Last updated: October 22nd at 2:45pm ET

You know where you stand with your fantasy team heading into Week 8.  If you’re in a position of strength, filling a roster spot with a high-upside stash can be in your best interest.  If you’re fighting for a playoff spot, you might need to prioritize a more playable asset for this week.  Thankfully, there are some options for every sort of occasion on this week’s waiver wire.  As always, if you have any questions hit me up on Twitter @RyanReynNJ or via email at [email protected]

Drop considerations, running back handcuffs and stashes, as well as the keep an eye on section are all available at the bottom of the column.  Additionally, you could conceivably drop anyone in those three sections if you so desired.

 

WEEK 8 WAIVER WIRE

Quarterback.
1. Matthew Stafford – 4% FAAB Budget (The top streaming option this week)
2. Sam Darnold – 3% (A long-term add that begins an appealing stretch in Week 9)
3. Jacoby Brissett – 1%
4. Ryan Tannehill (Two QB league consideration)
5. Matt Moore (Two QB league consideration)

Running Backs
1. Chase Edmonds – 40% FAAB Budget
2. Ty Johnson – 35%
3. Darrell Henderson – 6%
4. Benny Snell – 3% (Snell would see a bump if James Conner is slated to miss time)
5. Ronald Jones – 2%
6. Alexander Mattison – 2% (If you want a cheap, high-upside stash, Mattison is the one)
7. Peyton Barber – 2%
8. Mark Walton – 1%
9. Wendell Smallwood – 1%
10. Derrius Guice – 1% (Guice cannot return until Week 11)
11. Kareem Hunt – 1% (Hunt cannot return until Week 10)

Running Back Handcuffs and Stashes
Rex Burkhead, Tony Pollard, Darrel Williams, Gus Edwards, Ty Montgomery, Ito Smith, Jordan Wilkins, Ryquell Armstead, Justice Hill, Darwin Thompson, Kareem Hunt

Wide Receivers
1, Kenny Stills – 25% FAAB Budget
2. Keke Coutee – 8%
3. Corey Davis – 5%
4. A. J. Brown – 4%
5. Phillip Dorsett – 4%
6. Dante Pettis – 3%
7. Allen Lazard – 3%
8. Auden Tate – 3%
9. Cole Beasley – 2%
10. Danny Amendola – 2%
11. DaeSean Hamilton – 2%
12. Jakobi Meyers – 2%
13. Diontae Johnson – 1%
14. Darius Slayton – 1%
15. Jake Kumerow – 1%
16. Antonio Brown – 1%

Tight Ends
1. Vance McDonald – 5% FAAB Budget
2. Chris Herndon – 4%
3. Kyle Rudolph – 1%
4. Irv Smith Jr. – 1%
5. Dallas Goedert – 1%

Defenses
Note: If Matt Ryan is ruled out, the Seahawks defense would be just behind the Colts defense as a potential streaming option this week.
1. Steelers – 2% FAAB Budget
2. Colts – 1%
3. Lions – 0%

Kickers
1. Zane Gonzalez – 1% FAAB
2. Mike Nugent – 0%

 

