murray rushing 18 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. While I don’t think Murray is going to rush for more than 100 yards a game, he’s getting a good workload and proved that he can be productive. He’s at least worth a stash.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
With Tyler Eifert out for the season, Kroft as stepped up as Cincinnati’s go-to tight end. Kroft caught four passes for 23 yards and a score last Sunday against the Steelers. It was his third touchdown in three games. Kroft has a plus matchup against the Colts in Week 8.
Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins
I like Moore because he's thrown multiple touchdowns in each of the game’s he’s started in since Ryan Tannehill went down with an injury last season. He might even be an upgrade over Jay Cutler. Moore has a tough matchup against Baltimore on a short week for Thursday night but he is worth a stash.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
Jordan Matthews, WR, Buffalo Bills
DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders