This weeks waiver wire is looking to be wide receiver heavy. We had Sterling Shepard come back Thursday night and having a good outing. We also had Odell Beckham Jr. leaving early on the first drive against the Bengals Sunday with a knee injury, and is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. It sucks. That’s why you’re here, to find replacements for week 8. You my friends have come to the right place as we prepare you for week 8!

As usual all players are owned in 60% or less of CBS leagues.

Teams on BYE: Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Washington Football Team, Jacksonville Jaguars.

Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (59% owned)

It’s amazing how well Derek Carr has played this season as he came out of the bye week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and put up 26 fantasy points. Carr has been averaging 27.96 fantasy points a game since week 2 and has thrown 13 touchdowns compared to 2 interceptions. He has been playing as a QB1 since week 2 and looks to be a steady stream going forward.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB Miami Dolphins (47% owned)

Week 8 is the beginning of the Tua era and I am beyond excited to see what he can do and should be added everywhere available. It makes you wonder with how good Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami Dolphins have been doing to go 3-3 to make the switch to Tua. Well, to me it takes just the coaching staffs confidence. Could Fitzpatrick take this team to the playoffs? Sure. Could they get past the first round? I highly doubt it. Tua starts off with a tough week 8 matchup against the LA Rams, who have really only played the NFC East, so who is to say they are that good? Tua will be put to the test right away. If he can show that talent that he had at Alabama, and get past this week 8 matchup, he gets the Cardinals and the Chargers after that.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (43% owned)

Going into week 7, I was even skeptical on Baker Mayfield as he has been mediocre all season long and really, just scoring 18 fantasy points and calling it a week. That has been going on since week 1. He also got benched last week and most, if not all of us basically lost faith in him. Well, he slammed that miller lite and came out in week 7 with 5 flipping touchdowns and basically won week 7 for any fantasy manager that went with him. Even with the lost of Odell Beckham Jr. for the game ( and for the season) he once again pulls at our fantasy QB strings to keep him in. If you are the Andy Dalton owner or streaming the position (sorry to hear!) you may be ballsy and take the chance on Baker against the Raiders in week 8 here.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (37% owned)

Now, if you are streaming the position, your quarterback is on bye, or Baker Mayfield is not available, have no fear as Jimmy GQ will be here to save you in week 8 as he gets a hell of a juicy matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. They have a bad defense. I don’t need to state anything else other than if you need help, add Jimmy GQ into your lineup and reap the rewards.

Check to see if available: Joe Burrow (79% owned), Carson Wentz (76% owned), Teddy Bridgewater (64% owned).

Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (50% owned)

As soon as the news came out that Miles Sanders was going to be out, all my leagues either already had Boston Scott, or added him off the waiver wire. Thursday night if you started Scott, you were very happy with him. How is he still available in 50% of leagues but gone in 100% of mine! If he is available GO GET HIM NOW!!!! The Eagles take on the Cowboys! Need I say anymore?

Jamycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers (45% owned)

You might have thought this would be Jeff Wilson here, but he went down with a high-ankle injury and should be out for at least the next few weeks. Most would think than, well it must be Jerick McKinnon, but he’s already 96% rostered so that’s out. Well, you got it right. It’s Jamycal Hasty, who had 9 carries for 57 yards and a reception for 16 yards. Don’t be afraid to add Hasty here, even with Tevin Coleman coming back because Hasty has proven more this season than Coleman has. Tevin Coleman (24% owned) if available is also worth an add, but if Hasty is there, I would prefer him over Coleman.

La’Mical Perine, RB, New York Jets (31% owned)

Its the Jets offense, and its hard to own anyone outside of Jamison Crowder, but it’s the running back position and if you can get your hand on a ball carrier who can score, you add them. Perine rushed 11 times for 39 yards and 2 catches for 16 yards. Frank Gore might have finished with more rushing yards on the same amount of carries, but it was Perine who got the only touchdown in the game. Perine should continue to eat into Gore’s carries, and hopefully Perine can do more in the passing game as they get the Kansas City Chiefs.

Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks (19% owned)

When Chris Carson left Sunday night with a foot injury, it left the door open for Carlos Hyde who came out right on the bat and capitalized on a 24 yard touchdown run. Hyde didn’t look too bad in this game finishing with 15 rushes for 68 yards and rushing touchdown, along with 3 receptions for 8 yards. Russell Wilson was also not afraid to hand off or throw to him during the game at all. Chris Carson’s injury is a foot sprain, but will have an MRI to confirm it. If you’re a Chris Carson owner, Hyde is worth the add. Also, keep an eye out for Rashaad Penny (5% owned) who is “due” to come back week 9, but also isn’t a bad bench add if you have the free space.

