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Through The Wire - Week 8
10/22/18; Updated: 10/23/18 Users...
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Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive to collect fantasy wins, reach your league playoffs and win the elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp. While I’m a big proponent of making trades to bolster your roster, the waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players who can help your squad and may still be available in your league.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.

Raheem Mostert

With Breida continued to be bothered by injuries it might to time to take a look at Raheem Mostert.


Joe Flacco, BAL – With his 279-2-0 on Sunday, Flacco showed he can still put up passable numbers in a favorable matchup, but he remains a risky week-to-week play and only worthy of warming your bench most weeks. He’s a moderate-upside QB2 against the Panthers in Week 8, but the free agent pickings are slim at the position this week and Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers and Dak Prescott are all on byes.

Case Keenum, DEN – The Chiefs defense looked a lot better against the Bengals, but perhaps Keenum can build on the momentum of last week’s drubbing of the Cards and give us a shootout with their division rival. Keenum will likely be throwing early and often to keep pace with the Chiefs, and slot corner Kendall Fuller will be doing everything in his power to stop Emmanuel Sanders. Still, there’s some upside here.

Baker Mayfield, CLE – The Browns face the Steelers in what could be a much higher scoring game than the season opener, which ended in a tie. Mayfield is coming off a 215-2-0 (43 rushing yards on four carries) performance against the Bucs and is worth a look in deeper formats.

Other QBs to consider: Alex Smith, Derek Carr, Josh Rosen, Dak Prescott


Eli Manning, NYG – UPDATE: It’s bad when a one-TD game is among your best fantasy performances of the season, but that’s where we are with Eli and his 399-1-0 line from Monday night. The veteran QB has a generational RB in Saquon Barkley, so that makes it less of a necessity he caps off drives with TD passes – it’s been more Barkley plunges and scampers. Still, the Giants do have plenty of capable if not elite receivers, and there will be some matchups where he’ll get it done this season.

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI – What a game! Trubisky gave the Patriots all they could handle Sunday but came up a yard short on the final play. Despite a pedestrian completion percentage, Trubisky was sharp for most of the game, throwing for 333-2-2 and rushing for 81 yards and a TD. He’s now a must-own in all formats as he’s thrown for 1003-11-3 and rushed for 181 yards and a score over his last three games.

C.J. Beathard, SF – Beathard busted on Sunday, throwing for 170-1-2 with a lost fumble in the loss to the Rams. He’s a moderate-upside, low-floor QB2 going forward.

UPDATE: The Cards defense looked bad on Thursday night and Beathard could be worth a QB2 plug-n-ply in a pinch this week.

Brock Osweiler, MIA – Osweiler faced a lot of pressure from the Lions and managed 239-2-0 in Sunday’s loss. His 114.9 passer rating was the second highest of his career in games which he started, so he’s obviously in a decent spot now with Miami. With Ryan Tannehill still likely out, he’s got a short week and faces the Texans on Thursday night.

Running Backs

Nick Chubb, CLE – Chubb’s path to production opened up this week with the Carlos Hyde-to-Jacksonville trade, and he responded with 80 rushing yards and a TD on 18 carries. He becomes the top back in Cleveland with Duke Johnson handling passing down work, but he’s already owned in about 80-90 percent of leagues. In the rare chance your league only allows waiver additions early in the week, he might be out there – so grab him if he’s somehow available.

UPDATE: I’ve gotten some questions down below in the comments section regarding Chubb, so I’ll add that I view him as a better play in standard (non-PPR) leagues since he’s not yet part of the passing game and figures to do most of his damage on early downs and near the goal line. He’s a tough runner in the mold of Frank Gore, but without the receiving skills.

Raheem Mostert & Alfred Morris, SF – With 59 yards on seven attempts and 4-19-0 receiving on Sunday, Mostert got the bulk of carries after Matt Breida spent some time on the sidelines and finished with just five carries for 15 yards, along with losing one fumble. This is a situation worth watching, as Mostert has looked sharp and is available in about 75-95 percent of leagues. Breida could be looking at some down time to rest his ankle, putting Mostert and Alfred Morris on the RB3/flex radar.

