Mike Gillislee headlines the week 8 waiver wire
Thankfully the majority of star players avoided injury this past Sunday, the notable exception being Lesean McCoy, which is why we find Mike Gillislee headlining my week 8 article. Ready for your weekly dose of waiver wire pickups? Lets dive in!
This article will be updated regularly through Monday night. Ownership % come from Yahoo.
Suggested FAAB waiver wire bids appear in green and are based on 10 team leagues. Adjust bids for your league as appropriate
Mike Gillislee – RB – Bills (51% owned) | 6-16% FAAB
This past Thursday Lesean McCoy injured his hamstring so badly it was assumed he would miss week 7. The rush to add Mike Gillislee began, and his ownership jumped 47% in just a few days. Then, in a truly perplexing turn of events, the Bills decided to risk their stud McCoy by starting him against the Dolphins. To no ones surprise, McCoy reinjured his hamstring in the 2nd half and could potentially be facing a multi week absence. The injury opens the door for Mike Gillislee to see workhorse touches for as long as McCoy is on the shelf.
While the week 7 stats for Mike Gillislee aren’t overwhelmingly positive (5 carries for 20 yards), you have to add him now while waiting for an official diagnosis on Shady’s injury. As long as Lesean is out for week 8, Mike Gillislee will be a high upside RB2. Keep an eye out for McCoy news, as a long term injury could increase the suggested FAAB bid for Mike Gillislee.
Knile Davis – RB – Packers (36% owned) | 6% FAAB
Lets break down what we know about the Packers running back situation.
- Eddie Lacy is out at least 8 weeks and has been placed on IR.
- James Starks is out at least 4 weeks following surgery, and possibly longer.
- Former Practice squad member turned starting RB Don Jackson injured his hand, and is questionable at best for week 8.
This currently leaves 2 players as viable RB candidates for week 8. Ty Montgomery (62% owned) who is a MUST add if he is available in your league. And Knile Davis who only handled two carries for Green Bay after being signed two days earlier. Montgomery is going to be used more as a receiving option out of the backfield as the Packers look to go mostly pass, however, there will still be situations that call for a true RB. Knile Davis should be able to cement himself in that role, and while he obviously won’t match Eddie Lacy’s production, Knile should handle goal line carries and provide low end RB2 / Flex value when he is up to speed on the playbook. Expect 10-12 touches for Knile depending on game flow and assuming Don Jackson remains out.
This is likely your last chance to add Davis as we wait to see what Green Bay plans to do with their newest running back. The suggested FAAB bid of 6% can be increased if you play in a deeper format with few RB options available on the waiver wire.
Jack Doyle – TE – Colts (30% owned) | 6% FAAB
When Dwayne Allen is healthy, Jack Doyle is a TD dependent fantasy afterthought. But as I mentioned last week when he became a suggested add, Allen being out changes everything. In week 7 it was Jack Doyle and rookie Erik Swoope lining up in 2 TE sets, and Jack Doyle emerged as a featured part of an offense that was lacking receiving options (Dorsett and Moncrief out). Doyle saw 10 targets against the Titans, turning in a 9 reception, 78 yard, 1 TD performance for his fantasy owners.
As a Doyle owner myself I was watching him for most the game. His athleticism and hands really stood out. This was especially apparent on the TD throw to the back of the end zone where Doyle had to stop his momentum and turn the opposite direction before snagging the ball out of the air. As long as Allen remains out I’ll be starting Jack Doyle as a TE1 with confidence. Expect 6-8 targets per week including red zone looks, which is all you can ask for off the waiver wire.
Devontae Booker – RB – Broncos (30% owned)
Monday Night Football Note: If you play on Yahoo, you can drop a bench guy like Don Jackson even if they already played. Then go out and pick up players from Monday night such as Devontae Booker. Booker has been rumored to be drawing closer to a 50/50 timeshare in the backfield with CJA, and if there is an injury you’ll be able to avoid the rush.
No bid is given at this time, as Booker is a bench add ahead of Monday Night Football where available. At the conclusion of Monday night’s game we will have a better idea whether he remains on the must add list, or drops down. A suggested FAAB bid will also be inserted at that time.
