Week 8 seems like a great time for a musical interlude as you consider where your fantasy team is and where it is headed. For those of y’all who are sitting there amid the wreckage of your fantasy season and just celebrating your first win, I offer you this little tune. Some of you are sitting right around .500 and getting ready to fight for your playoff lives and should listen to the wisdom of Marshall Mathers. Lastly, there are some of you who are on top of the world and counting your winnings already so enjoy this number. No matter where you are at with your fantasy football season, your Week 8 FAAB (free agent acquisition budget) is one of the last chances to make a significant move. The SGPN Week 8 FAAB Guide is here for you to cash in and finish your playoff push.
FAAB Week 8 Waiver Wire Guide
Steady Contributors (10-20%)
The Buffalo offense has been prolific through the air this year, but the ground game has been lacking. On Sunday Zack Moss started to look the part of an NFL running back. He ran with physicality and flashed his pass-catching chops as well. Throughout the game, Moss was the more efficient and polished runner. He is widely available across many leagues and has favorable matchups for the next three weeks. For the short-term Moss is a flex option and could work his way into the RB2 conversation. Moss is worth around 16% of your FAAB in this role.
The state of New Jersey football is positively dismal. The Giants look like they have the ability to put up points and yardage in garbage time. As a result, Sterling Shepard has increased value for the rest of the season. Shepard came back from injury and reasserted himself as a force. Look for him to continue his dominance of the Giants’ passing attack and slot in as a low-end WR2 or high-end WR3. Consider putting down 14% of your week 8 FAAB on Shepard as a late-season resurgent force.
Like with previous weeks, Brandon Aiyuk has been stepping up into a larger role for the 49ers. Aiyuk had a great week against the Patriots and went over 100 yards for the first time in his career and has some opportunities in the weeks ahead to do it again. With choice matchups against the Seahawks and Packers coming up, he is a must-start flex option each week. There may be some lean weeks, but Aiyuk has the talent and opportunity to warrant around 12% of your FAAB.
La’Mical Perine (RB) – 12% of FAAB
Damien Harris (RB) – 15% of FAAB
Wayne Gallman (RB) – 11% of FAAB
Reliable Bargains (<10%)
It won't get talked about but it should for #BillsMafia WR Cole Beasley. He had a career high of 11 receptions on Sunday vs. Jets and matched a career high in receiving yards with 112 (had 112 yards on 9 receptions & 2 TDs vs. PHI in 2015). Great job in pocket by Allen here too. pic.twitter.com/sbN4RzOmdc
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) October 26, 2020
When you look up the word “reliable” in the fantasy football dictionary there is a picture of Cole Beasley. The Bills offense is putting up prolific numbers and Beasley has been a reliable number two option for Josh Allen. With 39 catches on 49 targets, 470 yards, and two touchdowns Beasley is reliable as they come. If you need a steady flex option for the rest of the season, Beasley is a good target for 7% of your FAAB.
The Andy Dalton-experience in Dallas appears to be a failure. Many teams have a need for a reliable quarterback option for the rest of the season and Teddy Bridgewater has been as steady as they come. Bridgewater has been over 250 yards in all but two weeks and outside of the Tampa Bay and Bears games has one interception on the season. He only has one challenging matchup in week 10 against the Bucs and should be a consistent 20 point per week quarterback. Be ready to drop up to 9% of your FAAB on him.
Carlos Hyde (RB) – 6% of FAAB
JaMycal Hasty (RB) – 8% of FAAB
Trey Burton (TE) – 9% of FAAB
Speculative Fliers (<10%)
Speed is king in today’s NFL and Jalen Reagor has it in spades. The Eagles’ offense has started to come together in recent weeks and have two games against the Cowboys and one game against the Giants remaining. Reagor is a big-play threat and the Eagles will gladly pair him with the emergent Travis Fulgham. With Fulgham and Reagor, Philly may have finally found a dynamic duo for Carson Wentz. Reagor has potential as a flex play for the rest of the season and is worth 8% of your FAAB.
The Jets are an even larger and more rancid dumpster fire than their New Jersey brethren. However, Denzel Mims may be the kind of receiver the Jets have needed to compliment Jamison Crowder. Mims is a jump ball receiver and only rostered in 3.4% of ESPN leagues. He should continue to emerge as a legitimate touchdown-dependent flex play. You can feel good dropping 6% of your FAAB on him.
The Ryan Fitzmagic era in Miami is over. Fitzy had been averaging 20 points per week and to be benched you have to imagine Tua Tagovailoa has shown some abilities to the staff in Miami. Tua has dynamic weapons up and down the roster and the ability to make plays with his legs. Considering that, if he can perform as he did at Alabama then Tua will be a top 12 option for the rest of the season. Get ready to place a bid of around 10% on your week 8 FAAB run.
Dallas Goedert was a prolific option in the early stretch of this season for the Eagles. He is getting ready to return from IR and should be a viable every week starter. Goedert has shown the ability to be a reliable option every week and performs far above replacement-level often. Drop up to 9% of yours to lock Goedert in.
Rashard Higgins (WR) – 5% of FAAB
No Bid/Free Agency Targets
Darnell Mooney has been targeted more in recent weeks and on the field more than Anthony Miller in recent weeks. Additionally, Mooney has been out producing him as well. Mooney will make it through the initial waiver run and should be snapped up for free in free agency.
A play that helped set up that TD to Scott was this 30-yard completion to TE Richard Rodgers.
The concept? Dagger. Perfect call against Cover 2, which the #Giants are running
BUT – great blitz call by NYG; the pressure beats the protection. Wentz creates and makes the play pic.twitter.com/YW0dEhyTiw
— Fran Duffy (@EaglesXOs) October 23, 2020
Richard Rodgers will continue to have short-term value until Goedert returns from the IR. He may even have some value in the long term as Philly likes to involve two tight ends often. Jump on him as short-term value for the next few weeks.
With the injury to OBJ the Browns’ passing offense will look different. Harrison Bryant is a promising rookie who was drafted by the present Browns’ administration. Bryant looks like he could be involved as Austin Hooper recovers from appendicitis. Bryant may emerge as a longer-term option as the Browns’ offense evolves to a post-OBJ world.
Similarly to Bryant, Donovan Peoples-Jones may be the beneficiary of OBJ’s season-ending. Rashard Higgins appears to be the first option to fill-in for OBJ. DPJ has some potential to be the guy. Also, DPJ has the three initial thing going for him and also has being drafted by the present administration going for him. DPJ may be the biggest winner and should make it through the week 8 FAAB run.
If you are looking to stream a defense the waiver wire is thin this week. However, the Chargers DST has a favorable matchup against the Broncos. Drew Lock has been sacked five times, thrown four interceptions, and no touchdowns over the last two weeks. This means that Ingram and Bosa will tee-off on Lock and the Chargers D will feast.
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