NFL Week 7 is almost in the books so now is the time for fantasy football managers everywhere to start looking ahead to the Week 8 waiver wire! Whether your squad is undefeated or entirely defeated, you can always use a strong week on the waiver wire.
With most of the games this week complete, here is an early look at 10 players—all under 50% rostered—who you should be targeting and working hard to get onto your fantasy team for Week 8 (percent rostered in Yahoo leagues).
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (43% rostered)
In three out of the last four weeks, Bridgewater has thrown for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns. Against the Saints Sunday, Bridgewater tossed for 254 yards and two touchdowns and added 10 yards on the ground. He’s been a steady quarterback stream all season and now he gets to face the Falcons, Lions, and Vikings in his next five games.
RB La’Mical Perine, New York Jets (16% rostered)
I understand it feels icky to willingly add a Jets player to your fantasy team but Perine led the Jets’ backfield in touches. He had 11 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown along with two catches on three targets for 16 yards. This is now the second week in a row that Perine has seen at least nine touches in the Jets offense.
RB Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers (6% rostered)
Wilson left Sunday’s game against the Patriots with an ankle injury but before that he was enjoying his best game of the season, carrying the ball 17 times for 112 yards and THREE touchdowns. If the ankle injury doesn’t prove to be too serious, Wilson will likely continue to be the 49ers primary ball carrier in Week 8 against the Seahawks. If Wilson does miss time, then go add JaMycal Hasty (20% rostered). Hasty finished Sunday with nine carries for 57 yards and one catch for 16.
RB Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (2% rostered)
Devonta Freeman tweaked his ankle in the third quarter of Thursday night’s NFC East showdown vs the Eagles and Gallman stepped in to finish the game with 10 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown plus five catches on five targets for 20 yards. Gallman’s role in New York could increase especially if Freeman is dinged up moving forward. The Giants do have a tough matchup this week facing the Buccaneers, but Gallman is certainly worth stashing just in case.
WR Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (40% rostered)
COLE. BEASLEY. BELONGS. ON. YOUR. FANTASY. TEAM. I don’t know what more the man needs to do. Beasley put forward his best game of the season Sunday against the Jets, catching 11 of his 12 targets for 112 yards. Beasley has now scored a touchdown or gone over 100 yards receiving in four out of his last five games. The Bills have the Patriots, Seahawks and Cardinals up next.
WR Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (27% rostered)
Davis came off the COVID list and immediately saw 10 targets against the Steelers, catching six of them for 35 yards and a touchdown. It’s easy to forget given how long he’s been off the field, but Davis was finally starting to put it all together this season and had emerged as a terrific number two receiver in Tennessee. Now healthy, with a health A.J. Brown next to him, Davis could be in for a strong rest of the year, especially with a game against the Bengals on the horizon.
WR Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9% rostered)
Quick, buy as much Scotty Miller stock as you can before Antonio Brown comes in and trashes it all. Or, maybe he’ll trash Mike Evans given that Miller was Tom Brady’s favorite target Sunday against the Raiders, leading the team in targets with nine and catching six of them for 109 yards and a touchdown. Brady hasn’t seemed to have lost a step throwing the ball and his connection with Miller gives Miller an extremely high fantasy floor.
WR Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders (3% rostered)
Agholor has been low key balling in recent weeks, scoring a touchdown and going for at least 40 yards in each of his last three games. Agholor posted his best game of the season against the Buccaneers, catching five of his nine targets for 107 yards and a touchdown. Agholor has emerged as a top option for Derek Carr and the Raiders’ passing game and they get a very favorable matchup in Week 8 against the Browns.
WR Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns (0% rostered)
Odell Beckham Jr. left the game against the Bengals on the very first drive and it’s feared to be a serious knee injury that could keep him out for a long period of time (maybe even the rest of the season though man I hope not). Higgins stepped in for Beckham, catching all six of his targets for 110 yards. Higgins seems to have the inside track to being the guy to fill in for OBJ which is great news for his fantasy value as the Browns play the Raiders, Texans, Eagles, and Jaguars coming up.
TE Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers (46% rostered)
Things are starting to click with Ebron and Ben Roethlisberger as for the third time in the last four games, Ebron saw at least six targets. Sunday, Ebron hauled in six catches on eight targets for 50 yards against the Titans. We know Ebron can be an offensive weapon, especially in the red zone and a developing chemistry with Roethlisberger is great to see.