Week 8 of the NFL season is upon us. With the regular season nearly halfway over, we can get a good look at how teams look from a playoff perspective. If the season ended today, the Patriots, Bills, Raiders, Broncos, Steelers, Texans, Cowboys, Seahawks, Vikings, Falcons, Packers, and Eagles would be your playoff teams. The NFC East is as close as ever, with 1 5 win team (the Cowboys) and 3 4 win teams. The Vikings, and not the Packers, are leading the NFC North. If the season ended today, the Bengals would miss the playoffs for the first time in years. If the season ended today, things would be interesting.
But the season doesn't end today. The regular season (and your fantasy season) goes on. In week 8, the Ravens, Rams, Dolphins, Giants, Steelers, and 49ers take the week off. Eddie Lacy is on IR. Brian Hoyer is injured. Arian Foster has retired. This week, as always, fantasy owners will need to look to the waiver wire for answers in some fashion or another. Who am I targeting this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Jared Goff, QB, LA Rams. Is Jared Goff's time to shine now? Following a horrid game by Case Keenum against the Giants in England, Goff could be inserted into the starting role after the Rams bye this week. Worth a stash or at least monitoring.
Kevin Hogan, QB, Cleveland Browns. Hogan isn't an every game starter in any format. That being said, he was one of the most underrated quarterbacks in this year's draft class, and can do a huge amount of damage with his legs. He's not going to win you a game on his own, but if you're stuck at QB this week, he's a top 15 quarterback option in my opinion from a fantasy perspective with top 10 potential depending on carries in the run game.
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers. Rivers is a guy that is overlooked on an annual basis. He's available in a lot of smaller leagues right now, even though he can put up top ten numbers on a regular basis. Take a look at your waiver wire if you have a glaring need at QB. He just might be there.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. Smith is as boring as they come, but he could put up at least passable numbers if you need a starting quarterback this week. Give him a look.
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos. Sooner or later, Booker will be the top RB in Denver. If it's this season, he had better be on your team. Grab him if he's available in your league.
Knile Davis, RB, Green Bay Packers. Somebody has to get carries for the Packers. Might as well be Davis. He's a guy that is a borderline must add just given the uncertainty in Green Bay right now.
Jacquizz Rogers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rogers is looking strong in a relief role in Tampa. This makes him well worth rostering until Doug Martin is healthy.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins. Thompson would be a nice sleeper especially in PPR leagues; he's outscored Latavius Murray, Eddie Lacy, Bilal Powell, TJ Yeldon, Thomas Rawls, Devin Funchess, Danny Amendola, and DeVante Parker this year in PPR formats. He gets streaky at times, but he's well worth a roster spot in all PPR leagues.
Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions. Zach Zenner finally had his first big game as a fantasy option. If he continues to get looks in the Detroit backfield, that will continue. Go get him if he's out there.
Kenny Britt, WR, LA Rams. Did you see Britt's game this past week? He had a huge one. He's a guy that is more than worth a flier in most leagues, especially if you're weak at receiver. Well worth a look especially in deeper leagues.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Buffalo Bills. With Sammy Watkins down, Goodwin has had some big games. He's streaky, but has the potential for some big games. If you're struggling at WR he's worth a look.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars. Marqise Lee leads the Jaguars in receptions. This makes him worthy of a spot start here and there and a roster add in all formats, but especially in PPR leagues.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts. Sooner or later, Donte Moncrief will be healthy. When he is, you want it to be on your team. Grab him and sit on him until he heals.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Patterson finally found the endzone this past week. That allowed him to put together a pretty nice game from a fantasy perspective. He's another risky start, but he's not without upside. Worth grabbing if you have an extra spot.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans. I'm still a big Kendall Wright fan. He had a big week 2 weeks back, and while last week wasn't quite as good, Wright is a player that will help you through a bye week or two if needed. Go get him.
AJ Derby, TE, Denver Broncos. AJ Derby looked really good with the Patriots in the preseason, but was buried on the Patriots depth chart. He was just traded to the Broncos. The Broncos depth chart is not nearly as deep. Derby could be a worthwhile add. Don't start him this week, but grab him, bench him, and see what happens.
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts. With Dwayne Allen again dealing with injures, Doyle is worth being on your roster, even if it's as your backup. If you have Allen, he's must-have. He could put up some solid numbers moving forward depending on Allen's health. He broke out in a big way against the Titans in week 7.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans. Fiedorowicz is seeing lots of targets right now for Houston. That makes him worth a look, especially against the Detroit Lions, who allow lots and lots of fantasy points against tight ends.
