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Week 8 Waiver Stargazing

We made it through the dreaded "Bye-mageddon" but the bye weeks keep on rolling with the Ravens and Raiders on their byes this week. We had some injuries to key starters in Week 7 plus we had some impressive (and some less than impressive) performances to analyze. So to help you fill those rosters, @ZTwiceFF , @K_H_Ray & @MattFFDynasty are back with their weekly waiver wire targets.

(Rostership % via NFLFantasy)


Waiver Target

Waiver Target of The Week

Kenneth Gainwell | RB | PHI (10.4% Rostership - 8% FAAB Recommendation) (@ZTwice FF)

Miles Sanders went down with an injury this week while playing the Raiders, giving way to Gainwell playing over 50% of the snaps for the first time. Gainwell came away with a season high 8 targets and will likely start in the upcoming game at Detroit. Gainwell already has had stand-alone value this season splitting time, and with a great matchup against the Lions with the starting role, he has a nice floor with great upside for a guy on the waivers.

Rashod Bateman | WR | BAL (2.6% Rostership - 5% FAAB Recommendation) (@ZTwice FF)

For the second consecutive week I have Bateman as a waiver target. He still has low roster % in redraft leagues and that needs to change. He has received 12 targets through two games and flashed big play ability this week. He will be on bye this week so I understand if some can't pick him up, but if you have the roster spot he's a great target for a possible second half surge for Bateman as shown by his early involvement.

Russell Gage | WR | ATL (11.8% Rostership - 3% FAAB Recommendation) (@K_H_Ray)

Gage is back! After missing 4 weeks with an ankle injury, the former LSU Tiger got back on the field and put up 16.7 fantasy points, including 4 receptions, 67 yards and a touchdown. A good showing for whom many believed would be the primary benefactor of Julio Jones' departure to Tennessee. There is only a small sample size, but Gage could still turn into the reliable number 2 for Matt Ryan that we were hoping for in the preseason.

Ricky Seals-Jones | TE | WAS (15.2% Rostership - 3% FAAB Recommendation) (@K_H_Ray)

The WFT fill-in has been a servicable asset while regular starter Logan Thomas recovers from a hamstring injury. Over the last three weeks he has averaged 5 receptions and ~50 yards per game. Thomas is considered week to week, and the WFT is on a bye Week 9, so RSJ's volume may drop soon. But given the number of reliable TE fantasy options, and the chance Thomas' hamstring injury flares up again, Seals-Jones is worth starting this week, and stashing for TE insurance.

Kalif Raymond | WR | DET (0.1% Rostership - 2% FAAB Recommendation) (@MattFFDynasty)

This is more of a deeper league selection but Raymond has quietly been putting together a solid season. He is currently the WR40 and coming off back-to-back games where he had 6 receptions, most recently turning those 6 receptions into 115 yards Vs LAR. We know this DET offense is going to have its struggles some weeks but Raymond is currently the most consistent WR in this WR corps. He can be added as an emergency bye week fill-in.

DeShaun Watson | QB | HOU(?) (22.9% Rostership - 2% FAAB Recommendation) (@MattFFDynasty)

There is no denying this is an optimistic selection, there is every possibility that Watson doesn't play a single snap this year. However, with the NFL Trade Deadline approaching after the Week 8 games, and the rumours swirling of teams interested in trading for Watson, I think he's worth a dart throw this week. We know when DeShaun Watson is playing, he's easily a Top 10 fantasy QB, and that will be no matter what offense he's on. So take the chance this week as the upside is worth the minimal risk, and if nothing comes of the rumours over the next 7 days, he can safely be dropped back to waivers.


Thanks for reading. Be sure to keep an eye out for both our weekly articles, Tuesday Waiver Stargazing & Thursday Start/Sit and Waiver Recap with the @FF_Astronauts. Follow @K_H_Ray, @ZTwiceFF, & @MattFFDynasty on Twitter for more Fantasy Football content throughout the season, and hit us up with any of your Start/Sit or Waiver questions.


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