Quarterback

  1. Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions, 4% FAAB Budget: Stafford is coming off a 364-yard, 4 touchdown performance against a normally stout Vikings defense. In Week 8, Stafford’s Lions are a 7-point home favorite with an implied team total of 27 against the very exploitable Giants pass defense.  Stafford is in a potential smash spot next week, especially if the Giants offense is able to keep this contest in a neutral game script.
  1. Sam Darnold, QB, Jets, 3%: Darnold and the Jets offense were bad on Monday Night Football. Bad enough where you can probably get Darnold cheaper this week in many leagues.  The Jets face off against Jacksonville in Week 8, which is an average matchup.  Beyond that the Jets schedule from Week 9 to 14 is: at Dolphins, vs Giants, at Redskins, vs Raiders, at Bengals, vs Dolphins.  Darnold is potentially playable in all of those contests.
  1. Jacoby Brissett, QB, Colts, 1%: Brissett is coming off a monster Week 7 where he posted 31.64 Draft Kings points against Houston. He’s also leading the league in passing touchdowns per game with 2.3.  In Week 8, Brissett’s Colts are 6-point home favorites against Denver, with an implied team total of 25.  The Broncos are currently giving up the third fewest passing yards per game in 2019, making Brissett a bet on a significant home favorite despite playing a good NFL pass defense.
  1. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans, Two QB League Consideration: Tannehill threw for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns against a Chargers pass defense that is now yielding the fifth-fewest yards per game on the season. In Week 8, Tannehill’s Titans are 2 ½ point home favorites with an implied team total of 24 against a suspect Buccaneers pass defense.  While there is no guarantee that Tannehill will keep the starting job the rest of the way, placing an FAAB bid in line with Mason Rudolph’s original cost in your league would be reasonable in two quarterback formats.
  1. Matt Moore, QB, Chiefs, Two QB League Consideration: Patrick Mahomes dislocated kneecap is a tragedy for football enthusiasts. With Mahomes rumored to be missing 3-5 weeks due to the injury, Moore will be headlining Andy Reid’s offense for the time being.  Moore isn’t going to duplicate what Mahomes can do, but this Chiefs offense is among the very best strategically and few have more elite pass catching options than they do.  Moore can be an asset in leagues that start two quarterbacks, making an FAAB bid in line with Gardner Minshew’s original cost in your league a reasonable expenditure.

 

