Fantasy Football Week 8: Waiver Wire

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WR Doug Baldwin, Seahawks (23%) – The Percy Harvin trade should give Baldwin at least a slight boost in targets and push him into fantasy relevance as a solid WR3/FLEX option.

WR Allen Robinson, Jags  (15%) – Is averaging 9 targets per game over the last three and finally found the end zone in week 7. Robinson is Bortles go-to guy and the Jags continue to throw enough to make him a viable WR3/FLEX option.

WR Andre Holmes, Raiders (49%) – After averaging 10 targets per game over the previous two, Holmes was shutdown by Cards CB Patrick Peterson. Holmes finished with just 3 catches for 34 yards on 5 targets, but drew two pass interference calls and had a drop on a 15-yard pass. Don’t give up on Holmes quite yet. He has great size (6’3, 210), legit big play potential, and won’t be shadowed by a motivated Patrick Peterson every week.

WR Brandon LaFell (23%) – He’s averaging almost 6 targets per game over the last 5 and looks to have secured Tom Brady’s trust. LaFell is the best deep threat on the team and will be a borderline WR3/FLEX play the rest of the season.

WR Jarvis Landry, Dolphins (6%) – Has taken over as the Dolphins 3rd WR and is getting an average of 6 targets per game over the last four. That isn’t enough attention to warrant a spot in your starting lineup, but I think his role will increase as the season goes on and Landry could be a solid WR3/FLEX during the 2nd half of the season.

Sleeper (<5%)

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RB Stepfan Taylor, Cards (1%) – Was involved in the offense for the first time all year (14 touches) which could be a regular occurrence as the Cards try to limit Andre Ellington’s touches while still establishing the ground game. Taylor was productive with a rushing and receiving TD and passed the eye test. He’s not worth a spot in your starting lineup quite yet, but he’s a solid bench stash.

Kevin Ogletress (Don’t waste your money)

WR Stevie Johnson, 49ers (7%) – Has three TDs in the last four games, but is still the 3rd WR on a team that doesn’t throw much. He’s only averaging 4 targets per game over the last four weeks making him completely touchdown dependent. He’s like a poor man’s Eddie Royal.

RB Jonas Gray, Patriots (1%) – I think Bill Belichick purposely screws with fantasy owners. He called up Gray a few hours before their game last Thursday and used him instead of popular waiver pick up Branden Bolden. The Pats RB usage is too inconsistent to expect a repeat performance from Gray and I recommend avoiding all Pats RBs not named Vereen.

TE Gavin Escobar, Cowboys (1%) – Has 3 TDs in the last two games on only 4 targets. Remember Joseph Fauria from last season? Escobar is the same guy.