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FANTASY FOOTBALL – Week 8 Waiver Wire FAAB Rankings


FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo and Adam Pfeifer recap the Week 7 NFL injury report and debate Mayo’s Week 8 Waiver Wire FAAB Rankings. They address how to approach bidding for need versus depth and which defenses and QBs make the best streams in Week 8. Plus, Mayo breaks down the most important things to look at before spending your FAAB dollars, specifically, how have your league mates bid in the past and they debate the better pickup from the Bills & Patriots backfield.

Week 8: Ranks Debate | FAAB Bids | RB Adds | WR Adds
Week 8 Ranks: QB | RB | WR | TE & D/ST
Week 8: Bye Week Adds | Harvin Trade | Points Allowed

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Week 8 Waiver Wire FAAB Power Rankings

Week 8 Waiver Wire FAAB Rankings (suggested winning FAAB Bids for $100 budget)
*All Players less than 60-percent owned

Running Backs

  1. Ronnie Hillman ($80)
  2. Tre Mason ($65)
  3. Jerick McKinnon ($40)
  4. Anthony Dixon ($15)
  5. Bryce Brown ($26)
  6. Isaiah Crowell ($3)
  7. Denard Robinson ($41)
  8. Travaris Cadet ($2)
  9. Jonathan Stewart ($7)
  10. Antone Smith ($1)
  11. James Starks ($0)
  12. Storm Johnson ($0)
  13. Joseph Randle ($3)
  14. Jonas Gray ($18)
  15. Brandon Bolden ($2)
  16. Benny Cunningham ($6)
  17. Bobby Rainey ($0)
  18. Juwan Thompson ($0)
  19. Lorenzo Taliaferro ($0)
  20. Stepfan Taylor ($3)
  21. Chris Polk ($0)
  22. Dexter McCluster ($0)
  23. James White ($0)
  24. Darrin Reaves ($0)
  25. LeGarrette Montez Blount ($0)
  26. Alfred Blue ($0)
  27. Roy Helu ($0)
  28. Bernard Pierce ($0)
  29. Ka’Deem Carey ($0)
  30. Jordan Todman ($0)
  31. Peyton Hillis ($0)