Running Backs

  1. Chase Edmonds, RB, Cardinals, 40% FAAB Budget: With David Johnson only logging 3 offensive snaps in Week 7, Edmonds went off for 126 yards rushing on 27 carries with 3 touchdowns, while adding 2 catches on 4 targets for 24 yards against the disaster masquerading around as the Giants defense. Despite that explosion, Edmonds’ value as a fantasy asset will be dependent on Johnson’s availability.  While Edmonds’ role as the primary reserve has a legitimate chance to expand after his breakout Week 7 performance, we should not assume that Edmonds will be part of a near even split when Johnson is back to being 100%.  If Johnson were to miss multiple weeks, Edmonds becomes a running back with league-winning potential worthy of a max FAAB bid.  Considering that Johnson just about missed Week 7 and Arizona is already working out running backs this week, there appears to be a real chance that Johnson could be limited again in Week 8.  Regardless, Edmonds should be owned in all leagues heading into Week 8 and is worthy of a serious FAAB bid or top waiver claim if he’s still available in your league.
  1. Ty Johnson, RB, Lions, 35%: Kerryon Johnson left Week 7 early with a knee injury and has just been placed on IR by the Lions, putting him on the shelf until at least Week 16.  Per PFF, Ty Johnson’s offensive snaps jumped from 2 in Week 6 to 49 in Week 7 while Kerryon was sidelined.  In Kerryon’s absence, Ty Johnson accumulated 14 total touches, giving Ty Johnson a significantly greater role over change-of-pace option J.D. McKissic, whose workload did not significantly change in Kerryon’s absenceWhile the Lions backfield could ultimately be handled by a committee or be further altered by a trade for a player like Kenyan Drake, Ty Johnson appears to be in the lead for significant running back work in Detroit while Kerryon is sidelined.
  1. Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams, 6%: With Todd Gurley back-in-action and Malcolm Brown sidelined with injury, Henderson had a carry or target on 12 of his 26 offensive snaps in Week 7. Henderson is the most explosive running back in the Rams backfield.  He has seen a significant uptick in playing time and workload over the past two contests, which have coincided with injuries to Gurley and Brown.  Henderson remains a bet on talent, and a wager against Gurley’s ability to hold up in what has been an underwhelming 2019 campaign to this point.
  1. Benny Snell, RB, Steelers, 3%: Steelers running back James Conner left Sunday Night Football in Week 6, the Steelers last game, with a quad injury and did not return. With Jaylen Samuels still on the mend from knee surgery, Snell would step in for Pittsburgh if Conner were to miss Monday Night Football in Week 8 against the Dolphins.  If Conner’s injury situation remains uncertain as we get deeper into the week, the FAAB bid or waiver position to use in acquiring Snell would be on the rise.
  1. Ronald Jones, RB, Buccaneers, 2%: The Bucs backfield deployments have been volatile all season as Jones, Peyton Barber, and Dare Ogunbowale have all logged at least 120 offensive snaps on the season. While Jones is actually third among that group in offensive snaps, he leads the Bucs in rushing yards (279) and he’s second in carries (63) to Barber (69) through Tampa’s first 6 contests.  If your rostering Jones, you’re doing so with the hope that his role becomes more stable than it presently is.
  1. Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings, 2%: If you’re fantasy team is in a strong enough position to prioritize upside over present playing time at running back, Mattison is a premium handcuff that is available in most leagues. If Dalvin Cook were to miss any time, Mattison would become a max FAAB bid type of fantasy asset in that scenario.  There is also some chance that Mattison sees some extra work in Week 8 if the Vikings are able to take a substantial lead over the Redskins, which they are projected to do.
  1. Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers, 2%: Barber leads the Bucs backfield in offensive snaps (149) and workload (75 touches) through Tampa’s first 6 games. While Barber is leading the Bucs backfield in playing time, Ronald Jones has outproduced Barber on the ground and Dare Ogunbowale has seen the majority of the passing down work.  If you acquire Barber, you are doing so with the hope that his workload increases, particularly in the passing game.
  1. Mark Walton, RB, Dolphins, 1%: The Dolphins are a historically bad football team that have put together back-to-back competitive contests coming off their Week 5 bye. Walton has seen a significant increase in playing time in both of those games.  In Week 7, Walton led the Miami backfield in carries (14) and offensive snaps (38).  If you’re in a deep league or simply in need of playing time at the running back position, Walton is worth consideration.
  1. Wendell Smallwood, RB, Redskins, 1%: The Redskins have a brutal Week 8 matchup in Minnesota, on Thursday Night Football. Chris Thompson missed Week 7 with a toe injury and Adrian Peterson is on the injury report with an ankle injury, placing both running backs in danger of missing the contest.  Enter Smallwood, who would see the bulk of the running back workload if both players were to miss this game.  While Bill Callahan’s Redskins have an extreme commitment to pounding the rock, consider Smallwood a desperation play, in a very tough spot, if both Thompson and Peterson miss Week 8.
  1. Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins, 1%: The earliest that Guice can return will be in Week 11 against the Jets, meaning that you would have to roster Guice for 3 weeks before he could become useable in a best-case scenario. With that said, Guice has begun drills at practice this week and Bill Callahan’s Redskins truly want to establish the run.  If and when Guice returns, he could legitimately take over the lead running back role in the Washington offense.
  1. Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns, 1%: The Browns offense has been a considerable disappointment through their first 6 games. It would also border on incompetence for their staff to significantly reduce Nick Chubb’s workload, who has easily been the brightest spot on this Cleveland offense to date.  With that said, Hunt will be eligible to return in Week 10 and one could reasonably expect his workload to be greater than the present reserves in the Cleveland backfield.  If you want Hunt, now is a good time to start shopping for him.

 

