Top Waiver Wire Pickups
Running backs finally hit the center stage for waiver wire pickups week 8. There are plenty of options for bye week replacements. Teams scheduled for a week 8 bye include Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Football Team, and Houston Texans. The question is which one will you pick up?
Up to Date NFL Injuries
Let’s begin by reviewing the latest injury and COVID update from the NFL this weekend. First, Diontae Johnson hobbled off with a lower leg injury. Next, Andy Dalton is in the concussion protocol after taking a monstrous hit to the helmet. Then, Odell Beckham expects ending season ACL tear. Followed by, N’Keal Harry not returning from a head injury. In addition, Phillip Lindsay also suffered a concussion. Jeff Wilson exited the game with what looks like a high ankle sprain. Finally, Chris Carson left with a mild foot sprain.
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WAIVER WIRE QUARTERBACKS
Joe Burrow | Cincinnati Bengals | Rostered 50%
Joe Burrow is the only quarterback I’m comfortable suggesting as a waiver wire pickup. The thought of placing Daniel Jones and Baker Mayfield on the waiver wire crossed my mind. However, one high scoring week from Baker Mayfield doesn’t erase his past painful performances, and one extremely hilarious tumble from Daniel Jones…well is just funny but I’m still not quite ready to trust him.
As anticipated, Joe Burrow not only found the endzone once but three times during his excursion with the Browns. On 47 attempts, Burrow connected 35 times for 406 yards and three touchdowns. The rookie is finding solid ground to stand on. Next week he faces a tougher Titans defense that allows the 15th most points to quarterbacks. He may not duplicate his performance from week 7 from I’m confident he’ll continue his solid production making him a worth waiver wire pickup for week 8.
WAIVER WIRE RUNNING BACKS
La’Michael Perine | New York Jets | Rostered 12%
Unbelievably, Adam Gase did something right. LaMichael Perine played a team-high of 67% at the running back position, while veteran Frank Gore saw 32%. In addition, Perine played well with the snaps allotted. If you’re looking for a long term solution, I would be selecting Perine over the others available. However, as we wait to see if this intelligent play by Gase is a hoax or not, I recommend others in the short term.
Gio Bernard | Cincinnati Bengals | Rostered 49%
With Joe Mixon out, Gio Bernard continued his work in the passing game but tacked on a few more carries than normal. Though his rushing was nothing to write home about, Bernard caught all five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Not bad for the 28-year-old running back. It’s possible Joe Mixon’s foot injury keeps him out multiple weeks making Gio Bernard a confident start until his returns.
Wayne Gallman | New York Giants | Rostered <1%
Making Wayne Gallman a waiver wire pickup for week 8 really depends on the status of Davonta Freeman. With Freeman leaving the Eagles contest early, the perfect scenario arose to showcase Gallman’s talent. He looked agile, hit the holes strong, and converted his one goal line stance. Overall, Gallman state line doesn’t paint an accurate picture of his performance. He ran the ball 10 times for 34 yards and caught five of five targets but again for only 20 yards. His participation in the passing game makes him a worth flex if Freeman sits out next week.
WAIVER WIRE WIDE RECEIVERS
Tim Patrick | Denver Broncos | Rostered 18%
Tim Patrick came back down to earth this weekend where he caught only three of four targets for 43 yards. However, his low numbers were the result of an injury forcing an early exit. I expect a bounce-back over the next few weeks as the Broncos face off against the Chargers, Atlanta, LV, and Miami. I expect to continue writing about Tim Patrick over the next few waiver wires.
Marquez Callaway | New Orleans Saints | Rostered <1%
In the absence of Michael Thomas, Brees targeted Marquez Callaway ten times in the game against the panthers. In addition, Callaway caught eight of those targets for a total of 75 yards. I don’t know what is going on with Thomas, but I do know Callaway is taking advatage of every opportunity given.
WAIVER WIRE: TIGHT ENDS
Trey Burton | Indianapolis Colts | Rostered 5%
The colts are now clear of their bye week making Trey Burton the top waiver wire tight end. Before the break, Burton garnered nine receptions on 11 targets and proved his effectiveness on the field. Burton sees Detroit, Baltimore, and Tennessee in his next three matchups.
Richard Rodgers | Philadelphia Eagles | Rostered 4%
The imploding mess that is the eagles passing game reminds me more of a phoenix than an eagle. Out of the ashes of Desean Jackson, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert rises Travis Fulgham and now Richard Rodgers. Playing 85% of team snaps, Rodgers caught 6 of 8 targets for 85 yards. We know the Eagles targets the TE position, so until the two starters return Rodgers performs nicely as a replacement.
Harrison Bryant | Cleveland Browns | Rostered <1%
Before the season began, many people anticipated Austin Hooper as the pass-catching tight end. However, it’s clear now the Cleveland Browns signed him and his experience to block. The beneficiary of this coaching decision is Harrison Bryant, the rookie out of Florida Atlantic. Bryant exploded with four receptions for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Those rostering him in dynasty are on cloud nine.
LAST THOUGHTS ON THE WAIVER WIRE WEEK 8
One more week until the halfway point if you include the playoffs. Our dreams of the championship remain clear. However, now is not the time to start making roster adjustments based on playoff aspirations. Hold off on those moves until later. Good luck on week 8’s waiver wire. Visit us on our YouTube channel to tell us who your waiver wire pickup is this week.
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