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Week 8 Waivers 2017

The waiver wire is going to look pretty dry in most leagues this week. Most competitive leagues have picked up all the players we mentioned in previous weeks, but here are a few additional suggestions to help you guys out!

 

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Kirk Cousins, WAS QB

Cousins completed 30 of 40 passes against a tough Eagles defense and has 10 touchdowns to 2 interceptions in his last four games. Washington won’t commit to Cousins long term but keep asking him to air it out. With a tasty matchup against a soft Cowboys defense coming up this week, there is no reason Cousins shouldn’t be started in all leagues.

Jalen Richard/DeAndre Washington, OAK RB

Marshawn Lynch’s suspension is going to be upheld so there’s a great opportunity for Richard or Washington to seize a possible starting job. Lynch wasn’t exactly performing and Del Rio didn’t seem comfortable giving him a sizeable workload. Richard can run and catch so I’d be betting on him to do the most with his carries.

Austin Ekeler, LAC RB

The important thing here is that Ekeler has cemented himself as Melvin Gordon’s handcuff. It’s slim pickings on the wire this week so if you have a spot to churn it may be worth it in case Melvin Gordon goes down.

OJ Howard, TB TE

Howard finally turned in a breakout performance with 6 catches for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tampa Bay has proven they can’t play defense and are ok letting any team run up the score on them so expect Winston to be throwing the ball often. Mike Evans and Desean Jackson will take up most of the defense’s attention leaving Howard as a prime target in the red zone.

Travis Benjamin, LAC WR

Are the Chargers finally bolting up!? I mean you could do worse with several managers feeling the effects of the bye week plus the Patriots are usually good for at least one massive defensive breakdown. You can pick him up and hope that Benjamin is on the receiving end of a long 50+ yard touchdown.

 

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Matt Ryan, ATL QB

The inability to get anything going against the struggling Pats D is very concerning. He hasn’t surpassed 300 yards since Week 1 and has only one touchdown in six out of seven games this year. Most people are pointing to bad play calling as the reason for Ryan’s struggles, but until we see otherwise we would recommend a different plug and play at QB.

Offensive Players on the Broncos, Den RB/WR

It’s been a weird year for Wide Receivers in general. Sanders and Thomas both sit outside the Top 40 in PPR leagues while Nelson Agholor is currently in the Top 15. The Broncos are struggling offensively and it doesn’t get any easier with the Chiefs and Seahawks next up on the schedule.

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