Wide Receiver

  1. Kenny Stills, WR, Texans, 25% FAAB Budget: After missing the past two weeks with a hamstring injury, Stills returned in Week 7 as he caught 4-of-5 targets for 105 yards on 59-of-63 offensive snaps against the Colts. Through the first 3 games, Stills had a slot-heavy role while playing 44.4% of the offensive snaps.  With Will Fuller leaving Week 7 early with a hamstring injury, 81.4% of Stills snaps came on the perimeter..  Among wide receivers with at least 10 targets on the season, Stills is 5th in yards per route run with 2.84.  With Fuller expected to miss several weeks, Stills is set to serve as the WR2 in Houston’s high-performing offense during Fuller’s absence.
  2. Keke Coutee, WR, Texans, 8%: With Kenny Stills inline to replace the injured Will Fuller outside, Coutee is in position to maintain his slot-heavy role in Fuller’s absence. Over the past 4 contests, Coutee has played in 54.3% of the Texans offensive snaps while hauling in 11-of-18 targets for 147 yards with no scores over that span.  It would not be unreasonable to bet on Coutee with the belief that the best is yet to come for him in 2019.
  3. Corey Davis, WR, Titans, 5%: The Titans passing attack was much improved with Ryan Tannehill taking over under center in Week 7. Davis led Titans pass catchers with a 6-80-1 box score on 7 targets against the Chargers last week.  Per airyards.com, Davis has led the Titans in target share (.17) and weighted opportunity (.41) over the course of the season.  With the vulnerable Buccaneers pass defense on deck in Week 8, along with a few other appealing matchups through the fantasy playoffs, Titans pass catchers have more upside going forward than they did previously with Marcus Mariota at quarterback.
  4. A. J. Brown, WR, Titans, 4%: Brown led Tennessee in targets (8) during Ryan Tannehill’s Week 7 starting debut with the Titans, as Brown posted 64 yards on 6 catches against the Chargers. On the season, Brown is narrowly behind Corey Davis for the team lead in target share (15%) and weighted opportunity (.37) while having a slight lead in receiving yards (337).  The Titans passing attack has a strong matchup against the exploitable Buccaneers pass defense in Week 8.
  5. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots, 4%: After leaving early in Week 5 and outright missing Week 6 due to a hamstring injury, Dorsett returned on Monday Night for the Patriots, posting a 3-46-1 line on 4 targets during New England’s blowout win against the Jets. Even when Josh Gordon returns, Dorsett is in stable role in the Patriots offense, giving him both short and long-term appeal.
  6. Dante Pettis, WR, 49ers, 3%: The production has not been there for Pettis or any other 49ers wide receiver through their first 6 games. However, Pettis’s snap share has been steadily on the rise in each of the 49ers last 3 contests since their Week 4 bye.  If you’re interested in acquiring a wide receiver with upside in an offense that will be playing meaningful games through the fantasy playoffs, you could take a low-cost shot on Pettis now.
  7. Allen Lazard, WR, Packers, 3%: With Green Bay set to square off with Kansas City on Sunday Night Football in Week 8, it remains prudent to keep an eye on all Packers pass catching assets considering the injury situations of Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Lazard led the team with 30 routes run on 34 Aaron Rodgers dropbacks against the Raiders in Week 7.  Considering that Rodgers asked for Lazard by name late during Week 6’s contest with the Lions, it’s possible that Lazard is earning a more long-term role in the Packers offense.
  8. Auden Tate, WR, Bengals, 3%: Per PFF, Tate has played in 295-of-321 offensive snaps over the past five weeks. During that span, Tate has 21 catches on 40 targets for 320 yards and a score.  With Adam Schefter reporting that J. Green is not expected to return until after the October 29th trade deadline, Tate remains a bet on volume option in the volatile Bengals offense.
  9. Geronimo Allison, WR, Packers, 3%: Despite being in danger of missing Week 7 due to injury, Allison was tied for second among Packers wide receivers in routes run with 26 during Aaron Rodgers onslaught against the Raiders. Considering that Allison ran a route on 76.5% of Rodgers dropbacks despite his injury status, there is a strong chance that he’ll be ready to go in Week 8 when the Packers take on the Chiefs in Sunday Night Football.
  10. Cole Beasley, WR, Bills, 2%: Beasley is a high-floor PPR asset that has an appealing string of matchups coming through Week 11, starting with the Eagles this week. Beasley is tied for the Bills lead in target share (22%) while having one of the highest weighted opportunities (.46) that you’ll still be able to find on the waiver wire in most leagues.  If you have a deep bench or if you’re even in need of stability in a PPR league, Beasley is worth consideration.
  11. Danny Amendola, WR, Lions, 2%: Amendola posted 8 catches on 11 targets for 105 yards during Week 7’s shootout with the Vikings. Heading into Week 8, the Lions are in an excellent spot as they host the exploitable Giants pass defense.  Amendola’s usage has been volatile when he’s been active, so he comes with a lower week-to-week floor than most pass catchers of his ilk.  However, the ceiling is high for all Lions pass catchers in Week 8 versus the Giants, making Amendola worth consideration if you’re looking for a spot start.
  12. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Broncos, 2%: Emmanuel Sanders trade to San Francisco opens the door for Hamilton’s present target share (12%) and weighted opportunity (.25) to expand in the coming weeks.
  13. Jakobi Meyers, WR, Patriots, 2%: Meyers caught all 5 of his targets for 47 yards during New England’s Monday Night’s beatdown of the rival Jets. As long as Josh Gordon remains sidelined, Meyers is in position to see significant reps outside in the Patriots offense.  Once Gordon returns, Meyers will likely return to more of a reserve role.
  14. Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers, 1%: Since supplanting Donte Moncrief as a starter in Week 3, Johnson has only been behind JuJu Smith-Schuster in target share (16%) receptions (31) and weighted opportunity (.39) in the Steelers passing attack. With a Monday Night Football matchup with the Dolphins in Week 8, Johnson has legitimate upside this coming week with a stable role long-term.
  15. Darius Slayton, WR, Giants, 1%: The Giants have an average offense, which makes virtually all of their fantasy assets outside of Saquon Barkley volatile week-to-week. However, as long as Sterling Sheppard remains sidelined with his second concussion of the season, Slayton is set to benefit in terms of playing time (68 Week 7 offensive snaps).
  16. Jake Kumerow, WR, Packers, 1%: Kumerow tied Geronimo Allison for second amongst Packers wide receivers in routes run with 26 on 34 Aaron Rodgers dropbacks during Week 7’s clash with Oakland. Kumerow’s role will likely freefall when Marquez Valdes-Scantling and/ or Davante Adams return to their regular workload.  However, Kumerow remains on the radar heading into Week 8 given the uncertain status of multiple Packers pass catchers.
  17. Antonio Brown, WR, Free Agent, 1%: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweet that “The more teams I talk to, the more I believe someone signs AB after the trade deadline” is interesting enough to put Brown back on the radar if you can afford a dead roster spot. If Brown were to join Green Bay, Seattle, or Baltimore especially he would become a potential difference making type of waiver add in that given week.  We’ve all seen his floor in 2019, so adding Brown at this point would be a speculative move that comes with the prospect of major upside.

