Wk 8 Waiver Wire: WR & TE

by Ryan Skolrud

Its that time of the week again to look at those players dangling on the waiver wire like apples from a tree. Though some may be sweet for your team, others are only going to leave a spoiled, nasty taste in your mouth. Lets see if we can sift through the barrel to find some nice treats for Week 8.

Wide Receiver

Chris Godwin – 46% Owned in ESPN Leagues

I know that our following may not be as big as I would like it to be, and that it is not big enough to tip the scales in terms of ownership percentage of a player on the waiver wire. That being said, PICK UP CHRIS GODWIN PEOPLE!!!! Godwin is in an offense that is leading the NFL in pass yards per game (364), he himself has only had a single game with less than 4 targets and only two games with less than 6 targets. Godwin was being prepped to be the starter opposite Mike Evans but DeSean Jackson has had a resurgence over the beginning of the 2018 season. If Jackson’s production starts falling off a little more, look for Godwin to get even more work as the WR2 for Winston.

Danny Amendola – 24.4% Owned

I do not have a ton of statistical analysis to say that Amendola is set for a sure fire explosion of production. This pick is simply for those who have a bunch of bye week players and are desperate for some WR help. Amendola has not had the best season but he may be one of the only healthy bodies out at receiver for Miami when they face Houston on Thursday Night. Kenny Stills is fighting a groin issue, Albert Wilson is likely headed to IR and DeVante Parker‘s issues with HC Adam Gase could lead him to be traded before the game. That does not leave a whole lot of bodies for Osweiler to throw to as he faces his former team. Enter Amendola who has had 14 catches on 18 targets in the past two games with Brock-tober as the Dolphins QB. He is probably only a WR3 for fantasy purposes, but if you need the position filled, Amendola may be an option for you.

Tre’Quan Smith – 8.7% Owned

With Ted Ginn going onto IR it has opened up an opportunity for Smith to get a lot more playing time. Right now, Smith’s claim to fame is being the receiver on the pass that vaulted Drew Brees to being the all-time passing yards leader. With the Saints’ offense being a balanced attack of spreading the ball around to multiple play makers, I would not count on Smith for consistent production, however, he could be a dart throw for DFS or a fill in for those who are dealing with injuries and by weeks.

Tight Ends

Vance McDonald – 41% Owned

If you recall, I had McDonald on the waiver list last week even though he was going on bye. Due to the carnage of injuries that has been eating through the Tight End position this year, it has been tough to find a consistent option to play. The Steelers use two TEs in their offense, and while both McDonald and Jesse James have almost identical scores so far for the season, almost all of James’ production came in a single game. We also need to remember that McDonald missed the first game of the season and only played a limited role in game two. TE production can be inconsistent when Ben Roethlisberger is at QB with his love for his RBs and WRs. But if you need a body who can possibly put up some points for you, McDonald is well worth the add.

C.J. Uzomah – 40.2% Owned

Andy Dalton tends to use his TEs pretty heavily in the Redzone. Since both Tyler Kroft and Tyler Eifert are out for either an extended period of time or already on IR, Uzomah is the only usable TE on the roster. He is not going to light up the scoreboard for you, but Uzomah has had 10 catches on 11 targets for 110 yds and a TD over his last 3 games. He also comes into a very favorable matchup with the Buccaneers who are the worst in the league at giving up fantasy points to the tight end position.

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