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The Waiver Wire 10/24

The Waiver Wire 10/24

A look at the Week 8 pickups (updated at 6pm)
By: Pete Davidson : October 24, 2017 12:49pm

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We’re nearing the halfway point of the fantasy season and the waiver wire isn’t as deep as it was a month or so ago. The good news is that, depending on your league, you may still have a few solid targets of opportunity. There are a handful of high upside players out there based on Yahoo’s rates of ownership.

The ownership rates listed below were sourced from Yahoo! They reflect a player’s ownership, not their availability.

I will post updates throughout the day.  The wire will be finalized around 7pm.

Listen to the Week 8 Waiver Wire Pod here.


QUARTERBACKS

Andy Dalton, Bengals, 55 percent

He was mediocre to be kind in Week 7, but he gets the Colts this week and they are spiraling. Dalton is already past his bye and he may get rookie John Ross back this week. Ross may or may not make a big impact himself, but his speed will open things up for others and make life easier for Dalton.

Trevor Siemian, Broncos, 35 percent

He has a lot of good matchups for the pass left on his schedule so he is definitely worth owning in most leagues, particularly if you need some QB help. He’s playable every week save for maybe Week 16.

Josh McCown, Jets, 12 percent

Save for the Jets’ Week 11 bye, McCown’s got playable matchups until Week 14 when he faces the Broncos at Mile High. He may not be exciting, but he’s giving you serviceable stats when he’s in good matchups.

Matt Moore, Dolphins, 1 percent

He should start the next few games so if your starter has a bye this week or next, Moore could be a lifeline. He’s a solid QB and he has good weapons to throw to. Miami took their bye week 1 due to hurricane Irma.

Case Keenum, Vikings, 9 percent

He’s a little inconsistent but he has the weapons around him (assuming Stefon Diggs returns) to succeed in plus matchups and he travels to Cleveland this week. They should throw a lot and he’s a viable starter if you are in need. His long term appeal is limited and he may not even hang onto the job depending on the health of Teddy Bridgewater and or Sam Bradford.

Jacoby Brissett, Colts, 21 percent

His matchups are mediocre the next few games but he can give you extra points with his feet so he’s viable.

Brett Hundley, Packers, 17 percent

He has some decent matchups left on his schedule but he is on his bye this week. If you are looking for a stash option for weeks 9, 10 or 11, then he might be a good player to add. Deeper leagues only at this point.

RUNNING BACKS

Marlon Mack, Colts, 41 percent

He outsnapped Frank Gore last week and he’s playing for a team that has clearly entered into rebuilding mode. The Colts are an embarrassment, which is their problem, but the situation says that Mack is going to get a long look the rest of the way and that’s makes him a strong buy, because he has real talent with the ball in his hands. His problems are the little things, but that’s less of an issue when the team you play for has already thrown in the towel.

Wendell Smallwood, Eagles, 40 percent

He’s back and he looked pretty good. The stats won’t show it, but Smallwood looked like the Eagles preferred back. He gives them a little bit of everything. He’s solid in pass protection but also a solid early down runner and a very good receiver. He allows the Eagles to be less predictable than they are with LeGarrette Blount. If running back is your primary concern, Smallwood is a good guy to go after. He’s got a shot at being an RB2 the rest of the way. That’s pretty good in such a dry marketplace.

Eddie Lacy, Seahawks, 23 percent

As I said last week, I am shocked at how low owned he is. Add him if you can because Seattle is about to get hot and the goal line opportunities will be there. Thomas Rawls is a good bet to not stay healthy. Lacy may not be fun, but he’s a means to a fantasy end.

Dion Lewis, Patriots, 29 percent

He led the Patriots backfield in snaps against the Falcons, but don’t get too excited because it was close and this backfield looks like a four-headed problem for fantasy GMs right now. Dion has value during the bye weeks but things look as unpredictable as ever in this backfield.

Latavius Murray, Vikings, 42 percent

He lit it up in a blowout last week and he’s worth owning in all formats, but he’s still a mediocre back and he’s a far cry from Jerick McKinnon, who is the back to own in Minnesota. Murray has a Week 9 bye but he also has a solid matchup with the Browns this week if you are in need.

Alex Collins, Ravens, 33 percent

He’s getting some carries and he is a good early down pounder, but this is a team that will have few positive game scripts the rest of the way if any. He’s for deep leaguers who need bye week help.

Jalen Richard, 11 percent and DeAndre Washington, 3 percent, Raiders

You feeling lucky? One of these two will post some nice numbers this week in Marshawn Lynch’s (suspended one game) absence. My general take is to go after Washington in PPR and Richard in standard. Either one can help you if you have bye problems.

