Week 7 was fun considering we didn’t lose anyone of any significance, so we’re back here at Loaded Box to get you ready for week 8.
We have made it through the week 7 “put this player in my lineup and pray” phase and hopefully you survived. This week we only have two byes in the Baltimore Ravens and the Las Vegas Raiders. Do you need to replace some of these players? I’m sure you do as the Lamar Jackson owner is in need of a quarterback. So let’s stop the BS and get you ready for week 8!
All my waiver-wire targets are taken from CBS and are owned in 60% or less of leagues.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (53% Owned)
Lawrence has been improving week after week and has also been giving us a few weeks of 20+ rushing yards, which is always an added bonus. Want another one? He gets to play the Seattle Seahawks who have made it a habit to allow solid fantasy outings to opposing team’s players. Do you want another good reason? The Seahawks have given up 300+ passing yards in four of their last six games (excluding Monday night) and have also given up three touchdown passes to two of those teams. If I’m struggling at quarterback this week, I am gladly going in with Lawrence.
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (44% Owned)
After a four turnover game, Daniel Jones rebounded against the Carolina Panthers for a touchdown and 203 passing yards along with 28 rushing yards AND also caught a pass for another 16 yards. He is a true boom/bust when it comes to quarterbacks because he could get you four points or 40 points. This week he gets the Kansas City Chiefs, which should be a high-scoring affair for both teams.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (42% Owned)
He seems like that player you will add for one week and then drop the following. This week will be the week you would want him if the others above are taken, or you know they will be taken in waiver priority over yours. Anyway, this is a great week to add and start him. One, he gets the worst defense against the quarterback in the Washington Football Team. Then he gets Jerry Jeudy back. Pick up and start if you need help. Also, he isn’t a bad play in week 9 against the Cowboys and week 10 against the Eagles before a week 11 bye.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans (36% Owned)
Rumors of Watson being traded are heating up as the November 2nd trade deadline looms. Where will he go? Will he stay? Hell, will he even play? All these what ifs from a player who hasn’t been charged and isn’t on the player exempt list. Nothing. We have nothing at all. Well, if it all clears up, wherever he may go, he’s worth the add because you already know the upside.
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (46% Owned)
Miles Sanders left in the first quarter with an ankle injury and never returned. We don’t know the severity of Sanders’ injury at the time of this writing but we have seen the rookie flash. Gainwell hasn’t seen double-digit carries, and has only seen eight targets twice this season with most games being 2-3 targets. There should be an obvious uptick here if Sanders is out. Boston Scott (2% owned) can be added in deeper PPR leagues.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (37% Owned)
Rashaad Penny is coming off IR and will be playing Monday Night. His role is unknown at the time of this writing but he should be splitting carries with Alex Collins along with Chris Carson when he comes back in a few weeks. There’s a possibility that Penny could be the lead back going forward, or at least get a handful of touches (or maybe he’ll get injured again). It’s been the same story with Penny ever since he was drafted.
Samaje Perine, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (18% Owned)
I don’t know if it was just a one average week for Joe Mixon or is this backfield is looking to turn into a true timeshare with the season being one game longer. I’m assuming it’s the longer season but seeing Perine and Mixon having an even split in week 7 can be nerve racking for most, but we can look at Perine as a FLEX play against the Jets in week 8.
Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots (7% Owned)
The New England Patriots love to mess with us and our fantasy teams. With Rhamondre Stevenson inactive, it put Brandon Bolden back in the pass-catching role and killed it last week catching six-of-seven targets for 79 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots take on the Chargers in week 8 and Bolden should handle the same role and could have similar stats.
Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (49% Owned)
Going into a week 8 bye should make it easier to add Bateman to your bench for the home stretch. Two weeks in a row Bateman has tied the team lead in targets. Most will see he had three receptions for 80 yards, mind you he had six targets. Week 9 the Ravens take on the Vikings.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (48% Owned)
T.Y. Hilton came back in week 6 and caught all four of his targets for 80 yards. He had a chance to play this past Sunday but was held out with a quad injury that pulled him from the game the week before. Carson Wentz seems to have the offense starting to move in the right direction with a Sunday night win over the 49ers, and if Hilton is able to come back, he’s got a nice matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys (37% Owned)
I want to be early on this one so if he’s available in your league put in a claim for him. Gallup has the chance to come off IR this week and if you can get him before news of him practicing later this week he would be a steal. In week 1 he had seven targets in just the first half alone. Cedric Wilson filled in okay for Gallup, but having Gallup back could kickstart this Cowboys offense even more than it already is.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (44% Owned)
Week 4 Uzomah went off and was one of the top tight ends going for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Against the Lions, he had 15 receiving yards and was saved by a touchdown. Week 7 he turned into his week 4 self recording three receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns. With the Jets next week, we could see his consecutive touchdown streak extend to three games. He’s worth a dart throw.
Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Indianapolis Colts (28% Owned)
Speaking of dart throws, Mo Alie-Cox is a true TD-or-bust tight end. The 6’6” former basketball player is just a giant weapon for Carson Wentz in the red zone and scored again last Sunday night. He hasn’t had more than 50 receiving yards in a game this season, but has recorded four touchdowns. I call him a description dart throw, especially if you’re losing Darren Waller to the bye.
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