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Week 8 Waiver Wire Deep Dive

By Kevin English 12:29pm EDT 10/25/22

Below I have dug into some important data from Week 7 to help you find some players who could help you in the coming weeks and potentially beyond. I have listed the players at each position in order of priority.

RBs

Rachaad White, Bucs

White played on 43% of snaps on Sunday, his highest mark of the season. He got 6 carries and 2 targets, while Leonard Fournette got 8 carries and 3 targets. The gap has decreased significantly, and it looks like the team trusts White in important situations. He should be rostered in all but the smallest of leagues and would come into a significant workload if Fournette were injured.

WRs

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Browns

DPJ continues to receive a healthy number of targets, as he saw 6 on Sunday (a 22% target share). He caught all of them for 71 yards. He is not an amazing talent, but he continues to play almost every snap (93% on Sunday) and is getting looks. That makes him worthy of a roster spot in most leagues.

Marquise Goodwin, Seahawks

We’re still waiting to find out exactly how long D.K. Metcalf will be out with his knee injury. But Goodwin could be useful for however long Metcalf is sidelined. He has been their #3 WR all season and on Sunday finished with 54% of snaps. He caught 4 of 5 targets for 67 yards and 2 TDs. The Seahawks could add someone if Metcalf is done, or try to work Dee Eskridge into the rotation more. But Goodwin should benefit the most with the extra opportunities he’ll get.

Noah Brown, Cowboys

Many likely assumed Brown would no longer be worthwhile to roster once Michael Gallup returned, but Week 7 seemed to show that Brown will remain an important part of the offense. He played on 79% of snaps (Gallup at 67%) and led the team in targets with 7 (a 28% target share). I don’t recommend starting either of them until this offense gets rolling more, but Brown should probably not be on many wires.

Terrace Marshall, Panthers

With Robby Anderson’s exit, Marshall got a chance to start on Sunday, and he played on 86% of snaps. He only got 3 targets and caught 2 for 31 yards, but he has all the physical tools and only needs to get his feet under him and continue improving to have an impact. The run game got going on Sunday, so if that can open up the passing game, Marshall would benefit.

Darius Slayton, Giants

I hesitate to mention Slayton, only because theoretically the Giants will get Kadarius Toney or Kenny Golladay on the field together, along with Wan’Dale Robinson. I would assume that would be their starting 3 at some point, but it’s dangerous to assume anything with this offense. So for now, Slayton is getting snaps and targets, and is a potential add for those who need such a player. He played on 57% of snaps and got 6 targets, a 20% target share. He finished 3-58-1. I mentioned Wan’Dale Robinson last week, and if he remains on your wire I’d add him well ahead of Slayton since he is likely to remain in the starting lineup the rest of the season. He got 8 targets and finished 6-50.

Kalif Raymond, Lions

Raymond played on 90% of snaps on Sunday, and led the way in targets with 6 (a 23% target share). He caught 5 for 75 yards and also took 2 carries for 20 yards. He likely would have received fewer targets if Amon-Ra St. Brown had not gone down with a concussion early, but still for those who need an option at WR playing snaps and getting targets, Raymond is worth considering. The coaching staff seems to like him and keeps going back to him when they need to.

Phillip Dorsett, Texans

With Nico Collins exiting with a groin injury, Dorsett replaced him and played well, catching 2 of 3 targets for 45 yards and a score (on 54% of snaps). If he is the starter opposite Brandin Cooks for the coming games, he could provide some value.

Equanimeous St. Brown, Bears

St. Brown played on 59% of snaps and was very involved in the Bears’ game plan on Monday night. He got a team-high 7 targets, a 33% target share, and caught 4 for 48 yards. This offense is still in its infancy and there will be big growing pains, but it appears the Bears view St. Brown as their #2 WR behind Mooney. So in deep leagues, he is a player you could consider adding.

TEs

Juwan Johnson, Saints

With Adam Trautman out, Johnson played on 74% of snaps and saw 5 targets in the Thursday night loss to Arizona. He caught them all for 32 yards and 2 TDs. Obviously the TDs will come and go, but he was due for a score after not scoring in the first 6 games. The Saints look like a team on the decline, but Johnson could get a healthy number of looks going forward, particularly if he continues to play as their primary TE.

Harrison Bryant, Browns

Bryant has played as the second TE all season for the Browns, typically getting 1 or 2 targets. But with David Njoku likely to miss multiple weeks with his high-ankle sprain, Bryant could be a nice addition for those needy at TE, particularly in TE-premium leagues.

Brock Wright, Lions

In very deep leagues, Wright could theoretically be a player to keep an eye on. He played on 53% of snaps for the Lions, while Hockenson was at 83%. Most interestingly, he got 4 targets and caught them all, for 57 yards. He is very likely not close to Hockenson in talent, but if he gets snaps and targets again, he will start to generate interest.


Kevin Scott is a fantasy pro who has been playing in high-stakes redraft and dynasty leagues for over 15 years. He has won over $100,000 playing fantasy football. He has written for Sports Illustrated, 4for4, Fansided, FFToday, and Chiefs Wire. You can follow him on Twitter @kevinscottff, or check out his podcast called Grinding the Data.


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