Last year when this series debuted, I wanted to help shed light on one of my favorite tricks in Fantasy Football, Waiver Wire Sniping. The strategy is simple. Without compromising your roster (of course), look to see if you have an available roster spot or a player that you were holding as a possible fill-in for a week that is no longer needed. Then look a week or two ahead and see if any of your current starters are on a bye or have a matchup you want to avoid. By picking up a streaming option or high-end stash before the weekend action, you can “snipe” that player for free and before that player is featured on podcasts (such as the Fantasy Football Fellas podcast – shameless plug) and waiver articles across the fantasy football world.
“Sniping” allows you to eliminate the grueling wait on Wednesday or Thursday morning, hoping your Waiver Wire pick-up isn’t grabbed by another team with a lower waiver priority or more FAAB dollars. If the chips fall your way, you may have a very valuable piece for the low-low price of NOTHING.
Each week I’ll be giving you potential steaming options for the week ahead, some stash candidates that are widely available in redraft leagues and highlighting the tough matchups and teams on bye in the coming week.
Here are some guys that you might not necessarily need for this week but might be high Waiver Wire pickups for week 8.
Week 8 Streaming Options
Baker Mayfield @ PIT (41%) – I’m putting Baker here, but he’s not an automatic start. If you have a QB on bye (Rivers or Ryan) than Mayfield could be a nice 1-week fill in. However, the Steelers defense has been better as of late, holding Matt Ryan and Andy Dalton to under 18 fantasy points. With Pittsburgh coming off the week 7 bye week, this could be a tougher matchup than it appears on paper. Baker still could be a serviceable bye week replacement, but proceed with caution.
C.J. Beathard @ ARI (9%) – Going a deeper here obviously, but don’t overlook Beathard if you’re stuck at QB next week. Beathard has had 2 TDs in each of his last 3 games and has been functional in a pinch. I’d roll with Beathard over Bortles, Eli, Keenum, and Darnold who will all be available in about 60% of leagues on waiver next week.
Jalen Richard vs. IND (9%) / Doug Martin vs. IND (4%) – With the injury questions surrounding Marshawn Lynch, the Oakland RB situation could be up for grabs next week. This might be off of most fantasy owner’s radar with the Raiders on bye this week but there are touches to be had if Lynch misses time. Richard is currently T-5th in the league with 31 receptions so he’s a nice add in PPR formats with Martin being a dart throw in standard scoring leagues.
*Edit: News came out Friday afternoon that Lynch could be out a month, and maybe longer. The ownership percentages will have obviously increased, but if they’re out there, they’re must-adds in 12+ team leagues.
Geronimo Allison @ LAR (39%) – With Allison on bye this week, and missing the last two weeks with injuries, Allison’s ownership has taken a dip to under the 40% mark. With how much Green Bay is throwing this year (3rd most in the NFL) I expect Allison to be a Flex/WR3 going forward. Allison had 12 or more PPR points in each of the first four games of the season and with a potential shootout ahead of the Packers in week 8, I love the idea of adding Allison before next week’s waiver wire run.
Tre’Quan Smith @ MIN (14%) / Cameron Meredith @MIN (10%) – With Ted Ginn going on IR this week, both Saints WRs could be nice adds this weekend. I would prioritize Smith who is the more direct replacement for the Ginn role and played 67% of the snaps in week 5 compared to Meredith who played 45%. The Saints face a tough matchup this week against the Ravens this week but could be solid plays going forward so get in on them now.
Jermaine Kearse @ CHI (9%) – Another deep league option to consider is Jermaine Kearse who is coming off a 9 reception game last week against the Colts. The Jets are banged up at WR and with Enunwa expected to miss multiple weeks, Kearse could continue to see a high volume of targets.
Vance McDonald vs. CLE (42%) – After a horrible game in week 5 in a prime matchup, many fantasy owners might have given up on McDonald, but he bounced back nicely in week 6 with 7 receptions for 68 yards. With the Steelers on bye this week, McDonald could have been dropped in your league and could be a nice pick up to start the rest of the way.
C.J Uzomah vs. TB (41%) – In his first week as the lone TE for the Bengals, Uzomah saw 7 targets and hauled in 6 receptions against the Steelers. Uzomah is set up for another serviceable week this week so chances are he’ll be a hot waiver wire add. Consider too that he has a week 8 match up against a Buccaneers defense that gives up the most fantasy points to opposing TEs, he could be the top TE add off waivers.
Gerald Everett vs. GB (1%) – This is a DEEP shot in the dark, but with McDonald and Uzomah both around 40% owned, they might not be options for you. Everett hasn’t shown a lot in his short NFL career, but he’s an athletic receiving TE that could see more looks if Cooper Kupp continues to miss time for the Rams.
NE @ BUF (49%) – The Pats are owned in about half of Yahoo leagues as of now, but if you can stash a DST for week 8, the matchup against the Bills is worth it.
SF @ ARI (3%) – Yes, the 49ers defense is bad. But damn did you see that Cardinals offense on Thursday night?!
The Stashes – Other players to monitor that might be available in your league. Listed below in order I would rank these pickups.
Shallow League Options: Chris Godwin (49%), Willie Snead (38%), Keke Coutee (35%)
Deeper League Options: Chester Rogers (19%), Antonio Callaway (20%), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (9%)
Shallow League Options: Ito Smith (53%), Marlon Mack (52%)
Deeper League Options: Mike Davis (20%), Rashaad Penny (18%), Raheem Mostert (11%),
Week 8 Potential Matchups to Avoid: CAR vs. BAL, NYJ @ CHI, PHI @ JAX
Teams on Bye next week: ATL, DAL, LAC, TEN
*All ownership percentages are direct from Yahoo.