by Justin Skolrud
Here are my picks for the waiver wire in week 8 to help you improve your fantasy teams moving forward:
Mitchell Trubisky – Currently owned in 51% of ESPN Leagues
Mitchell Trubisky is averaging 40.6 fantasy points over the last three games throwing over 300 yards in each of those games with a combined 11 TDs and 3 turnovers. He gets the Jets this week who, after a hot start to the season, have really cooled off the last couple of weeks giving up 5 passing TDs and 542 passing yards in the last two games, and it could have been worse had it not been for the fact that Minnesota didn’t need to throw for the second half of this game. Trubisky is slowing proving me wrong about him but until he performs like this against a real defense, he is still matchup dependent and a streaming filler for your starting QB.
Baker Mayfield – Currently owned in 40% or ESPN Leagues
I have been talking about Baker for a few weeks now as the best QB not widely owned and I think he is going to stay there and not in a good way. Yes, I like his next three weeks against the Steelers, Chiefs, and Falcons. But, against a poor Buccaneers defense I expected a lot more from Mayfield. I am chalking up this last week to a Tampa Defense that played well in the first game under new Defensive Coordinator Mark Duffner. This was much like how the horrible Lions Offense in 2015 when Jim Bob Cooter was elevated to Offensive Coordinator. All in all you wont find a better week 8 matchup for a quarterback on the waivers.
Marlon Mack– Currently owned in 53% of ESPN Leagues
Mack had a great week this last week and his return means that the Colts can be more balanced on offense. He does have the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield which is going to continue to limit Nyheim Hines moving forward. Mack gets a great match up this week against the fire sale that is the Oakland Raiders.
Jalen Richard – Currently owned in 17% of ESPN Leagues
With Marshawn officially going on the IR today there is a choice between Doug Martin (The Grinch) or Jalen Richard. I personally wouldn’t go anywhere near Doug Martin because if he couldn’t beat out an aging Marshawn Lynch how is going to be any good now as the starter in the running game. Jalen Richard has already proven to be effective in the passing game with 4 double digit games already this season. The offense is bad in Oakland and they just shipped Amari Cooper out. Jordy has lost a step and Martavius Bryant can’t get separation right now either so there are going to be a TON of checkdowns to Jalen Richard and volume is king.
Wendell Smallwood – Currently owned in only 43.6% of ESPN Leagues
Wendell had a bad game this last week against a tough defense in Carolina, but don’t let that stop you from looking at him. He gets Jacksonville this who has played horrible the last two week especially against the run. Smallwood out snapped and out touched Corey Clement who has pretty much been reduced to a touchdown dependent player at this point. Smallwood is more involved in the pass as well.
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