Lance Kendricks, TE, LA Rams. Kendricks is headed into his bye, but once he returns, he has some great matchups. If you're looking for a TE to start for a few weeks, he's a guy to keep on your radar.
New York Jets D/ST. The Jets face the Cleveland Browns this week. Start and enjoy the show.
Tennessee Titans D/ST. Blake Bortles is struggling with interceptions right meow. That opens up the door for potential fantasy relevance for the Titans defense, especially if your scoring format heavily rewards turnovers.
Week seven of the 2016 NFL season is upon us. If you're riding Cam Newton, Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliot, or the Panthers defense, you need a replacement for the week; the Panthers and Cowboys take week 7 off for a bye week. If you have Ben Roethlisberger on your roster, you need a replacement; he will miss time due to injury. The Packers running back situation is exceedingly tenuous, and injuries continue throughout the league. This far into the season, the waiver wire is a place where you can significantly improve your team (especially if you are struggling with injuries). Who should you stream this week? Here are some thoughts. Good luck, and happy streaming! --Mike B.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings. This week, Bradford gets to face his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles. While the Eagles defense is fearsome, Bradford has looked good with the Vikings. I expect him to have a better than expected game against Philly.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton gets to face the Cleveland Browns this week. Enough said. While Hue Jackson knows Dalton well enough to prepare his team to face him, Dalton should still fare well against a relatively feeble Cleveland defense. This will be a good week for Dalton from a fantasy perspective. If he's available, don't hesitate to snag him.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers. Want a gamble that will upset all of your buddies? Give Colin Kaepernick a start this week. I don't have faith in him, but he could be worth a roll of the dice against the Buccaneers.
Case Keenum, QB, LA Rams. The Rams face the Giants, a defensive unit that has had some surprising success so far this season. That being said, Keenum has looked decent at times this year. If you're looking for a one week streamer, Keenum could be worth a look.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. This week the Chiefs play the Saints. This game could turn into an offensive shootout, and that could lead the Chiefs to rely on Smith in a heavier than normal fashion. He's a game manager at best, but he could be a useful spot start this week.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins. Ajayi led the league in touches in week 6. If he's available, go get him. He's a worthwhile spot start and long-term hold in your league.
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos. I expect Booker to take more and more carries away from CJ Anderson in the Denver offense. This kid is extremely talented. Eventually, he is going to be the #1 RB in this offense. Grab him early and enjoy the show.
Jacquizz Rogers and Russell Hansbrough, RBs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rogers will be the popular add here, but both Hansbrough and Rogers show a lot of upside right now based on opportunity. Add both; one of them could have a nice impact on your fantasy team.
Dwayne Washington, RB, Detroit Lions. Washington has looked good so far this season, and will receive additional looks with injuries filling the Lions backfield. He'll have chances to shine in Detroit this week. He's a flex start at worst.
Kenny Britt, WR, LA Rams. Britt has developed a very nice chemistry with Case Keenum so far. He's not an elite WR by any means, but he is well worth stashing or even using as a spot start if needed. If nothing else, he's been productive.
Alan Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars. Hurns is picking up some steam as we head through the season. He's extremely touchdown dependent, but he is a guy that could potentially help you out especially as a flex or in deeper leagues.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts. Now is as good a time as any to snag Donte Moncrief. He's likely found his way onto waiver wires in many leagues. He's a guy that could help you down the stretch, and a worthwhile stash right now.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Is this the week Patterson breaks out for a big play? He's had more looks in Minnesota in recent weeks. If you're a gambler, Patterson could be a nice roll of the dice this week. He could also burn you, so he is a risky start.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans. Wright finally broke out again in week 6. He's not a guy that will win you matchups on his own, but he is a very nice piece to add to your lineups, if you're a gambler, give him a shot. The Titans are weak at WR, so Wright has a shot if he stays healthy.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brate has seen a decent amount of red zone targets so far this season. He's worth a roll of the dice this week if you need a one week solution. Give him a look.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins. If Jordan Reed doesn't play this week due to injury, START VERNON DAVIS! He gets to play against the Detroit defense, which has been extremely generous to tight ends so far this season, and Davis played well in week 6. He's an intriguing start this week.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. If Eifert is still available in your league, snag him. This is just my weekly PSA on him. Nothing new to see here, except that Eifert could actually play this week.
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST. If the Bengals defense happens to be available in your league, go get them. They should have a big week against the Browns. This will be a big game for this unit.
