Did you get burned this week by Jerick McKinnon or Keelan Cole? The good thing is we’ve got some new players to consider this week as we get past the halfway point of most fantasy leagues. Watch out for the bye week teams: the Cardinals, Texans, Jaguars and Washington. Activate that short term memory and get your waiver on!
QB Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers
After starting the day with 2 touchdowns and 170 passing yards, Teddy Bridgewater was on pace for a very nice game. While he only threw for another 84 yards in the second half, it does mark the 3rd time in four games that Bridgewater has thrown for over 250 yards and two scores in a game. The possible return of Christian McCaffrey this week would only strengthen the case for Bridgewater.
The Panthers meet the Falcons for the second time this year in Week 8. In the previous matchup, Bridgewater threw for 313 yards and two scores. Every team the Falcons have faced this season has thrown for over 300 yards.
After a rough game against the Bears in Week 6, some folks gave up on Bridgewater. He’s 55-70% unowned in fantasy leagues and is waiting to get you another victory in Week 8.
WR Brandon Aiyuk – San Francisco 49ers
Whenever the 49ers have needed him, Brandon Aiyuk has been there to step up for the team. After Deebo Samuel left with an apparent hamstring injury, Aiyuk led the team in receptions and yards – those were also career highs for him. The rookie has become a reliable target for Jimmy Garoppolo and company and it’s likely that he continues to be.
Heading to Seattle in Week 8, the Seahawks provide the best matchup for fantasy wide receivers. A great number of different receivers have gone for over 100 yards this season.
Available in anywhere from 50-80% of fantasy leagues, Aiyuk is a guy who should see a lot of attention in the next few days. At some point, the 49ers may just leave Aiyuk as their #1 target behind George Kittle.
RB JaMycal Hasty – San Francisco 49ers
Over the past two games, JaMycal Hasty is averaging 5.2 yards per carry – better than any other running back on the team not named Raheem Mostert. Hasty took over rushing duties after Jeff Wilson was carted off the field. While we are not yet sure of the severity of Wilson’s injury, it’s fair to speculate that Hasty would benefit a good deal with extra playing time.
San Francisco faces Seattle in Week 8 – not the easiest team to run against and they’re also not the toughest. In Week 9, however, Green Bay comes to town giving up the most points to fantasy running backs.
Some other savvy players grabbed Hasty in Week 7 but in the majority of leagues – well over 75% of them – he is still on the waiver wire.
TE Trey Burton – Indianapolis Colts
Since being activated from injury in Week 3, Trey Burton has received more targets than Jack Doyle or Mo Alie-Cox have all season. He is also the only Colts tight end to surpass 50 yards receiving since Week 2. While two touchdowns in a game is more of a fluke, Burton has been the feature tight end for Philip Rivers – a quarterback who has frequently utilized his tight end for years.
With targets of 5, 6 and 5 over the last three contests, matchup isn’t too important. The Week 8 opponent of Detroit has been tougher against tight ends but did just give up 6 catches for 68 yards to Hayden Hurst in Week 7.
Since the Colts were on bye, very few people have added Burton to their rosters. In 80-90% of fantasy leagues, you can be one of those lucky few if you’re looking for a solid tight end option this week.
QB Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns
Whenever a quarterback throws 5 touchdowns in a game, people should take note. Note taken, Baker Mayfield. Not only did he throw for 5 scores he did it on 297 passing yards and a streak of 21 completed passes. It was the 5th time in Mayfield’s young career that he has thrown for more than 275 yards and at least 3 touchdowns in one game.
They’ll host Las Vegas in their Week 8 matchup. The Raiders are giving up an average of 332 passing yards over their last 3 games. Mayfield could easily make it four.
After his big stinker game in Week 6 and rumors that he may be benched, Mayfield found himself on 65-85% of waiver wires. That number will change considerably this week.