We’re halfway through the 2016 fantasy season, and week 8 was by far the most exciting slate. It included a tie, three overtime games, a one point thriller between Green Bay and Atlanta, and multiple HUGE QB performances, including Derek Carr’s 513 yard, 4 TD day. There are no slam dunks but a lot of options on the waiver wire this week.

Week 8 Injuries:

Player Position Injury Timeframe
Alex Smith QB Possible Concussion TBD
Jacquizz Rodgers RB Sprained Foot At least a week
Demarco Murray RB Toe Should play next week
Spencer Ware RB Concussion TBD
DeSean Jackson WR Arm TBD
Will Fuller WR Leg TBD
Jaelen Strong WR Concussion TBD
Brandon Tate WR  Concussion TBD
Russell Shepard WR Hip Unlikely to play week 9
Jacob Tamme TE Shoulder At least a week

As always, we’ll be focusing on players with 55% ownership or less on ESPN leagues. There are a couple guys we talked about last week that are over the 55% threshold, but not fully owned yet. If Davante Adams or Donte Moncrief are still available, they should be added right away.


1. Charcandrick West – RB – KC (ESPN Ownership: 7.3%)

Jamaal Charles is still dealing with complications from ACL surgery, and Spencer Ware suffered a concussion against the Colts, which leaves Charcandrick West atop the Chiefs RB depth chart for the time being. West is not as talented as Ware (or Charles, obviously) but he has shown that he can produce given touches (he averaged 11.7 standard fantasy points in nine starts last year) West is a good receiving back and should be at least an RB2 for as long as Ware and Charles are both out. Even if that is for only one week, it is a valuable commodity to have with several teams headed towards a committee and six others on bye.

Verdict: Add in 10+ team leagues

2. Tim Hightower – RB – NO (ESPN Ownership: 1.9%)

Mark Ingram was benched after a fumble early in the Saints week 8 game against Seattle, and Hightower carried the load the rest of the way.  He piled up 102 yards on 26 carries against the Seahawks elite defense. Ingram will probably get the start next week, but Coach Sean Payton has said publicly that Hightower deserves more carries. New Orleans gets the best RB matchup possible next week (San Franscisco), and even if Hightower and Ingram are in a timeshare, they’re both startable RBs. He was fairly productive in three starts last year, scoring three rushing TDs.

Verdict: Add in 10+ team leagues

3. Corey Coleman – WR – CLE (ESPN Ownership: 31.5%)

Coleman has been cleared to play in week 9 against Dallas after breaking his hand in week 2. He was off to a hot start before being sidelined. With Josh McCown back and the Browns defense giving up 30 points a game, there should be plenty of targets to go around.

Verdict: Add in 10+ team leagues

4. Jamison Crowder – WR – WSH (ESPN Ownership: 44.5%)

Even with Jordan Reed back in the lineup, Crowder was heavily involved in the offense and continues to produce. He compiled 9 catches for 107 yards and a TD in week 8 to add on to the 7 for 108 he had in week 7. The Redskins are on bye this week, but if you can stash Crowder, you should.

Verdict: Add in 10+ team leagues

5. Sammie Coates – WR – PIT (ESPN Ownership: 44%)

With Big Ben back, Coates’ big play potential is also back. His hand should be fairly healed after taking two weeks off.

Verdict: Add in 10+ team leagues

6. Thomas Rawls – RB – SEA (ESPN Ownership: 45.9%)

Rawls is still at least a week away, but coach Pete Carroll is hoping he can be “full-go” for week 10 against New England. Christine Michael has cooled off in recent weeks, and Seattle could use Rawls’ punishing presence in the backfield. If you’ve got a roster spot, he’s a must-stash.

Verdict: Add if you have a free roster spot

7. J.J. Nelson – WR – ARI (ESPN Ownership: 0.4%)

As a friendly Reddit user pointed out last week, I was wrong to not have Nelson on my write-up for Week 8. The 5’10” 160 pound speedster was actually the most targeted WR on the Cardinals last week, and he parlayed those targets into 8 catches for 79 yards and 2 TDs. He is now firmly ahead of Michael Floyd in the starting lineup, as confirmed by Coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals get a shaky San Francisco defense after their bye.