I don’t understand how Ronnie Hillman is so available. If you’re reading this and he’s still on the Week 8 waiver wire in your league, what’s your deal, PALLLL? Seriously, HILLMANIA IS GONNA RUN WILD ON YOU, BROTHER … Moving on to the leagues not populated with morons… Hope you have some FAAB dollars hidden under the mattress for the Week 8 Waiver Wire because Tre Mason is likely available, and you’re going to want him. Mason shredded the Seahawks for 85 yards on 18 carries and a score, but, it’s not his 4.7 ypc against a generally stout run D that’s important here, it was his share of the backfield workload. Mason devoured the pie chart, falling just short of things Meatloaf would do for love levels of domination, getting 90-percent of the running back carries. Now, nothing’s a guarantee, but it appears Mason has usurped both Benny Cunningham and Zac Stacy as the starter in St. Louis. If you have worries about Cunningham – DON’T!!!! – he received fewer carries than Tavon Austin out of the backfield, so I’m not sweating him. Be-Be-Be-Benny did do damage in the passing game (5-46-1), which is a positive, but places him more in the Roy Helu/Dexter McCluster category: deep league PPR option only. Zac Stacy? He played one snap. ONE!!! I’m breaking the FAAB bank on Mason, I suggest you do the same… Denard Robinson was named Jacksonville’s starting running back about an hour before kickoff and LITERALLY ran away with the role. Shoelaces got 22 carries for 127 yards and a TD, presumably earning him another week with the job. I’d love to overreact and call Robinson a MUST ADD; I won’t, however. I just have no faith in this offense. The offensive line? It’s truly bad. Entering Week 7, it rated 31st in run blocking per Pro Football Focus. I just don’t see Robinson’s success being sustainable, even if he continues to see the majority of touches – something he won’t do btw. Storm Johnson will eventually be given another shot at the job. And, while it may seem like Toby Gerhart has suffered a similar fate as Ozzie Smith, be assured, he hasn’t fallen into the abyss at the Springfield Mystery Spot. He’ll eventually be back in uniform too. Don’t expect Gerhart to reclaim his starting gig, but he’ll get enough touches to suck value away from the other RBs. Robinson is a nice add if you can get him for cheap, no doubt, but he’s going to cost more FAAB clams than I’m willing to shell out… After Fred Jackson exited with a groin injury, C.J. Spiller FINALLY got his chance to bust out, answering the prayers of many disgruntled Fantasy owners. And he did, quickly too. Spiller gained 53 yards on his first carry………… and broke his collarbone at the end of the play. Spiller’s season (and time in Buffalo) is likely finished. Since Bryce Brown was inactive (like he’s been all season), Anthony Dixon got the rock 16 times (13 carries, 3 receptions) and looked like a passable NFL running back. On the Week 8 waiver wire, both are confusing players to assess for two reasons: We have no indication which of the duo will play the most snaps and the results of Jackson’s MRI have not been revealed. Currently, Jackson is expected to miss four weeks, but injuries have been repeatedly falsely reported this season, so you simply cannot discount that he may be fine in two weeks. If Jackson’s MRI reveals he’ll be out two weeks or more, I’d be targeting Dixon over Brown. If Buffalo wanted Brown to be its starter, why has he been inactive all year? Plus, Buffalo knows its’ defense is a strength and giving the majority of snaps to a capable pass blocker, that doesn’t turn the ball over, limits the probability of turnovers, leaving that defense with a short field to protect. Brown probably has more upside, and could certainly run away with the job because of his explosiveness, but I’m wagering the Bills’ coaching staff will play this conservatively. I’ll be putting in mid-range FAAB bids on Dixon if I need immediate RB assistance and a few slightly smaller ones in on Brown in deeper leagues. Unless the coaching staff comes out and clears this situation up for us (unlikely), it’s all just educated guesswork. UPDATE: Early reports have many coming out in support of Brown, but the Bills still have Dixon listed ahead of him on the depth chart. Most Fantasy players will gravitate towards Brown, creating a mini discount on Dixon’s services in the FAAB market…  Don’t worry about Terrance West being on the field and Isaiah Crowell not having the best of games. Crowell is still the top RB stash on the market… A bizarre situation cropped up in the Cardinals/Raiders showdown when Stepfan (I’m more of a Swimfan, to be honest) Taylor was given the ball three straight times inside the five and caught a TD pass from Carson Palmer, with Andre Ellington spectating from the sidelines. Then, he hamburgled another four yard TD run after Ellington drove the Cards into the red zone. I’m astonished he didn’t regenerate in the Sunday nighter to steal Bruce Ellington’s TD. No one likes you Stepfan Taylor, GO AWAY. Unless you’re in 14-plus team leagues, then there may be value to be had… After the mad, mad, mad, mad scramble to scoop up Brandon Bolden and James White before the Thursday nighter, recently promoted practice squad RB Jonas Gray actually ended up with the most non-Shane Vereen carries. Another example of why relying on a New England RB is foolish. Gray appears like he’ll do the work between the tackles, but that could randomly shift back to Bolden or White next week. Just avoid the situation if you can help it, it will lead to fewer bench mistakes. Oh, remember: sell high on Vereen… Pierre Thomas left the Saints game with a shoulder injury in the second half, but even before that point, Travaris Cadet was seeing his share of targets anyway. At 29, Thomas is looking slower and Cadet may eventually absorb the full time route running duties out of New Orleans’ backfield. He’s an add in deeper PPR formats. Obviously, there’s a clearer path to production if Thomas is out an extended period of time. UPDATE: Thomas will miss 2-3 weeks