Doug Martin & Jalen Richard, OAK – UPDATE: With Marshawn Lynch placed on IR, the RB workload falls on the dubious timeshare of Martin and Richard, which I promise is not some kind of late 1950s comedy duo. Martin projects to get the early down rushing work and doesn’t have a great outlook based on game flow, while Richard will handle the receiving duties and should be the more valuable fantasy performer, especially in PPR leagues. It’s not exciting, but they are live bodies and fantasy commodities who have shown us something in the past.

Ronald Jones, TB – UPDATE: Peyton Barber suffered some kind of injury late in the game against the Browns, which kept him off the field for most of the fourth quarter and all of overtime. While Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to handle some of the passing-down work if Barber misses more time, Jones projects to see a much heavier workload against the Bengals. Jones played a lot more in Week 7 anyway, so it’s fair to say his rest-of-season outlook is improving and he can be considered for RB3/FLEX if Barber sits.

Chris Ivory, BUF – I don’t like it either, but Ivory (2-10 percent owned) might be worth a look as a Week 8 emergency play. He tallied carries for 81 yards and caught 3-25-0 Sunday in relief of LeSean McCoy, who was limited to just two carries and left with a concussion.

Other RBs to consider: Spencer Ware, Mike Davis, Marcus Murphy, Malcom Brown, Trenton Cannon, Kapri Bibbs


Latavius Murray, MIN – Murry had 69 rushing yards and two scores in addition to 2-14-0 receiving. With Dalvin Cook on the shelf, he’s been quite productive – and his ownership is still somehow only 70-90 percent.

Frank Gore, MIA – Gore had just 29 rushing yards and 1-4-0 on Sunday but could be busy the next couple weeks in what should be closer games.

Marlon Mack, IND – Mack exploded for 126 rushing yards and a TD, as well as 2-33-1 receiving, breaking the 30-point mark in PPR formats in Week 7. He’s a high-upside RB2 against the Raiders in Week 8, and then he’s on his bye.

UPDATE: Mack is still technically part of a committee, but the Colts are playing much better on offense and there will be more scoring chances for him in the coming weeks.

Duke Johnson, CLE – With just one carry for -4 yards Sunday and a disappointing 4-23-0 receiving, Johnson didn’t get nearly the workload many of us assumed he would in a tasty matchup against the Bucs. Perhaps he’ll be given more touches in week 8 against the Steelers.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

John Brown, BAL – He’ll be hard-pressed to follow up his 7-134-1 performance form Week 7, but Brown now has at least one 20-yard reception in seven straight games and faces the Panthers in Week 8. He’s owned in a lot of leagues, ranging from 70-95 percent, but that’s not all of them. So he might be available in yours.

Tre’Quan Smith, NO – Smith’s 3-44-0 was a far cry from his monster performance in Week 5, but his six targets and upside in the Saints offense mean he could be a contributor down the stretch as teams focus on stopping the run and stifling No.1 WR Michael Thomas. Smith actually played 52-of-71 snaps (73 percent) in Week 7, he’ll now be a weekly threat to score a long TD, and his ownership is still well under 50 percent – even in competitive leagues.

Geronimo Allison, GB – UPDATE: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Allison (hamstring) will practice Tuesday, which means he’s a great candidate to return for Week 8 and get the start alongside Davante Adams. He was close to playing before the bye, so Allison (35-75 percent owned) should be ready to face the Rams on Sunday and resume WR3 status.

Jordy Nelson, OAK – UPDATE: Amari Cooper had been traded to the Cowboys and since Nelson was mentioned in the comments and he’ still just 65-85 percent owned, he’s worth considering. Heading into 2018, I expected Nelson to be a favorite of Carr’s – and during weeks 3-5, the two really clicked. It’s really a low-risk, high-reward waiver pickup if the Raiders can somehow move forward with a semblance of offense, and there’s almost no way Nelson doesn’t see more target volume moving forward.

TE Vance McDonald, PIT – UPDATE: McDonald (40-70 percent owned) may have been a bye week casualty on a few waiver wires, so he’s worth picking back up and starting in week 8 against the Browns. Don’t get skittish about some of his barren weeks. He dealt with injuries at the season’s outset and he’s a fierce competitor with major upside.

