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Week 8 Waiver Wire Targets


Alex Smith, KC: Smith completed 17-of-24 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions on Sunday and draws another favorable matchup against the Colts this week.

Jameis Winston, TB: When in doubt, play the matchup. Winston draws the putrid Raiders pass defense in Week 8.

Sam Bradford, MIN: Playing against the struggling Bears is a cure for the common football cold for Bradford. The only thing that might slow him down is if they have too much success running the football.

Running Backs

Jacquizz Rodgers, TB: With Doug Martin still hobbled by a hamstring injury, Rodgers becomes the hot waiver wire pickup for the third straight week and will have some success against the Raiders.

Zach Zenner, DET: With Detroit’s backfield banged up, Zenner got the start and rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown. He may start again this week, but I’m only listing him as an option, not exactly a desirable one.

Jerick McKinnon, MIN: McKinnon is still available in a quarter of leagues and he should have a nice performance against the Bears this week.

Wide Receivers

Cameron Meredith, CHI: With Jay Cutler back in the lineup, Meredith’s value may go down and Alshon Jeffery’s will go back up, but against the Vikings, the Bears might be required to throw a lot to stay in the game.

Ty Montgomery, GB: If you’re in a league that rewards points for touches, Montgomery is your guy. He’s been playing running back and becomes a versatile threat as a runner or receiver, and Atlanta’s defense is quite forgiving.

Adam Humphries, TB: He doesn’t have a lot of value on a regular basis but could have some value as a streamer against the Raiders.

Tight Ends

Antonio Gates, SD: Hunter Henry is on his way to taking over Gates’ job as the torch is being passed in San Diego. But the rookie suffered a concussion last week and might not get to play this week, meaning Gates would have all the action himself.

Cameron Brate, TB: Yet another Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Brate is in line for a solid performance against a bad Raiders pass defense.

Tyler Eifert, CIN: Grab him while you still can. He’s back from injury and he’ll continue to get more snaps and more attention as the Bengals work him into the offensive game plan.


Robbie Gould, NYG: He's on a bye, so only snag him if you have the roster room, but the job should be all Gould's, pending his performance, and he could get plenty of chances the second half of the season.

Nick Folk, NYJ: The Jets get a much-needed moral boost against the Browns this week and Folk should reap the rewards.

Cairo Santos, KC: The Chiefs have a favorable matchup against a lenient Colts defense inside the climate-controlled dome.


Tennessee Titans, TEN: Not only do the Titans have an underrated defense, but they play on the traditionally low-scoring Thursday Night Football against a struggling Jaguars offense.

New York Jets, NYJ: The Jets are an attractive play this week against the lowly Browns.

Detroit Lions, DET: The Texans are averaging just 16.7 points per game this season, second-worst in the NFL, making them an intriguing option this week.

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