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. Ty Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
Kerryon Johnson is going to miss some time with a knee injury. Ty Johnson got a lot of work in his place, as he had 10 carries for 29 yards. He also had four catches for 28 yards. He will likely get the majority of the snaps for the Lions at running back until Kerryon is ready to return.
Ty Johnson is a rookie sixth-round pick from Maryland. The Lions may elect to sign a veteran to help carry the load, but for now, Ty Johnson is the player to own in Detroit. He is available in almost all ESPN leagues.
2. Chase Edmunds, RB, Arizona Cardinals
David Johnson had one carry against the Giants this past week. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Johnson was only going to be used in a “need-based” situation and apparently that need was only the first carry of the game. The Cardinals are working out other running backs this week. For now, Chase Edmunds is doing well with his opportunity.
Edmunds had 32 fantasy points against the Giants. In the two games before that, he scored 13 and 12 points respectively. Until more clarity can be added to the running back situation in Arizona, Edmunds needs to be added. He is owned in just 31.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jones has been on this list a few times this season. He has had some good games and some not so great games for the Bucs this year. He had no points and seven in his two games against the Panthers. Against the Giants and Rams he scored in the double-digits. Bruce Arians might want to go with Jones more consistently moving forward to see if he can produce some consistent results.
The Bucs are coming off of a bye, which means Jones may pick up more work. With Jameis Winston struggling, the Bucs may also try to keep the ball on the ground more. He is also more available now in ESPN leagues. Jones is available in just over half of ESPN leagues.
4. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
With Marcus Mariota at quarterback, Corey Davis wasn’t playing well. The Titans made the change at quarterback and Ryan Tannehill has played solidly. Davis had six receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers. He has two double-digit scoring games this season, but it is encouraging that he produced in Tannehill’s first start.
As Tannehill and Davis get more on the same page, they should be able to produce more. Davis is currently ranked as the 41st ranked wide receiver, but should improve his rank steadily over the next few weeks. He is owned in just 43.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Tate was on this last week and remains in the conversation to be added. He had just three catches for 65 yards against the Jaguars this week. The Bengals didn’t activate Tate until week 2. From week 3 on, Tate has 34 points over five weeks. That production at least needs to be considered to be added to most fantasy rosters.
With John Ross and A.J. Green not playing, Tate has done well with his chance so far and it looks like the Bengals could be without Ross and Green again this week. Tate is owned in just over 40 percent of ESPN leagues.