TE C.J. Uzomah, CIN – Uzomah saw just two targets Sunday night (2-13-1) but one went for a 4-yard score. The game flow prevented Andy Dalton and the Bengals from bothering with shorter routes, and they weren’t really in the game after the first quarter. Still, Uzomah is a capable receiver and has plenty of upside as a low-end TE1 moving forward starting with the Bucs in Week 8.

Courtland Sutton, DEN – UPDATE: I like him a lot more as a deep flier in daily fantasy tournaments, but this is a definitely a good week to consider playing Sutton (5-20 percent owned) in deeper standard leagues. With the Chiefs likely doing their best to stop Sanders, they are vulnerable to some deep plays from Sutton – a big-bodied receiver with lots of downfield physicality and good speed.

Tajae Sharpe, TEN – Sharpe’s 7-101-0 in London will be all but forgotten when the Titans return from their Week 8 bye, so this may be a good time to jump on him if you’ve got the roster space. He’s nearly universally owned and could be a solid matchup play down the stretch in deeper leagues.

Michael Gallup & Allen Hurns, DAL – Like Sharpe, Gallup (10-20 percent owned) will be on a Week 8 bye, but he’s worth considering because of his newfound involvement in the Cowboys offense. He played 56-of-66 snaps (85 percent), his 3-81-1 came on a season high five targets (tied with Week 4) and he’s a big-bodied red zone target on a team without many. Hurns (15-25 percent owned) had 5-74-0 on six targets, also a season-high.

UPDATE: The trade for Cooper probably hurts Hurns more than it does Gallup, but there’s always the possibility that a viable threat like Amari improves the overall passing game and changes the landscape of the Dallas offense enough to benefit everyone. You can tell I’m a Cowboys fan, can’t you?

Other WRs/TEs to consider: Randall Cobb, Danny Amendola, TE Michael Roberts, Josh Doctson, Maurice Harris, TE Ben Watson, Martavis Bryant


Tyrell Williams, LAC – Williams had another big day with 4-118-1 in the win over the titans in London.

Marquise Goodwin, SF – Goodwin was an unmitigated bust in week 7 with just 2-24-0 on 5 targets. He faces the Cards next week in get-right matchup.

Albert Wilson, MIA – Wilson’s 3-32-0 (three targets) in Week 7 was only the beginning of the disappointment, especially coming off three consecutive weeks of 6 or more targets and the monster Week 6. His hip injury, which will keep him out several weeks at a minimum, could cost him the rest of the season.

Taylor Gabriel, CHI – The RBs, Trubisky and Trey Burton stole the show this week, with Gabriel hauling in just 3-26-0 in the loss to New England. He’s in a better matchup Week 8 against the Jets, who yielded several big plays to the Vikings on Sunday.

Chester Rogers, IND – Rogers caught 4-40-0 and the return of T.Y. Hilton (and game flow) limited his upside against the lowly Bills on Sunday.

Cole Beasley, DAL – After another solid week (7-56-0 on 8 targets), Beasley looks like a must-own in 12-team leagues moving forward. He made a couple acrobatic catches Sunday but it wasn’t enough as the Cowboys lost a close division game to Washington, missing a FG that could have tied the game as time expired.

Jermaine Kearse, NYJ – Kearse had no catches on two targets in Week 7 against the Vikings.

Damion Ratley, CLE – Ratley’s 3-23-0 (three targets) left quite a bit to be desired after his 6-82-0 on eight targets the previous week. The Browns offense has looked dynamic in flashes this season, but the overall performance of personnel has been very inconsistent.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI – Thursday night was a disaster for the Cards and RSJ finished with just 2-12-0 on four targets.

Chris Hogan, NE – With Rob Gronkowski out Sunday, Hogan saw an uptick in targets (7) and caught 6-63-0 in his best game since Week 2.

Chris Godwin, TB – Godwin was involved Sunday with 5-59-0 on six targets, but he failed to find the end zone. He’s viable in PPR leagues but TD-reliant in standard scoring formats.