With the NFL Trade Deadline coming this week, the fantasy football waiver wire will be very active as players potentially switch teams. For now, here’s a look at which guys you need to be adding and dropping from your fantasy team.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead
The Patriots seemingly have a new running back step up every game. One week, it’s Dion Lewis, Then it’s James White, and we can’t forget Mike Gillislee. But in Week 8, it was Rex Burkhead who was called upon to help New England escape an upset bid from the Chargers. Burkhead finished the game with season-highs in snaps, touches (11) and total yards (83). Most of his damage was done on seven catches for 68 yards, making him a viable PPR option.
Jets WR Robby Anderson
The Jets have made Robby Anderson a featured weapon in this offense over the last month. In Week 8, Anderson had the best game of the season six catches on six targets for 104 yards and a touchdown. He has caught 13 of 23 targets for 215 yards and two scores over his last three games and is easily one of the best waiver wire additions to make this week.
Ravens RB Alex Collins
Like the Patriots, the Ravens have seemingly had a new running back step up every week. It began with Danny Woodhead, then Terrance West and finally Javorius Allen for several weeks, but Alex Collins has begun to establish himself as the top back in Baltimore.
Against the Dolphins in Week 8, Collins turned in 113 yards on just 18 carries. It also helps that Allen fumbled on the goal line, allowing Collins to strengthen his foothold in this offense.
Washington WR Jamison Crowder
Washington was expected to rely heavily on Jamison Crowder this year after losing Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in free agency. But for whatever reason, Crowder was a ghost until his breakout game in Week 8. Against the Cowboys, Crowder caught 9-of-13 targets for 123 yards. He is now a viable PPR option.
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett
The Seahawks’ offense is becoming more pass-heavy as the season rolls on, which is great news for their receivers not named Doug Baldwin. We’ve seen Paul Richardson emerge as a viable fantasy receiver, but now, Tyler Lockett is getting in on the fun after catching 6-of-8 targets for 121 yards in the Seahawks' Week 8 win over the Texans. He’s a good add in deeper PPR leagues.
Super-Sleeper Add: Colts WR Donte Moncrief
Even with Donte Moncrief failing to catch a pass in Week 8, he may have some serious fantasy value going forward. That is, if the Colts wind up trading T.Y. Hilton, something they reportedly are discussing. If Hilton is dealt this week, Moncrief becomes the de facto top receiver in Indianapolis, making him a very viable fantasy option.
Browns TE David Njoku
It looked like Cleveland had finally found their tight end of the future in David Njoku. While he still has a bright future ahead of him, Cleveland has failed to utilize him enough to be fantasy relevant. He has just six catches over his last three games and no scores. The Browns’ disaster of a quarterback room is really to blame, but nevertheless, Njoku needs to be dropped from your fantasy team.
Chargers WR Tyrell Williams
Now that the Chargers have Mike Williams getting involved in the offense, Tyrell Williams is becoming a ghost in Los Angeles. In a Week 8 loss to the Patriots, Williams caught just one pass for 24 yards. He now has a combined six catches over the last three games and has scored just once this season.
Jets RB Elijah McGuire
Injuries to Jets running backs Matt Forte and Bilal Powell allowed Elijah McGuire to become fantasy relevant for several weeks, but that appears to have ended. McGuire rushed once for two yards in the Jets' Week 8 loss to the Falcons, as he barely played with Powell and Forte getting the bulk of the touches.