Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are five players to add in fantasy football week 8. (Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. JaMycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have so many injuries in their backfield. Jeff Wilson just got hurt, which adds him to the list with Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman. Coleman may be healthy enough to play this week, but even if he is, Hasty should get most of the work out of the backfield.
He got nine carries and rushed for 57 yards in the 49ers’ game against the Patriots in week 7. Hasty also added one catch for 16 yards. With the workload he is about to get, Hasty should be added in about every format. He is owned in 6.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco also lost Deebo Samuel to injury again. That means Aiyuk is going to be the main target behind George Kittle in the 49ers offense. Aiyuk has had a good rookie season and looks like he is improving as the season goes on.
He has three total touchdowns on the season and has been used in the passing and rushing game for the 49ers. Aiyuk is currently ranked as the 33rd ranked fantasy receiver in standard formats and that is likely going to go up with time. He is available in 73 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are gearing up for a big game with the Steelers this week, but they don’t know if Mark Ingram is going to play yet. He is questionable with an ankle injury. Gus Edwards should be picked up for this reason. He could even be played if Ingram is designated as out before kickoff.
Edwards has been used late in games once opposing defenses have worn down. He has had a few decent games in this role, but with more touches, he should be able to produce more. He is owned in 3.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. La’Mical Perine, RB, New York Jets
Now that Le’Veon Bell is out of New York, there are more carries to go around. Perine will likely split carries with Frank Gore the rest of the way, which is exactly what happened this past week. If Perine plays well, the Jets may want to give him more carries down the stretch to see what they have for the future.
Against the Bills in week 7, Perine had 11 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown. He also added two receptions for 16 yards. Perine will see his role increase without Bell, which makes him worth the pickup. He is available in over 80 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns
Unfortunately, Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a torn ACL and was lost for the season. The Browns will likely try to compensate for not having him in the lineup by targeting Jarvis Landry and using more tight ends. At the wide receiver position though, Rahsard Higgins stands to benefit the most.
Over the last three games, Higgins has scored seven, nine and 11 points respectively in standard scoring formats. His 11 points after Beckham Jr. missed most of the game against the Bengals is telling of what could be for his future. He is available in virtually every ESPN league.
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