 

Tight End

  1. Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers, 5% FAAB Budget: Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow injury significantly reduced the value of all shares in the Steelers passing offense. With that said, the Steelers host Miami on Monday Night Football as 14 ½ point home favorites.  With the tight end position as thin as it is most weeks, there are far worse bets than taking a shot on McDonald given the Steelers Week 8 matchup.
  1. Chris Herndon, TE, Jets, 4%: Herndon missed another week due to his hamstring injury, as the Jets were embarrassed on Monday Night Football in Week 7. Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was quoted as saying the Jets could be “unstoppable as an offense” once Herndon returns.  While the wait has certainly been frustrating for many on Herndon, the future upside remains.
  1. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings, 1%: After nearly nonexistent production through the first 6 games, Rudolph caught 5-of-6 targets for 58 yards and a touchdown during Week 7’s shootout with the Lions. The Vikings host the Redskins on Thursday Night Football in Week 8.  Adam Thielen will miss that contest due to injury, putting Rudolph back amongst streaming options as Kirk Cousins faces the team that let him walk away.
  1. Irv Smith Jr., TE, Vikings, 1%: With Adam Thielen out for Week 8’s Thursday Night matchup with Washington, Smith is a sneaky interesting prospect to see another usage spike this coming week. In Week 7, Smith caught 5-of-6 targets for 60 yards in a shootout with the Lions.  While both Smith and fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph are fairly volatile plays, Thielen’s absence can create opportunities for both Vikings tight ends just as it did last week.
  1. Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles, 1%: Goedert has played at least 35 offensive snaps in each of the past 4 contests for the Eagles. During the Eagles bizarre blowout loss in Dallas, Goedert led Eagles pass catchers in all categories aside from targets (5), posting a 4-69-1 line.  While Goedert has not surpassed Zach Ertz in playing time nor any meaningful usage category such as target share or weighted opportunity, his role in the offense has been significant in back-to-back weeks.  Considering that this team “should” play more 12 personnel, Goedert is worth monitoring at the very least.