Wide Recivers

  1. Malcom Floyd ($5)
  2. Odell Beckham Jr. ($45)
  3. Cecil Shorts III ($4)
  4. James Jones ($7)
  5. Brian Quick ($3)
  6. Allen Robinson ($7)
  7. Andre Holmes ($4)
  8. Jermaine Kearse ($4)
  9. Doug Baldwin ($18)
  10. Mohamed Sanu ($8)
  11. Andrew Hawkins ($2)
  12. Jarvis Landry ($1)
  13. Donte Moncrief ($4)
  14. Martavis Bryant ($3)
  15. Davante Adams ($0)
  16. Jerricho Cotchery ($0)
  17. Eddie Royal ($0)
  18. Stevie Johnson ($3)
  19. Robert Woods ($0)
  20. Jordan Matthews ($0)
  21. Taylor Gabriel ($0)
  22. Kenny Stills ($3)
  23. Brandon LaFell ($1)
  24. John Brown ($0)
  25. Jarius Wright ($0)
  26. Andre Roberts ($0)
  27. Marqise Lee ($0)
  28. Allen Hurns ($0)
  29. Miles Austin ($0)
  30. Louis Murphy ($0)
  31. Kenny Britt ($0)
  32. Markus Wheaton ($1)
  33. David Tyms ($0)
  34. Jeremy Kerley ($0)
  35. Preston Parker ($0)
  36. Jeremy Ross ($0)
  37. Devin Hester ($0)
  38. Brice Butler ($0)
  39. Brandon Lloyd ($0)
  40. Packers’ Ball Boy ($0)
  41. Brian Hartline ($0)
  42. Donnie Avery ($0)
  43. Nate Washington ($0)

Allen Robinson is now averaging 8.3 targets per game since Week 2 and actually found the end zone for the first time in his career against the Browns. Many assumed Robinson’s role in the Jags’ offense would shrink as all their weapons returned to full health. That’s been far from the case. Blake Bortles has two primary looks: Cecil Shorts, then Robinson. Yes, despite a brutal three grabs for 12 yards, Shorts still saw nine targets. That output is an aberration for the opportunity he’s getting. Many will drop Shorts this week, be there to scoop him up… After a one-week blip, Andrew Hawkins returned to the Browns target summit. The result? His first career 100 yard game. Miles Austin and the SLEDGEHAMMER, Taylor Gabriel were both busy as well, Brian Hoyer just couldn’t hit a receiver in stride… As anticipated, Doug Baldwin outperformed Jermaine Kearse against the Rams. Still, Kearse was seeing his share of red zone targets and persists as the better upside player moving forward. I do like both as pickups, it just depends on your current team needs. Here’s the full Fantasy spin on the Seahawks receiving corpsJarvis Landry continued to see more work than Brian Hartline as the WR2 in Miami. If he’s lingering on the Week 8 waiver wire, count your blessings he missed a TD by inches. Since he failed to find paydirt, he’ll remain off the collective’s radar… Lost in the Panthers topsy turvy season has been how involved Jerricho Cotchery continues to be. He’s yet to BREAK THE WALLS DOWN, but he’s seen 7-plus targets in three of the past four games. Eventually, that will translate into Fantasy points… I get that people want to be excited for Davante Adams, I do too, but don’t let his touchdown grab be the only thing that sticks in your mind. Actually, scratch that, it has to be, since it’s the only thing he did all game. I like rostering Adams as an upside handcuff should Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb miss time. In the interim, though, his week-to-week opportunity is too capricious to count on… Just because a player has lousy week, doesn’t mean he’s no longer good pickup. I still believe in James Jones, Brian Quick and Malcom Floyd as Top 40 WRs… I got it now: The Giants draw lots in the locker room pre game and one player wins the exclusive rights to every red zone target. Odell Beckham Jr. had the hot pick against the Cowboys. I like the ODB, but I still prefer Rueben Randle. With another nine targets Sunday, Randle now has 47 in his last five games. That usage will generate far more consistency week-to-week.

