Thankfully, there are no major injuries heading into Week 8. Outside of a Marshawn Lynch suspension, it’s another quiet week on the waiver wire, but there are still a few players worth streaming or playing during the bye weeks.
(For each position, players are listed by waiver priority and are <50% owned in Yahoo leagues)
Case Keenum, MIN (9%)
Since his 3 TD explosion against Tampa Bay, Case Keenum has slowed down quite a bit. Over the past 4 games, he only has two TD passes to go along with two INTs. Good thing for Keenum and the Vikings’ skill players, they face the Browns this week. Although they have been excellent against the run, they have not been as good against the pass. The Browns have allowed 14 TD passes, which is tied for second worse with the Giants and Cardinals, and a 105.9 passer rating to opposing play callers (just behind Oakland’s 109). If you are in need of a QB this week, Keenum is the guy I’d look to add first.
Jalen Richard, OAK (11%) and DeAndre Washington, OAK (3%)
Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game for coming in contact with an official during their Thursday night contest against the Chiefs. IF Lynch loses his appeal (which will be ruled upon today), Richard and Washington should split the workload for the week. If either can perform above and beyond the Raiders expectations, one of these backs may have a permanent role in the offense going forward. Lynch has not been very effective but the Raiders continue to give him more carries. After Lynch was ejected last week, the two backs split the carries evenly 9 to 9 with Richard gaining the receiving edge at 4 to 3. Washington was the one to find the end zone, so he may be the goal line back next week if Lynch is out. Don’t overspend on either back, as the Raiders visit Buffalo and go up against a tough run defense. They should be added in 12 team leagues or greater.
Latavius Murray, MIN (41%)
He is back from the dead, as Murray was once a top waiver claim. Since Dalvin Cook went down with a season-ending injury, Jerick McKinnon has vastly outperformed Murray until Week 7. Murray carried the ball 18 times for 113 yards. He was out snapped by McKinnon, 35 to 31, but still has a major role in this offense. McKinnon has the higher floor, as he also catches passes, but Murray will be involved each week and a threat for a TD when the Vikings get in the red zone. Murray needs to be owned in more than 41% of Yahoo leagues.
Corey Davis, TEN (25%)
This is an add for Week 9, as the Titans have a bye week. Corey Davis looked the part early on in the season. Although it was a very small sample size, Davis was targeted 10 times in his debut even with Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker and Delanie Walker in the lineup. His nagging hamstring injury has been an issue for most of the season but he’s in line to play for the Titans after the bye. If Davis is fully healthy, the sky may be the limit for this young receiver. You want to be on the Davis train before it leaves the station.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT (14%)
JuJu is only 20 years old, but he is playing as if he is much older. With Martavis Bryant remaining a constant headache for the Steelers, JuJu has taken advantage. He has outplayed Bryant on the field and been a focus of Big Ben in the red zone. Smith-Schuster’s seven red zone targets and second to Brown’s 10. Over the past five weeks, Smith-Schuster has out snapped Bryant in four out of five of them. Even if Bryant resolves his issues with the Steelers, Juju should still be heavily involved in this offense. He already seems to have Ben’s trust, and he should have yours.
O.J. Howard, TB (13%)
What a day for O.J. Howard. Against a tough Buffalo secondary, he was able to bring in six receptions for 98 yards and two scores. Rookie tight ends are notorious for starting their NFL careers slow, but Howard may finally begin to get more involved in this offense. He still has Cameron Brate to contend with, but at least we know what he’s capable of. Going into Week 8, he may be hard to trust, as he did deliver a goose egg in Week 5 against the Patriots and only one catch last week against the Cardinals.
New England, vs. LAC (50%)
Cincinnati, vs. IND (23%)
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