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)
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
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