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NFL Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 8

The waiver wire is obviously getting thinner in terms of players that will possibly get high-volume opportunities, but there are still some that could help put you over the top in Week 8.

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The waiver wire continues to become drier by the week. Currently the top waiver add is a running back who is stuck in a timeshare, quite telling of where we are right now. With most solid options already on waivers, the column now somewhat shifts its focus to players who make great one-week rentals or have significant upside down the line. The perfect waiver add is seemingly a thing of the past now. As always, the players are listed in order of priority and are all under 40% owned on ESPN.

Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills
I know this is not a sexy add. After all, why would anyone want a part of this lackluster Bills rushing committee, especially a guy who is still recovering from an injury. The first reason is positional scarcity as double-digit touch running backs are not easily found on waivers. The second is the very real possibility that Moss overtakes Devin Singletary as the full-time starter in the next couple of weeks. When both are on the field, Moss has looked like the better back and is more involved in the receiving game. Moss has the potential to be a weekly flex option with RB2 upside, which makes him the top waiver add of the week.

La’Mical Perine, RB, New York Jets
I’ll keep this short because Perine made last week’s column, but people did not heed my advice (he is still only 11 percent owned on ESPN). He is becoming more and more involved in the Jets offense and it’s only a matter of time before he has a 20-carry game with multiple receptions. He is not on a good team, but volume is king in fantasy. Get him while you still can; it may be your last chance.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers
Bridgewater’s place in this column is due solely to his Week 8 match-up against the abysmal Atlanta Falcons defense. He is by far the best streaming option this week. Regardless of whether Christian McCaffrey or Mike Davis is the starting RB, most of the team’s yardage comes through the air, which has allowed Bridgewater to post incredibly consistent yardage totals all season. The Falcons are a bottom three defense and are likely to be picked apart all game. If fantasy managers need a quarterback to plug and play this week, Bridgewater is the guy.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
This week’s waiver wire is thin at receiver, but Shepard makes for a solid option. Coming off an injury, he put together a solid performance against the Eagles on Thursday Night Football with six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. After a tough Week 8 match-up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Shepard gets the Washington Football Team, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, and Seattle Seahawks — all favorable match-ups. Now is the perfect time to scoop up Shepard before the hype starts to build.

Richard Rodgers, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
With both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are on IR, leaving Rodgers as the starting tight end in Philly for the foreseeable future. He’s off to a great start in his new role as he had six catches for 85 yards against the Giants in Week 7. Wentz has always shown an affinity for tight ends, so while Rodgers isn’t an elite talent, he makes for a solid option especially with the Dallas Cowboys, Giants, Cleveland Browns, and Seahawks on his upcoming schedule.

Cozine is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for football analytics, as well as studying film to understand what the numbers don't fully capture. Cozine is still holding onto the Jets' Super Bowl win from 1969 to maintain sanity.

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