 

Defense

  1. Steelers Defense vs Dolphins (Monday Night), 2% FAAB Budget: The Steelers are 14 ½ point home favorites over the struggling Dolphins. The Steelers will have a significant advantage in the trenches in this matchup and their zone-heavy scheme has the potential to turn pressure-related errors into turnovers.  It would be reasonable to get aggressive with an FAAB bid for the Steelers as a streaming option this week.
  2. Colts Defense vs Broncos, 1%: The Colts are 6-point home favorites against Joe Flacco’s Realistically speaking, any streaming option against Flacco, who has thrown an interception in 5-of-7 games while taking 23 sacks on the season, is worthy of consideration.
  3. Lions Defense vs Giants, 0%: The Lions are 7-point home favorites against a rookie quarterback in Daniel Jones who has fumbled 5 times, thrown 7 interceptions, and taken 18 sacks over his 5 NFL starts.

Kickers

  1. Zane Gonzalez, K, Cardinals, 1% FAAB Budget: Gonzalez has hit exactly 50% ownership on Yahoo despite being third in points from the position, making him still worth mentioning in the Cardinals high-volume, improving offense. Arizona visits New Orleans in Week 8, in a contest with a 48-point game total.
  1. Mike Nugent, K, Patriots, 0%: While Jacksonville’s Josh Lambo could also be considered, going back to Nugent in Week 8 against the Browns, who at least have a chance of pushing the Patriots offense, is an upside seeking play for an offense that is projected to have more scoring drives than the Jaguars.

 

Drop Considerations
Note: Drop considerations are organized by position.  All players listed in the keep an eye on section or among the running back handcuffs and stashes also serve as droppable players in certain scenarios.

Mitch Trubisky: Apart from the garbage time production in Week 7, it’s been a bad year for the Bears offense on a whole to this point.

Cam Newton: To this point, if and when Newton will return to action remains uncertain.  The coaching staff has even said that there is no guarantee that Newton will start when he’s ready.

Kenyan Drake: If you’re holding onto Drake the best-case scenario is that he’s traded, as his usage has been volatile in a bad Miami offense.

Duke Johnson: While Johnson is not a must drop option, Carlos Hyde continues to be the primary ball carrier for the Texans.

Mecole Hardman/ Demarcus Robinson/ Byron Pringle: With the injury to Patrick Mahomes, all Chiefs assets have reduced value until he returns.  All of these players could be worth rostering in very deep leagues, but all of them are also worthy of being dropped for upgrades.

John Ross: Ross is on IR with a shoulder injury.

Will Dissly: Dissly is out for the year.

Jordan Reed: Reed has still not played a down in 2019.

David Njoku: Njoku is on IR, so stash him if you can but drop him if you need to.

 

Running Back Handcuffs and Stashes

Rex Burkhead: Burkhead has missed the last three games due to injury.

Tony Pollard: Pollard remains little more than Ezekiel Elliot insurance with a chance for increased usage in blowout victories.  That said, he would become a max FAAB bid type of fantasy asset if Elliot was set to miss any time.

Darrel Williams: Patrick Mahomes injury decreases the viability of all present or potential Chiefs assets, but long-term Williams still has a path to being a difference maker down the stretch.

Gus Edwards: Edwards continues to be the primary backup behind Mark Ingram.

Ty Montgomery: Montgomery remains Le’Veon Bell insurance in a Jets offense that has some strong matchups beginning in Week 9.

Ito Smith: Smith has already been ruled out for Week 8 due to injury.  Brian Hill is set to fill Ito’s role.

Jordan Wilkins: Wilkins remains Marlon Mack insurance.

