Week 8 Waiver Pickups You Can’t Snooze On
Football fans are impatient. After another heartbreaking week of watching the Buccaneers find new and creative ways to throw away games, the sky has begun to fall over the heads of the fans. Dirk Koetter has lost the locker room, they say. Mike Smith will be out of a job. Playoff hopes have been dashed. And while I’d be lying if I said I didn’t believe there wasn’t some truth in these sentiments, there’s one more fact I refuse to forget — there are 10 more weeks of football.
Fantasy owners are impatient, too. When you look at the waiver wire this week in search of an immediate answer, you’ll likely be disappointed. In fact, with the injuries to Carson Palmer and Jay Cutler, what consistent production you had may be in jeopardy. But for those of you on the playoff bubble, or looking to strengthen your team for a deeper push, remember — there are 10 more weeks of football. A lot can happen in that time. Players splitting time can win jobs. A trio of injured rookies can finally emerge. What looks like a bare wire this week (and boy does it look bare) can become welcome additions in the weeks to come.
O.J. Howard, TE TB (13% owned)
Tampa’s first-round pick has been quiet this season, totaling just five catches before this week, and splitting snaps with Cameron Brate who scored four touchdowns in the same period. For the first time this season, Howard emerged as the top tight end in Tampa. Whether that will be the case next week is anyone’s guess, but Howard’s potential for big plays makes him a worthy stash. Keeper league players need to take special note: Brate’s contract will end this year, making Howard the TE of the future for the Bucs.
Latavius Murray, RB MIN (41%)
Remember when we talked about patience, and how fantasy owners don’t have it? After two weeks of the Jerick McKinnon show, Murray was dropped in a lot of leagues. With the backfield back to looking like a full timeshare, it’s worth grabbing Murray once again. He’ll always cede snaps to the pass-catcher McKinnon which only makes him startable in favored matchups, but next week’s bout with the Browns fits the bill.
Corey Davis, WR TEN (25%)
With the Titans on bye this week competition for Davis might be light, but better safe than sorry here. Davis is one of the few players that can provide real play-maker ability and is still free to pick up — you’ll just have to wait a week. Davis drew 10 targets in Week 1, and the Titans are sorely in need of receiving options with the injury to Delanie Walker. He’ll become a focal point of the offense come Week 9, so grab him while you can.
Kenny Golladay, WR DET (15%)
Are you looking for a riskier Corey Davis, but one you can start right now? Kenny G has been quiet since grabbing two touchdowns in Week 1, spending most of his time in limited practice nursing his hamstring. All signs report to him returning following the team’s bye, and with Golden Tate sidelined he’ll be running in two-receiver sets. Short on opportunity but not talent, Golladay was Evan Silva’s #2 rookie receiver and will finally get an expanded role in Week 8.
Dede Westbrook, WR JAX (2%)
Worth including in this trio of returning rookies, Westbrook is by far the biggest question mark of the three. Leonard Fournette has spelled doom for Jacksonville’s fantasy WR’s, but with the hole left by Allen Robinson barely filled Westbrook may find a role. With the Jags also on bye he’ll be a free pickup, and a worthy flier for those in need. He may end up testing your patience the most.
Tyler Kroft, TE CIN (12%)
You won’t find a TE that isn’t touchdown-dependent at this point in the season, but with three scores in three games Kroft is becoming a good bet. Indianapolis has been soft against tight ends, and everything else actually, so he makes an attractive streaming option with the potential to be a consistent start. There’s little more we can ask for at this position.