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2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Am I going to talk about Tom Brady again? You betcha.

With his first-quarter toss to Mike Evans, became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw touchdown passes. 

He finished the game with four TD passes and sits at 602 for his career. Aaron Rodgers is the next active player on the list with 427 touchdown passes. Obviously, the numbers will change between now and the end of the season. But if Rodgers has any hope of catching Brady on the all-time list, he would need to play at least five more seasons and maintain his current average of 35 touchdown passes per 16 games.

Patrick Mahomes is currently averaging 41 touchdown passes per 16 games and will play the majority of his career in a 17-game schedule, likely giving him the best shot to break the record later in his career.

But that’s a long way away.

Since this is a fantasy article. Brady is QB1, averaging 25.7 FPTS per game at age 44.

The Bye-pocalypse is over and only two teams (BAL, LV) will have Sunday off in Week 8.

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire will focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues.

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2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire

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Quarterbacks

Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts (37% rostered)

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I’m going to cheat a bit this week because the scarcely rostered QB options are thin.

Things have come together for Wentz with his new team, as he’s gone five consecutive games without throwing an interception. During that span, he’s averaged 239 yards and just under two touchdowns per game. The former Eagle has also thrown two touchdowns in each of his past four games and added a rushing score in Week 7’s rainy game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Wentz is not going to start posting the same MVP-like numbers he did in 2017. However, behind a great running game and a solid offensive line, Wentz has shown he can be a steady producer for fantasy.

This week he gets the Tennessee Titans, fresh off of their destruction of Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense. The Titans have allowed 1,915 passing yards this season, the fifth-most in the league. 

Expect a heavy dose of Jonathan Taylor as the Colts try to keep Derrick Henry off the field. But don’t be surprised if Wentz had a useful fantasy day. 

Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans (4% rostered)

Taylor was playing very well before sustaining a hamstring injury in Week 2. The veteran had completed 31-of-44 passes for three touchdowns, adding 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Taylor will return to practice this week and Texans head coach David Culley did not mince words when asked who his starter against the Rams would be.

“Tyrod comes back and he’s healthy, he’s our starting quarterback,” Culley said on Wednesday.. “He gives us our best chance to win. He was doing an excellent job. When he comes back, he’ll still be our starting quarterback.”

The Texans’ defense will continue to allow points, putting Taylor in a perfect position to rack up garbage time stats. If he gets through practice this week without incident, he is on the radar as an option in 2QB or Super Flex leagues. 

Running Backs

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles (22% rostered)

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Miles Sanders was carted off with a sprained ankle in the Eagles’ 33-22 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, leaving the door open for Gainwell to become the starter. The injury is reportedly not as serious as it appeared, but Sanders is still expected to miss some time.

While he’s out, Gainwell should get the first shot at the starting job. He had just five carries in Sunday’s loss but saw eight targets, catching four for 41 yards and a touchdown. Boston Scott actually out-carried Gainwell 7-5 but Gainwell had an 8-2 advantage in targets.

The Eagles’ backfield usage has been frustrating for Sanders, as he was averaging just nine carries and 3.4 targets per game and there’s no reason to believe it won’t be equally as frustrating for Gainwell.



Despite the questionable usage, Gainwell is this week’s top RB waiver add for anyone who’s dealing with injuries or bye weeks in Week 8.

Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks (34% rostered)

Penny has spent most of this season on injured reserve but was activated in time for Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

With Chris Carson dealing with possible long-term neck issues, managers would be smart to add the former first-round pick as he gets back into the offense. If anything were to happen to fellow running back Alex Collins, Penny would be the lead back for the Seahawks.

He averaged 5.3 yards per attempt over his first two seasons and could find himself with a starter’s workload at some point this season, one year removed from major surgery.

UPDATE: Penny’s Monday Night Football performance left a bit to be desired, as he gained just nine yards on six carries. The Seahawks gained just 219 yards of offense all night, 84 of which came on one touchdown pass to D.K. Metcalf. The Saints’ defense held the Collins to just 35 yards on 16 carries, so the inefficient performance can’t be totally blamed on Penny.

Penny will be worked into the Seahawks offense slowly and his role will likely grow as the season rolls on. There likely won’t be a rush for his services with his performance this week, so managers with the bench room for a speculative add can see how the Seattle backfield shakes out.

Managers needing immediate running back help in Week 8 should turn to one of the options listed below.

Other Options: Samaje Perine, Cincinnati Bengals (7% rostered), Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (6% rostered),

Wide Receivers

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens (32% rostered)

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This is probably the last call on adding Bateman.

The rookie saw six targets for the second-straight game, catching three passes for 80 yards in Week 8. Despite missing five weeks with an injury, Bateman has already become a key part of the offense.

Despite the impending return of Sammy Watkins, Bateman should remain the Ravens’ WR2 and a see solid share of targets. The Ravens have a bye in Week 8 so managers will need to burn a bench spot on him this week. However, he could be a solid WR3/FLEX for the rest of the season as he becomes more comfortable in the offense.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (10% rostered)

The 25-year-old came into the season with a little bit of hype as the Falcons’ WR2 behind Calvin Ridley. Unfortunately, a disappointing first two weeks and an ankle injury caused him to be mass dropped. 

In his return game, Gage caught 4-of-6 targets for 67 yards and a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins. He’s likely the fourth option in the Falcons’ suddenly clicking offense, but will likely have some value in deeper and PPR leagues as teams focus on Ridley, Kyle Pitts, and Cordarrelle Patterson

Other options: Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers (6% rostered) Darius Slayton, New York Giants (15% rostered), K.J. Osborn, Minnesota Vikings (7% rostered)

Tight Ends

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals(19% rostered)

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With another huge performance in Week 7, Uzomah now has three touchdowns over his past two games and five in his past four.

Despite seeing just three targets, the Bengals tight end made the most of his opportunity catching all three passes for 91 yards and two scores. Joe Burrow is firing on all cylinders for the AFC-leading Bengals and Uzomah is worth an add despite the spotty workload. Over his past three games, Uzomah has just eight targets but has taken advantage, going for 122 yards and three touchdowns.

73% of his yardage production has come in two games (Week 4 and 7) but that can be said for a lot of tight ends. Uzomah has as good a chance as any waiver tight end of finding the endzone in any given week. 

Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (17% rostered)

As Wentz has put things together, Alie-Cox has started to become more consistent. Over the past four weeks, the 28-year-old has caught 10-of-15 targets for 145 yards and four touchdowns.

He has clearly passed Jack Doyle on the tight end depth chart and should remain involved as long as the Colts receiving corps struggles with injuries to T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell

Deep League Special

Kalif Raymond, WR, Detroit Lions (3% rostered)

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Amon-Ra St. Brown was not targeted in Sunday’s loss to the Rams despite playing on 66% of snaps. It might have been a product of Jalen Ramsey but a drop to zero targets has to be noticed.

On the other hand, Raymond was targeted eight times, catching six passes for 115 yards. He now has 15 targets over his past two games. The Lions will continue to be a pass-heavy offense and Raymond and St. Brown will continue to see a good number of targets.

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This week’s matchup against the Eagles should give a better idea of which receiver will be more involved moving forward.


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