Rex Burkhead, Patriots, 8 percent

He didn’t play enough snaps to get excited about him, but he did look good in limited action. I’m stashing Rex in 12-team leagues just in case they up his usage as he gets healthier. As I have said a million times, his skill set is perfect for the Patriots.

Danny Woodhead, Ravens, 18 percent

If you play in a PPR league, he’s a nice deep stash. He could come off the IR and start posting big receiving numbers. Flacco has so little to work with that Woodhead could lead the team in targets upon his return. According to Rotoworld, he is targeting a Week 11 return, so plan accordingly.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Josh Doctson, Washington, 13 percent

The time is now if you didn’t listen to me last week. He’s moving into a lead role and could be a huge addition for your squad. He’s got a good quarterback to work with and he’s a touchdown guy—both from long range and in the red zone. Go get him.

Corey Davis, Titans, 25 percent

Meet the best stash option around. Davis has been a big disappointment but none of this has to do with anything other than injury. And, based on what we saw last week, the Titans can really use his alpha skill set. The fact that they have been careful with his injury will work for you upon his return. Stash him now and he could pay off large when he returns from his Week 8 bye. Davis is a potential star and he has a good quarterback to work with.

Cooper Kupp, Rams, 42 percent

He had ten targets and a touchdown last week. He’s not playing like a rookie and he can help you every single week but this week, as he is on the bye.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers, 14 percent

Martavis Bryant is now on full tilt. He’s digging his own grave while Smith-Schuster continues to produce. He scored again in Week 7 and he has a shot at taking over due to Bryant’s temper tantrums. Add him in all leagues.

Marqise Lee, Jaguars, 40 percent

As I said last week, he’s the best receiver in Jacksonville. He’s getting close to full health and he’s been targeted 16 times over the last two games. He should be rostered in all leagues.

Jordan Matthews, Bills, 31 percent

Once he is fully healthy and that’s probably another week or so away, he will be the number one option for Tyrod Taylor. Matthews should be owned in all 12-team leagues and will be on the 10-team radar as soon as he’s all the way back. Taylor has very few places to throw the ball. This one is a no-brainer.

Kenny Stills, Dolphins, 23 percent

He looked great last week against the Jets and he’s a great WR3 play this week if DeVante Parker remains sidelined. If Parker returns, Stills is more of a flex option.

Robby Anderson, Jets, 19 percent

He’s a solid guy to play during the bye weeks. He’s been productive on most weeks and has a decent rapport with Josh McCown. He’s also getting better so he has the ability to break out even more if you get a little lucky.

Kenny Golladay, Lions, 15 percent

He should return soon (hamstring) and he’s got a lot of upside due to his size and playmaking ability. Matt Stafford needs red zone weapons and Golladay is a really good one. Stash him now and he could help you as soon as Week 9. Yes, he could play this week, but I want to see him on the field producing before I put him in my lineup.

Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs, 0 percent

He's a serious talent though few realize it right now. He's true value will be known once Pat Mahones is the KC QB, but he seemed to work ok with Alex Smith last week. He's a nice add in super deep formats right now.

Dede Westbrook, Jaguars, 2 percent

It sounds like he will return for Week 9 and he has a shot at being a fantasy asset, especially if either Marqise Lee or Allen Hurns goes down. I love adding Westbrook, whose game is vastly underrated in deeper leagues.

TIGHT ENDS

Jack Doyle, Colts, 40 percent

He was very active again versus the Jaguars in Week 7 and he should be a factor the rest of the way. You can start him in all matchups. Doyle is viable in all leagues.

Tyler Kroft, Bengals, 15 percent

He scored again in Week 7 and he owns this job due to Tyler Eifert’s latest back injury. He’s a viable weekly play albeit not a very exciting one.

O.J. Howard, Bucs, 13 percent

He’s had breakouts at points this season and periods of exceedingly low usage too. It’s hard to tell what you’ll get on a weekly basis, but he sure makes a great long term investment and he can be a great dart throw if you are in need. The rookie scored twice in Week 7.

Ryan Griffin, Texans, 5 percent

He’ll be a dependable source of TE2 production and he’s very roster-able in large formats. That being said, he’s not exciting and lacks upside.

Greg Olsen, Panthers, 40 percent

It sounds like he is a good bet to return Week 12 when he is eligible. If you are a good team with a tight end problem, he could be a solution as a free agent or as a cheap trade acquisition. Cam Newton loves to target him.

Ed Dickson, Panthers, 50 percent

Like I said last week, he is involved and Cam Newton likes throwing to his tight ends. He also likes big targets so Dickson has a few things going for him. He can be a bridge for those who own Gregg Olsen.