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Week 8 Fantasy Football Waiver Targets, Trading Tips and Lineup Tips

Fantasy Insider Scott Engel offers guidance as you prep for Week 8 of the fantasy season.


Scott Engel is in his 10th season as the official Fantasy writer and analyst for Scott is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA award winner and 10-time nominee, including being named a finalist for the 2020 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award. You can also find more of his Fantasy analysis on,, the Athletic and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Scott won two Fantasy Football dynasty league titles in 2020, including one in the prestigious Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) and he previously pulled off a three-peat in a highly competitive New York City league

After surviving a very challenging Week 7, mainly due to six teams being on a bye, Fantasy players can get back into a more normal routine with only two teams being off in Week 8. But there will still be significant necessary adjustments to be made, as the Ravens and Raiders will not be playing. We will have to replace notable performers such as Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown and Darren Waller, who also did not play in Week 7. Without two premier tight ends available, you may have to hit the free agent list for a possible starting option or even make a trade.

In some leagues, the waiver wire has been picked clean and a trade may be your best route to plugging some roster holes. The first step is to review the rosters in your league, and see which team may be a good fit as a trade partner. If you need a running back and have a roster that is deep at wide receiver, identify the teams that may have good RB depth and need WR help. It is always best to determine what the best trade fit is in terms of potential partners, rather than just targeting specific players you want. Once you have found a viable partner to deal with, be prepared to give up some quality if you want to get a good player in return. You can always start out with an offer that clearly favors your side, and see if it is accepted, but always be ready to part with a significant producer in return if and when the trade talks accelerate. If you are targeting DK Metcalf, giving up a bench WR and a flex RB will not get the deal done.

To have a good chance of completing a trade, you will likely have to part with a starter to get a starter in many cases. When pondering what offers to put together, always consider if you would truly accept the deal if it were offered to you in a reverse scenario. To get the other side to accept, you must do more than just fill a need on their roster, the return in value also has to be acceptable. Two for one and three for one offers very often favor one side and have lesser chances of being completed. Think about the quality of your offer and if it is realistic in terms of the quality of players included.

Of course, every trade offer is unique, as is every trade partner you enter into discussions with. Keeping such fundamental tips in mind, though, will increase the likelihood that you can get the deal done.

Week 8 Waiver Wire Targets

Players listed in order of preference for pickup at each position

Running Backs

Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles: This rookie appears set to take on a larger role for the Eagles if Miles Sanders misses any time with an ankle injury. Gainwell has the abilities to contribute as a runner, potential goal-line option and as pass-catcher. In playing just over 34 percent of the snaps so far, Gainwell has been targeted 31 times and scored twice. This week, Gainwell and the Eagles face Detroit, which allows the fourth-most Fantasy Points Per Game to running backs.

Brandon Bolden, Patriots: He is now in his ninth season as a Patriot. Bolden has earned the trust of the Belichick regime, mainly as a special teamer, yet he is starting to earn more work in the passing game with James White out. Bolden caught six of seven targets for 79 yards in Week 7 and has been targeted six-plus times twice in his last four games. He already has 20 catches on 22 targets after coming into this season with a previous career high of 21 receptions. Add Bolden because of his experience in the New England system that can lead to him being a useful PPR depth player.

Jaret Patterson, Washington: We always advise to roster who may be the "next man" up behind one of your consistent starters for significant work in case of injuries. In Washington, that would likely be Patterson, who hooked on with the team as an undrafted free agent this season after a good preseason. J.D. McKissic has fared well as a pass-catcher, but Patterson is likely to be next in line for significant carries if Washington needs to have someone step forward at any point. He is an essential add if you roster Antonio Gibson, and is also a good pickup if you are looking for RBs who could be asked to take on a larger role at any time.

Alex Collins/Rashaad Penny, Seahawks: Savvy Fantasy Football players are always looking at who may appear on their free agent lists later in the week after the initial waiver runs. If you see Collins or Penny become available, add them for RB depth. Collins has 15-plus rushing attempts in each of his past three games, and such volume can often translate into quality Fantasy production. Penny is now back in action and will play in his second game since coming off the IR in Week 7. This week's opponent, the Jaguars, have allowed eight rushing TDs to RBs, tied for second most in the NFL.

