Approaching the half-way point of the fantasy football season, things are starting to get messy. There are cloudy injury situations involving players who might be sidelined in Week 8 as well as players nearing returns whose statuses are still up in the air. There has also been no shortage of players breaking out and players flopping each week, creating new opportunities for emerging fantasy assets.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 8
With that in mind, these 10 players are owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues and are worth targeting on the waiver wire heading into Week 8.
1. Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals (48% Owned)
David Johnson was officially active on Sunday, but he was clearly not healthy, playing just three snaps. That left Chase Edmonds to handle lead back duties, and he made the most of it by turning 27 carries and four targets into 150 yards and three touchdowns — good for 35 PPR fantasy points. If Johnson misses any more time Edmonds will continue to be a top fantasy back, but this level of production should also help Edmonds carve out a role for himself as more than just a handcuff when Johnson does return to action as well.
2. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (41% Owned)
Corey Davis was a fantasy bust to start the year, but Ryan Tannehill taking over at QB for the Tennessee Titans is giving his value a resurgence. Tannehill has targeted Davis a team-high 11 times on his 45 attempts (24.4 percent market share), and Davis just had his best game of 2019 in Tannehill's first start. Davis had six receptions on seven targets (both season highs), notching 80 yards and one touchdown.
3. Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (38% Owned)
Bad news for A.J. Green is good news for Auden Tate's fantasy value. Taking over as the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 2 WR with A.J. Green out and John Ross on the IR, Tate has seen at least six targets in each of his last five games, averaging eight targets and five receptions for 69 yards in that time. He doesn't have a huge ceiling playing in such a poor offense, but that volume does keep him in play on a weekly basis, particularly in PPR leagues.
4. Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (29% Owned)
Cole Beasley is another guy racking up big volume this season, averaging 7.5 targets per game and having seen at least 10 in two of his last four games. He just found the end zone for the first time this season against the Miami Dolphins in Week 7, and his matchups stay soft over the next two weeks, taking on the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.
5. Mark Walton, RB, Miami Dolphins (20% Owned)
With trade rumors swirling around Kenyan Drake, Mark Walton took over as the Dolphins top RB in Week 7. Walton led Drake in snap share (52.1 percent to 41.1 percent) and touches (15 to nine) in a game that stayed close throughout — meaning it wasn't just inflated garbage time volume. Even in the abysmal Dolphins offense there's fantasy value in a lead back role, and Walton's outlook could explode if Drake does get traded.
6. Olabisi Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
With Adam Thielen suffering a hamstring injury early in the game, Olabisi Johnson went on to play 71.2 percent of the Minnesota Vikings' offensive snaps in Week 7. He made the most of that opportunity as well, tying Stefon Diggs for a team-high eight targets. Johnson had already shown some flashes, catching four passes in Weeks 4 and 5, and if Thielen misses any time then Johnson would make for a great spot starter in fantasy against the Washington Redskins in Week 8.
7. Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (48% Owned)
Pending Monday Night Football, Jacoby Brissett ranks 10th among QBs with 19.1 fantasy points per game on the season. He's been especially good recently, eclipsing 20 fantasy points in three of his last four games, and he just threw for season-highs in both yards (326) and touchdowns (four) in Week 7. His Week 8 matchup against the Denver Broncos isn't great, but he then gets the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins in Weeks 9 and 10.
8. Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans (12% Owned)
With Will Fuller sidelined by a hamstring injury, Kenny Stills stepped up and recorded his first 100-yard game of the season while playing 93.8 percent of the Texans' offensive snaps. Hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger and Fuller has never been a bastion of health, giving Stills a chance to play a full complement of snaps again in Week 8, when he draws an outstanding matchup against the Oakland Raiders. Oakland has allowed top-five fantasy productions to opposing wideouts in 2019.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers Defense (47% Owned)
The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has quietly put up some strong fantasy numbers recently, with at least 11 points in each of their last four games. In Week 8, they get a matchup with the Dolphins, which has been a must-start scenario for any defense. The Steelers' D will be one of the week's best options, and they're worth spending your waiver priority on if you're looking for a starter.
10. Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (29% Owned)
Chris Herndon is doubtful to make his season debut on Monday now that he's nursing a hamstring injury, but he's still set to offer some big fantasy value when he does return. The New York Jets continue to feature the tight end position heavily, playing Ryan Griffin for 91.3 percent of their offensive snaps (a league-high mark at TE), and the return of Sam Darnold has breathed new life into their offense. Herndon impressed as a rookie in 2018, catching 39 passes for 502 yards and four TDs, and he could blossom into an every-week fantasy starter in a full-time role this year.
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