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Fantasy Football: 8 waiver wire pickups for Week 8

What receiver has a chance to turn your season around?

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We saw quite a few players have career days on Sunday, but who should you trust to add to your fantasy team for Week 8. We also have some players who could be gaining bigger roles or have juicy matchups very soon.


Corey Davis, wide receiver, Titans: Look who has fantasy value! The switch from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill did wonders for Davis. He saw seven targets for six catches, 80 yards and a touchdown. He did that against the Chargers who have been a tough matchup for opposing wide receivers this season. The next two weeks he faces the Bucs and Panthers who are in the top 10 easiest matchups for opposing wideouts. Davis should be at the top of everyone’s waiver claims whether you need a receiver or not. This has a chance to become the norm for the young struggling player.

Sam Darnold, quarterback, Jets: Darnold is most likely still on the waiver wire in your league as he has a tough matchup with the Patriots on Monday Night Football. Whether he does well or not, you should pick him up if you need a quarterback next week. With all the injuries and bye weeks, Darnold should be near the top of possible replacements for Week 8. It also helps that in Week 9 he has a game against the Dolphins, who are the best matchup for quarterbacks in fantasy football.

Jets defense: I know it is weird to think about using a waiver wire pickup on a defense, but we are starting to get into the thick of the fantasy season, and the Jets could be one of the best defenses could end up with down the stretch. They still play the Dolphins twice, the Bengals, Giants and Washington. Those five all happen in the next seven weeks.

Mark Walton, running back, Dolphins: Guess who went from breaking away from cops to starting for a tanking team? Walton is by no means going to turn your team around, but if you need a flex for next week, you could do worse than a starting running back. He out touched Kenyan Drake 14 to six, but the lone touchdown went to Kalen Ballage.

Alex Erickson, wide receiver, Bengals: This is one of those “beware of the career game” type situations in fantasy. Was this a one time thing for Erickson who caught eight passes for 137 yards on Sunday? Even if it wasn’t, his volume seems to be very close to taking a huge hit as A.J. Green is expected to return after the team’s bye week (hopefully). That means Erickson has one week in London against the Rams to still be relevant enough to own. I really only recommend this for deep leagues that have point per reception scoring.

Zach Pascal, wide receiver, Colts: Pascal played a huge role in the Colts offense without Parris Campbell in the lineup. He had six catches on seven targets for 106 yards and a touchdown. Pascal shouldn’t be at the top of your list of adds unless you’re really hurting for a receiver though. His role will receive a huge hit when Campbell returns, and next week he will be going up against the Broncos who are one of the toughest matchups for opposing wide receivers.

Chase Edmonds, running back, Cardinals: If you score three touchdowns you’re going to be on this list. I’m not as sold on this add as others may be, but running backs are hard to come by in fantasy on the waiver wire. Edmonds saw plenty of time with David Johnson still not being healthy enough to play despite being active on Sunday. That could change by next week. He also has matchups with defenses who are the best at stopping opposing running backs in fantasy over the next four weeks.

Ty Johnson, running back, Lions: This one is solely because Kerryon Johnson left Sunday’s game with a knee injury. Ty Johnson didn’t look great in Kerryon Johnson’s place, but starting running backs are hard to pass on.