2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire
Fantasy football in Week 7 included several high scoring players with their stud like performances in Davante Adams. Week 7 also involved several underrated players to pop off for flex worthy fantasy performances, and with that said, it’s time to dig into the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire. Although on the surface, players like Lamical Perine, Wayne Gallman, and Sterling Shepard may not appear as league winners, they all provide multi-week value moving forward.
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2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers
Against the Saints, Teddy Bridgewater put up 254 passing yards with two passing touchdowns. Before this week, he ranked as the 23rd quarterback with 16.2 fantasy points per game. Through six games, Bridgewater ranked 7th with 1,677 passing yards, 9th with 8.1 yards per attempt, and 25th with six passing touchdowns. Next week, they face the Falcons, who allow the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. If Bridgewater is available, then he ranks as the top streaming quarterback in the 2020 fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
When looking at the box score, it’s unbelievable to see Baker Mayfield with five passing touchdowns in one game – a new career-best for Mayfield. Before this game, Mayfield reached four passing touchdowns once in his rookie year against the Bengals. On Sunday, he threw for 297 passing yards with one interception. Next week, he faces the Raiders, who rank middle of the pack with 20.8 fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks (No. 13). Prioritize Bridgewater as a streaming quarterback, but Mayfield projects as a decent streaming option in a favorable matchup.
Baker Mayfield started 0/5 with an INT, then went nearly perfect:
His only incomplete pass was a spike to stop the clock.
Shut the haters up. pic.twitter.com/Rj1lLbWYSL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 25, 2020
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Similar to Mayfield, we mention Jimmy Garoppolo as a potential streaming option next week since he faces the Seahawks, who allow the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. In a difficult matchup against the Patriots, who rank 28th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, Garoppolo threw for 277 passing yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. Garoppolo ranks as a deep league streamer in the 2020 fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire.
Running Backs – 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire
Add Giovani Bernard, Jamaal Williams, and Chase Edmonds if they’re somehow still hanging around on waivers. Also, look for top backup running backs in Tony Pollard, Alexander Mattison, Benny Snell, and Brian Hill.
Lamical Perine, RB, New York Jets
Last week, we recommended Lamical Perine in the Week 7 waiver wire article, and he played decently against the Bills on Sunday. Perine finished with 13 total touches for 55 total yards and one rushing touchdown. Meanwhile, Frank Gore led the Jets with 60 rushing yards, but Perine earned three targets. Prioritize Perine and Wayne Gallman as the top running backs in the 2020 fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire. Both running backs should receive around 12-15 touches and provide deep-league flex worthy value.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) October 25, 2020
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
Devonta Freeman left Thursday’s game with an ankle injury, and Wayne Gallman led Giants running backs in rushing yards. Daniel Jones led the team in rushing after his 80-yard run, and then he stumbled with open grass in front of him. Gallman finished with 15 touches for 54 total yards. He looked explosive, although it doesn’t quite show up in the box score. Expect about 12-15 touches for Gallman, but the Giants’ offensive line looks awful, so temper expectations.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Chris Carson left Sunday’s game with a foot injury, and veteran Carlos Hyde stepped up in his absence. Hyde finished with 15 carries for 68 rushing yards and one touchdown. He also added three catches for eight receiving yards but mostly known for his rushing ability. If Carson’s injury lingers, then Hyde falls into the backend RB2 or flex worthy position moving forward. In deep leagues, it’s worth speculating on DeeJay Dallas and go ahead and stash Rashaad Penny.
JaMycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Jeff Wilson Jr. had a heck of a game on Sunday with 112 rushing yards and three touchdowns but then left the game with an ankle injury and later placed on injured reserve. We recommended JaMycal Hasty last week, and he received ten touches for 73 total yards after Wilson dominated for most of the game. However, Tevin Coleman could return from injured reserve in Week 8. For some reason, Jerick McKinnon barely touched the ball on Sunday. Hasty is worth a speculative pickup in the fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire, but this backfield is messy and hard to project who to start.
Wide Receivers – 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
In his first game back from the toe injury, Sterling Shepard caught six of eight targets for 59 receiving yards and one touchdown. In PPR leagues, Shepard falls into that WR3 range and earns a quality target share when healthy. As I mentioned in the PPR rest of season rankings, Shepard averaged 7.77 targets per game through 13 games in 2019 and 2020. He ranks as the top wide receiver pickup in the 2020 fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire.
A Sterling Shepard TD extends the @Giants lead!
