by Will Overton
We are halfway through the season and the fantasy football playoffs aren’t far off. It’s time to start positioning yourself to make the final run to the playoffs and give yourself a chance at a title. Let’s take a look back at Week 8 and see if there is anyone who stands out who can help you get there through a waiver wire pickup:
Josh Adams – RB, Philadelphia Eagles
The debate on which Eagles running back to own between Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement just got a bit more complicated. Adams, the Eagles rookie running back, came onto the scene yesterday and mixed things up by carrying the ball nine times for 61 yards. Neither Clement nor Smallwood has been overly impressive and the door is open for Adams to join the mix, but if he’s just joining the mix instead of replacing someone it’s going to be hard to find value. I like Adams talent quite a bit and so I think he’s worth an add in case he does carve out a bigger job.
Verdict: Worth an add based on talent, but temper expectations based on role
Devontae Booker – RB, Denver Broncos
With Royce Freeman out Booker took on the role of co-running back with Phillip Lindsay. He came through with a solid performance of nine carries for 78 yards and four catches for 23 yards. It seems as though Freeman could miss another week, and if he does Booker could have value if you are in a pinch. I don’t think there is long term value, but there could be some short term.
Verdict: Consider him as a grab and play, but don’t expect long term value
Elijah McGuire – RB, New York Jets
If you look at the box score from yesterday you’ll see that McGuire didn’t play, though the ones who did weren’t exactly lighting the world on fire. I don’t expect McGuire to unseat Isaiah Crowell right away, though it could happen, but Bilal Powell is on IR and that leaves a hole in the committee approach the Jets have been using this season. Trenton Cannon has gotten some run, but McGuire is expected to jump him given his flashes of potential last season.
Verdict: Grab him as there could be starting running back upside here
DeVante Parker – WR, Miami Dolphins
Injuries have opened the door for Parker, who could barely get on the field prior to Week 8. He took advantage of the chance and caught six passes on nine targets for 134 yards. We’ve long been told ofhis potential with only brief glimpses to show for it. It may be the big armed QB he was playing with, who may be lacking in talent but not in the arm strength which suits someone like Parker better. If he continues to start he could have value, but be cautious of him getting lost in the shuffle again.
Verdict: Not the top WR option, but if he’s on the field the potential value is there
D.J. Moore – WR, Carolina Panthers
The Panthers rookie WR is getting more involved in the offense and the stats are showing it. Moore caught five passes on six targets for 90 yards yesterday while also carrying the ball twice for 39 yards. The Panthers are looking to get the ball into his hands more often and Cam Newton seems to like him as he leads the team in per route stats of targets and receptions. The more time he spends on the field the more opportunities he gets and the more fantasy value he gains. There is upside for him to be the Panthers top receiving target before season’s end.
Verdict: Worth the grab despite the lack of TD so far
Kendrick Bourne – WR, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers and C.J. Beathard don’t have a go to wide receiver yet and in Week 8 it was Bourne taking a run at the job. The second year player caught fantasy owners by surprise when he was targeted 10 times and caught seven passes for 71 yards. There has been no real consistency in the 49ers receiving game so far this season and I don’t think it’ll change. Time will tell if there is real potential with Bourne, but consistency may be hard to find.
Verdict: Hard to trust this situation, but may be worth a deep league flier
Jordan Thomas – TE, Houston Texans
For one of the first times this season the Texans got production from the tight end spot. Thomas caught four passes against the Dolphins, two of them for TD. In the game the Texans also lost Will Fuller for the season, while Keke Coutee remains sidelined at the moment. The Texans are going to need options in the receiving game and Thomas may have earned a little bit of trust from Deshaun Watson. If he can emerge as a red zone target there could be value at a shallow waivers position.
Verdict: Worth a flier if you need the tight end help
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