Ryquell Armstead: Armstead continues to serve as Leonard Fournette’s primary handcuff.

Justice Hill: The rookie remains the most dynamic athlete out of the Ravens running backs, but his offensive playing time is nearly nonexistent.

Darwin Thompson: Thompson has not played an offensive snap since Week 4.  On Twitter, my pinned Tweet compares Thompson’s pro day performance to former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook’s combine performance.  They are nearly identical.  Now that Thompson’s stock is very low and his enthusiastic owners are likely frustrated, I would take a cheap flyer on him in dynasty if I could.

 

Keep an Eye On

QB

Kyle Allen: Allen has been named the starter once again heading into Week 8 with a tough matchup at San Francisco.

Teddy Bridgewater: You have to hand it to Teddy, they have not really asked him to go out and win games but he has played well in Drew Brees absence.

Derek Carr: With a Week 8 matchup in Houston, Carr would be the 4th option among listed streamers in a high total, indoor game.

Andy Dalton: Dalton threw for 276 yards with a touchdown and 3 interceptions, while adding 33 yards rushing and a score in Week 7 against the Jaguars.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick gave the Bills a game in Week 7, throwing for 282 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Joe Flacco: Flacco threw for 213 scoreless yards while taking 8 sacks against the Chiefs last Thursday Night.

Case Keenum: Keenum is on the injury report headed into a Week 8 matchup in Minnesota on Thursday Night Football, after only throwing 12 passes in Week 7.

Marcus Mariota: Mariota has been benched for Ryan Tannehill.

Josh Rosen: Rosen was benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 7.

Mason Rudolph: Rudolph missed Week 6 with a concussion, he is rumored to be in line to return for Week 8 against Miami.

 

RB

Kalen Ballage: Ballage rushed 3 times for 7 yards and a score in each of the last 2 weeks.

Giovani Bernard: Despite consistently playing from behind, Bernard is seeing very limited usage in this offense.

Brandon Bolden: With Rex Burkhead out once again, Bolden ran once for 2 yards while catching all 4 of his targets for 39 yards in Week 7’s blowout of the Jets.

Reggie Bonnafon: The Panthers were on their bye in Week 7.

Nyheim Hines: Hines only had 2 targets and 1 carry in Week 7’s matchup with Houston.

Dion Lewis: Lewis’s role in the Titans offense remains minor, as he only had 1 carry with an uncaught target in Week 7 against the Chargers.

J.D. McKissic: McKissic did not see his role expand despite Kerryon Johnson leaving Week 7 early with a knee injury.  McKissic is worth monitoring in deeper leagues given Johnson’s week-to-week status.

Raheem Mostert: Mostert had no workload and only played on special teams in Week 7.

Dare Ogunbowale: Ogunbowale has served as the primary pass catching running back for the Bucs, who are coming off their Week 7 bye.

Jalen Richard: Richard only had 1 target despite the Raiders playing from behind in Week 7 in Green Bay.

DeAndre Washington: Washington has become the primary handcuff behind Josh Jacobs.

T.J. Yeldon: Yeldon was a healthy scratch in Week 7 with the return of Devin Singletary.

 

WR

Nelson Agholor: Agholor caught 2-of-4 targets for 24 yards while not laying out for a deep crosser in Week 7 in Dallas.

Jaron Brown: Brown caught 3-of-6 targets for 60 yards in Week 7 versus Baltimore.

Kendrick Bourne: Bourne caught 3-of-4 targets for 69 yards in Week 7.

Miles Boykin: Boykin caught both of his targets for 55 yards in Week 7 at Seattle.

Deon Cain: Cain had 30 offensive snaps, but no usage in Week 7.

Chris Conley: After several slow weeks, Conley caught 3-of-8 targets for 83 yards in Week 7 against the Bengals.

Trevor Davis: Davis caught both of his targets for 26 yards in Week 7 in Green Bay.