Looking for a DST streamer? Check out our defense / special teams waiver wire options for week 8
Matt Asiata – RB – Vikings (20% owned) | 6% FAAB
Adrian Peterson is out for most of the season. Typically Asiata is the goal line back in a RBBC. Thanks to McKinnon’s ankle injury Matt may be in line for more work. At this point it is safe to assume McKinnon will be questionable heading in to week 8 against the Chicago Bears. If Jerick is out, Asiata should see 15+ touches as the lead back while splitting time with Ronnie Hillman, putting him well on the RB2 radar. For regular readers of my article you know I’m not a big Asiata fan, however, the potential volume alone makes him a solid week 8 waiver wire pickup. Matt Asiata finished with 12 rushes for 55 yards, and 6 catches for 25 yards against a stout Eagles defense this past Sunday.
Alex Smith – QB – Chiefs (38% owned) | 3% FAAB
Suffered an injury at QB, and need a replacement?Are you a Matthew Stafford owner worried about week 9 against Minnesota? Join the slow moving Alex Smith express! The ceilings are awfully low on this train (usually around 20 fantasy points), but the floor is solid, and the schedule is solid. The next 3 weeks for Smith are @IND, vs JAX and @CAR. 3 of the worst passing defenses in the league. While I’m not usually a guy to tout Smith as a play, he is viable the next few weeks, and is worth a look for owners in a variety of formats.
C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Texans (8% owned)
Its pretty incredible how far under the radar Fiedorowicz has flown given his recent play. Over the last 3 weeks, C.J. has 20 targets! Nearly 7 per game. Those targets have turned in to 14 receptions for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns. Admittedly his matchup tonight with the Denver Broncos is a tough one, but C.J. now appears to be 3rd in line for targets behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. A strong showing against the Broncos on MNF should officially put him on the mixed league radar.
- Just like Devontae Booker, if you have someone on your bench you can drop ahead of the MNF game, do it! Worst case scenario C.J. is a bust and you find another speculative add.
Vernon Davis – TE – Redskins (22% owned) | 2% FAAB
Jordan Reed is already considered doubtful for week 8, which bodes well for the revival Vernon Davis has been experiencing with the Redskins the last 2 weeks. Since Reed went down with a concussion heading in to week 6, Davis has 8 receptions for 129 yards and a TD. If you’re looking for a solid TE streamer, and Jack Doyle isn’t available, grab Davis as long as Reed remains out. He’ll be a decent option for fantasy owners once again in week 8 against the Bengals.
Alfred Blue – RB – Texans (1% owned) | 1% FAAB
Lamar Miller injured his shoulder on Monday Night Football. The good news for Miller owners is that he was able to return, and split carries with Alfred Blue the rest of the way. At this point it looks like Miller should be fine, but Blue is still worth a grab in deeper leagues where you can’t wait for injury updates before making your waiver wire picks.
Other players to consider that have received writeups in weeks past:
- Jamison Crowder (WR): Still seeing solid red zone targets. Solid PPR play
- Dwayne Washington / Zach Zenner (RB): If D Wash can play week 8, he’s the pickup. Otherwise you gamble with Zenner again.
- Chris Thompson (RB): Worked well after Jones lost fumbles. WAS says they are sticking with Jones.
- Corey Coleman (WR): Could begin practicing this week
- Victor Cruz (WR): 15 targets the past 2 weeks!
- Anquan Boldin (WR): 4 TD’s in 7 games
- Davante Adams (WR): He had a HUGE 16 target game, and the Packers will be throwing more. but its the same Davante Adams. Don’t overreact and blow your whole FAAB on him. He remains a suggested add.
- Kamar Aiken (WR): 12 targets last 2 weeks with Steve Smith out.
- Adam Thielen (WR): Continues to see solid targets. Could change if Diggs gets 100% healthy.
- Terrance Williams (WR): Good for 5-6 targets, and around 60 yards per week with Dez out. Looks like Dez could return for week 8 though.
