We’re already entering Week 8, which means hitting the waiver wire is more important than ever. With more teams on bye (six this week) and injuries starting to pile up, here are some players that could be helpful additions.
10. Matt Asiata — RB Minnesota Vikings
Asiata is not a flashy ball carrier, but after Jerick McKinnon went down with an ankle injury against the Eagles, Asiata put together a solid stat line. He gained 80 yards on 18 total touches (six of which were catches) and was the clear-cut lead dog in the backfield. If McKinnon misses time, Asiata is worth a shot just on pure workload.
9. Marquise Goodwin — WR, Buffalo Bills
With Sammy Watkins on the shelf, Robert Woods assumed the WR1 position for the Bills. However, Woods missed Sunday’s game in Miami and his status is in question moving forward. That propelled Goodwin into the top receiver role, and he pulled though posting a 4/93/1 line. His stat line was highlighted by a 67-yard touchdown, something the speedster is known for. Look for the Bills to take more shots downfield at Goodwin either way.
8. Ka’Deem Carey — RB, Chicago Bears
Carey outplayed Jordan Howard on Thursday night — handling 11 touches for 57 yards vs. seven touches for a mere 22 yards for Howard. It was a mess of a game for the Bears, so it may not be the best indicator, but Chicago’s backfield is about to get messy in it’s own right. Howard is slowing down and Jeremy Langford’s still injured … so the shifty Carey is at least worth keeping an eye on.
7. Shaun Draughn — RB, San Francisco 49ers
Without Carlos Hyde on Sunday the 49ers went with a full RBBC. Mike Davis got the start and scored a rushing touchdown, but Draughn had the better game — securing 5-of-7 targets for 37 yards and a score along with a big carry. Hyde is expected to return soon, but with the 49ers getting down in a lot of games, the receiving back could have value with or without Hyde.
6. Vernon Davis — TE, Washington Redskins
Jordan Reed continues to miss time with a concussion and it sounds like he’s about to miss a third game. Davis has been back to his old ways during Reed’s absence, playing a huge role while taking on a majority of the snaps. In the last two games he’s caught 8-of-10 targets for 129 yards and a touchdown. There’s no reason this shouldn’t continue until Reed returns.
5. Davante Adams — WR, Green Bay Packers
Last week I addressed the Parkers’ backfield in “Next Man Up,” covering Ty Montgomery and Knile Davis, who are both great adds this week. With Montgomery stepping into the backfield, Adams (who wasn’t even supposed to play) had his role expanded significantly. Lined up as the WR3, Adams saw 16 targets, hauling in 13 for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Although I don’t expect to see THAT much production from him again, he appears set up for a couple more breakout games this season.
4. Mike Gillislee — RB, Buffalo Bills
Sunday’s minimum salary DK darling that never was. Shady was out, and then he was going to be limited, and then he was a full go for Sunday. Obviously the Bills made a mistake because McCoy left the game after re-injuring his hamstring. It was Reggie Bush who actually scored the TD in relief, seeing 18 snaps of his own to 20 for Gillislee, but the latter figures to be the featured RB if McCoy sits. Gillislee was coming off back-to-back games with scores prior to this Sunday and would have a huge role in any game McCoy sits out.
3. Russell Shepard — WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It looks like we found out who Vincent Jackson’s replacement is. After seeing only four targets all season, Shepard was targeted six times coming out of the bye week, while playing a significant role in the offense. Shepard brought in five of those balls for 77 yards and a touchdown, so it looks like Winston is comfortable throwing Shepard’s way. You can wait and see if Shepard does it again next week, but it looks like he’s safe to invest in.
2. Jack Doyle — TE, Indianapolis Colts
It’s now back-to-back big weeks for Doyle, and it doesn’t look like Dwayne Allen will be back anytime soon. With 13 catches on 14 targets in the last two games, Doyle now has 131 yards and two touchdowns as the starting TE. He’s clearly on the same page as Luck, so there’s no reason this connection shouldn’t last the rest of the season.
1. Jacquizz Rodgers — RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’m late to the party on Rodgers since there’s so often been news of Doug Martin returning, but better late than never. With Martin’s health in question going forward (and who knows how he’ll look when he does return) grab Rodgers if he’s still sitting around. The dude’s ripped off 255 rushing yards in the last two games and has shown the ability to be a legit workhorse with 56 carries.
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