Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups 10/25/21 By Erik Jaschinski
As the 2021 NFL season approaches the halfway mark, players have established their roles in offenses around the league. With that being said, injuries are as common as ever, and bye weeks (Ravens and Raiders in week 8) are hurting fantasy managers at every position, sending many to the waiver wire looking for pickups going into this week. There are plenty of soft matchups for waiver wire targets, so managers need not worry about finding a quick fix for their teams this week.
QBs: Carson Wentz (Ten), Daniel Jones (@KC), Geno Smith (Jax)
Wentz was rough in the beginning of SNF in week 7, but began to look like the Carson Wentz of old, tacking on a rushing TD like his 2017 self. The Tennessee pass rush smothered Patrick Mahomes, but the Colts’ have an offensive line with multiple All-Pros and a much better run game, taking a lot of pressure off of Wentz against an average Titans secondary. Jones is coming off of a decent performance without his top 3 receivers, along with making the greatest catch in NFL history. He’ll be getting some of his receivers, and possibly Sqauon Barkley, back this week against a Chiefs defense that can’t stop a nosebleed, setting him up for a big week. Besides Case Keenum, Geno Smith is the best backup QB in the league, and the Jaguars’ defense is as bad as Seattle’s. Dare I say it, we may be in for a shootout, opening up a lot of deep-ball opportunities for Smith and his pair of Pro Bowl receivers.
RBs: Alex Collins (Jax), Kenneth Gainwell (@Det), Khalil Herbert (SF)
Alex Collins is taking full advantage of the injury to Cris Carson, carving out a larger and larger role in his offense and gaining more targets every week. Against Jacksonville, Collins vaults past a flex candidate to a solid RB2 option this week. Continuing on with injuries, Miles Sanders was carted off the field with an ankle injury in week 7, leading to a great opportunity for Gainwell. Even if Sanders manages to play this week, expect Gainwell to take over in the receiving game with a high ceiling against Detroit. The rookie Herbert seems to have passed Damien Williams on the depth chart for Chicago, and isn’t the one-and-done replacement for Williams that many thought him to be. This bodes well this week against San Francisco, a normally good defense that’s struggling to find itself coming off of a bad week where they allowed Jonathan Taylor to eclipse 100 rushing yards.
WRs: Tim Patrick (Wsh), Darius Slayton (@KC), Cole Beasley (Mia)
When someone is asked to think of a Broncos wideout, they usually can’t name anybody besides Courtland Sutton, but Tim Patrick has put up solid flex production nearly every week, and is in for a big week while Sutton gets all the attention of a washed up Washington secondary. Although his fellow receivers are due to return, Slayton is the primary slot receiver in Jason Garrett’s scheme, and with that comes guaranteed targets. If the Giants themselves don’t know which of their receivers are playing on Monday, it’ll be even harder for the Chiefs to gameplan against them, and Slayton is talented enough to make an impact regardless. Cole Beasley has lost some targets this year with the signing of Emmanuel Sanders, but showed out in week 6, getting his second 20 point performance of the year. Coming off a bye week and going up against a Miami team that’s falling apart more and more with every week, Beasley is a worthy sleeper candidate, and is owned in only half of all fantasy leagues.
TEs: Ricky Seals-Jones (@Den), Tyler Conklin (Dal), CJ Uzomah (@NYJ)
Ricky Seals-Jones is probably the least known player on this list, but he’s almost mirrored Logan Thomas’ production while he’s been on IR. His floor is very high, and is worth a roster spot until not just this week but until Thomas returns. Trevon Diggs can’t cover everyone against Minnesota, and he surely won’t be on Tyler Conklin. The only thing stopping Conklin this week is the fact that his QB is Kirk Cousins during a primetime game. I was skeptical of Uzomah’s monster game against the jags a few weeks ago (he has one every year), but he’s scored double digit points in back-to-back weeks including 24 last week at Baltimore, and faces a much worse Jets defense on Sunday.