Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups Week 8

After an unpredictable Week 7 in Fantasy Football, it's time to search those waiver wires heading into Week 8. Learn why Alfred Blue once again is the hottest handcuff, how Darren McFadden might just be able to duplicate his success, and why Brian Hoyer needs to be owned. (Photo by: Scout.com)
After an unpredictable Week 7 in Fantasy Football, it’s time to search those waiver wires heading into Week 8. Learn why Alfred Blue once again is the hottest handcuff, how Darren McFadden might just be able to duplicate his success, and why Brian Hoyer needs to be owned. (Photo by: Scout.com)

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins, WSHBefore everyone gets too carried away here, let’s realize a few things. First, the Buccaneers have allowed 24 or more fantasy points in three of six contests. Next, Kirk Cousins’ Week 7 explosion (29 points) was one point shy of doubling his combined fantasy total of the two prior weeks (15 points). That kind of sudden success is completely unrealistic to expect consistently. After Washington’s Week 8 bye, however, Cousins will lead his team against the Patriots and the Saints. New England has allowed multiple passing touchdowns in four of six games, and New Orleans has given up at least 17 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in all but one game. While Cousins shouldn’t be a fantasy factor down the road, his value over the next three weeks may be worth keeping an eye on. Cousins is owned in 6.4 percent of ESPN leagues.

Brian Hoyer, HOU

This will be the third week in a row Brian Hoyer has made this list. After taking over as the Texans’ starter in Week 4, Hoyer hasn’t looked back – averaging 19.75 fantasy points over the last four weeks. Based on that average, Hoyer would be a top five fantasy quarterback. The loss of Arian Foster for the season may cause a drop in Hoyer’s efficiency, but an increase in volume. Either way, Hoyer should remain a legitimate QB2 and potentially a QB1 until proven otherwise.

Running Backs

Darren McFadden, DAL

Welp. After aggressively pushing Christine Michael all last week, my foot is officially in my mouth…for now. With the injury to Joseph Randle, it was Darren McFadden, not Michael, who shouldered the majority of the Cowboys’ run game in Week 7. Even after his 152-yard showing, Randle may get his starting job back once fully healthy. It’s likely, however, that McFadden’s Week 7 showed enough to earn him some extra reps, in addition to his duties as a receiver out of the backfield. Either way, McFadden has solid value moving forward.

Alfred Blue, HOU

Here we go again. After a season-ending injury to Arian Foster, Alfred Blue is the next man up in Houston. Blue showed enough in Foster’s previous absence that he can fill in nicely when needed. His Week 3, 19-point showing is the indicator that he, not Chris Polk will handle the majority of the carries moving forward. The Titans have given up at least 130 yards in back to back games, suggesting Blue can have an immediate Week 8 impact.

Wide Receivers

Albert Wilson, KC

Owned in less than one percent of leagues, Albert Wilson has quietly caught six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks – good for 18 fantasy points. While he’s in no position to dominate a fantasy league, it’s possible that Alex Smith is emerging with a new target. With Jeremy Maclin scheduled to return in Week 8, Wilson’s upside is capped. But against a Lions’ defense, surrendering at least 22 fantasy points to opposing receivers in all but one game this season, it’s possible they both have solid games.

Brandon LaFell, NE

After missing the Patriots’ first five games, Brandon LaFell made his 2015 debut in Week 7. While he only caught two passes, it’s encouraging that the sixth-year receiver played in almost 94 percent of the team’s first-half snaps (per ESPN). Tom Brady and LaFell displayed a solid connection last year, as the two linked up for 953 yards and seven touchdowns. Look for more of the same as his health improves.

Tight Ends

Ladarius Green, SD

Ladarius Green needs to be owned in all leagues. It’s that simple. Yes, he’s a backup. A backup to a starter who caught 18 passes in his only two weeks of action. But even in those two weeks, Green caught eight passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. The athletic tight end has carved out his role in this offense, and his success isn’t linked to any player other than Philip Rivers, who’s thrown for no less than 336 yards over the last four weeks. Green is the sixth-ranked tight end, yet is owned in only 36.2 percent of leagues. At such a shallow position, that number should skyrocket after tomorrow’s waivers clear.

Eric Ebron, DET

Eric Ebron was having a great start to the season before an injury set him back. The Lions’ tight end established himself as a legitimate weapon, averaging nine fantasy points-per-game over the first three weeks. In his first action back from injury, he posted a 14-point showing. With the injury behind him, Ebron becomes a must-start commodity.

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