By Richard Lick
Here’s your week 8 waiver wire pickups, use my knowledge or don’t and lose your next game it’s your call. I’m not a professional fantasy football analyzer statistician person but I feel pretty confident in my waiver wire piece.
Each player is owned in less than 50% of leagues but in no particular order of need to pick up.
Beastmode, or yeastmode is on IR for at least the next 8 weeks. The Raiders also have traded Cooper to Dallas, which makes it seem like this season is the beginning of a rebuilding period. Jalen Richard was not listed as the lead back, Doug Martin is, but Martin is about as effective as pulling out as a form of birth control. I expect Oakland to have to pass it to stay in games and that is exactly where Richard excels. Expect Richards targets/rushing opportunities to increase, leading to as much as RB2 numbers.
Sony has finally discontinued its usage of the PS2 online server for gameplay. Sony on the Patriot is also out of action. He’s not out for the rest of the season, but he is out for at least a week or two. Look for Kenjon Barner to fill a smaller role than what Michel did, but he could easily get garbage time in NE’s next game against Buffalo.
Williams points are dependent on stretching the field, but he has been effective in doing so. He’s essentially a poor man’s John Brown. He’s worth a pickup in bigger leagues (12 teams or more) for the opportunity to capitalize on his few opportunities. Philip Rivers has been fantastic so far this season and I’d expect the Chargers to work williams into the offense a little bit more after their week 8 bye.
Amendola just scored 20 this past week. He is currently 1 of 3 healthy receivers for the Dolphins. Granted he looks like a hobbit trying find his way to Mordor on the field, he’s been successful fantasy wise. He seems to be a solid start this week for the quick turnaround to TNF. He should see more targets than usual with 2 of the top 3 WRs out. Count him as a great flex play.
Michael Scott leaving the Office, putting ol’ yeller down, and the Tampa Bay Defense. Those are the 3 worst things on this planet. This allows Winston and the Bucs to consistently throw the ball. Godwin sees 7 targets on average each week in a pass first, incompetent running offense. Consider him a flex play most weeks.
At a position where very few players are consistent, trying to find the hot hand is difficult, especially after a game against KC where he should’ve seen plenty of looks, he didn’t get many. Dalton wanted to shove his meaty clackers into AJ Green’s face every pass play so even a true WR2 in Boyd didn’t see many looks. Uzomah is on the field for most plays so he at least will have the opportunity to get more looks on down the road.
Another week has gone by and Mayfield is still rostered in fewer than 50% of leagues. I get it, he plays for the Browns and they keep losing in overtime and unless you play in a 2 QB or 20 team league, going for a QB this low in the standings isn’t protocol, but I stand by the fact that he makes a great bye week fill in.