Week 8 Fantasy Perks
What a week it was. Buffalo had to comeback against the Dolphins. The Cowboys destroyed the Eagles, one week after losing to the Jets. Trades were abundant Tuesday, and that shakes up the fantasy landscape. The Ravens and Cowboys are on bye this week, and there have been some injuries across the NFL. So who do we have on the waiver wire this week that you can plug and play, and are able to give you the edge? Let's find out.
For Quarterback, I have a name that may make you laugh. He only made his first start last week, but he put up over 300 yards passing with 2 passing touchdowns. My guy this week is Ryan Tannehill. Going up against a suspect Tampa Bay secondary, I can see Tannehill repeating his performance from last week. It's a home game, which will help with his routine and comfort level. The support of the run game also helps, and I can see him having another solid game.
At running back, we've seen a lot of big names getting injured. The one name that stands out to me that was put on IR on Tuesday was Kerryon Johnson for the Lions. I feel like his backup Ty Johnson will step into the primary back role well. They will probably give him a majority share of the carries, splitting time with J.D. McKissic, but I expect Ty to get more time. He has a favorable match-up on Sunday going up against the Giants.
We've seen a lot of receiver movement recently. Mohammad Sanu moved to New England, Emmanuel Sanders has moved to San Fran, we've seen rumors swirling about A.J. Green and Robby Anderson. The one receiver I see benefiting most from these moves is Bronco's WR DaeSean Hamilton. With Sanders leaving the room, Hamilton moves up the depth chart behind Sutton. I see him getting a lot more targets with this move, and he can be a nice late season addition.
Tight end is always a tough position is gauge. Unless you have a top tier player like Ertz or Kelce, it's a gamble with finding a player to start consistently. One guy that caught my eye on Sunday was Mike Gesicki from the Dolphins. I know it's the Dolphins, but if they plan on playing Fitz again on Monday night against a so-so Steelers defense, Gesicki will be targeted again. He seemed to have some chemistry growing with Fitz, and I think he is finally understanding NFL coverage's to the point he can find the soft spot in the zone.
Now, I know I just picked a Broncos player (and I've done this a couple times in the past) but I think the Colts Defense has a good match-up this week. They are the top team available in my league's waiver wire, and they should be a unit to keep an eye on. Denver has not been all too good this season, and I don't expect their turnaround to happen against Indy.
You want a kicker on a team you know is going to score points. Mike Nugent is the kicker for the Patriots, and if you need a kicker for the week, go with him. New England scored 33 points on Monday, and is playing against Cleveland on Sunday. I fully expect them to score another 30+ points.
My homer pick of the week is a little strange. He's only a guy that touches the ball two or three times a game. But, he does the most with those touches, and I'm expecting him to score very soon. Isaiah McKenzie had a touchdown in Week 2, and the Bills are back playing against a NFC East opponent. I'm not saying it will happen, but once is a fluke, twice is the start of a trend. It would be nice to see Daboll dial up the gadgetry and trickeration against a solid opponent in the Eagles.