Redraft Waiver Wire Targets: Week 8

Here’s a weekly reminder that byes are at hand! The teams you’re losing players from are: Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee. There’s a few players that’ll be missing that will hurt you, but not as bad as it has been.

QB-Matt Ryan/Dak/Rivers/Mariota

WR-Julio/Ridley/Sanu/Amari Cooper+DAL receivers (if you depend on any)/Keenan/Mike & Tyrell Williams/Corey Davis

RB-Tevin & Ito/Zeke/Gordon & Ekeler/Lewis & Henry

TE-Hooper/Swaim/Gates/

PK-Bryant/Maher/Badgley/Succop

Due to our scheduled releases, this will be completed before the Monday night games as well as before I’ve had time to digest every game in depth. So with that being said,  stay tuned to my tweets @THEffVigilante throughout the week for more gems later on in the week.

Christian Kirk

ESPN Own %: 18.4

Yahoo Own%: 26

Like I’ve said in the past, he sees consistent enough target share to be rostered by everyone. His upcoming schedule looks really good for the receiver position with SF, (BYE), KC and OAK. On top of that, the OC has changed so I expect the offense to look a little different under Byron Leftwich. What we’re banking on here is the offense looking a lot better. There’s no denying his connection with Josh Rosen, they just need a better flow in the offense.

DeVante Parker

ESPN Own %: 20.4

Yahoo Own%: 10

This embattled receiver has had a tough time reaching his potential and reaching the field in general. However, he may have a chance to be in line for at least the chance to up fantasy relevant numbers with Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills possibly missing a lengthy amount of time.

Jakeem Grant

ESPN Own %: 2.5

Yahoo Own%: 7

Just like DeVante, there’s going to be more food on his plate and could make him a great option or not. He’s very boom bust, but he’s also very FAST. If the Dolphins decide they want to use him the way CHI uses Tarik and KC uses Tyreek, we could be in for a show. Not to mention MIA was already utilizing Albert similarly. This is more of a risky option on a short week (they play the Thursday game) but I’d take a look especially in deep leagues. What have you got to lose?

Taylor Gabriel

ESPN Own %: 32.6

Yahoo Own%: 22

Another guy I hyped up last week had himself a game against MIA. He is still way under-owned and we need to fix that. Pick him up against a very human NE defense who has proven they can do enough to win, but that doesn’t mean receivers can’t come in and have a good game. 5 or more targets a game is the type of guy I want on my team.

Mike Gesicki

ESPN Own %: 2.8

Yahoo Own%: 3

My favorite tight end prospect since Ebron, is the last of the MIA options that will be on the wire that will benefit from extra targets from injuries. Don’t get me wrong, I hate suggesting rookie TEs in redraft, but in the wasteland of the position recently, you have to have SOMETHING. He still leads the position on his team in targets and should see enough to have a salvageable game. Yes, he’s uber-talented, but unless forced into a lot of targets, TEs don’t produce early in their careers.

Seth Roberts/Brandon Lafell/Dwayne Harris/Martavis Bryant

ESPN Own %: Available

Yahoo Own%: Available

If you’re just not finding us and haven’t heard the news, Amari Cooper was traded to Dallas (hence being listed in the byes section). Which means a big piece of the target share is wide open. In the past, we’ve seen Seth Roberts step into that role, so based off history he’s the next man up. Martavis Bryant could also be a beneficiary of Cooper leaving but has been struggling with drops recently and Carr hasn’t been going deep a whole lot so maybe not. Harris and Lafell are other veteran options as well as the rookie Marcel Ateman (for you dynasty guys out there) who is talented enough to maybe start getting some reps. I essentially added this blurb to give you some insight on who they may go to in their loss of Cooper. We’ll use this week to help us clarify who will be their #2 going forward.

Jalen Richard

ESPN Own %: 17.1

Yahoo Own%: 23

ONE MORE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK! Amari is gone, Lynch is now on IR, Doug Martin is trash, need I go on? This is prime-time for Jalen to become a second half of the season winner. He’s on pace to double his target and reception total from last year on top of being the second in targets on the team. This will absolutely be the last chance you’ll have to get him before his own percentage skyrockets.

Tre’Quan Smith

ESPN Own %: 8.7

Yahoo Own%: 17

A talented receiver that recently had a 100+ yard game and followed it up with a “poor” game against a great defense. This guy is going to be available. He’s Drew Brees’ #2 and will do a lot better in the coming weeks. A lot of people will avoid him because of the game he had, but don’t be like them. Go grab him while you can. He looked good against the Baltimore defense on a day where wind was a slight issue. His next few games aren’t terrible and he should always see favorable coverage when playing opposite of Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

Brock Osweiller

ESPN Own %: 3.7

Yahoo Own%: 3

I never thought I’d be writing anything about #Brocktober in my time as a writer/analyst, yet here we are. Robert Pattinson’s look alike has done anything but look like the QB he’s replaced in the lineup. He has a short week and if you’re short at the position, I would suggest you pick him up. There’s no fun in streaming QBs (imo) but if you have to, he is one of the better options this week versus Houston who even Eli Manning managed to drop 250+ and 2 TDs on.

Derek Carr

ESPN Own %: 15.5

Yahoo Own%: 27

Not a pretty option, but Carr gets a favorable matchup against IND who has allowed everyone but Derek Anderson 250+ and 2 TDs which is what I look for if you haven’t figured out by now. It’s a comfortable baseline that you need in order to feel comfortable somewhat going to battle with one of these streaming options.I expect him to go to Jordy, Cook and Richard a lot as he has this whole season especially with Cooper out.

As always, I beg of you, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for add/drop transactions. Someone always drops valuable players during the waivers. Bye weeks are actively wrecking some teams that have multiple players on the same bye, valuable players will become available in the coming weeks. You set yourself up in the draft, you win through waivers! Go get your #waiverxmas on and come home with a #Top2TypeVictory!

About Chris Nelson

Christopher Nelson is a very avid fantasy football fan and analyst. He loves music and art just as much and tries to find time for all three. Fantasy football has taught him the love of numbers and bolstered his drive for research making it only right that he writes. You can find him @THEffVigilante on Twitter.

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