After a couple down weeks for adds, our top top Week 8 fantasy waiver wire pickups feature several difference-makers, at least in the short-term. Injuries to top backs David Johnson and Kerryon Johnson open the door for breakout RB Chase Edmonds and Lions handcuff Ty Johnson, and injuries to top receivers Adam Thielen and Will Fuller create opportunities for veteran Kenny Stills and rookie Olabisi Johnson. Thrown in a host of matchup-based streamers and more free agents worth watching, and you have a stacked waiver wire that should see plenty of claims used
Our full free agent list goes in depth on the QB, WR, TE, and D/ST streamers for Week 8 — and there are a lot of the latter. With only two byes (Baltimore and Dallas), you might not need a new defense, but you should always be fighting for as many points as possible. The potential D/ST streamers are at the end of this list. If you’re a Justin Tucker or Brett Maher owner facing the ultimate fantasy dilemma of whether to carry two kickers for a week, consult our Week 8 kicker rankings.
WEEK 8: Waiver pickups | RB handcuff chart
You can expect there to be plenty of waiver claims used this week, especially from the owners who are dealing with those aforementioned injuries. Edmonds is worth a top claim, as we likely won’t have word on David Johnson’s availability until later in the week. Ty Johnson would be worth a high claim, too, pending updates on Kerryon Johnson. There are also several players returning from bye you might have forgotten about, including Benny Snell Jr. and Vance McDonald, both of whom face the Dolphins this week. If your lineup is in good shape, this is a good week to stay out of the fray and move up in the pecking order; but if you need roster help, this is also a good week to pick up reinforecments.
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Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 8
Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Cardinals. Edmonds has been on this list three weeks in a row, but after his 150-total-yard, three-TD performance against the Giants in Week 7, his ownership percentage is about to go through the roof. It’s the third straight week in which Edmonds has scored, and with David Johnson battling back and ankle injuries that relegated him to the bench shortly after kickoff this past week, Edmonds might have the backfield to himself for a while, especially when you factor in that Arizona plays twice in the next 11 days. Either way, he’s clearly worth owning in all formats.
Ty Johnson, RB, Lions. Johnson didn’t do much despite Kerryon Johnson exiting in the first half because of a knee injury in Week 7. For the game, Ty finished with a team-high 10 carries for 29 yards and four catches for 28 yards on five targets. The versatile back would likely share RB touches with another versatile RB, J.D. McKissic, if Kerryon were to miss time, but Ty would likely get at least two-thirds of the touches. That makes him worth a speculative add, expecially with a highly favorable matchup against the Giants upcoming.
WEEK 8: Waiver pickups
Kenny Stills, WR, Texans. Stills hauled in four-of-five targets for 105 yards against the Colts in Week 7, showing off his usual big-play upside. With the oft-injured Will Fuller nursing a sore hamstring, Stills could find himself in the WR2 role in a high-powered offense for a favorable matchup in Week 8 against the Raiders, which is more than enough reasons to pick him up.
Olabisi Johnson, WR, Vikings. Johnson caught a touchdown in Week 7 and tied with Stefon Diggs for a team-high eight targets. All told, he hauled in four passes for 40 yards. With Adam Thielen (hamstring) on the sidelines most of the game and a Thursday night matchup with the Redskins coming up, Johnson has a good chance of starting in a highly favorable matchup. He was getting getting third WR snaps before Thielen went down, so Minnesota obviously trusts the rookie from Colorado State. Note: ESPN and CBS list Johnson as ‘Bisi Johnson.’
Corey Davis, WR, Titans. We know, this guy has let you down in the past. He’s kind of like DeVante Parker (who’s also on our full pickups list this week), so we don’t blame you for skipping this. But Davis seemed to be revitalized with Ryan Tannehill under center, catching six-of-seven targets for 80 yards and a score. A.J. Brown acutally had one more target, but the bottom line is this passing game is more wide open with Tannehill. We know Davis can make big plays, and if he’s getting the targets, he has upside, especially next week against the Buccaneers.
For additional waiver wire/free agent pickup suggestions, including WR fliers and D/ST streamers, check out our full Week 8 list.