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Dynasty Waiver Wire Week 8

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

In this weekly series, I will highlight players that are speculative adds in deeper dynasty leagues, since the majority of players often covered in typical waiver wire columns have long been rostered.

 

No matter how deep your league is or how large the rosters, you should always keep a watch list of players you are considering adding, should the opportunity present itself. The group of names below will help you form that list. 

 

I will note that the data presented is based on all Yahoo leagues, not just those designated as keeper or dynasty. 

 

First, let’s look back at last week’s waiver wire suggestions that gained value, with current Yahoo ownership percentages and percentage change in parentheses.

 

 

Orleans Darkwa, NYG (64%/+55%)

Chris Ivory, JAX (55%/+51%)

Dion Lewis, NE (29%/+19%)

Brett Hundley, GB (17%/+16%)

George Kittle, SF (22%/+14%)

Bennie Fowler, DEN (14%/+13%)

Tyler Kroft, CIN (15%/+5%)

C.J. Beathard, SF (6%/+5%)

Teddy Bridgewater, MIN (3%/+2%)

Devontae Booker, DEN (2%/+1%)

 

Not all recommended players gain dynasty value from week to week. Here are some players mentioned in last week’s article whose ownership percentage took a hit over the past week.

 

David Njoku, CLE (12%/-6%)

Ricardo Louis, CLE (2%/-2%)

D’Onta Foreman, HOU (13%/-2%)

Kenny Golladay, DET (15%/-1%)

 

 

 

Quarterbacks

 

1)    Brett Hundley, GB (17%)

2)    C.J. Beathard, SF (6%)

3)    Matt Moore, MIA (0%)

4)    Cody Kessler, CLE (0%)

5)    Drew Stanton, ARZ (0%)

 

The same pair of young quarterbacks remain as holdovers from last week’s list. While Hundley was bailed out with his rushing numbers in Week Seven, his passing performance was atrocious against one of the league’s softest pass defenses. This clearly does not bode well for Hundley, but I still have confidence he will improve and offer some big-time performances with that talented group of pass catchers…Beathard was quite similar to Hundley in that he did some damage as a runner (30 yards, touchdown) but he also threw for a scoreless 235 yards as the Niners trailed by multiple touchdowns from the early going. While Hundley is clearly not the long-term option with star Aaron Rodgers due back by next season at the latest, Beathard has at least some opportunity to earn the starting gig for the rebuilding Niners…It was a rough week for QB play in general as Browns QB DeShone Kizer was once again benched and veterans Carson Palmer and Jay Cutler both suffered injuries. If you’re left searching for ways to replace Palmer in your lineup, new starters Matt Moore, Cody Kessler and Drew Stanton should be your last option, though times are tough in superflex leagues. Of these three, Moore has the best shot to contribute to fantasy teams as many were calling for Cutler to be benched anyway. The wishy-washy Browns have yet to announce a starting QB moving forward, but Kessler is the flavor of the week…

 

 

 

Running Backs

 

1)    Rex Burkhead, NE (8%)

2)    DeAndre Washington, OAK (3%)

3)    Jalen Richard, OAK (11%)

4)    T.J. Yeldon, JAX (1%)

5)    James Conner, PIT (4%)

 

You might remember the great debate of the off-season focused on which new Patriots RB was the one to own, former Bengal Rex Burkhead or former Bill Mike Gillislee. While Gillislee has been healthy, he’s disappointed and his role is dwindling. Burkhead on the other hand hasn’t played since Week Two, but came back this week to match the number of snaps played by Gillislee. At this rate, Burkhead is likely to play an even larger role moving forward. The Pats backfield will remain difficult to project, but I still want pieces of that high-powered offense…Raiders starting RB Marshawn Lynch has been struggling all season, failing to crack the top 15 fantasy RBs in any week this season. Last Thursday, Lynch rushed onto the field and made contact with an official, drawing an ejection from the game. The NFL followed with a one-game suspension, which Lynch has appealed. While we wait on the results of the appeal, second-year backup RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard continue to do more with their limited snaps than the back once known as Beast Mode. They can both expect a heavy dose of playing time in Week Eight with a chance to earn a larger role for the remainder of the season…After missing the first six weeks, former Jaguars starter T.J. Yeldon stepped in for the injured Leonard Fournette and carried the Jags to a win. Yeldon rushes for 122 yards and a score on just nine touches as the starter Chris Ivory struggled to get going. Neither are a threat to a healthy Fournette, but both are worthy of consideration should he miss more time and Yeldon has shown enough earlier in his career to be rostered by all Fournette owners…Steelers rookie RB James Conner has yet to make an impact with his limited playing time (he’s totaled 88 rushing yards on 17 carries) this season, but starter Le'Veon Bell continues to rack up the touches, averaging over 24 touches per game the past month. While I hate to even consider another of the league’s superstars suffering an injury, a heavy workload could lead to that and dynasty owners, especially those rostering Bell, should have Conner stashed…