Green Bay Packers D/ST. This could be the week that the Brian Hoyer experiment ends in Chicago. The Packers are weak when it comes to depth, but they always seem to have the Bears' number. This could be a big week for this unit. Worth a start.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST. This is a sneaky strong defensive unit, and they could shake up Colin Kaepernick this week. Worth a spot start if you're gambling. I would LOVE to see them destroy Kaepernick this week.
Week 6 of the NFL season is upon us, and the bye weeks continue as the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the week off. Tom Brady is back in the NFL following his suspension, and he led the Patriots to a win over the Browns in dominant fashion. With some fantasy starters missing this week due to injury or bye, you might need to hit the waiver wire. Who am I intrigued by? Here are some ideas. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Chicago Bears. The Bears may be who we thought they were, but Brian Hoyer is looking pretty good. He's been fantastic so far with Chicago, so he's a likely decent fill-in. He could even keep the starting job in Chicago once Cutler is healthy.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans. Marcus Mariota and the Titans face Cleveland this week. That means you want to start him. If he's available in your league go get him, especially if you need help at the position.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys. Your league has likely forgotten about Tony Romo as a fantasy option. However, he could be starting in week 8. If you're weak at the position and have an open spot to work with, grab him now. It could help you win your league.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. Smith isn't an every week starter by any means, but he's been great against the Raiders. In his last four starts against Oakland, he's put up at least 20 fantasy points in standard scoring systems each time.
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers. Artis-Payne broke out for the Panthers in a big way against the Buccaneers, scoring two touchdowns. He's been an enticing fantasy option since he was drafted, but has struggled for looks. If he continues to play like this, he'll force his way into carries.
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos. Booker might not be a must start THIS week, but he's starting to eat into CJ Anderson's workload in Denver. Booker is a talented back that I liked a lot coming out of college. He has the talent to earn more touches in Denver, and he could emerge as a vital piece of your roster down the stretch if he continues to show that he can do well with the touches that he is given.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. I'm high on Powell, and have been the past few seasons. He's never going to be a bellcow back, but he will always put up at least respectful flex-type numbers. If you need that type of help, then Powell is your guy this week. Go get him.
James White, RB, New England Patriots. It's always tough to hype a Patriots running back, but with Brady back under center, White is a must-roster until Dion Lewis gets healthy. He might or might not be start-worthy each week (that's the price of rostering a Bill Belichick running back, but the upside is there if you feel like taking a gamble.
Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots. With Brady back, Hogan's value skyrockets. His value should once again increase with Tom Brady throwing him the ball. He was a hero in the preseason and will be the number 2 WR in this offense moving forward.
Jeremy Kerley, WR, San Francisco 49ers. I'm not a 49ers fan, but Kerley has done some nice things in the San Francisco offense so far. He's hit or miss, and is as likely to have a bad game as he is a good one, but if you're desperate he could get you there.
Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears. Meredith has looked great since Kevin White went down with injury. He should continue to put up solid numbers as long as Brian Hoyer is under center. Meredith is a guy that could be a sneaky start this week if you need help at the position.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts. Especially if you're in a smaller league, Moncrief could be available due to his injury. He's halfway through his recovery and could be a huge part of the Colts offense when he returns. Grab him now and stash him if you have room.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Patterson continues to look like a valuable part of the Minnesota offense. He's not the top receiver in this unit, but he will continue to be a nice complimentary piece (starting in week 7 after his bye), and could have some nice value especially in PPR leagues. He's not a starting option this week but he will help you when the Vikings return from their bye.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills. Clay has had 5 catches in each of his last 2 games, and he gets to face the 49ers, a team that is extremely generous for tight ends. He should have a nice week this week.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. My weekly public service announcement on Eifert. He shouldn't be available in your league, but if he happens to be, get him on your roster. NOW.
Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers. James is wickedly touchdown dependent, but when he scores he puts up some solid points. Add him and expect Heath Miller version 2.0.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers. Jared Cook is out again this week, and Rodgers gets to face the Cowboys. He's really streaky, but could put up a nice game against Dallas.
Detroit Lions D/ST. The Lions defense is never a great option, but they do play the Rams. The Rams are a team that struggles to put up points, even though they have a strong defense. The Lions defense could have a good week this week.
Tennessee Titans D/ST. The Titans defense gets to face the Browns. Enough said.
