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 *
Alex Smith (1% owned)
Kyle Allen went down on Sunday with a similar injury to what Dak Prescott suffered earlier in the year. Smith came in in relief, and quite frankly, played horribly. That said, he was quickly thrust into action against a Giants defense that has been surprisingly decent to start the first half of the year. Smith's next three opponents are the Lions, Bengals, and Cowboys; which means that Smith is set up to bounce back nicely to help secure his bid as Comeback Player of the Year. He'll be a QB2 for the next three weeks.
Drew Lock (20% owned)
With the Broncos having a hard time getting started in the 1st half of games this season, it's meant that the team has been playing in catch-up mode in teh 2nd half. Two weeks ago it worked against the Chargers, but this week they came up just short against the Falcons. Lock has played well in recent weeks, and game-script has dictated the team to pass the ball more often than they normally have this season. This week they face the Raiders whose defense has been sketchy all season long. This game could be a shootout.
JD McKissic (25% owned)
Mckissic has been a solid FLEX option in PPR formats since the season has begun. With Alex Smith at QB, his value just increases given the former's tendency to check the ball down in the flat. On Sunday, Mckissic drew an incredible 14 targets, catching 9 for 65 yards. He also ran the ball three times for 17 yards. McKissic has a role on this offense whether people like it or not, and is sometimes even featured on the field at the same time as rookie Antonio Gibson. It's surprising he isn't owned in more leagues, as he will be a high-floor FLEX play for the remainder of the season. He should be owned in all formats.
Duke Johnson (17% owned)
David Johnson left the game with a concussion, and the likelihood of him playing Sunday could be slim. Duke Johnson came in in relief and played decently enough, scoring a TD on 16 touches for 41 yards. With no one behind him to take away touches, Johnson will be a high FLEX option and borderline RB2 against the Browns. Even with trouble run-blocking this year, Johnson will stay relevant due to his pass-catching chops. He should be a cautionary pickup in 12-14 team leagues.
Ryan Nall (0% owned)
When David Montgomery went down with injury it was Nall who picked up a lot of work instead of Patterson. It says a lot that the Bears didn't decide to stick with Patterson completely, as he's been sprinkled in throughout the season. Nall caught all four of his passes for 35 yards and a TD. With the Bears' OL being absolutely horrible, Nall should only be looked at as a desperation heave play. Patterson may provide a change-of-pace position but Nall should have the better outlook for scores. He should only be owned in deeper leagues.
David Moore (3% owned) Moore has been a boom-or-bust play all season, with more games booming than not. He's now scored in two consecutive games while posting a TD or 50 yards in three straight. When Lockett and Metcalf are being targeted by the defense, Moore has been able to slide under the radar and produce. In a game against the Rams this week that could be a high-scoring affair, Moore is worth an add in deeper formats.
Cordarrelle Patterson (5% owned)
I mentioned Nall earlier in this piece, but Patterson is also worth a speculative add as well. He's been involved in the Bears' offense throughout the season, and with David Montgomery expected to miss this week's game that usage will only be increased. A dual-threat player, Patterson has been used as both a RB and a WR; dropping in on the RB room throughout camp this year. The Bears face a Vikings' defense that has been pretty bad against the pass, which could open the door for the Bears to get Patterson more involved with the offense while Montgomery is gone. He's a speculative add in deeper leagues.
Danny Amendola (2% owned)
Amendola has been a weird case this year, where he's had six games where he's had at least 50 yards or 7 targets. The Detroit offense hasn't been going much as of late, but with constant injuries at WR Amendola has been a consistent target for QB Matthew Stafford as an underneath guy. This week Detroit will face Washington that has been susceptible to the underneath route all season long. This game is one where Amendola can provide fantasy relevance even if Golladay ends up returning to the lineup.
Mo Alie-Cox (2% owned) With Jack Doyle doubtful to suit up Thursday against the Titans, Alie-Cox will be the starting TE going forward (presumably). He outsnapped Trey Burton in this past week's game, and managed to catch all three of his targets for 42 yards. Philip Rivers surprisingly targeted his WRs often Sunday, but that seems to be due to game-script more than anything else. With Doyle out, Alie-Cox and Burton will both be have the potential to put up TE2 numbers in an offense that's somehow been able to have three TEs be relevant in Fantasy at some point this season.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Damiere Byrd, Cam Akers, Malcolm Brown, Ross Dwelley, Troymaine Pope, Braxton Berrios, Anthony Miller, Marvin Hall, Olamide, Zaccheaus, Jalen Guyton, Bryan Edwards, Isaiah Ford, Jordan Howard, Jakeem Grant *
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.