Waivers have already cleared, but for those waiting on injury designations, or for the managers that like to replace byes the old fashion way, here are your top fantasy football streamers for Week 8… with some free “long play” adds for certain positions mixed in.
Disclaimer: As always, I will try and look past most obvious waiver candidates, targeting Week 8 Streamers that are available in less than 40 percent of all ESPN leagues. My selections will be based on their matchups, recent play, and upside potential in deeper PPR formats. For certain positions, I will even list some streamer options that I recommend avoiding.
Your Week 8 Byes:
- Arizona Cardinals
- Houston Texans
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Washington Football Team
Week 8 Fantasy Streamers: QB
With the QB waivers probably dominated by players like Teddy Bridgewater (still only rostered in 36.1 percent of ESPN leagues) and Tua Tagovailoa, I’ll attempt to look a bit deeper at this week’s best quarterback streams.
P.S. I want to make it clear that IF Teddy Bridgewater is still available in your league, he’s probably still the top streamer for Week 8. I’ve listed Teddy B numerous times in the past, including last week, and he performed solidly against the Saints (254 passing, 2 TDs, 10 rush yards). This week he plays Atlanta at home.
Derek Carr (LVR) – 36.6% (@CLE)
Carr is up against a Cleveland secondary that has been torched by Joe Burrow (twice), Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson. The Browns only positive games against QB’s statistically were when they played Haskins, Rivers and Roethlisberger (because he never had to throw the ball in a blowout victory for Pittsburgh). Take away the Steelers game, that’s two decent performances out of seven. Their main strength is Myles Garrett, but against a top offensive line like the Raiders, he may be somewhat neutralized. Look for Carr to utilize Waller, Renfrow and Ruggs in a passing game that has a lot of different weapons to work with.
Baker Mayfield (CLE) – 19.5% (vs LV)
I trust Carr more than Baker in this matchup, but I think both quarterbacks might do well. Mayfield finally had a breakout game last week with five touchdowns against Cincinnati. I do not expect an encore of that performance, but even so, a confident Baker is a scary thing… and you will not find a more confident Baker Mayfield than this week against the Raiders, in what may be an AFC shootout.
Kirk Cousins (MIN) – 15.5% (@GB)
The Packers tend to run up the score against teams, causing them to throw the ball a lot in the second half of games. I expect this to happen with the Vikings and Kirk Cousins this week, similar to their Week 1 showing against Green Bay. It’s a road game this time, so there’s definitely more risk, but Cousins had 259 pass yards, 2 TD’s, 1 INT and 34 rush yards in the first meeting with GB.
Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – 23% (@SEA)
I am not a big Jimmy G fan when it comes to fantasy. This team is run-heavy and always has been, making Garoppolo a game manager most weeks. If there was one week I would consider starting Jimmy G though, it would be this one. Check the weather forecast in Seattle before making the call, but the Niners may actually be forced to throw more than usual if Wilson and the Seahawks get off to an early lead. San Francisco is also most likely missing three of their top four running backs this week (Mostert, Coleman, Wilson Jr.).
Week 8 Fantasy Streamers: RB
For all the top RB Waiver Wire Threats this week, check out my colleague Rich King’s weekly spot. If any of these players are still available, they might be worth a Week 8 stream depending on your situation, especially Damien Harris, JaMycal Hasty, Wayne Gallman/Dion Lewis, or Gus Edwards if any of these backups end up starting.
Jamaal Williams and Gio Bernard were amongst my Week 7 RB streamers, and both stepped up with tremendous RB1-type totals. Keep these two in mind again if Aaron Jones or Joe Mixon have any setbacks in their return.
Nyheim Hines (IND) – 35.6% (@DET)
People seemed to have forgotten about Hines, who became available in a lot of leagues after some average performances and a Week 7 bye, but the PPR back is still dangerous because of his 4.5 average targets per game (13th ranked for RB’s in entire the NFL). He faces a Detroit Lions team that has been terrible against running backs all season (28th ranked), and although Jonathan Taylor is still the lead dog, Indy may try and utilize both backs all game.
Malcolm Brown (LAR) – 29.2% (@MIA)
Similar to Hines, Brown is a fantasy threat that managers may have given up on too quickly. As the starter in LA on Week 1, Malcolm was a two touchdown fantasy stud, but his playing time fell off with the return of Darrell Henderson. With the Rams leading on Monday night, Sean McVay started to get Brown involved again, and the back rewarded his head coach. Now LA will face off against a rookie QB, as Tua Tagovailoa is getting his first start for Miami this weekend, so it’s quite possible that the Rams will be defending an early lead for the second straight week. If they are, expect McVay to pound the run game with Henderson and Brown against a 26th ranked Dolphins rush defense.
La’Mical Perine (NYJ) – 18.4% (@KC)
Not my favorite matchup against the Chiefs and Chris Jones, but last week the rookie showed why he deserves to start for Gang Green. Frank Gore should be looked at as the spell half back in New York moving forward, as the Jets begin to think more about their future beyond 2020.