Week 5 of the NFL season is upon us. This week, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints, and the Seattle Seahawks all take the week off. There are some popular fantasy options on those teams, which means many people will be searching for replacements. Also, Cam Newton is dealing with a concussion, which means that he could potentially miss week 5. Same thing for Carson Palmer. This means that the waiver wire in your league may be an active one this week. Who do I like as streaming options this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Derek Anderson, QB, Carolina Panthers. Let me preface this by saying that I am not expecting a huge game from Derek Anderson if he plays. However, if you're in a deep league with no other quarterback options he could serve as a viable one week plug-and-play replacement for Cam Newton. Don't make him your first option, but if you need him as Cam insurance, pick him up.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Bradford has a rough matchup this week against the Texans, but has looked like a passable fantasy option so far in Minnesota. He might not be a guy you want to start this week but he is a guy that you can plug and play as a spot start who certainly won't hurt your chances to win.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals. Dalton is likely owned in most leagues. However, if he's available in your league currently, go grab him. He should have a big game this week against the Cowboys, especially with Eifert back. His touchdown production has been down so far this season, so that might have led some people to cut him.
Brian Hoyer, QB, Chicago Bears. Hoyer might have taken over the starting spot at quarterback in the Bears offense, even when Cutler returns. He's not a guy that will win you a league on his own, but at least he will put up relatively consistent points for now.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz is almost a must start this week; the Lions have allowed loads of passing yards to opposing offenses so far this week. Wentz is still available in far too many leagues; he might still be available in yours. If he is, start him this week with confidence.
Josh Ferguson, RB, Indianapolis Colts. Looking for a roster stash with some potential upside in PPR leagues? Ferguson could be your guy. He doesn't do much on the ground and hasn't done much this season other than this past Sunday, but in his last game he had 6 catches. If he becomes a bigger part of the Colts offense, he could be a nice piece to add to your team.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears. Howard looked good in his first game as the lead back in Chicago. If he continues to produce, he could take control of that role even when Langford returns. Could emerge as a weekly starting option.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. With Matt Forte coming off of a week 4 injury, Powell is a nice speculative spot add. He's also a guy that is already a pretty nice part of the Jets offense. If he's on waivers and you need a one week filler (or more), give him a look.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins. Thompson has been pretty reliable in PPR formats so far this year. He stands out as a very real flex option, and if you're struggling to work around bye weeks this week, he could make for a nice plug and play for your team. He's a guy that could get you 5 to 7 points in a PPR format.
Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens. West looks like he is finally emerging as a viable fantasy asset. He had a really nice game in week 4 and should continue to do well against Washington. In a game where he should be the lead back, West will fill in nicely for your fantasy team.
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Patterson finally broke through in the Minnesota offense. Zimmer worked him into the offensive gameplan on Monday night, and he broke through with a consistent, solid game. Expect more looks for him moving forward. He might be more valuable in PPR format than in traditional scoring formats, and will also be reliant on big plays to put up big numbers, but he could emerge as a nice weapon for your team.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns. Somehow even after two dominant weeks, Pryor is still available in many fantasy leagues. The novelty on him has worn off a bit, but the production is still there. He is a guy that will continue to get it done until Corey Coleman returns from injury.
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys. Dez is still dinged up and Dak Prescott has established a nice rapport with Williams. This makes him a viable fantasy asset even with a tough matchup against the Bengals ahead.
Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills. The Rams give up a lot of passing yards, and with Sammy Watkins injured, Woods might be the player to step in and benefit the most from that fact. Goodwin will be part of the equation as well, but Woods is the guy to watch here.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals. Eifert should return from injury this week. If he is available in your league for any reason right now, go pick him up immediately. When he's healthy, Eifert is a top 5 option at his position.
Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers. Hunter Henry is finally beginning to emerge with Antonio Gates injured. This week, he gets to face the Raiders, a team that is notably bad against tight ends. If Gates remains out this week, Henry becomes almost a must start.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers. This week Rodgers has the benefit of facing the New York Giants as well as the benefit of not competing with the injured Jared Cook for targets. He's not a guy that you want to start most weeks, but if you need a quick streamer and there aren't many options there, Rodgers could be your guy.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings. Kyle Rudolph has looked pretty good with Sam Bradford under center in Minnesota. He's a guy that you could get away with starting every week. Grab him while Bradford is still the guy and start him as needed.
Buffalo Bills D/ST. This week, the Bills get to face the Rams. That means a likely good day for a solid defensive unit. Go get them and start them with confidence.
Cincinnati Bengals D/ST. This defense looks like the real deal with Vontaze Burfict back. They could do well against the Cowboys this week.
San Francisco 49ers D/ST. If Drew Stanton pulls the start for Arizona in this game, start the 49ers defense this week. You won't regret it. If Palmer starts, stay away.
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