Unsurprisingly, there were a few big-name skill-position players that went down in Week 8, as there seemingly has been each week. Stars like Kenny Golladay, George Kittle and Jimmy Garoppolo are all now set to miss at least next week, and in Kittle and Garoppolo's case, far beyond then as well.
If you need some help sorting through all the chaos, The Duel is here to help. Here are our five favorite waiver wire targets, rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, to target in Week 9.
5. Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers (34% Rostered)
At this point, Allen Lazard is little more than a flyer, but few players on the waiver wire has as much upside as he does down the stretch. He's set to return from injury in Week 9, and if the Green Bay Packers don't add anyone at the deadline, he'd instantly step back into his role as the No. 2 option in a pass-catching group that's completely devoid of talent save for Davante Adams. Lazard has had an average depth of target (aDOT) of at least 12.3 yards in each of the past two seasons, suggesting he's likely to work as Rodgers' primary downfield threat once he's back. With the potential to see a ton of volume from one of the best QBs in the sport, it's hard not to like Lazard's upside.
4. Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (47% Rostered)
Damien Harris is coming off the most productive game of his career in Week 8. He turned 16 carries into a career-high 102 rushing yards and a score. In fact, his performance gave the New England Patriots' offense life for the first time since Week 2 of this year. He's likely secured himself a bigger role even when Sony Michel gets back from injury. The only real drawback with Harris is that he offers next to nothing as a pass-catcher, meaning he'll probably only be relevant in games that New England is competitive in or leading. Based on how they've played this season, that might not come all that often. In the short-term, however, that shouldn't be a problem against the New York Jets in Week 9.
3. Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens (30% Rostered)
It almost goes without saying, but J.K. Dobbins (68% rostered) is the preferred add of the two if he's available in your league. Assuming he's not, Gus Edwards should make for a solid consolation prize. Edwards and Dobbins were in a 50/50 timeshare while Mark Ingram missed his first game of the season in Week 8, with Edwards turning 16 carries into 87 yards and a score while Dobbins had 15 carries for 113. That came against a top-two run defense in the Pittsburgh Steelers, making the showing even more impressive. Edwards will be on the RB2 radar as long as Ingram is sidelined.
2. Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit Lions (49% Rostered)
Another beneficiary of a recent injury, Marvin Jones should be looking at a significant uptick in volume now that Kenny Golladay is set to miss some time. With Golladay missing Detroit's first two outings this season, Jones averaged 7.0 targets per game. Since Golladay has been back, however, that average has fallen to 4.0 per game. With Kenny G sidelined for most of last week though, Jones saw 7 targets for 39 receiving yards and 2 scores. He's a solid WR2 for as long as Golladay is out.
1. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (48% Rostered)
People are understandably hesitant to buy into the Corey Davis breakout season. But like it or not, it seems like it's happening. He's played 5 games in 2020, either catching a touchdown or recording at least 59 yards in all five. In fact, he's averaging 7.8 targets for 5.8 catches and 73.8 receiving yards per game thus far. That's essentially identical to what his teammate A.J. Brown is doing (7.8 targets, 5.4 catches, 71.2 yards per game). The only difference is touchdowns, as Brown has 5 TDs in five appearances while Davis has 3 scores.
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