Monday, October 26, 2020

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Ranking Week 8 WR Options

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 8 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by our preference to add.]

1. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (48%)

Despite the 49ers running all over the Patriots, the first-round rookie had the best game of his young career on Sunday with six catches for 115 yards. To a degree, the boxscore production for Aiyuk has been a bit up and down given the run-first nature of the offense, but he's averaging 3.6/51.8/0.2 on 5.8 targets per game over his past five games.

Opportunities could be more plentiful for Aiyuk in Week 8. The run-heavy offense may need to throw much more often in Week 8 to keep up with Russell Wilson and the league's highest-scoring offense. In addition, Deebo Samuel tweaked his hamstring on Sunday as well.

Not only will the 49ers likely throw it more often than their norm, the matchup for Aiyuk is ideal as no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than the Seahawks.

2. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (29%)

After missing more than a month and returning from IR, Shepard had six receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles on Thursday Night Football. Only Evan Engram (nine, 30.0% share) had more targets than Shepard (eight, 26.7%). Missing a total of 10 games over the past season and a half, Shepard has the chance to be the team's top-performing receiver if he can stay healthy.

3. Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills (41%)

Beasley converted 11-of-12 targets into a season-high 112 yards on Sunday. Buffalo's slot receiver has more than 50 yards and/or a touchdown in every game this season.

As we all know by now, the Patriots (Buffalo's Week 8 opponent) focus on stopping an opponent's best weapon (Stefon Diggs for Buffalo) and forcing their secondary weapons to beat them. Especially if John Brown and Dawson Knox miss more time, Beasley should get peppered with targets this week.

4. Rashad Higgins, Cleveland Browns (1%)

Higgins led the Browns in both catches (six) and yards (110) in what turned out to be a shootout against their cross-state rivals on Sunday. While Higgins Week 7 production was equal to or greater than his production through Week 6, his role in the offense will expand significantly going forward with the team losing Odell Beckham to a torn ACL.

5. Nelson Agholor, Las Vegas Raiders (4%)

Agholor finished Sunday with five receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown on nine targets, all of which were season highs. Not only did it extend Agholor's scoring streak to three games, but his yardage has continued to increase each week (44, 67 and 107, respectively). Of course, the streak won't last forever, but there's another favorable matchup on the table for Agholor and the team's receivers as the Browns rank amongst the three most generous fantasy defenses to the position this season.

6. Denzel Mims, New York Jets (4%)

Making his season (and NFL) debut, Mims led the Jets in targets (seven) and finished with four catches for 42 yards. Of course, Mims led the team in targets with Jamison Crowder sidelined and Breshad Perriman (concussion) leaving the game early. That said, Mims is a height-weight-speed freak on a team that will be (big) underdogs in every game this season and are currently 20-point underdogs to the Chiefs.

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