Happy Tuesday Fantasy Footballers and welcome to Week 8. I am Matt Dean (@MattDeanQBList) and I am here to help you recover from Week 7 with your priority adds from the waiver wire this week. Along with this article, co-writer Aaron Rader and I will be putting out a weekly Waiver Wire Podcast that you can find on our website, on Twitter (@theQBList) or wherever you get your podcasts.
I got hit hard by the injury bug this week as I watched the Chiefs stupidly call a Patrick Mahomes QB sneak on an already injured ankle. Now we are looking at a minimum of three weeks without the reigning MVP of fantasy and I will be riding a waiver wire add the next few weeks. If you are like me, I will try and give you some insight into who is looking like a good streamer next week. I was fortunate to still obtain a win this week and move to 4-3 and into a Wild Card berth for the time being in my mammoth 16 teamer. Let’s hope Lady Luck keeps swinging things my way in Week 8.
With all that said, let’s hop right into the priority adds for Week 7.
Bye Week: Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys
The ownership percentage is based on Yahoo Fantasy Leagues.
QB – Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (6% Owned)
I know, call me crazy, but I am suggesting a Tennessee Titans quarterback as a bye week fill in for Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson. Usually I don’t talk about QBs much with the depth during weeks with full slates of games, but with two studs on bye and Patrick Mahomes injured, there is the need for some fill in. Enter the man playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan Tannehill filled in admirably this week, tossing 312 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Chargers. He should go over 20 fantasy points again this week and you should be comfortable with him as your fill in.
FAAB Budget: 5%
RB – Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (48% Owned)
With the Arizona Cardinals Twitter page reminding us that we should have started him in fantasy, Chase Edmonds ripped off chunk gains on his way to over 150 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns. With David Johnson banged up and only getting one carry last week, Edmonds is earning every week start appeal. Averaging over 20 points per week over the last three weeks, Edmonds is looking to keep this train chugging along. This is my top priority add this week and should be yours as well. He plays New Orleans this week followed by some tough matchups (two vs. San Francisco) the sledding could get tougher. Still, he is involved in a variety of ways that make him an appealing play moving forward.
FAAB Budget – 30%
RB – Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions (1% Owned)
Oh boy, Kerryon Johnson went down this week with a knee injury. Enter in the other Johnson, Ty Johnson. Stepping in, he didn’t do much totaling under 10 fantasy points, however this guy was a beast in college. He averaged over 7 YPC and had over 1,000 yards on 110 carries in college. That is insane! Now with a chance at the lead dog role, Ty Johnson is looking good with the upcoming schedule of Giants, Oakland, and Chicago. Grab this guy and start with big confidence against a Giants defense that just got demolished by the man listed first in this article.
FAAB Budget: 28%
WR – Kenny Stills, Houston Texans (15% Owned)
Just like every year that the Will Fuller hype train gets going, it gets derailed by an injury. With that being said, this makes way for another field stretcher in the Texans offense, which would be former Dolphin, Kenny Stills. Going over 100 yards after the Fuller injury, Stills is looking to be the go-to deep threat for Deshaun Watson. Some think Keke Coutee is the fill in, but he is more of an intermediate, Jamison Crowder type player. I like Stills to pop off for a deep touchdown this week for the Texans and is a fine flex fill in for teams with Amari Cooper on bye.
FAAB Budget: 15%
Thanks for reading, and make sure to check out our podcast for in-depth analysis. Plus, we will be discussing names that are not listed here that you should be looking at. Good luck and see you next week!
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