Week 8 was brutal injury-wise, with the best fantasy football player falling to Derrick Henry.
Henry will undergo foot surgery with a comeback this season in the air, meaning those who drafted him will go up from a guaranteed RB1 every week in search of a replacement, which shows how fast things can be. change in fantasy.
Saints quarterback Jameis Winston also suffered an ACL tear at the end of the season last week.
Waiver Thread Targets
Titans RB Adrian Peterson (9.1% registered)
The Titans brought in veteran Peterson to help make up for the loss of Henry, and while he’s probably on a committee with Jeremy McNichols, I feel like Peterson is the guy to add to your squad. fantastic since the Titans are such a heavy race-team. While they don’t run as much as they did when they had Henry, I don’t see them completely changing their offensive philosophy, so I would expect Peterson to rack up some work early and see plenty of goal-line opportunities in one. attack which should allow him to become relevant again in fantasy.
Saints QB Taysom Hill (0.9% registered)
With Winston out for the season, there’s a good chance Hill will be the Saints’ quarterback assuming he came out of a concussion that caused him to miss several weeks. While Hill isn’t the most polished passer, he has a lot of advantages due to his rushing ability and is a staple in superflex formats. It might be worth playing as early as this week in a game over against the Falcons, but I might consider a safer streaming option in singles QB leagues like Carson Wentz.
Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth (8% enrolled)
There are surprisingly several tight ends worth picking up this week with Tyler Conklin and Dan Arnold being nice options held in less than 30% of the leagues, but I feel like Freiermuth is the better option because he has performed well lately and should continue to improve. With JuJu Smith-Schuster out for the season, Freiermuth has become a prime target for Ben Roethlisberger and has carved out an important role in the passing game despite being a rookie.
Three things I learned
Michael Pittman has entered essential territory
Pittman has come out on top lately and has become Carson Wentz’s man of choice, as he took advantage of the Colts’ lack of depth and injuries to the receiving body. With the Colts seemingly becoming friendlier with the clicks of Wentz and Pittman, I’d say the second-year gap is a staple for fantastic purposes moving forward, given he’s the clear target hog in this. offense and is a must-have option in the red zone.
The Falcons’ passing game is a disaster
Calvin Ridley unexpectedly stepped away from the Falcons due to mental health issues, and his absence was felt in a big way on Sunday as the Falcons failed to get much into the air. This new attack struggled to get the ball across the field even with Ridley in the lineup, but now looks really dark with him indefinitely, as Kyle Pitts and Russell Gage were seemingly non-existent in a nasty loss to the Panthers in which Matt Ryan struggled.
Patriots finally have a trustworthy RB in Damien Harris
The Patriots backfield is where you normally run for the hills if you’re a fantasy owner, but that hasn’t been the case this season with Damien Harris clearly in the lead and setting up consistent production. The Patriots are the first to run, with rookie quarterback Mac Jones being more of a game manager, making Harris a solid RB2 with RB1 on the rise most weeks and someone who has seemingly earned Bill Belichick’s trust, this which we all know is extremely difficult to do.
Spencer Urquhart (@spencertheguru on Twitter and Instagram) plays in 13 fantasy football leagues and has been a social media fantasy sports analyst since 2014, building a community of over 6,000 followers.