21-10 with 6:17 remaining. #TogetherBlue
— NFL (@NFL) October 23, 2020
Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills
Holy Cole Beasley! With No John Brown, Cole Beasley dominated against a weak Jets defense. Beasley caught 11 of 12 targets for 112 receiving yards. In PPR leagues, that’s a dream game. Prioritize Shepard, but even before this game, Beasley earned 37 targets (No. 27) and averaged 12.6 fantasy points per game (No. 39). Beasley projects as a receiver to pick up with a safe floor in the 2020 fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Rookie Brandon Aiyuk led the 49ers in receiving on Sunday and caught six of seven targets for 115 receiving yards. Overall, the 49ers steamrolled the Patriots on Sunday, with Jeff Wilson running all over them as well. The 49ers offense runs through George Kittle and the running backs, and Deebo Samuel or Aiyuk produce and pop off with their explosiveness. Deebo Samuel also played well on Sunday but then left with a hamstring injury that could keep him out additional weeks, meaning Aiyuk’s stock rises.
Brandon Aiyuk (EYE-yook)
Get to know the name because the rookie had himself a game. Highlights from @THE2ERA's 1st career 100+ yard day.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 26, 2020
Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
The former Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor caught five of eight targets for 107 receiving yards and one touchdown. Before this game, Agholor received 11 targets in five games. Just worth mentioning Agholor since he scored a touchdown in three straight games.
Scotty Miller, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Scotty Miller led the Buccaneers in receiving with six catches for 109 receiving yards and one touchdown. Through five games, Miller finished with double-digit points in three of them and then totaled under five fantasy points in two other games. Expect risky fantasy production with Miller, especially once Antonio Brown joins the team.
BRADY DIME TO SCOTTY MILLER 🐐
— FanDuel (@FanDuel) October 25, 2020
Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns
With Odell Beckham Jr. injured in Sunday’s game, Rashard Higgins stepped up and led the Browns in receiving. Beckham tore his ACL and is done for the season. Higgins caught all six of his targets for 110 receiving yards. Although the Browns rank 30th with 32.2 team pass plays per game, their upcoming schedule includes the Raiders, bye week, Texans, Eagles, and Jaguars, meaning juicy matchups moving forward. Higgins ranks as more of a deep league receiver in the 2020 fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire.
Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets
My goodness, it’s painful recommending any Jets players sometimes. Rookie Denzel Mims played in his first NFL game and led the Jets with a whopping 42 receiving yards. With no Jamison Crowder, Mims led the Jets with seven targets. Breshad Perriman also left the game with a concussion, but overall the Jets offense looked ineffective per usual. Mims is worth a speculative pickup due the exciting College Prospect Profile with a 42.3% College Dominator Rating (85th percentile) and 19.9 Breakout Age (67th percentile). His NFL Draft workout metrics also ranked through the roof with a 115.6 Speed Score (96th percentile) and 131.0 Burst Score (90th percentile).
Marquez Callaway & Deonte Harris, WR, New Orleans Saints
With no Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris popped up in Week 7. Callaway caught eight of ten targets for 75 receiving yards, and Harris caught four of five for 46 receiving yards and one touchdown. Both receivers likely surprised many fantasy managers and only worth speculating on in deep leagues. The Saints face the Bears, Buccaneers, and 49ers over the next three weeks, so temper expectations.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Even without Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, the Eagles offense heavily involves the tight end position. On Thursday night, Richard Rodgers led the Eagles in receiving and caught six of eight targets for 85 receiving yards. With Ertz out and Goedert still injured, Rodgers ranks as the top tight end pickup in the 2020 fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire.
Harrison Bryant & David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns
Over the weekend, news broke that Austin Hooper underwent surgery for appendicitis, and that could keep him out the next couple of weeks. Thus, Harrison Bryant and David Njoku both produced in a weak Bengals matchup. Bryant caught four of five targets for 56 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Njoku caught two passes for 20 yards and one touchdown.
— NFL (@NFL) October 25, 2020
Before this game, I would’ve recommended Njoku over Bryant. However, Bryant had an intriguing College Draft Profile with a 26.2% College Dominator Rating (80th percentile), 14.1 yards per reception (68th percentile), and 19.4 Breakout Age (91st percentile). Both Bryant and Njoku could serve as viable but risky streaming tight end options in the 2020 fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire.
Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team
Facing one of the weakest defenses, Logan Thomas caught all four of his targets for 60 receiving yards and one touchdown. As I mentioned in previous articles, Thomas received the target share and air yards with 36 targets (No. 5), 17.1% target share (No. 11), and 289 air yards (No. 6) through six games. However, he lacked the fantasy production with 7.3 points per game (No. 28), 17 receptions (No. 16), and 148 receiving yards (No. 26). Next week the Washington Football Team has their bye week, but after that, they face several beatable defenses in the Giants, Lions, Bengals, and Cowboys.
— NFL (@NFL) October 25, 2020
If you enjoyed Corbin’s Week 8 Waiver Wire, make sure to check Peter Chung’s Week 8 FAAB Guide for more help in optimizing your lineups.
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