Best of Week 8: Who Vine’d it better?

Hint: Play the Sound on Romo

Tight Ends

  1. Owen Daniels ($14)
  2. Travis Kelce ($6)
  3. Dwayne Allen ($8)
  4. Clay Harbor ($0)
  5. Scott Chandler ($0)
  6. Ladarius Green ($1)
  7. Tyler Eifert ($0)
  8. Charles Clay ($0)
  9. Tim Wright ($3)
  10. Coby Fleener ($0)
  11. Cooper Helfet ($0)
  12. Jace Amaro ($0)
  13. Ben Watson ($0)
  14. Eric Ebron ($0)
  15. Chase Ford ($0)
  16. Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($0)
  17. Jermaine Gresham ($0)
  18. Daniel Fells ($0)
  19. Gavin Escobar ($0)
  20. Lance Kendricks ($0)

Owen Daniels posted the week you’d expect in a positive matchup, and he has another in Week 8. The Bengals have bled Fantasy points to TEs the past three weeks… Yes, Gavin Escobar catches touchdowns. But that’s it. Do you want him in your lineup when he fails to score? Didn’t think so… Rinse and repeat with Lance KendricksJermaine Gresham just became the poster boy for everyone that hates PPR scoring – 10 catches, 48 yards. Don’t bite on this. Tyler Eifert is back soon. He’s a better add than Gresham. But, you won’t have to make that move for another week or so if you want him… Copper Helfet saw six targets and nabbed a TD. It’s tough to trust any Seahawks TE, as they’re not involved in the game plan every week, but he’s definitely a ‘watch list’ candidate… You just witnessed the best of Charles Clay. He’s a non-zero TE, but has such little upside you’ll want to pass.


  1. Carson Palmer ($13)
  2. Ryan Tannehill ($8)
  3. Joe Flacco ($11)
  4. Teddy Throwsevelt ($3)
  5. Kyle Orton ($2)
  6. Austin Davis ($2)
  7. CHEF HOYARDEE!!! ($1)
  8. Derek Carr ($0)
  9. Blake Bortles ($3)
  10. Mike Glennon ($0)
  11. Andy Dalton ($0)
  12. Jake Locker ($0)
  13. Colt McCoy ($0)

Carson Palmer looked better in his second game back from shoulder problems and delivered the type of streaming outing you’d hope for against Oakland. His matchup is even better this time around, at home versus Philly… Ryan Tannehill gets Jacksonville, who, until Brian Hoyer came along, couldn’t limit opposing QBs to under 18 Fantasy points. ANDDDD Tannehill runs every week now too… For deeper leagues, I don’t know if I could live with myself if I started Kyle Orton and it didn’t work out, but a juicy draw with the Jets may be too nice to pass on if I’m desperate for a pivot.

Defense/Special Teams

  1. HOU at TEN
  2. DET “at” ATL
  3. MIA at JAX
  4. BUF at NYJ
  5. DAL vs WAS
  6. CLE vs OAK
  7. NYJ vs BUF
  8. IND at PIT
  9. Brown Team vs ???

After ceding a late TD, the Browns became the first team all season NOT to score double-digit Fantasy points against Jacksonville. They merely posted eight, still good enough for a Top 10 showing. I’ll take that reliability. Miami, YOU’RE NEXT… If you streamed the Browns against the Jags, just hold them for the Raiders. It’s Derek Carr traveling west-to-east for a 1:00 pm ET start. They’ll be fine… Dallas might be facing Colt McCoy, on Monday night, COLT MCCOY… Buffalo draws #GENOPICKS, so they have a guaranteed two in the bank off the hop… If anyone had dropped the Lions D/ST because of Drew Brees this week, get them and watch them rip apart the remains of Atlanta’s offensive line. We’re not afraid to lend the Brits our worst football… The Colts D has looked strong lately and could attack Big Ben, but I still don’t trust them yet. No matter how hard they hit.

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