Week 8 of the NFL season just wrapped up, and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. Fortunately, I've already done that for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender. Unfortunately the weather dictated a lot of game-script this past week, so let's hope the forecasts don't change this week.
* Please note I will not have any repeat players on these Waiver Wire listings. If you don't see a player here that are on other lists, it's because I was ahead of the curve and told you to get them weeks prior *
Nick Mullens (1% owned)
Jimmy Garoppolo will miss the next forseeable weeks, which means Nick Mullens will get the start for the 49ers. While he may be on a tight rope, he showed he has the ability to sling the ball around as he was closing out the Seahawks game. The 49ers will always be a run-first team, but the offense won't slow down just because Mullens is at QB. In fact, with Mullens at the helm, the offense will open up down the field passes and have an even greater ability to produce than before.
Jake Luton (1% owned)
With Gardner Minshew being hurt, Luton will get the start over Mike Glennon for the Jaguars. The Jaguars offense has plenty of weapons, but an OL that may hinder the ability of the rookie QB. Head Coach Doug Marrone has already scape-goated Minshew and implied that the latter may not get his job back when he's healthy enough to return. This screams of memories from last season if you're a Jags fan, but opens the door for Luton to have some success. While he's only playable in Super-Flex or Dynasty, be cautious. His skill position players may be more useful than Luton.
NyHeim Hines and Jordan Wilkins (29% and 3% owned)
Rookie Jonathan Taylor was out-snapped by Wilkins Sunday, and Hines managed to reach the EZ twice against Detroit. Taylor has looked pretty bad running the ball, and with an injury popping up after the game it opens the door for an expanded role for both of these RBs. Philip Rivers continues to get his RBs involved in the passing game, and Wilkins looks like the best runner in the group. Even if Taylor gets cleared this week, both players are worth speculative adds, and Hines could be a confident FLEX play this week against the Ravens.
Gus Edwards (30% owned)
With Mark Ingram sidelined, it was Gus Edwards who took over the early down and short-yardage efforts for the Ravens. He ran well, having 16 rushes and 87 yards with a TD. Dobbins will be the guy in the passing game, but Edwards has shown an ability to burst between the tackles without falling backwards during any of his rushing attempts. Ingram at age 30 is destined to be phased out of the gameplan making way for both Dobbins and Edwards. He played well against a great Steelers defense, and he'll do the same against a similarily stout defense in the Colts this week.
Jalen Reagor (24% owned)
Reagor showed why the Eagles selected him in this past year's draft, as he proved to be a playmaker; scoring on an excellent play against the Cowboys on Sunday. Wentz desperately needs a threat who isn't Fulgham, and Reagor is exactly that. In a offense that's starting to click as the season progresses, Reagor will find himself feasting on defenses who aren't prepared for his athletic ability. He's on a bye this week, but missing out on getting him now will mean that someone else in your league will get him first. He's a must-own in 12-Man leagues.
Curtis Samuel (20% owned)
Defenses are finally honing in on Robby Anderson and DJ Moore, which means they're forgetting just how formiddable Curtis Samuel is as a playmaker. He's now posted back-to-back weeks of 15+ points, and is being utilized as a RB just as much as a WR. His ability to be put in nearly any position is going to cause defense fits. Even with C-Mac returning to the lineup, Samuel will have FLEX appeal going forward in plus matchups. KC has shown a decent job of stopping the pass, but getting the 3rd string CB will mean there's openings for Samuel to shine once again.
Jakobi Meyers (1% owned)
With K'neal Harry and Julian Edelman out, the only healthy and bonafide WR on the team is now Jakobi Meyers. He's shown himself to have WR3 appeal, posting 10+ points in back-to-back games. The volume is going to be there as well because quite frankly, Cam Newton has no one else to throw the ball to. He's now had two games in a row with at least 6 targets, and he's got himself a beautiful matchup with a Jets defense that's allowed opposing offenses to have their way with them. Even with the mediocre offense, this matchup is almost too good to pass up.
Jordan Reed (3% owned)
George Kittle being out for the remainder of the season means Jordan Reed will get the nod at TE for the 49ers. Reed exploded in this opportunity before, scoring over 20 FF points in his spot-start in Week 2. With a QB who isn't used to starting in Nick Mullens, Reed becomes a great safety blanket for as long as he can stay healthy; which in and of itself is a risk. There are more consistent plays out there, but Reed will instantly be in the TE2 mix for as long as he is healthy.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Cam Akers, Malcolm Brown, Drew Lock, Mecole Hardman, Marvin Hall, Ross Dwelley, Brian Hill, Anthony Miller, David Moore, Troymaine Pope, Albert Okwuegbunam *
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.