DeeJay Dallas (SEA) – 3.4% (v SF)
This is a desperation play. Terrible matchup against the number one ranked run defense in the NFL, and rookie DeeJay Dallas will only start if both Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde can’t suit up.
Week 8 Fantasy Streamers: WR
Sterling Shepard’s return from injury pegged him as a popular waiver pickup this week, along with rookie Brandon Aiyuk following a huge Week 7, and midseason signings Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant. Let’s take a look at some of the other possible Week 8 streams at WR.
Scotty Miller (TB) – 13.3% (@NYG)
Let’s just be honest with ourselves, Tom Brady has a special place in his heart for small white slot receivers. Miller was a guy that I circled as a possible sleeper in pre-draft rankings because of this weird and quirky trend with TB12 throughout his career, but those odds only went up as Chris Godwin has dealt with injury after injury in 2020. Godwin is now out AGAIN, making Scotty Miller my number one WR stream of the week against the Giants (who don’t guard the slot particulary well). Miller was six for 109 with a touchdown on nine targets in Week 7.
Curtis Samuel (CAR) – 33.0% (v ATL)
Another slot option, and one that is more likely to be rostered already. Curtis Samuel is coming off 11 catches (on 11 targets) in his last two games played, and he usually gets a few carries too. Samuel is up against the Falcons secondary, which is lousy, as we all should know by now. He had a solid performance against Atlanta in Week 5, and finally got his first touchdown of the season in Week 7.
Corey Davis (TEN) – 28.8% (@CIN)
Corey Davis didn’t miss a beat during his return from COVID in Week 7. He had six receptions and a touchdown against the Steelers, and more importantly, he was targeted 10 times! Davis has become a vital part of this offense, as more of the possession receiver to A.J. Brown’s deep threat, and he has yet to score less than 10 points in any PPR league when he has played this season. The Titans WR2 deserves to be rostered in much more than 28.8 percent of leagues, especially ahead of a matchup against the Bengals secondary (remember Baker’s five TD’s last weekend).
Hunter Renfrow/Nelson Agholor (LVR) – 15.5/14.5% (@CLE)
This one is only an HM for both because it’s hard to determine which Raiders receivers will get the targets week to week. Waller and Jacobs both demand a large share of the touches, and Henry Ruggs III is still the Vegas WR1 by design. Rookie Bryan Edwards may even rejoin the mix during Week 8 or 9. I think Renfrow is definitely the safer play in PPR leagues, because the slot receiver is a Jon Gruden favorite and gets a lot of snaps no matter what, but Agholor has some potential this week too coming off a nine target explosion. Beware of the risks, but take a shot on either of these Raiders streamers against the Browns if you’re running low on options.
Mecole Hardman (KC) – 30.1% (v NYJ)
I’m a huge Jets fan… I know, your condolences. Knowing the Jets how well I know them though, this game will go one of two ways for Mecole Hardman. Either Hardman will torch the New York defense with multiple big plays (because they can never guard speed), or Kansas City will go up two scores early with Hill, Kelce and Edwards-Helaire (and Hardman won’t see the ball as the Chiefs milk the clock the rest of the game). Total BOOM or BUST play here, which is usually the case for Hardman (at your own risk).
Keep An Eye On
Eagles WR Core
I’m writing this on Wednesday, so there is still a lot to be determined with injury reports and depth charts for the Sunday Night Game, but Philadelphia has a golden matchup against the Cowboys secondary if you’re able to determine who’s starting. Travis Fulgham is already on most rosters, but a bunch of possible Eagles Week 8 sleepers aren’t. Those names include; Greg Ward Jr. (slot receiver, favorite of Carson Wentz, 13.0 percent rostered), Alshon Jeffery (still questionable, 11.2 percent rostered) and Jalen Reagor (first round pick, may return from IR this week, 10.5 percent rostered). I’ve already picked up Reagor in a couple of leagues, and long-term I recommend taking a chance on the rookie over Ward or Jeffery, but if you’re just talking Week 8 streamer than you’ll want to keep an eye on that Friday/Saturday morning injury report.
Denzel Mims (NYJ) – 3.7%
This is not a streamer pick, but I’m tossing in this one in as a freebie. Mims was the Jets second round pick in 2020, and some thought he was a first round talent out of Baylor. He may not do much against the Chiefs, but he had 42 yards on seven targets in his NFL debut last week. If you have the open bench spot, sign him now before you have to use a waiver later. Odell Beckham Jr. once missed his first six games during his rookie season with the Giants, the rest is history.
Week 8 Fantasy Streamers: TE
I’m definitely kicking myself for taking Richard Rodgers off my Week 7 streamers list at the last minute. I trusted the matchup and the fact that Carson Wentz loves tight ends, but I just didn’t trust the blocking tight end’s ability in the passing game. Rodgers, as well as Harrison Bryant and David Njoku, were all popular waiver candidates this week. On to Week 8.
Drew Sample (CIN) – 1.7% (v TEN)
Aside from the aforementioned Richard Rodgers (v DAL) and Harrison Bryant (v LVR), who would probably top my streamer ranks for this week if I didn’t feel they were waiver targets