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (3% owned)

Starting running back Devonta Freeman injured his ankle Thursday night and didn’t return. Gallman rushed 10 times for 34 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 5 catches for another 20 yards. With no surprise, New York should be playing from behind in most games and as long as Freeman is out, Gallman should be considered, at worst, a flex as long as Freeman is out.

Check to see if available: Chase Edmonds (75% owned),Zack Moss (70% owned), Justin Jackson (70% owned), Joshua Kelley (69% owned)

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers (50% owned)

Just watching Brandon Aiyuk just shows you exactly why the 49ers drafted him. He came out of week 7 leading the team in targets (7), receptions (6) and receiving yards (115) to finish with over 17 fantasy points (.5PPR). The rookie is just spectacular and can be added this week, especially if you are the Odell Beckham Jr. owner as Aiyuk takes on the Seattle Seahawks defense who is giving up yards to everyone. He’s an easy plug-n-play this week!

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (48% owned)

In four games that Davis has been active in, he has 29 total targets and has been very solid. This past week, coming back off the Covid-19 list, he had 10-targets for 6 receptions, 35 yards and a touchdown. I know AJ Brown was the center of attention here this week, but anytime a wide receiver is seeing 5 or more targets a game, you have to think about adding him as depth.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (27% owned)

Sterling Shepard had a good game coming back from IR catching 6 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. He was second on the team with 8 targets and looked like the best receiver in a Giants jersey on Thursday night. He could be a WR3 going forward.

Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (22% owned)

The Philadelphia Eagles are a team that comes out with a new weekly line-up from offensive lineman, wide receivers, running backs and tight ends. Well the Eagles have designated their 1st round wide receiver to return from injured reserve. He can return as of Monday without counting towards the 53-man roster, kicking off a 21-day window for evaluation. I hope everything goes well and he can play this week, because I want to start him against the Dallas Cowboys. It’s Travis Fulgham, Boston Scott and Carson Wentz. Wentz need’s him bad here. A hell of a lottery ticket who can smash as soon as he comes back. Go get him now!!

Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets (7% owned)

In his NFL debut, Mims looked like what the receiver that was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Sam Darnold threw to him 7 times as he made 4 catches for 42 yards. Mind you, Jamison Crowder was out for the game, but if this is a sign of something to come, Mims could fit in as a nice bench wide receiver.

Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns (1% owned)

Rashard Higgins stepped in well with Odell Beckham Jr. going down catching all six of his targets for 110 yards. This was his first week he has seen over 3 targets and 31 yards. He will be stepping into a bigger role going forward. I would also look for Jarvis Landy (85% owned) in shallower leagues and Donovan Peoples-Jones who is available everywhere for those that need help in deeper leagues.

Check to see if available: Christian Kirk (81% owned), Diontae Johnson (80% owned), AJ Green (74% owned) Cole Beasley (70% owned) Tim Patrick (61% owned)

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington (33% owned)

Outside of Terry McLauren, Logan Thomas was the other receiving star for the Football Team. Tight end is a crazy position that most of us hate, and if you are able to get a touchdown out of one, he is more than likely a a TE1 for the week. They are that bad. Logan had 4 receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. Good for 14 .5PPR points, and a top-10 TE for the week. Add him if you need him.

Trey Burton, TE, Indianapolis Colts (28% owned)

Most people passed on picking up Burton last week because he was going on a bye. Burton was awesome week 6 having 4 receptions for 58 receiving yards and 2 total touchdowns, which was good for the TE1 for week 6. If you don’t have one of the top tight ends, Burton is your guy to go get as he should continue to be a TE1 going forward.

Irv Smith, TE, Minnesota Vikings (8% owned)

This is a speculative type of add, but hearing news that the Minnesota Vikings are looking to go into a “rebuild mode” has to make you wonder what they are going to do with Adam Theilen, and Kyle Rudolph. If Rudolph (which is the whole purpose of this add) is traded, I like the potential of Irv Smith. He was a phenomenal athlete coming out of Alabama, and we have been starting to see it here in the last couple of weeks. In a league with deep benches, or keeper leagues, Smith is a add just in case he goes off.

Check to see if available: Jared Cook (86% owned), Rob Gronkowski (85% owned), Evan Engram (83% owned), Hayden Hurst (82% owned) Jimmy Graham (69% owned) Mike Gesicki (60% owned).

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