OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Jalen Richard #30 of the Oakland Raiders carries the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2018 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

NFL Week 8 Waiver Wire Fantasy Pickups

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Week 8 is upon us, and there are a few potent offenses and thus lots of fantasy starters on a bye. With players like Julio Jones, Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers unavailable this week, fantasy owners will need to find some stop-gaps to stay in the playoff race as we hit the mid-way point of the NFL season.

Let's take a look at 10 of the best options likely available on the waiver wire.

Note: Teams on a bye this week – Chargers, Cowboys, Falcons, Titans

10. Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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Michael Gallup's stock takes a bit of a hit with the acquisition of wide receiver Amari Cooper, but he did post a career-high 81 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Washington Redskins. Dallas is on a bye in Week 8, but it's worth noting that Gallup played a season-high 85 percent of the offensive snaps in that game. 

9. Doug Martin, RB, Oakland Raiders

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Doug Martin hasn't done much this season, but he's set to step into a decent workload with Marshawn Lynch being placed on IR. It would be nice if the Raiders increased Martin's role in the passing game too, as he only has four catches on five targets, so we'll have to wait and see how that pans out. Either way, the veteran should be locked in on early-down work for Oakland moving forward.

8. Ben Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints

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Ben Watson had a season-high six catches for 43 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. This week he'll face a Minnesota Vikings team that is allowing the seventh-most FanDuel fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. He's worth a roster spot as a low-end TE1 this week.

7. Kenjon Barner, RB, New England Patriots

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Kenjon Barner is set to take over as the second running back for the Patriots. While James White will handle the bulk of the load, Barner will have a role moving forward. Prior to last week, Barner had only rushed the ball six times for 27 yards, but he had 10 carries for 36 yards in Week 7. The lack of work in the passing game is concerning, but he could find the end zone on Monday night against the lowly Buffalo Bills. 

6. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns

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With quarterbacks like the aforementioned Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers on a bye this week, lots of fantasy owners should be looking for one-week filler at QB. Baker Mayfield had his most FanDuel fantasy points in Week 7 against a horrific Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary, and now he'll look to capitalize on that momentum against a Pittsburgh Steelers team that is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.

5. New England Patriots Defense/Special Teams

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What if I told you that you could get 20 points from your defense to close the week out on Monday night? Is that something you might be interested in? Well, that's pretty much what every defense has done against the Bills and with their quarterback situation being a total mess, there's no doubt that Bill Belichick & Co. will pounce on the opportunity for an easy win. They're a top DEF/ST option this week, and remain available on the waiver wire in most leagues.

4. Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills

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Chris Ivory actually has three double-digit FanDuel fantasy-point performances this season, two of which came while LeSean McCoy was active. The Bills will likely be playing in catch-up mode all night against the Patriots in Week 8, so we could see Ivory have his best reception-day of the season.

3. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

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Despite controversial comments made by his agent, DeVante Parker is expected to take the field on Thursday night against the Houston Texans. He should play a major role in the Dolphins offense as fellow wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were both injured during Week 7. Parker has all the talent in the world, and should be heavily involved in the offense this week, slotting him in as a WR3 this week.

2. Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints

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With Ted Ginn Jr. on IR, Tre'Quan Smith finds himself in a bigger role in the potent Saints offense. It'll be the second tough matchup in a row for New Orleans, but Smith should benefit from Michael Thomas drawing Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes for most of the game. Smith played 52 of the Saints' 71 offensive snaps in Week 7, making him a high-upside add in fantasy leagues.

1. Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders

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Jalen Richard is surprisingly second on the Raiders in receptions (31) and targets (37) so there's no doubt that he'll have a huge role moving forward, with Amari Cooper heading to Dallas and Marshawn Lynch being placed on IR. Let other people clamor over Doug Martin as Richard is the back to own in Oakland, especially in PPR leagues.

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