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Week 8 – Waiver Wire Pickups


  • Brett Hundley, Packers (repeat)

Hold tight with Hundley, this is a frustrating situation.  He didn’t show very well in his home debut against the underrated Saints defense.  However, he did get the rushing yards we expected, totaling 44 yards on the ground with a touchdown.  He has a solid matchup at home against the Lions after their bye this week and in weeks 13 and 14 he gets the Buccaneers and Browns awful pass defenses.

  • Blaine Gabbert/Drew Stanton, Cardinals

Outside of a spot start this week for Stanton against the 49ers, I’m avoiding these two except for in deeper SuperFlex leagues.  Carson Palmer is likely done for the season, but the Cardinals schedule is brutal.  I believe Gabbert will eventually be the starter here.



  • Rod Smith, Cowboys (repeat)

I’ve talked about this guy since the preseason, and this is likely the last chance to nab him if he is still available.  This week’s game against Washington is the last one that Ezekiel Elliott is guaranteed.  Smith had a career high 61 rush yards in garbage time against the 49ers in week.

  • Austin Ekeler, Chargers (repeat)

Another player I spoke about earlier in the year, Ekeler had a nice touchdown reception in the red zone against Denver this week.  He tallied 44 combo yards on 11 touches, he needs to be owned in all leagues with the heavy workload Melvin Gordon has been seeing.



  • DeMarcus Robinson, Chiefs (repeat)

If he is somehow still available he is a priority add.  He caught 5 balls for 69 yards this past week against the Raiders.  He has a difficult matchup against Denver this week, but then a great one against the Cowboys in week 9.

  • Deonte Thompson, Bills

This is a guy who showed some promise for the Bears down the stretch last year, and even had two decent games for them this year.  He was cut by them after a 0 catch performance in week 6 and subsequently signed by the Bills.  The former teammate of Tyrod Taylor’s while the two were in Baltimore, showed good rapport in his first game as a Bill as he snagged 4 of 4 balls for 107 yards.



  • AJ Derby, Broncos (repeat)

Jeff Heuerman stole the touchdown he was supposed to get in week 6, but he bounced back nicely against the Chargers catching 6 of 7 passes for 66 yards.  That makes 17 targets for him in the last 3 contests.

  • Nick O’Leary (repeat)

He only saw 2 targets, but he turned them into 2 catches for 58 yards.  Logan Thomas caught the touchdown, but O’Leary should continue to have the bigger target share.  Jordan Matthews coming back into the fold will hurt his volume a bit, but he still needs to be owned.

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