Edmonds should be the top waiver priority if available in your league
Only two teams are on a bye in Week 8, so fantasy owners just have to deal with injuries (of which there are plenty) and players not performing. Injuries to Kerryon Johnson and Adam Thielen prompted two players to make an appearance in this week's waiver wire article. However, the No. 1 priority should be Chase Edmonds, if he is still available in your league (which is half of Yahoo leagues!). It’s unclear what David Johnson’s status is, but odds are he’s not 100 percent and the Cardinals have a solid fill-in with Edmonds.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Dallas
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts (48 percent owned)
Coming off the bye week, Brissett threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns against the Houston Texans. Brissett has been able to take advantage of bad defenses (the Texans have allowed 10 TD passes to opposing quarterbacks in the past three weeks). He does face a much tougher test against Denver in Week 8, but Brissett should be owned as his schedule gets easier after this.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (5 percent owned)
The latest quarterback of the Titans is a fantasy option for those in two-quarterback leagues, especially for Week 8. In Week 7, Tannehill threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 8, the Titans face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are very generous to opposing quarterbacks. Tannehill will be a QB2 this week.
Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (48 percent owned)
Fantasy owners know about this one. Edmonds should have been drafted as David Johnson's handcuff. Owners that owned both may have made the decision to bench Edmonds in Week 7 once they heard Johnson was active. This was, as we all know, a giant mistake. Johnson is banged up. The team had said on Friday that if the game was that day, Johnson would sit. Fantasy owners should have known better by Sunday. Johnson started in name only while Edmonds handled nearly every carry, racking up 126 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. The Cardinals face the Saints in Week 8, which is a tougher matchup, but Edmonds needs to be owned.
Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins (20 percent owned)
The Dolphins are still trying to tank, but fantasy points can be gained from some of their skill players. Kenyan Drake hasn't shown anything (and possibly may be traded). Kalen Ballage isn't a bell-cow back, and that leaves Walton. In Week 7, he had 14 carries for 66 yards, the most he's had this season. Walton isn't a must-add, but he's someone that will see work. Fantasy owners that are scrambling for someone to fill their roster can look to Walton but don't waste too much FAAB on him.
Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions (2 percent owned)
Fantasy owners that didn't tune in to the beginning of the game and didn't know better watched a 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back with No. 31 and “Johnson” on his back rush for 29 yards and catch four passes for 28 yards. This was not Kerryon Johnson; rather it was Ty Johnson. The pair are nearly the same age, height and build. Kerryon injured his knee early in the game and while the injury isn't disclosed, it seems that he's going to be out for at least Week 8 and possibly beyond. Ty Johnson is his backup and should be a waiver priority behind Edmonds.
Kenny Stills (13 percent owned) and Keke Coutee (14 percent owned), Houston Texans
Will Fuller has three touchdowns two weeks ago and then pulled his hamstring on Sunday. The reports are that it is a significant strain and he will miss time. He's suffered from soft tissue injuries in the past, so fantasy owners should expect to leave him on the bench for a few weeks. In the meantime, Stills and Coutee will be mediocre fantasy options (Stills as a WR3, Coutee as a WR4) in a good matchup against Oakland in Week 8.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (41 percent owned)
With Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, Davis became fantasy relevant. In Week 7, he had six receptions on seven targets for 80 yards and a touchdown. It is clear that Tannehill looks for Davis more than Marcus Mariota did, so as long as he's at the helm, Davis is a WR3 depending on the week. In Week 8 the Titans face the Bucs, and Davis is a WR3 with upside.
Olabisi Johnson, Minnesota Vikings (0 percent owned)
With Adam Thielen likely out for the Thursday night game in Week 8, Johnson will fill his role. Obviously Stefon Diggs gets a boost, but the No. 2 role will go to Johnson. He had eight targets in Week 7. He caught four of them for 40 yards and a touchdown. It's not a great matchup against the Redskins, but Johnson should do enough to have WR3 value.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (28 percent owned)
Using the same logic as with Olabisi Johnson, with Adam Thielen out for at least Week 8, Rudolph has the potential to see more targets. In Week 7, he had five receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. It was clearly his best game of the season, but it is possible that he continues to have success with Thielen out. Rudolph is a TE2 against the Redskins on Thursday night.
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (13 percent owned)
Goedert's stats, over the past two weeks: 9/117/1. Zach Ertz's stats, over the past two weeks: 6/92/0. Fantasy owners of Ertz aren't sure what's happening this season, but he's no longer performing as the must-start TE1 that many drafted in the early rounds. Goedert has become more involved and while he's not a must-own, for those that are still searching for a tight end to fill their roster could do worse.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Pittsburgh Steelers (47 percent owned)
Some fantasy owners may have dropped the Steelers DST when they had a bye in Week 7. However, they get to face the Miami Dolphins in Week 8. The Steelers DST has been solid against decent teams like the 49ers and Chargers, so they should have a field day with the tanking Dolphins. The Steelers have recorded at least one sack in each game this season. They have at least one interception in their last four games and they have at least one fumble recovery in four of their last five games. If the Steelers DST is available, they are the best option for those streaming defenses.
— 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.
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