Week 8 Fantasy football waiver wire pickups to make
The fantasy football waiver wire can often make or break your season. Making the right decision on which players to add and drop is crucial, so we have you set up with a deep list of potential waiver wire adds for Week 8.
Remember, we cast a wide net every week in our waiver wire advice. Below you’ll see recommendations for shallow, regular, and deep leagues. Players are listed in order of priority and the suggested auction budget percentage is in parentheses.
Keep in mind that some leagues may be more aggressive or conservative in terms of bidding, so know your league tendencies. Regardless of the size of your league, it’s suggested that you work your way down the list and prioritize the top players in your waiver claims for this week.
Shallow leagues (8-10 teams)
Mitchell Trubisky, CHI (10-20%) — Trubisky is in the midst of a breakout with three-straight top-five fantasy weeks and should be owned in all formats.
Nick Chubb, CLV (50-100%) — Chubb is somehow still available in 21% of leagues. He’s worth a max bid this week.
Marlon Mack, IND (25-50%) — The Colts leaned heavily on Mack and he responded last week. He’s now worthy of RB2 consideration going forward.
Vance McDonald, PIT (5-10%) — He’s still widely available and offers a high weekly fantasy ceiling. That being said, McDonald is far from safe.
C.J. Uzomah, CIN (5-10%) — With no one left at tight end for the Bengals, Uzomah should continue to see a decent workload going forward.
Regular leagues (12 teams)
Baker Mayfield, CLV (5-8%) — The pickings are slim at quarterback this week, but Mayfield still has the potential to offer some bye-week relief.
LeGarrette Blount, DET (3-5%) — He doesn’t offer much upside, but Blount continues to be the Lions’ preferred short-yardage and goal-line back.
Doug Martin, OAK (3-5%) — At this point in his career, it’s tough to trust Martin as a viable every-week fantasy option despite his opportunity going forward.
Randall Cobb, GB (10-20%) — Cobb is surprisingly available in 33% of leagues. He’s worth scooping up as the No. 2 in Green Bay when he’s healthy.
Tyrell Williams, LAC (10-20%) — Back-to-back weeks of production make Williams worthy of an add in regular-sized leagues this week.
Jordy Nelson, OAK (7-15%) — With Amari Cooper now in Dallas, Nelson is the de facto No. 1 receiver in Oakland.
Martavis Bryant, OAK (5-10%) — Bryant is perhaps the biggest beneficiary of Amari Cooper being traded. He’s now in WR4 consideration.
Chester Rogers, IND (3-5%) — He wasn’t heavily used in Week 7, but that was a game script thing. Rogers is still the clear No. 2 wide receiver in Indy.
Michael Roberts, DET (3-5%) — The second-year man has three scores over the last two games, but his workload and role in the Lions offense are far from clear right now.
Chris Herndon, NYJ (3-5%) — The rookie has flashed upside over the past two weeks with a touchdown in both games.
Deep leagues (14-plus teams)
Tyrod Taylor, CLV (1%) — Those in deeper leagues may want to stash Taylor just in case the Browns decide to trade him.
Rashaad Penny, SEA (1-3%) — Yes, he’s been a disappointment so far this season, but Penny is still worth tucking away on your bench.
Mike Gillislee (1%) — He isn’t on a roster, but Gillislee is a sneaky add to make in case the Patriots end up signing him.
Josh Adams, PHI (1%) — The rookie was actually the Eagles most productive runner on a per-carry basis this past weekend.
Jakeem Grant, MIA (1%) — With Albert Wilson likely heading to injured reserve, look for Grant’s role to expand.
Tajae Sharpe, TEN (1%) — Sharpe topped 100 yards last week and has emerged as an upside target in the Titans offense.
Nick O’Leary, MIA (1%) — Those in deep leagues may want to scoop up O’Leary. The Bills castoff has six catches over the last two weeks.
DST streamers for Week 8
Arizona Cardinals (1%) — Over the last three weeks, the 49ers have surrendered 13 sacks and turned the ball over 12 times. One of those contests was against the Cardinals, and they were the No. 2 fantasy defense for the week.
(READ MORE: If you’re going to make waiver claims, you’ll need to drop players. Tyler Buecher identifies players it’s time to cut bait on. And for IDP players, Ross Miles breaks down the top waiver claims on the defensive side of the ball.)