Week 8 Waiver Wire Targets
Welcome to Week 8! Congratulations, you have survived or at least barely limped through the week 7 Bye-mageddon. Things are not as bad this week, and there were some solid performances by some lesser-known players that should give you confidence. That said, it is at this point in the season that the teams start separating themselves as the fantasy playoffs begin to take shape. Where will your team land? Let’s take a look at some players that hopefully put your squad on the right course towards that league championship.
Carson Wentz, QB, Colts
Despite the absence of T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell, Wentz put in another strong effort on Sunday night, adding 23 yards on the ground and a running touchdown to his two throwing scores. Wentz has revitalized his career in Indy, as he is putting all his weapons to good use. Michael Pittman has been the primary beneficiary so far, as the other starting wideouts can’t stay healthy. Wentz has a plus matchup this coming week, as Tennessee has given up the most receiving yards to opposing wide receivers and the fourth-most passing yards to opposing quarterbacks.
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Eagles
Poor Miles Sanders. After getting berated by the media and fans all last week, the Eagles actually decided to rub the ball a bit more. Sanders looked good until he got injured. There is no set timetable for his return. Enter rookie Kenneth Gainwell. Gainwell has averaged 22 snaps per game while splitting snaps with Sanders, and he’s been effective, scoring three touchdowns and averaging 4.6 yards per rush this season. In the first seven games of the season, he’s also been targeted 31 times. Boston Scott figures to get into the mix, but the Eagles seem to trust Gainwell as the receiving back, and he is now in line to grab a large share of the carries as well. It’s basically all you can ask for at this point in the season from a running back.
Allen Lazard, WR, Packers
The Packers’ second-leading receiver, was targeted six times and caught five of them for 60 yards and a score this past week. He had at least five targets for the second week in a row, and that should hold up until MVS comes back from injury. The Packers playing on Thursday Night Football helps out Lazard, as Devante Adams should miss the game with a positive Covid Test. If he does, expect Lazard to slide into that #1 receiver role for Aaron Rodgers, which will be a boon to him in fantasy this week.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Bengals
Uzomah only got three targets in Week 7, but he turned those into 91 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second game in a month in which he scored two touchdowns. In three of his last four games, he has scored more than ten points. Although the volume isn’t ideal, Uzomah has shown that he can find space and make a huge play in this scheme. That’s basically all you can be asking for from a tight end at this point in the season. Touchdown regression is sure to happen, but Uzomah will always have favorable matchups because of the coverage he faces. There are worst options to consider if you are in a bind at TE.
Others to add include: Khalif Raymond, Cole Kmet, Van Jefferson, Brandon Bolden, PJ Walker, Taylor Heinicke.