  

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1)    Juju Smith-Schuster, PIT (14%)

2)    Mike Williams, LAC (15%)

3)    Laquon Treadwell, MIN (1%)

4)    Dede Westbrook, JAX (2%)

5)    Mack Hollins, PHI (0%)

6)    Deonte Thompson, BUF (2%)

 

I have to admit, I am shocked to still see Steelers rookie WR Juju Smith-Schuster remaining at such a low ownership percentage, even when mixed with redraft leagues. Smith-Schuster has clearly overtaken an unhappy Martavis Bryant on the depth chart and caught another touchdown this week. He’s not quite consistent enough to start on a weekly basis, but he should be on a roster in every single dynasty league…In his second game after returning from an injury, Chargers rookie WR Mike Williams was held without a catch. I’m not letting this slow start discourage me from investing in Williams and if he is somehow on a dynasty waiver wire, I’m adding him to the end of my roster…Very quietly, Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell, written off by most as a draft bust, has started to contribute. As I said, very quietly, but Treadwell has six receptions for 79 yards over the past two games. For many, this would not be significant, but after Treadwell finished the 2016 season with one catch and then had five receptions through the season’s first five games this year, this is a sign of improvement. Let’s see if he can keep it up when starting WR Stefon Diggs returns…Rookie WR Dede Westbrook has missed the entire season and is currently on the Jaguars injured reserve list, but he’s eligible to return in Week Nine and HC Doug Marrone recently suggested the former Heiman finalist is on track to return to the field at that time. With WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns offering inconsistent performances, Westbrook will have a chance to make an immediate impact for the Jags and dynasty teams…With each week, Eagles rookie WR Mack Hollins becomes a larger part of the offense. With veteran WR Torrey Smith failing at the one thing he’s been known for, catching the deep ball, Hollins is stealing his snaps. On the Monday Night Football stage, Hollins once again showed up, catching a 64-yard bomb for a touchdown from QB Carson Wentz…This is probably just point chasing, but the Bills, desperate for playmakers at the WR position, signed former Bears WR Deonte Thompson and he made a quick impact, catching four passes for 107 yards to lead the team. The Bills recently welcomed WR Jordan Matthews back from an injury, but he is no lock to lead the team in receiving for the remainder of the season…

 

 

Tight Ends

 

 

1)    O.J. Howard, TB (13%)

2)    Tyler Kroft, CIN (10%)

3)    Jonnu Smith, TEN (1%)

4)    David Njoku, CLE (12%)

 

 

Rookie TE Evan Engram of the Giants has stolen the show this season, but in Week Seven, it was Tampa’s O.J. Howard who finished as the overall TE1, thanks to a pair of touchdown receptions from QB Jameis Winston. With plenty of other weapons in that offense, this may not be a sign of things to come, but it certainly good news for the former Alabama star…As discussed last week, Bengals starting TE Tyler Eifert is out for the year after undergoing another back surgery and in his place, backup Tyler Kroft once again performed as a fantasy starter, catching his third touchdown of the season…With a gimpy Delanie Walker entering Week Seven, it appeared as if rookie TE Jonnu Smith would be freed. Instead, Walker gutted out a tough performance before suffering a new injury in overtime. It seems that Walker has escaped serious injury, but Smith remains a high-upside stash for dynasty owners…Browns rookie TE David Njoku saw season-low snap percentage, but still led the woeful Cleveland offense in receiving yards with 58 on two receptions…

 

Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2018 (under 20%) Allen Robinson, Cameron Meredith, Spencer Ware, Julian Edelman, Ryan Tannehill, Rico Gathers, Kenneth Dixon, Carlos Henderson, Tajae Sharpe, Erik Swoope, Malcolm Mitchell, Tyler Eifert