The fantasy football season is just about halfway over. With major offensive players out, the waiver wire is the one friend who is always there to help.
With four teams on byes this week, everyone might be searching the waiver wire for replacements. Here are some last-minute fantasy football adds to replace some big names in week 8.
QB- Baker Mayfield (CLE)
No Odell Beckham, no problem for Baker Mayfield.
Last week, Mayfield went off in his matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. He threw for 297 yards and five touchdowns which resulted in a historic 30 fantasy points day for Mayfield.
With Beckham out for the year with a torn ACL, it honestly could allow Mayfield for more productive fantasy days. As weird as it sounds, Beckham could have been the downfall of Mayfield.
As a result, Mayfield can spread the ball evenly amongst his pass catchers.
Now onto this week’s matchup, Mayfield draws an extremely favorable matchup against the Oakland Raiders.
This season, the Raiders currently rank 28th against fantasy quarterbacks. Although they have played some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen, their defense has struggled defending the pass from time to time.
If struggling at the quarterback position, Mayfield is a solid option this week and in the coming weeks with a favorable schedule.
He is rostered in 24.4 percent of ESPN leagues.
RB- Lamical Perine (NYJ)
It’s always hard to play running backs on not the best of football teams. However, Perine is a player that needs to rostered in all leagues.
Last week, he ran 11 times for 40 yards and a touchdown. That was the first touchdown of his young-career career. He also added two catches for 16 yards.
The rookie from Florida should yet again be the featured back for New York in week 8.
But don’t they have Frank Gore?
Yes, but Gore has been non-existent for the Jets especially the last two weeks with Bell gone. In week 6, Gore was only in 36 percent of the game. Then in week 7, that number dropped to 28 percent.
The Jets would rather give the workload to their rookie running back than a 37-year-old veteran.
Perine has also increased his workload every week, he went from 58 percent to 70 percent.
He also finished week 7 with a target share of 13 percent.
In this week 8 matchup against the Chiefs, they are going to be losing the majority of the game, which will result in dump-off passes to Perine.
He is rostered in 29.6 of ESPN leagues.
WR- Scotty Miller (TB)
Scotty Miller is in for a solid game against the New York Giants.
With Chris Godwin out with a broken finger, Miller is now the second option for Brady. Miller also lines up in the slot, where Brady loves to throw.
Miller is also coming off his best fantasy performance of the season.
Last week, he had six catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, good for 22.9 fantasy points (PPR).
This one-week rental should help fantasy lineups. With Antonio Brown eligible to play next week, Miller’s target shares will suffer in the future. Nonetheless, this week Miller can help immensely.
When Godwin was out in week 4 with an injury, Miller stepped up and showed his potential. He had five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown (19.3 fantasy points).
It’s hard not to play a guy that Brady throws to.
He is rostered in 25.6 percent of ESPN leagues.
TE- Harrison Bryant (CLE)
The second rookie and second Browns player makes this list.
Harrison Bryant was drafted in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft. He is the only player to win the nation’s best tight end that didn’t attend a POWER 5 school. He attended Florida Atlantic.
As for Bryant’s fantasy production thus far, he hasn’t been anything spectacular. However, that was because of Austin Hooper.
With Hooper out for the second straight game, Bryant will get another opportunity to show his worth.
Last week with Hooper out, Bryant had four catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns, good for 21.6 fantasy points (PPR).Mayfield’s connection with Bryant will only improve as the season continues.
Last week, his target share was 17.2 percent (third-best on the team).
Bryant can be a viable option this week and for the foreseeable future if Hooper is out.
He is rostered in 17.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
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