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2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire


Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire. Another week has gone by and another pair of early-round players has gone down due to injury.

With Drake out multiple weeks, Chase Edmonds is the obvious add, who should be a solid RB2 moving forward. Rookie Eno Benjamin could slide into Edmonds’ former passing-game role and is worth a flier in deep leagues.

For the impact of these and all other injuries check out the Week 7 Injury Impact article.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (29% Rostered)

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Carr had a tough Week 7 matchup against the Buccaneers but still managed to perform, putting up 284 yards and two touchdowns. He has now scored at least 20 fantasy points in three consecutive weeks.

He will get a nice matchup against the Browns in Week 8, who just allowed over 400 yards and three touchdowns to Joe Burrow.

Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (28% Rostered)

It’s Tua Time. Tagovailoa was named the starter following the Dolphins’ dominant 24-0 win over the Jets in Week 6. Ryan Fitzpatrick was playing some of the best football of his career and was heartbroken to find out he lost the starting job. Despite the former starter’s feelings, Head Coach Brian Flores has made up his mind.

With Fitzpatrick playing so well, Tagovailoa must have been showing a lot in practice for the Miami coaching staff to feel confident enough to make the switch. His first career start will be against Aaron Donald and the Rams. If the rookie can manage a good game against a tough front seven, he can be considered a decent streaming option the following week against the Cardinals.

Managers with the bench space to stash Tua prior to his debut should make the move. Fitzpatrick was QB8 through six weeks, so managers should be confident that the pieces around him will help him produce right away.

Running Backs

JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco 49ers (5% Rostered)

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Jeff Wilson put on an absolute clinic against the Patriots defense on Sunday. He was questionable throughout the week but still ran through New England, putting up 112 yards on 17 carries to go along with three scores. Unfortunately, he suffered a high-ankle sprain in the second half and will miss multiple weeks.

Hasty averaged 7.2 yards per touch against the Patriots and looked explosive in the blowout win.

Jerick McKinnon was a non-factor and took three carries for -1 yard. If Tevin Coleman does not return from Injured Reserve in Week 8, Hasty should be in line for at least 50 percent of the running back touches.

Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (2% Rostered)

Devonta Freeman left Thursday’s game with an ankle injury, leaving Gallman as the main option for the Giants. He wasn’t terribly efficient with his opportunities as he gained just 54 yards. However, he got 15 touches to Dion Lewis‘ three, while the latter also lost a fumble.

Gallman also scored a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter and he should get the majority of the touches next week against Tampa Bay. If Freeman remains out, Gallman will be in line for another 15 touches. The Giants’ bad offense will limit him, but he’s worth a flier if he continues getting the majority of the touches.

La’Mical Perine, New York Jets (16% Rostered)

After Adam Gase said he needed to get his first-year tailback more touches, Perine was given a career-high 11 carries. The rookie turned those carries into 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Bills. Perine also caught two passes for 16 yards.

Perine out-touched Frank Gore 13-11, although the veteran was far more efficient with his carries, rushing for 60 yards on his 11 carries. With the loss on Sunday, the Jets fell to 0-7 and are firmly looking towards 2021. The New York coaching staff has made baffling decisions in the past but Perine should have earned at least a 50-50 split with Gore moving forward.

The Jets putrid offense will continue to produce negative game scripts and Perine should see more snaps than Gore in those passing situations.

Other Options: Zack Moss (46% Rostered)

Wide Receivers

Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns (0% Rostered)

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Odell Beckham Jr. left Sunday’s game with a knee injury that the Browns fear is serious.

With their top receiver out of the game, Baker Mayfield leaned on his fifth-year veteran to create big plays. Higgins tied Jarvis Landry with a team-high six targets and pulled down 110 yards on his six catches.

With Austin Hooper also looking at an extended absence, Higgins should be a big part of the game plan again this week against the Raiders. Landry has yet to catch more than five passes or rack up more than 88 yards in a game this season and Higgins is the clear deep option for Mayfield moving forward.

Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders (3% Rostered)

Agholor is seeing a huge resurgence this year alongside Derek Carr. The former-Eagle had a big game against the Buccaneers catching five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Agholor has now caught a touchdown in three-straight games and four of six games this season.

He saw a season-high nine targets against Tampa Bay and looked dangerous against a tough secondary. As the Las Vegas offense continues to play well, Agholor could become the second receiving option behind Darren Waller.

Henry Ruggs is still getting acclimated to the NFL after missing two games with a hamstring issue. The speedster has a high ceiling but will not be consistent without a higher target share.

Until the rookie starts seeing more targets, Agholor looks like the top wide receiver in the Raiders offense.

Tight Ends

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team (26% Rostered)

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Thomas was left for dead on the waiver wire after he failed to perform following his solid Week 1 performance. However, Kyle Allen has rejuvenated the tight-end, as Thomas has caught a touchdown in two-straight games.

Against the horrid Cowboys defense, he caught all four of his targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. Allen is a much better option for Thomas who should continue to be a low-end TE1 following Washington’s Weel 8 bye. He has a great schedule following the week off, with game against the Giants, Lions, Bengals, and Cowboys.

Richard Rodgers, Philadelphia Eagles (8% Rostered)

Rodgers took over the TE1 duties in Philly with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert on IR. The former Packer caught 6-of-8 targets for 85 yards in a comeback win over the Giants. Goedert is not expected to return until Week 10 so Rodger will have at least one more game as the starter. Fortunately for him, the Eagles will face the Cowboys in Week 8.

At this point, anyone facing Dallas is a streamable option and Rodgers is especially valuable as the Eagles have no other receiving options outside of Travis Fulgham.

Deep League Special

Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints (1% Rostered)

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With Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders out, many thought Tre’Quan Smith would be the No. 1 receiver in New Orleans. However, the undrafted rookie out of Tennessee was the favorite target for Drew Brees on Sunday.

Callaway led the team in targets, catches, and receiving yards, hauling in 8-of-10 targets for 75 yards in a win over the Panthers. He left the game with an ankle injury and the Saints have not released any info on his status for next week. If Thomas and Sanders remain out, Callaway is a decent dart throw or stash for deep league managers.

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