Alex Erickson: Erickson exploded in Week 7 against the Jaguars with 8 catches on a staggering 14 targets for 137 yards.  Erickson’s offensive snaps also rose from 47 in Week 6 to 66 in Week 7, with 21 of those coming from the slot.

Taylor Gabriel: Gabriel caught 1-of-2 targets for 6 yards in Week 7.

Ted Ginn Jr: Ginn caught 2-of-5 targets for 48 yards in Week 7 in Chicago.

Marquise Goodwin: Goodwin only played 7 offensive snaps in Week 7 after suffering a head injury.

Adam Humphries: Humphries caught all 4 of his targets for 40 yards in Week 7.

Bisi Johnson: With Adam Thielen set to miss Week 8, Johnson could be inline for increased usage on Thursday Night Football.

Anthony Miller: Miller’s usage continues to be on the rise, as he caught 5-of-9 targets for 64 yards in Week 7 versus the Saints.

Trey Quinn: Quinn caught 2-of-3 targets for 30 yards during Week 7.

DeVante Parker: Parker and teammate Preston Williams continue to see opportunity that is beyond what one can normally find on the waiver wire.  Efficiency is normally the issue in Miami, as Parker caught 5-of-10 targets for 55 yards and a score in Week 7 in Buffalo.

Zach Pascal: Pascal had a second usage spike on the season in Week 7, hauling in 6-of-7 targets for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns against Houston.

Hunter Renfrow: Renfrow caught 2-of-3 targets for 14 yards in Week 7.

Chester Rogers: Rodgers caught both of his targets for 24 yards in Week 7.

Deebo Samuel: Samuel missed Week 7’s contest against the Redskins.

Demaryius Thomas: Thomas caught 3-of-9 targets for 42 yards during the Jets blowout loss against the Patriots in Week 7.

James Washington: Washington did not play in Week 6, the Steelers face Miami on Monday Night in Week 8.

Duke Williams: Williams caught his lone target for 23 yards in Week 7.

Preston Williams: Williams had an efficient Week 7, catching 6-of-8 targets for 82 yards against Buffalo.  Williams and teammate DeVante Parker have opportunity metrics beyond what one would normally find on the waiver wire.  However, the instability and inefficiency of the Dolphins offense makes both wide receivers difficult week-to-week plays.

Albert Wilson: Wilson caught 1-of-2 targets for 22 yards in Week 7.

Javon Wims: Wims caught his only target for a 6 yard touchdown in Week 7.

 

TE

Cameron Brate: Brate played 30-of-80 snaps while catching 2-of-4 targets for 47 yards and a score in Week 6 against the Panthers in London.  The Bucs had their bye in Week 7.

Trey Burton: Burton caught 2-of-4 targets for 11 yards in Week 7.

Jack Doyle: Doyle caught 3-of-5 targets for 21 yards in Week 7.

Tyler Eifert: Eifert had underwhelming usage again in Week 7, catching both of his targets for 10 yards.

Rhett Ellison: Ellison caught both of his targets for 33 yards and a score in Week 7.

Mike Gesicki: Gesicki caught all 4 of his targets for 41 yards against Buffalo in Week 7.

Dawson Knox: Knox caught 2-of-5 targets for 22 yards in Week 7 versus Miami.

Foster Moreau: Moreau caught another touchdown in Week 7 in Green Bay.

Ricky Seals-Jones: The athletic Seals-Jones had another spike game, catching 3-of-6 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in Week 6.  Coming off the Browns bye, the Browns head to New England in Week 8.

Jonnu Smith: Smith caught all 3 of his targets for 64 yards while Delanie Walker only played 5 offensive snaps due to injury Week 7.

Benjamin Watson: Watson caught 3-of-5 targets for 18 yards in Week 7.

 

Ryan Reynolds has privately analyzed football for investing and betting purposes for nearly two decades.  Ryan began forecasting by using sports cards as a method of investing in individual baseball and football players, a practice he still takes part in today.  Ryan plays DFS, high-volume best ball, and season-long fantasy while directly betting on props, totals, and point spreads that meet his conditions.  Ryan has watched every snap, of every NFL game since 2014.