Week 8 Waiver Wire Targets

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The Texans are bad, but they won't be blown out badly enough every week to give Washington garbage-time work. If he is able to produce with his carries he could be a second running back in a ten-team fantasy league. Cousins connected on 33 of 40 passes and racked up 317 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He's rushed for more than 100 yards the past two weeks. I would though try to acquire or target a backup quarterback you could see yourself starting in a few weeks if things get worse for the Colts on offense.

Feeling a little blue over Foster?

Still, there are plenty of appealing quarterbacks on the wire, so let's pick five options owned in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! leagues. Hoyer has DeAndre Hopkins at his disposal, but after that it gets sketchy at best.

There are nearly always a few good options on the waiver wire if you know where to look. Lamar Miller for J. Graham. Miller now becomes a legit RB1 with the new offensive scheme committed to running the ball.

McFadden came out of nowhere and played like a man possessed in a loss to the Giants. The Bengals have one of the best offenses in football.

Then it's time to wonder about a few once-dependable fantasy QBs. The Dolphins could be forced to throw against the Patriots this week, because their defense is much better against the run, and the Pats have given up the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. He merits consideration in deeper leagues. If you suddenly have an extra spot available and don't like your other options, stash Coleman just in case. For comparison's sake, Arian Foster did it eight times in 17 games running behind the same line. Ask the guy who owns Peyton Manning what he thinks of Tannehill, and see what you can get there.

Stefon Diggs - Vikings: Diggs has gone from an unknown WR on the waiver wire to a must-own and must-start WR2/3 over the past 3 games. This week he may have finally ended any doubt he is the Vikings No. 1 WR after burning the Lions secondary for a 6/108/1 line. I'd check my waiver wire and see if Diggs is available before someone else does. Blue is no more than a flex play in Week 8. Assuming no setbacks, Taylor will be the guy when the Bills come back from their Week 8 bye. Fantasy owners need to have other options for next week at least.

Jordan Reed - Redskins: Reed had missed two games with a concussion, but showed back up this week and made an immediate impact by being a safety net for Cousins. He already has more receiving yards and touchdowns than he did all of last season.

Seferian-Jenkins appeared in this space last week before missing his fifth straight game with a shoulder injury, so not much has changed for him.

Fitzpatrick has put up his best fantasy performances of the season over the past two weeks.

Colin Kaepernick - 49ers: The Niners have got to do something about the rapid and sharp decline in Colin Kaepernick. Reed's averaging 9.4 targets, seven receptions, 70 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per week.

Christine Michael - Cowboys: The Cowboys talked up Michael and his "increased role" all throughout their bye week, which should have been a red flag to us all. He pounded the Giants, rushing for 152 yards on 29 carries and adding two receptions for 10 yards and a trip to paydirt.

It seems McFadden has clawed his way to the top slot in the Cowboys backfield, and should earn the most touches going forward. Second-year RB Orleans Darkwa saw 8 carries that he turned into 48 yards and a TD. Not only is he failing to produce at the rate of an elite fantasy tight end, his consistency also is poor. We'll usually focus more on the week immediately ahead than look down the road. The Chargers' next four games are against the Ravens, Bears, Chiefs and Jaguars. Gordon has been this year's Bishop Sankey, a big fat fantasy bust! Blue is at 229 in his career and is sporting a pitiful 3.3 yards per carry over 22 games for the Texans. Woodhead is the passing down back, and the RB in San Diego that holds the most value. He tallied six catches, 63 yards and scored on his eight targets. This week he had one of those catches and 13 of those yards.

New England's Danny Amendola (36 percent owned in CBS leagues) doesn't quite draw the attention of Julian Edelman or Rob Gronkowski.

Consider Amendola a solid pickup either way, but, the amount of targets he receives in the next couple of games could partially depend on the health of running back Dion Lewis as well as the return of Brandon LaFell. Can this type of fantasy production continue?

Mariota is tentatively expected to return this week, and he'll have a juicy matchup against a collapsing Houston Texans defense.

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