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Fantasy Football: Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Fantasy Football: Week 8 Waiver Wire

Whether you need a one week fix or seek long-term help, here are the names you need for those all important Week 8 Waiver Wire decisions. 

Running backs (Assuming James Starks and Ryan Mathews are not available)

1. Darren McFadden - Swing and a miss for all that predicted/assumed McFadden would be the first Dallas RB sidelined with a potential multi-week injury. With Joseph Randle (oblique) out and Christine Michael mostly watching, DMac turned back the clock with 152 yards against the Giants. As long as he's healthy, McFadden is the back to use at least with Flex consideration. As for Michael, don't cut bait seeing as he's now just a McFadden injury away from starting. History says that could happen any minute, but without any viable on-field history of his own, don't consider Michael as anything more than a stash or now.

2. Duke Johnson - Cleveland cannot run the ball, this is clear, yet the rookie makes himself a productive weapon with the passing attack. All of Johnson's 31 receptions have come in the last five weeks. PPR threat for sure.

3. Alfred Blue - Arian Foster's season-ending injury reopens the door for Blue, though only owners with true RB needs should feel compelled to walk through it with a heavy free agent bid. Houston's offense is a mess and Chris Polk could steal snaps and carries. Still, opportunity to land a starting  runner midway through the season cannot be ignored.

4. Matt Jones - The Redskins are off this week. Unless they magically solve their run blocking issues before returning, they should give install the rookie as their go-to option. Jones and Chris Thompson simply offer more help with breaking tackles and as receivers compared to Alfred Morris. 

Others: Christine Michael, Theo Riddick, Chris Polk, Dexter McCluster (PPR)

Wide receivers (assuming Stefon DIggs is gone)

1. Marvin Jones - A.J. Green isn't the only wide receiver Andy Dalton targets. In fact Jones received 20 total over the last two games, turning those looks into 14-146-1. The Bengals offense should be refreshed coming off a bye week. Based on the production so far, don't expect many down weeks going forward.

2. Michael Floyd - The targets and catches aren't there yet, but the 6-foot-2 Floyd has found the end zone in consecutive weeks. Should receive plenty of single coverage with team focusing on Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown.

3. Brandon LaFell - Messy return for sure with more drops than a fighter pilot. Still, Tom Brady is on track to throw for 20,000 yards (approximately) this season and he looked LaFell's way plenty. WR3 option each week and possibly more depending on matchup. For the moment Danny Amendola is more annoyance than threat.

4. Rishard Matthews - Miami's receiver depth chart includes several bigger names, yet only Jarvis Landry consistently makes as many big plays as Matthews.

Others: Stevie Johnson, Tavon Austin, Danny Amendola, Dorial Green-Beckham (deep leagues)

Tight ends

1. Ladarius Green - Stepped back into the lineup with immediate production in Week 7. If Antonio Gates (knee) misses a few more week, Green is borderline TE1 most weeks.

2. Eric Ebron - Let's keep the borderline TE1 talk up with the Lions primary option. Ebron caught all five of his targets for 89 yards and a touchdown last week.

3. Ben Watson - Three straight weeks with at five targets and one touchdown or 50 yards. 

Others: Richard Rodgers, Crockett Gillmore, Heath Miller

Quarterbacks (Week 8 specific; assuming Tyrod Taylor and Derek Carr are not available)

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick - Should have success finding Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker against a beatable secondary.

2. Brian Hoyer - No Arian Foster means more passing game which means more DeAndre Hopkins which means Hoyer could get 250 and two by default.

3. Teddy Bridgewater - Putting up solid numbers with Diggs in the lineup. Bears have allowed the fifth most points to fantasy quarterbacks this season.

Defenses (Week 8 specific)

1. Falcons v. Bucs

2. Packers v. Broncos

3. Titans v. Titans

4. Cowboys v. Seahawks

[RELATED: Kerrigan hopes to play against Patriots]

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 19, 23 days before NFL free agency starts.

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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