As we approach the halfway point of the NFL season, fantasy football waiver wire pickups become more essential to your team’s success. Here are your streamers and dreamers for week-8 of the season.
As we near the halfway point of the NFL season, some of you may be in desperate need of a player or two to bolster your roster. Here are FOUR essential fantasy football waiver wire pickups to help improve your team in week-8 of the season.
Fantasy Football Players You Can Stream in Week-8
QUARTERBACK – MASON RUDOLPH vs DOLPHINS
How terrible are these primetime games?! Last week we saw complete blowouts by the Cowboys and Patriots. Next Monday we will get to watch Pittsburgh without Ben Roethlisberger, against the Miami Dolphin Tank. I
’m recommending Rudolph although he has yet to truly shine in his role. In his 3 starts to date he has yet to throw over 250 yards and/or more than 2 touchdowns. The truth is, the best streaming options this week would be Kirk Cousins and Jacoby Brissett, but I would venture that in most leagues these guys are already owned. This is a vote of confidence that Rudolph should be able to reach that 22 point floor for a good start.
RUNNING BACK – TY JOHNSON vs GIANTS
The Giants are terrible. Currently, they have allowed the third-most rushing yards to opponents this year as well as yielding 7 touchdowns on the ground.
The Giants haven’t been much better in pass defense and that’s more of where the threat lies with the Lions. Last week Stafford and Marvin Jones absolutely torched the Vikings through the air, but that game required the Lions to play catch up through four quarters.
The Lions should be in a much better situation against New York, running out clock should be a real possibility. The injury to Kerryon Johnson has opened the door for Ty Johnson to step into the feature back role and put up a solid day.
WIDE RECEIVER – KENNY STILLS vs RAIDERS
Will Fuller is nothing if not predictable. He is a tremendous talent, speedy and smart with decent enough hands to make him a great deep threat.
Unfortunately, he is one of the most injury-prone players I’ve ever seen. Fuller is expected to miss the next several weeks with a hamstring issue, and that opens the door for Kenny Stills.
Added as part of the Tunsil trade from Miami, Stills has actually proven to be an asset to Deshaun Watson. He has been used throughout the season but he saw a significant increase in reps when Fuller was injured, catching 4 for 105. He should continue this solid production in a very plus matchup versus Oakland.
TIGHT END – OJ HOWARD vs TITANS
After I typed this headline, I threw up a little in my mouth. Howard has been the definition of a bust after Fantasy owners were drafting him as high as the 5th and 6th rounds. After 6 weeks he has managed only 13 receptions for 176 yards. Awful. So why are we taking a chance on him in week 8?
Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said that he wants to get Howard more involved and after a week of prep during the bye and a plus matchup against Tennessee who has given up the third-most receiving yards to the tight end position this year. Of course, I will insert the “Cameron Brate Clause” into this argument but if you’re absolutely dying at the position, this might be the time to take on last shot on Howard. PS to Bruce Arians: if you don’t want to utilize the tight end position, trade this guy to a team that will!