Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire: Plenty of High-Upside Targets

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Things are starting to click for Michael Gallup. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

If your fantasy football roster has left something to be desired through seven weeks, fear not, there is still plenty of time left to make a playoff run — if you act wisely and quickly. This starts with the waiver wire. In fact, history has proven that it’s nearly impossible to win a fantasy football championship without successfully navigating the waiver wire.

First things first, if Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack is still available, add him now!

Fantasy owners are at the point in the season where they have to account for bye weeks and find injury replacements. Rather than waiting until the week of or gameday, it would be wise to start adjusting your roster now to avoid any potential disastrous situations.

As we head into Week 8, we have identified a handful of players worth targeting on waivers. Here’s what we came up with.

Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.

Chris Herndon IV, TE, New York Jets

Over the last two weeks, Herndon, a rookie fourth-round pick out of Miami (FL), has emerged as one of Sam Darnold’s favorite targets.

Going forward, we are expecting Herndon’s Week 7 stat line (7 targets, 4 receptions, 42 yards, and one touchdown) to become the norm. If you have a bye week coming up, or simply need help at the tight end position, this is where we would look.

Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints

With Ted Ginn Jr. now on Injured Reserve, Smith is on track to become the No. 2 option in New Orleans’ high-powered passing attack. He projects to be a low-end WR2 or a bye week bandaid, but there will be weeks where Smith produces like a WR1.

Doug Martin and Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders

Marshawn Lynch is on Injured Reserve, which means Martin and Richard will combine to fill his void.

Deciding which player to add is simple: If you play in a standard scoring league, add Martin; if you play in a PPR league, add Richard.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos

We’ve mentioned Sutton in this article each of the last two weeks, and we are going to continue driving this point home.

Sutton is on the verge of breaking out, and his playing time and target numbers are only going to increase in the coming weeks — even more so if the Broncos trade Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders.

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys’ addition of Amari Cooper hasn’t swayed our opinion here. Things are starting to click for Gallup, and it’s clear the Dallas coaching staff plans to keep him on the field as much as possible going forward.

Bottom line: The only other player that can match Gallup’s fantasy upside is Courtland Sutton (see above).

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