Deep League Waiver Wire
Marquise Goodwin – WR – Bills (4% owned) | 1% FAAB
Foot injuries continue to plague the Buffalo Bills as Robert Woods was ruled out for week 7, leaving Marquise Goodwin as the WR1 against the Dolphins D. Typically Marquise would be a situational deep threat, but this week he led the team in targets (7) while also posting 4 receptions for 93 yards and a score. Most of his damage came on one play (67 yard TD), so he will be very boom or bust, but if you’re desperate, Mike Gillislee ‘s teammate Goodwin can be added and played as a flex option for as long as Woods remains out.
Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Vikings (2% owned) | 1% FAAB
I still find it hard to believe that Patterson could turn in to a legitimate fantasy football asset, but the numbers don’t lie. Over his past 3 games, Patterson has seen 6, 6, and 7 targets while finding the end zone twice. There are many different narratives that could explain why this “breakout” has occurred, whether it be AP’s or Diggs injury, or the team finally figuring out how to use Patterson properly. Either way, if you need wide receiver help and other higher owned options are gone it may be time to board this hype train that left the station 3 years ago and has been wandering around aimlessly ever since. It looks like the train may finally be getting back on track.
Russell Shepard – WR – Bucs (0% owned) | 0% FAAB
When Vincent Jackson hit I.R. we all knew someone would step up to fill that void. Here are the guys that were proposed to be next in line, and the targets they received against the 49ers. Cameron Brate (3 targets), Adam Humphries (3 targets), and Cecil Shorts (0 targets since… week 2). In comes a relative unknown from LSU, Russell Shepard (6’1″, 215 lbs), to put up pretty solid numbers as he saw 6 targets, which he converted into 5 receptions for 77 yards and 1 TD.
While Shepard is only a deep league add at this time, the fact is many of my readers play in 12+ team leagues and are looking for the next big thing. Most of the wide receivers in the NFL have settled into their role, while Shepard could actually be a guy who is growing into one. This is a purely speculative play, but if you have the space on your bench take a shot on Shepard and see if he can reproduce his solid outing as the Bucs prepare to take on the Oakland Raiders in week 8.
Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Bears (2% owned) | 1% FAAB
As expected, John Fox is slowly going away from the rookie Jordan Howard, and in week 7 Ka’Deem Carey actually outsnapped Howard (26–22). Carey finished the day with 10 carries for 48 yards, and 1 reception for 9 yards. J. Howard finished with 7 carries for 22 yards. While this should remain a timeshare, it looks like Carey has moved ahead in the pecking order and is worth a speculative add in deeper formats. Keep in mind these Bears have a tough matchup with MIN coming up, and then the BYE, so it could be a while before Carey is actually startable in any format. If you play in a league where a guy like Mike Gillislee has been gone for a while, and few options exist, you can take a chance on Carey.
Marqise Lee – WR – Jaguars (2% owned) | 0% FAAB
Lee keeps making appearances in my article, but the fantasy world has yet to take notice. Here are Lee’s targets the last 5 games: 7, 7, 6, 6, 8. As the slot receiver for the Jaguars red zone targets will obviously be an issue (no TD’s yet this season), but if you play in a deeper PPR league I’d definitely consider adding him. The targets are consistent, and he should reliably get you 5 receptions for 50+ yards per week. He would need an injury to ascend to a standard league waiver wire target. For now only look at Marqise Lee in PPR.
Other deep league players to consider off the waiver wire:
- Justin Forsett (RB) – Could have value if Dwayne Washington and Theo Riddick remain sidelined
- Rob Kelley (RB) – Could start seeing more carries thanks to Matt Jones fumble-itis.
- Dorial Green-Beckham (WR)
- Paul Perkins (RB)
- Mike Davis (RB)
- Chester Rogers (WR)
- Peyton Barber (RB)
Thanks for reading, and good luck picking up either Mike Gillislee or Knile Davis this week! We are getting ready for NBA season which starts tomorrow when we will launch our first daily NBA cheatsheet of 2016, and are offering free 3 day trials to all potential new subscribers.
Interested in checking out FTA+ completely free? Sign up below with our new 3 day trial feature!