The roster percentages for this column are up to date each Friday morning, and any gamers from Thursday’s Falcons-Panthers sport have been taken out.
Every week of the NFL season, we’ll establish fantasy football waiver-wire pickups particularly for these of you searching for streaming choices in deeper codecs (together with IDP leagues). These are gamers out there in a majority of ESPN Fantasy leagues who’ve engaging matchups within the week forward that make them worthy of consideration on your lineup.
When you would possibly discover some overlap with Field Yates’ pickup column that publishes on Mondays, an vital distinction is that the choices talked about on this column are targeted solely on this week’s matchup and never the gamers’ values for the rest of the season.
Do you want substitute choices for injured gamers? Or are you merely coping with depth points? A roundtable of fantasy analysts and NFL Nation reporters will be part of me to establish some alternative names to contemplate every week.
Listed below are a few of our favorites for Week 8:
Talking of traditionally beneficiant move defenses going through environment friendly offenses, this setup for Garoppolo ought to see him bounce again properly from final week’s poor fantasy displaying. Seattle is sitting twenty ninth in stress price, so Jimmy G ought to have time to throw. Even with a depleted crew of receivers and a skinny backfield, there are sufficient playmakers nonetheless within the combine to help Garoppolo on this mushy matchup. -J.M.
I do know Hyde is not an thrilling younger again with breakout potential, however fortunately there are not any “model factors” in fantasy. And he ought to undoubtedly get the amount so long as Chris Carson is out of the lineup. Hyde had 15 carries for 68 yards and a TD in Week 7 — to not point out 1,070 yards in Houston final season. ESPN Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson stated they’ve a few different pass-catching backs they could use in a rotational position, however they particularly favored Hyde in free company as a result of he has “the dimensions and physicality to approximate what Carson provides Seattle on early downs.” -Mike Triplett, NFL Nation Saints reporter
Much more environment friendly final week than peer Devin Singletary and with practically equal contact and snap charges within the win over the Jets, Moss is seemingly rising within the Buffalo backfield. Incomes an endorsement for a second straight week on this house, there are some key positives to contemplate with the rookie. Moss was the first goal-line again earlier within the season, whereas the crew has not often deployed Singletary in such eventualities because the begin of final season. One other angle in his favor is New England has struggled in opposition to the frenzy, permitting a beneficiant 4.6 yards per carry to backs and greater than 24 fantasy factors per sport to backfields, leaving room for each Buffalo backs to flirt with flex worth this weekend. -J.M.
Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (57.0% rostered; at Seahawks)
The proficient rookie wideout has every part going for him this week. He’s coming off a career-best efficiency in opposition to a tricky New England Patriots protection, Deebo Samuel will miss Week 8 with an harm, and the 49ers face the hapless Seahawks secondary, which has allowed probably the most fantasy factors to wideouts (by a mile) this season. -Tom Carpenter, ESPN Fantasy editor
A primary-round draft decide who simply tapped into his potential in Week 7 is engaging sufficient. However throw in the truth that the 49ers’ main receiver, Deebo Samuel, is anticipated to overlook this week’s sport with a hamstring harm. Then contemplate that San Francisco is about to face a susceptible Seahawks move protection that has allowed by far probably the most fantasy factors to WRs this season. Lastly, ESPN 49ers reporter Nick Wagoner stated Aiyuk has been rising extra comfy and taking up a much bigger position within the offense in current weeks. This looks like a no brainer as a Week 8 pickup with the prospect to be a savvy long-term addition as effectively.-Triplett
When you play in a 12-to-14-team league with non-PPR scoring, I might give Peoples-Jones a glance as a WR3/4. The rookie out of Michigan caught all three of his targets for 56 yards and a game-winning rating in Week 7 in opposition to the Bengals. And with Odell Beckham Jr. down for the season with a knee harm, Peoples-Jones will get snaps in Cleveland’s three-WR units. He has the talents to create explosive performs, and there might be alternatives right here versus the Raiders’ zone-heavy defensive scheme. -Matt Bowen, NFL author and analyst
When you’re scanning the wire, you need upside and what higher approach to discover it than with a super-sized receiver in a new-look offense? Williams has scored in three of his previous 4 video games and logic would counsel that the Rams will do every part they will do to remove Tua Tagovailoa‘s main learn in DeVante Parker. With Los Angeles on quick relaxation and Miami off its bye, search for a inventive sport plan to get this 6-foot-5 athlete in favorable spots for his rookie signal-caller. -Kyle Soppe, ESPN Fantasy researcher
The Colts’ bye this previous week type of hid Burton’s breakout Week 6 efficiency from the fantasy market. Since getting back from harm, Burton has been a key goal for Philip Rivers and artistic utilization even noticed him rating on the bottom in that epic comeback in opposition to the Bengals just a few weeks again. Subsequent up is a gathering with a Lions again seven that has been strong in protection in opposition to tight ends, however Burton’s wholesome goal share ought to help one other strong displaying.-J.M.
The Eagles lean on their tight ends to maneuver the chains greater than every other crew within the league. Even when down to 3rd string on the depth chart as a consequence of accidents, Philly allotted eight targets to Rodgers this previous week. Subsequent up is a Dallas protection permitting 14.8 fantasy factors to tight ends. In a uniquely good week for streamers at this place, Rodgers is among the many most bankable given his place in such a pleasant scheme.-J.M.
Protection/Particular Groups (D/ST)
Denver Broncos (30.2% rostered; vs. Chargers)
Denver’s protection has tallied 14 sacks in its previous three outings and previous to going through the Chiefs had been strong this season when it comes to factors allowed. Whereas rookie slinger Justin Herbert has been pretty superior up to now, it is value noting the Chargers have yielded the third-highest stress price to opposing defenses within the league, establishing some big-play potential for this group.-J.M.
New Orleans Saints (52.9% rostered; at Bears)
The Saints have struggled to supply huge defensive performs because the opener in opposition to the Bucs, however they’re going through a Chicago offense struggling to maneuver the ball this season, because the Bears’ offense ranks within the backside 5 in each yards and factors per sport.-J.M.
Particular person Defensive Gamers (IDP)
Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles (13.8% rostered; vs. Cowboys)
With two huge video games in a row and Graham actually heating up off the sting, this matchup in opposition to a patchwork Dallas offensive line presents potential for a giant line from the confirmed vet. -J.M.
Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers (4.5% rostered; at Seahawks)
The 49ers have confronted accidents within the entrance seven all through the season, vaulting gamers resembling Greenlaw into greater roles. He has tallied at the least six tackles in three straight video games and given he is on the sector typically, there is a good probability he extends this streak to 4 video games.-J.M.
Ryan Neal, Seattle Seahawks (8.4% rostered; vs. 49ers)
Seventeen whole tackles the previous two weeks alerts Neal is each closely focused within the passing sport and helps cease runners that leak previous the entrance seven. With a uniquely regular goal and deal with price, Neal is in a pleasant spot this week in opposition to the rival 49ers.-J.M.