Verdict: Add in 12+ team leagues

8. Dion Lewis – RB – NE (ESPN Ownership: 28.3%)

Lewis is practicing and will have to be activated within the next two weeks. James White didn’t see many touches last week and Lewis could step right in to the pass catching RB role when he returns. He has shown that he is a dynamic in space, and should be added in all PPR formats.

Verdict: Add if you have a free roster spot 

9. Rob Kelley – RB – WSH (ESPN Ownership: 22.9%)

Matt Jones’ injury and fumbling issues opened up a nice opportunity for Kelley and he seized it, rushing 21 times for 87 yards and a TD against the Bengals. It’s unclear if he will remain the starter, but he has earned at least a piece of the time share. The problem for Kelley (and Jones and Chris Thompson), is that their next three weeks are BYE, MIN, and GB. ARI and PHI also loom on the schedule.

Verdict: Add in 12+ team leagues

10. Mohamed Sanu – WR – ATL (ESPN Ownership: 47.1%)

Sanu caught nine balls for 84 yards and the game winning TD last week against Green Bay while Julio Jones was hobbled by an unknown leg injury. It’s going to be tough to trust from week to week: Sanu has scored two TDs in the last three weeks, but didn’t crack anymore than 43 yards in the four weeks before that. Atlanta may want to feature Sanu on Thursday against Tampa Bay with Jones not 100% and on a short week. Tampa Bay just gave up over 500 yards through the air to Oakland.

Verdict: Add in 12+ team leagues or if you need a spot start this week. 

11. Derrick Henry – RB – TEN (ESPN Ownership: 44.1%)

He was on the drop list last week, but DeMarco Murray had to go and get hurt. Henry was productive in his absence (97 total yards and a TD), but Murray’s injury was reportedly nothing but a scare. Still, Henry NEEDS to be owned by the Murray owner, and he’s worth picking up in case Murray’s toe injury does flare up again. He’d be an RB1 with a full workload.

Verdict: Add if you own DeMarco Murray or have a free roster spot

12. Austin Hooper – TE – ATL (ESPN Ownership: 0.4%)

Jacob Tamme will be out for at least with a bum shoulder, so Hooper should get the start this Thursday against Tampa Bay. Hooper caught five balls for 41 yards in week 8 after Tamme left the game. If Julio Jones is hobbled, Matt Ryan will have to look elsewhere.

Verdict: Add only if you need a Week 9 spot start at TE

13. C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – HOU (ESPN Ownership: 13%)

Since week 4, Fiedorowicz has quietly put up TE1 numbers. He’s off on bye this week, but could offer more value than the typical TE streamers once he’s back.

Verdict: Add if you have an extra roster spot and need a TE

14. Eric Ebron – TE – DET (ESPN Ownership: 28.3%)


In his first game back from injury, Ebron caught 7 balls for 79 yards against a tough Houston defense. He gets Minnesota and then a bye in the next two weeks, but he provides a lot of upside at the TE position.

Verdict: Add in 12+ team leagues

Honorable Mention: Bilal Powell/RB/NYJ, C.J. Prosise/RB/SEA, Chris Hogan/WR/NE, Marqise Lee/WR/JAX, Kendall Wright/WR/TEN, Antone Smith/RB/TB, Tyreek Hill/WR/KC


1. Michael Floyd – WR – ARI (ESPN Ownership: 66.8%)

Floyd has been banged up and playing very poorly. He is no longer a starter in three WR sets.

2. Hunter Henry – TE – SD (ESPN Ownership: 66.8%)

Unfortunately, Antonio Gates is back to being the #1 TE in San Diego. Henry is hard to trust, even if he is supremely talented.

3. Knile Davis – RB – GB (ESPN Ownership: 34.6%)

Davis was released by the Packers.




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