Wide Receivers

Michael Gallup, Cowboys: Gallup, a key part of the explosive Dallas passing game, appears to be close to returning from a calf injury that has kept him out for all but one game this year. Gallup has averaged 15.4 yards per catch so far in his career and he had five TD catches last year in a season where Dak Prescott missed 11 games.

Kalif Raymond, Lions: Raymond, who operated as an occasional deep threat for the Titans the past two years, has started to become a bigger and needed part of the Detroit passing game. He has been targeted 15 times in the last two games with 39 on the season, including a 10-target outing. Raymond has 12 catches in his last two games and finished with a career-high 115 receiving yards in Week 7.

Jamal Agnew, Jaguars: Many Fantasy players left Agnew on free agency during his bye week. Now that Jacksonville will be back in action, it is a good time to add the dynamic Agnew, who is on the verge of emerging as a frequent big-play threat in the passing game for Jacksonville. Agnew leads the NFL with seven return TDs since 2017 and now the Jaguars are getting him more involved on offense. In his last two games, he has 11 catches on 13 targets and Agnew totaled 78 receiving yards in Week 6. He could be useful when four teams are on byes in Weeks 9 and 10.

Randall Cobb, Packers: The Packers could be without both Davante Adams and Allen Lazard this week due to health and safety protocols. Cobb has extensive experience working with Aaron Rodgers and may have the most upside of the remaining Packers WRs available for this week.

Tight Ends

C.J. Uzomah, Bengals: Uzomah took advantage of a matchup against the Ravens last week, as Baltimore came into the matchup against Cincinnati allowing the third-most Fantasy Points Per Game to TEs. He had 91 yards and two TDs, including a 55-yarder. Uzomah has five TDs in his last four games and only one of his scores have come inside the 10-yard line, while he is averaging a career-best 15.1 yards per catch.

Tommy Sweeney, Bills: Dawson Knox is out with a hand injury, and Sweeney will have an opportunity to step into the primary TE slot in one of the league's best offenses. Sweeney caught his first career TD pass in Week 6. Buffalo takes on Miami this week, and the Dolphins have allowed the third-most receiving yards to TEs (516).

Pat Freiermuth, Steelers: We add in an extra option at TE this week with Andrews and Waller out, and George Kittle still unavailable. Freiermuth caught all seven of his targets for 58 yards in Week 6 and could now become a bigger part of the Pittsburgh passing game with JuJu Smith-Schuster out.


Carson Wentz, Colts: He is looking healthy and sharp. In each of his last four games, Wentz has two TD passes with no interceptions, and he even rushed for a TD last week. Wentz has scored 20-plus Fantasy points twice in his last four outings. He is a useful Fantasy option this week against the Titans, who allow the sixth-most FFPG to QBs. Add Wentz if you need to replace Lamar Jackson or Russell Wilson in your lineup. He faces the Jets and Jaguars (eighth most FFPG to QBs) after this week.

Week 8 Starters to Consider

Damien Harris gets another good matchup vs. the Chargers, who rank 28th in FFPG allowed to RBs. … Zack Moss and the Bills take on the Dolphins, who have allowed eight rushing TDs, tied for second most in the league. … Darrel Williams should bounce back vs. the Giants, 26th in FFPG allowed to RBs. … Elijah Mitchell faces the Bears, 27th in rushing yards allowed to RBs. … Michael Pittman Jr. should have a big week against the Titans, who allow the most FFPG to WRs. … DeVonta Smith faces the Lions, who allow the fourth-most yards to WRs. … Chase Claypool deserves starting consideration vs. the Browns, 22nd in FFPG allowed to WRs. … Marquez Callaway can get back on track vs. Tampa Bay, 20th in FFPG allowed vs. WRs. … Tyler Higbee faces the Texans, who have allowed the third-most FFPG to TEs. … Jacksonville allows the fourth-most FFPG to TEs, so consider starting Gerald Everett in deeper leagues. … Kirk Cousins may get involved in a shootout with Dallas. … The Colts have allowed 16 TD passes to opposing QBs, second most in the league, so Ryan Tannehill is a quality start again this week.

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Fantasy Insider Scott Engel identifies players to target on the waiver wire in the lead up to Week 8 of the 2021 season.

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