Waiver Wire Targets Week 8 2017

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal
We are midway through the season and about to hit that stretch where every game matters for fantasy owners and wins become very important. We have six teams on bye this upcoming week and when you take into consideration all of the injuries as well, some fantasy owners could be in a tough spot for Week 8. That is why the importance of the waiver wire cannot be emphasized enough. Aside from doing well on your draft, the waiver wire is key for a successful fantasy season. Let's take a look below at some of the players you want to target this week.


Matt Moore - Dolphins: Moore will be the Dolphins starter for the next 2-3 weeks as Jay Cutler will be sidelined with crack ribs. Moore led the Dolphins to a comeback victory over the Jets and brought some life to the offense. He faces the Ravens in Week 8, which is not an ideal matchup, but does play Oakland the following week and the Panthers in Week 10, both of which can be vulnerable against the pass. Moore knows this offense very well, so he should do just fine and can be considered a streaming option in favorable situations.

Running Back

Latavius Murray - Vikings: Murray played in just 47 percent of the snaps in Week 7, but did have more touches than Jerick McKinnon. Murray rushed for 113 yards and a touchdowns and now has a nice matchup in Week 8 against the Browns defense. Although this is looking like a full blown committee, the game script for this week's matchup against the Browns should favor Murray. He could be very helpful to fantasy owners this week and should be a priority on the waiver wire.

Jalen Richard - Raiders: Marshawn Lynch could be suspended for a game for shoving a referee, so Richard could be in for a bigger role this week. Richard received 13 touches in Week 7 after Lynch was ejected. DeAndre Washington should also see an increased role and could be the early down back. That said, Richard can both run and catch passes out of the backfield, making him the higher upside and somewhat safer option in PPR formats as a flex play against the Bills.

Others to consider: Marlon Mack - Colts; Dion Lewis - Patriots; Javorius Allen - Ravens

Wide Receiver

Kenny Stills - Dolphins: Stills has caught 10-of-13 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns in the last two games. It is worth noting that this is with DeVante Parker sidelined. However, with Matt Moore under center, Stills should see plenty of targets as these two appear to have a nice connection. He had three touchdowns in four of Moore's start last season. The matchup this week is not appealing, but for fantasy owners in need of a wide receiver this week, you could do worse than Stills and he also offers short-term help in the next couple of weeks.

Ted Ginn - Saints: Ginn has not dropped a pass in three consecutive games and has scored two touchdowns in the last four games. He is not a high volume receiver, averaging just 4.5 targets per game for the season, but in the last two games he has received 11 targets. There is no doubt that he is a hit-or-miss player, but looking at the next couple of weeks, he has some favorable matchups at hand and should be able to be productive in those matchups.

Others to consider: Nelson Agholor - Eagles; Jordan Matthews - Bills; Mohamed Sanu - Falcons; Tyler Lockett - Seahawks

Tight End

Tyler Kroft - Bengals: Kroft continues to have a solid role on this offense, averaging five targets per game in his last four. During that stretch, he has caught 17-of-20 targets for 157 yards and has scored three touchdowns. In Week 8, he gets a favorable matchup against a Colts team who has been generous to opposing tight ends this season. Kroft has been fairly consistent since stepping in for the injured Tyler Eifert and is a viable option in this week's matchup against the Colts.

Others to consider: Zach Miller - Bears

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