Week 8 Waiver Wire: Ty Time in the Motor City
Week 8 Waiver Wire: Ty Time in the Motor City
There were a couple of notable injuries that will have the Week 8 waiver wire a busy place on Tuesday night. There are just two teams on a bye this week. This makes lineups a little easier to manage than last week when we had four teams on a bye. Still, a lot of big names will be absent as the two teams on a bye carry a lot of star power. Many of you likely have players from either the Baltimore Ravens or Dallas Cowboys on your roster. This makes managing the wire all the more critical this week.
The premise of this weekly article is to point out key players at every position who are readily available (less than 40% owned) in Yahoo! and ESPN leagues that you may be able to add to your roster for upside. Percent owned is shown in parentheses. Keep in mind, each fantasy team is unique, as are scoring and roster formats.
Think of this as a road map to your team’s success. Factor in whether or not your league uses PPR scoring, allows you to play two quarterbacks or other variables that impact your decisions to claim a player off of waiver. Let us get started.
Ryan Tannehill-Tennessee Titans
A former QB1 (2014) is now starting in Nashville and became the first quarterback to put up over 300 yards passing for the Titans this season. Ryan Tannehill (5% Yahoo!, 2.5% EPSN) is back in the fantasy landscape with a 20.2 point performance against a good, not great Los Angeles Chargers defense.
The former Miami Dolphins starter has shown flashes at times over the years. In 2014, Tannehill managed a finish of QB9. Consistency and health have always been the problem for the veteran quarterback. While it was five seasons ago, the converted wideout managed nine QB1 finishes in 16 starts, showing the potential is there to cover you for a bye-week fill in.
A look at the yearly finishes shows the ups and downs endured over his career. Keep in mind, 2017 was a season lost to injury for Tannehill.
Notable Quarterback Fantasy Nuggets
- Week 7 may have been your last chance to use Teddy Bridgewater.
- Dating back to 2016, Matt Moore has one QB1 finish in eight appearances. The other seven have resulted in four QB2 and three QB3 finishes.
- Kyle Allen is still just 8% owned in both Yahoo! and ESPN leagues. He continues to produce as the starter in Carolina.
- Nick Foles is expected to return to practice this week. If you own Gardner Minshew, it may be time to make other plans at QB.
The Week 8 waiver wire report continues with the running back position. An injury to Kerryon Johnson in Detroit will certainly open up new opportunities. According to Adam Schefter on Monday Night Countdown, Johnson is considered week-to-week. It may be time to burn that number one waiver wire claim you have been holding on to.
Ty Johnson-Detroit Lions
Coming into Week 7, J.D. McKissic was thought to be the backup for Kerryon Johnson. However, when the starter went down on Sunday, it was Ty Johnson (1% Yahoo!, 1.2% ESPN) that got the bulk of the work. The snap count data is not out at the time of this writing. It is worth noting that the Maryland grad doubled McKissic’s touches by a count of 14 to 7.
For the game, Ty Johnson finished with 9.70 PPR points to 8.00 PPR points for McKissic. This could be gearing up for a timeshare but McKissic has been in the league for three full seasons and never established himself as a reliable back. The familiarity with Darell Bevell’s system will keep him relevant, but it looks like the Lions trust Johnson more at this point.
As for the rookie Johnson, there is a bit of an unknown. Over his four-year college career, he mustered just 377 touches. However, Johnson did manage to average 7.8 yards per touch and scored 19 touchdowns, adding another 2 scores via the return game. The breakaway speed is what makes him intriguing. Had Johnson been invited to the combine, he would have clocked the fastest 40-yard dash at 4.26 seconds (unofficial). This may be the chance for the rookie to earn a regular role in the Lions offense. Take a look at the college numbers and roll the dice here.
Notable Running Back Fantasy Nuggets
- Jay Ajayi worked out for the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.
- Mark Walton led the Dolphins in carries for the second straight week.
- Chase Edmonds needs to be owned in all leagues (48% Yahoo!, 31.5% ESPN).
- Kareem Hunt returned to practice for the Cleveland Browns on Monday.
We roll on with the Week 7 waiver wire feature with the wide receiver position. Will Fuller was hurt (again) in Week 7. This certainly opens up some opportunities for a couple of wideouts in Houston. Let us dive in.
Kenny Stills-Houston Texans
The door has opened yet again for Kenny Stills (13% Yahoo!, 15.2% ESPN) due to yet another injury to Will Fuller. Still has always flashed big-play ability and went for over 100 yards on just 4 catches in Week 7 after the oft-injured Fuller left with a hamstring injury. On the season, the former Miami Dolphins receiver has gone over double-digits in three of the four full games he has played.
The big-play ability mentioned above has led to five WR1 finishes for Stills over the past two seasons. The opportunity for targets just has not been there. With Fuller likely out several weeks, that chance may finally have arrived for the Oklahoma grad. Using the Points Per Receiving Opportunity Chart courtesy of FFStatistics, we see that Stills has done well to hang with his receiving counterparts in Houston. He just lacks the number of targets. The time may be now. Grab him in all PPR formats.
Notable Wide Receiver Fantasy Nuggets
- DeVante Parker has a touchdown in three straight games.
- Corey Davis came to life with Ryan Tannehill at QB, catching 6 of 7 targets for 80 yards and a touchdown.
- Zach Pascal may be the new deep threat for the Indianapolis Colts.
- Olabisi Johnson may be worth a one week add with Adam Thielen nursing a hamstring injury.
We close the Week 8 waiver wire report with the Tight End position.This is a position that may make or break rosters in 2019. With the spot in flux most weeks, it is important to scour for opportunities when they present themselves.
Dallas Goedert-Philadelphia Eagles
We may have started to see the passing of the torch from Zach Ertz to Dallas Goedert (13% Yahoo!, 21.4% ESPN) on Sunday Night Football. Goedert caught all four of his targets for 69 yards and a touchdown. Ertz still saw five targets on the night but was not targeted until late in the second quarter. This was coming off of a Week 6 performance that saw eight targets go to the young tight end.
The former FCS standout has seen opportunities over the past couple of seasons and can serve as a bye week fill-in or even a starter if you are desperate at the position. He is currently the TE22 in PPR formats and has missed a week due to injury. You could certainly do worse at the position in a barren field of big pass catchers. Using the Player Tools tab at FFStatistics, we can see that there were two TE1 finishes in 2018.
Notable Tight End Fantasy Nuggets
- Dawson Knox is third on the Buffalo Bills in targets behind just John Brown and Cole Beasley.
- Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith both had double-digit games in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions.
- Noah Fant saw a season and career-high five targets on Thursday night.
- Josh Oliver made his season and career debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars but did not see a target.
The waiver wire finally has some spicy options after a few weeks of some not so great adds. We still need to be active on the wire to stay relevant all season long. The hope is that this article helps make your waiver wire decisions a little bit easier. Come back every Tuesday for the latest rendition of this series to help you build your fake team into a contender if you happened to miss on some draft picks. Injuries play a vital role in fantasy and one of the biggest advantages you can have is to be active on the wire every week.