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Waiver Wire Week 8: Carlos Hyde, Sterling Shepard, Rashard Higgins

With Chris Carson likely to miss Week 8, Hyde is a decent fill-in

It is now Week 8, and some fantasy owners may be surprised the season has gone on this long. Others may think that it has flown by. Others may be looking at their rosters and feeling frustrated. It's been a tough season in terms of injuries, postponements, and coaches not telling anyone that they are going to "rest" a player in a week that fantasy owners started him (Jerick McKinnon, anyone?). It's always tough to be a fantasy owner, but the key is to accurately assess your roster. Make some moves to help you win and drop the dead weight on your team.

 

Teams on bye: Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville, Washington

 

Quarterbacks

 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (30 percent owned)

Even though Garoppolo just lost Deebo Samuel, he faces the Seahawks in Week 8. Seattle is a great matchup for opposing quarterback. Every quarterback that has faced the Seahawks has produced multiple touchdowns except for Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 4. Five of six have thrown for more than 300 yards as well. With the running game up in the air, Garoppolo should throw the ball plenty, and is a streaming option for Week 8.

 

Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (29 percent owned)

Since Week 2, Carr has thrown for multiple touchdowns and more than 260 yards in every game. He only has two interceptions in that time as well. Depending on league scoring, he's been in the top 15 for the past two weeks, and he was actually the No. 2 quarterback in Week 5 (before the bye week). Carr has been overlooked for fantasy purposes this year, but he's a solid QB2 and against Cleveland in Week 8, a decent fill-in for those looking to stream a QB.

 

Running Backs

 

JaMycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers (21 percent owned)

With Jerick McKinnon resting in Week 7, Jeff Wilson Jr. was the running back to own and start. However, after Wilson went down with an ankle injury, Hasty had nine carries for 57 yards. He added a reception for 16 yards as well. Wilson was placed on injured reserve on Monday and Tevin Coleman isn't back from his stint yet. Based on how the 49ers have used their running backs, it seems that Hasty may be an RB2/3 for Week 8, but it's also possible he "rests" and McKinnon is the lead back against the Seahawks.

 

La'Mical Perine, RB, New York Jets (16 percent owned)

The Jets got rid of Le'Veon Bell and logic would assume that was because they wanted to see what they had in Perine, their fourth-round pick. In Week 7, Perine finally got a solid opportunity. He had double-digit carries (11) for the first time all season and ran for 39 yards and a touchdown. He added two receptions for 16 yards. It's hard to truly recommend anyone on the Jets for fantasy purposes, but Perine will be the starting running back (for what that's worth).

 

Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks (12 percent owned)

Chris Carson was having a good game on Sunday night until he went down with a foot injury. Hyde had to step up and he had 68 rushing yards, a touchdown and three receptions for eight yards. It doesn't seem that Carson's injury is serious enough to warrant being put on IR, but with the bye week behind them, Carson may miss time. It seems likely that he'll miss at least Week 8, allowing Hyde to be an RB2.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers (49 percent owned)

Aiyuk is available in half of Yahoo! leagues and should be owned in a lot more. With Deebo Samuel injured (again), Aiyuk's role is set to increase. Samuel has a hamstring injury, but he's already been ruled out for Week 8 and likely Week 9. Aiyuk, in Week 7, had six receptions for 115 yards. He's clearly someone that Jimmy Garoppolo can throw to, and against Seattle in Week 8, be sure that Jimmy G will find Aiyuk.

 

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (29 percent owned)

Shepard was diagnosed with turf toe after Week 2 and went on IR. Before Thursday night's game, he was activated and started. He caught six passes for 59 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. That's one fewer target than Evan Engram and second on the team. The 59 yards were the most of any pass catcher. The biggest problem is the Giants offense as a whole, but Shepard is a WR3 moving forward.

 

Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (4 percent owned)

It's not a pick that you would want to use all your FAAB money on, but Agholor's five receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 shouldn't be entirely ignored. Agholor actually has a touchdown in the past three games and four on the season. The targets in Week 7 were a season high, but it is clear that Derek Carr is looking for him. Henry Ruggs will have big games, but Agholor is worth adding as a WR4.

 

Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns (3 percent owned)

With Odell Beckham, Jr. out for the season with a torn ACL, someone is going to have to step up. Baker Mayfield typically does a good job of spreading the ball around, but fantasy owners should look at grabbing Higgins (available in most leagues). Higgins had six receptions for 110 yards in Week 7. Prior to that he had five receptions for 53 yards and two touchdowns in four games. He's not going to save your fantasy season, but Higgins will be a WR3/4 depending on the matchup.

 

Tight Ends

 

Richard Rodgers, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (9 percent owned)

With Zach Ertz out for the next month (at least) and Dallas Goedert still not off of IR. Rodgers is the tight end to own for the Eagles. In Week 7, he was targeted eight times, good for second on the team. He caught six of those for 85 yards, the highest of any Eagle. In Week 8, Philadelphia gets the struggling Cowboys. Rodgers will be in the starting conversation for that matchup.

 

Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (1 percent owned)

Kmet is likely available in deeper leagues, and may prove to be valuable to those that have lost their tight end due to injury or is on bye. In Week 6, Kmet caught his first NFL touchdown. He caught both of his targets in Week 7 for 45 yards. In Week 8, Kmet had a 38-yard catch and finished with two receptions for 45 yards. Even though the Bears have Jimmy Graham, Kmet may be their tight end of the future and they are going to use him this season.

 

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

Green Bay Packers DST (20 percent owned)

The Packers face the Vikings in Week 8, and Kirk Cousins has been very friendly to opposing DSTs. In six games, Cousins has thrown 10 interceptions. Even though the Vikings will likely have Dalvin Cook back, the Packers are a solid start for those streaming DSTs in Week 8.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

 

(Top photo by Ralph Freso, courtesy of seahawks.com)

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