Waiver Wire Pickups for Week Eight
With the departure of Percy Harvin to the New York Jets, Doug Baldwin’s value has skyrocketed. It was a bit late in the week for many fantasy owners to capitalize on Baldwin’s newfound potential, but this week owners must act fast. Baldwin is only owned in about 30 percent of fantasy leagues right now. That number is sure to double within the next couple of days. Without Harvin, the Seahawks’ new number one wide out was able to put up 123 receiving yards and a touchdown. Baldwin was the team’s best wide receiver last season and Russell Wilson has only gotten better since then. This could be one of those pickups that could save a season.
It seems like a new Panthers’ running back makes it on this list each week. Now that Jonathan Stewart is back in the lineup, do not expect another one to appear hear. Stewart is by far the team’s best option right now. His first week back was not stellar. He only took 14 handoffs for 55 yards and caught two passes for an additional 12 yards. However this can be attributed to the fact the Packers was destroying the Panthers throughout the entire game. In blowouts like this it should be expected that a team will turn away from the run because they need to put up points fast. This is not the usual situation for the Panthers. Normally the Panthers can keep the score pretty close and use the running game for a complete four quarters. Do not think that just because he had a bad week that owners will not target him on the waiver wire. You must act fast if you need a running back.
It seems like whoever is the starting running back for the Vikings is going to be valuable in the fantasy football world. The original plan was that the Vikings were going to try to split the carries evenly between McKinnon and Matt Asiata. McKinnon got hot early and the coaches decided to roll with him. McKinnon took 19 carries for over 100 yards. He may not be a fantasy starter at this point, but he has definitely earned a roster spot in all leagues.
Brandon Lloyd has looked like a superstar in the past couple of weeks. In the past three games he has at least one reception of over 40 yards. He is also being targeted by Colin Kaepernick in big situations like third downs. At this point, Lloyd is not of any real value in smaller leagues, but he is definitely worth looking at in deeper leagues or in leagues that award extra fantasy points for big plays.
It is time. If you want Josh Gordon you should grab him this week and stash him away on your bench. Gordon was the league’s leading receiver last season and has been serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance policy. With the new change in league rules, that suspension which was originally expected to last the entire season has been shorten. Gordon will be on the field in week 12 for the Browns. Do not think you will be able to wait until the week before to pick him up. A layer of his caliber is completely worth sacrificing a bench spot for a couple of weeks. This is especially true if it looks like you will be in the playoffs this year. He will boost any fantasy team’s wide receiver corps astronomically.