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Dynasty Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week Eight

Who should you target on the waiver wire this week?

Marquise Goodwin

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There is one bit of information to know before you start reading names. Just like last year’s series, we will be utilizing player rostership percentages, courtesy of real dynasty rosters from 1,700 MFL leagues. While this may not be entirely accurate for every individual league, it is very reflective of how managers view who is worthy or not of a roster spot. Now that that’s covered, let’s dive into the waiver wire after week seven!

Players to double-check availability and immediately add:

Ty Johnson, RB NYJ

In all of the ways 2022 could be cruel to us, taking away Breece Hall might top the cake. At the time of writing this, I don’t know the exact specifics of Hall’s knee injury, other than it appears serious and he was ruled out immediately. I’m praying for better news, but even the best news is still multiple weeks missed, meaning Ty Johnson is now the RB2 on the Jets with Michael Carter. I will give Carter props, I think he’s a solid RB2 starter without Hall, but Johnson could get enough work to make him viable as a desperation flex, with the upside being an injury away from a workhorse role if Carter were to get injured.

Johnson has shown he can be a good fantasy player when his number is called, including four top-20 weeks last year and two back in 2020. The fact that he’s available in 22% of leagues right now on MFL tells me that everyone should have at least one waiver wire claim put in this week, with the amount of FAAB spent ranging from 25-50% depending on your need at the position.

Marquise Goodwin, WR and D’Wayne Eskridge, WR SEA

Speaking of knee injuries, moments before Breece Hall went down, DK Metcalf also left with a knee injury and was immediately ruled out as well. In his stead, Marquise Goodwin became Geno Smith’s 1b target with Tyler Lockett, hauling in all of his four targets for 67 yards and two touchdowns. Can we rely on that production every week? Definitely not, but it’s encouraging that the WR3 on the roster showed he can be a solid WR2, especially on a team that has a super consolidated target share to only a couple of players.

I know some of you out there had horrible starting lineups this week during the first bye-pocalypse, but just wait until week nine when we are without six teams and many WRs like CeeDee Lamb, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, Amari Cooper, Diontae Johnson and George Pickens, Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy – a lot of decisions will need to be made that week and Marquise Goodwin might just be needed for a lot of managers out there. Add in the fact that he is only rostered in 4% of dynasty leagues, and that tells me that every manager should have at least two waiver claims this week!

I added D’Wayne Eskridge in here too as a flier add in deeper leagues. I really don’t think he amounts to much, but he’s the WR3 without Metcalf and could be in Goodwin’s shoes with one more injury.

Darius Slayton, WR NYG

The most rostered player on this list so far is a blast from the past on the Giants’ offense: Darius Slayton. Slayton was the second-highest targeted player this week behind Wan’Dale Robinson, hauling in half of his six targets for 58 yards and a touchdown. This Giants team is desperate for offensive weapons outside of Saquon Barkley, and maybe Slayton can rejuvenate this offense and his career over the second half of the season. There were reports that teams were calling the Giants front office to trade for Slayton, but that Brian Daboll likes his size/speed combo and he could be helpful in their depleted wide receiving room. That trust seemed to payoff this week and could continue to pay off moving forward. If he’s still available in your league, I would add him over a bunch of other receivers like Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb, Mack Hollins, Calvin Austin, Olamide Zaccheaus, and even his own teammate Kenny Golladay.

DeAndre Carter, WR LAC

Finally, we get to the third injury of the day, Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams, who had a horrible ankle injury, definitely do not watch a slo-mo of the play unless you want to vomit. Josh Palmer is already highly rostered, but the next man up behind him is DeAndre Carter. Keenan Allen has already had injury problems all season, so it’s possible we get some games where Palmer and Carter are the WR1 and 2 in this offense, and any receiver with the potential for 8+ targets from Justin Herbert for a week is a receiver I want.

 

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