Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Raiders' Jalen Richard in Week 8


Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Raiders' Jalen Richard in Week 8

Whether you're alone at the top or in the basement of your fantasy football league, there's a good chance that somebody on your roster hasn't met expectations.

It could be someone like Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, or even Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. You might not be able to recoup their draft value, but you can turn to the waiver wire to try and get back some of that production.

Here are four players to keep an eye on heading into Week 8. Each is owned in fewer than 60 percent of ESPN and Yahoo's fantasy football leagues. 

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears QB (Owned in 51.1 percent of ESPN leagues, 52 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Trubisky did it again Sunday. He threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns, adding a rushing touchdown and 81 yards on the ground. It was the third consecutive week in which Trubisky threw for at least 300 yards, rushed for at least 45 yards and scored multiple touchdowns.

The second-year pro did throw two picks, and completed barely more than 50 percent of his passes. But Trubisky was the highest-scoring fantasy QB headed into Sunday night for the second time in three weeks. He’s worth considering as a streaming option in Week 8, and might even be an upgrade over your current signal-caller(s).

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts RB (Owned in 53.9 percent of ESPN leagues, 55 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Mack topped a solid Week 6 performance with a stellar game in Week 7. He ran for 126 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and caught two passes for 33 yards and a score in a rout of the Buffalo Bills. It was the second consecutive week in which he got significantly more touches than Nyheim Hines, a previous waiver-wire favorite of ours, and Mack has emerged as the top option in Indianapolis' backfield. 

The Colts will head to Oakland next week to face the Raiders, and the Silver and Black defense has allowed more than 100 rushing yards in four out of six weeks this season. If he keeps this up, there probably won't be a return of (the) Mack in our Week 9 column. 

Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders RB (Owned in 17.1 percent of ESPN leagues, 20 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Doug Martin is likely to assume most of the injured Marshawn Lynch’s rushing workload, but Richard still offers higher fantasy upside, especially in PPR formats. He has at least six catches in four out of six games this season, including each of his last two games.

Richard is a solid matchup play in Week 8, as the Colts' defense has allowed big fantasy weeks from opposing running backs. Indy contained the Bills’ backs after LeSean McCoy was injured in Week 7. But as long as health is on Richard’s side, he’s an intriguing flex option. 

Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins WR (Owned in 24.4 percent of ESPN leagues, 10 percent of Yahoo leagues)

Amendola might be the biggest believer in Brocktober, as the 32-year-old caught six passes for 84 yards and one touchdown Sunday against the Detroit Lions.. Since Osweiler took over for an injured Ryan Tannehill, the former Patriots pass-catcher has more targets (18) and catches (13) than any other Dolphins wide receiver.

Miami has a short turnaround, but Osweiler will remain under center on Thursday Night Football against the Houston Texans. It remains to be seen how well Osweiler will perform on the road, but as long as Amendola remains his safety valve, the wide receiver belongs on your radar. 

Jason Witten's leadership crucial for Raiders during 2020 NFL season


Jason Witten's leadership crucial for Raiders during 2020 NFL season

Two notable Raiders additions in the offseason, tight end Jason Witten and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, met with the media via a Zoom call Monday.

Here are five takeaways on what was said.

1. One major reason the Raiders brought in Witten, who became one of the NFL’s top tight ends over 16 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was for his veteran leadership. Coach Jon Gruden even asked Witten to speak to the team a few days ago about the importance of high character.

“It’s vital,” Witten said. “This league’s too hard regardless of how talented you are, and I shared this with the guys. … The margin for error is so small in this league that’s how you have to approach it. I was blown away by the skill set. You can see it. I’ve also seen the guys love football. They work hard. They’re accountable.”

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal


Raiders rookie Henry Ruggs' insane one-handed catch shows potential

Raiders rookie Henry Ruggs' insane one-handed catch shows potential

It's no secret how fast Raiders rookie receiver Henry Ruggs is. With his 4.27 40-yard dash speed, he's in the end zone in the blink of an eye.

The Raiders were enamored with Ruggs' speed, and rightfully so. That certainly played a big role in the Silver and Black selecting the former Alabama receiver with the No. 11 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. But it wasn't the only reason. 

Ruggs had some of the best hands in the draft, and he proved that with an insane one-handed grab for a touchdown early on in Raiders training camp. 

It's easy to see why the Raiders fell in love with Ruggs before the draft. He tallied 86 receptions for 1,487 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns his final two years for the Crimson Tide. Ruggs should have a big role in the offense, and the hope is he connects right away with quarterback Derek Carr. 

So far, so good. 

Ruggs should be used all over the field as a rookie, as the Raiders find ways to get the ball in his hands. And it appears he will start off in the slot. 

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“We’ll start with Ruggs III in the slot and do some things with Ruggs III," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said to reporters last week, via Raiders Wire. "But those guys (Ruggs and Bryan Edwards) are very multiple in what they can do and that’s the goal is to be able to move all of them around to different spots; the one, two or three position at the wide receiver.”

Whether it be on the inside or outside, Ruggs will play a big part in the Raiders' offense right away. His ridiculous one-handed grab was just another preview of what's to come.