Week 8 WR Waiver Pickups & Adds: Denzel Mims is Fantasy Relevant
Week 7 was a fantasy football wonderland; we saw incredible performances from stars such as Devante Adams and Tyler Lockett. However, tons of low-rostered players also made a name for themselves this week.
With BYE weeks and injuries starting to stack up, everyone is looking for a good pickup on the Waivers. Make sure that you do not overspend just because your league-mates are. The chances are that the guy they’re dropping could be picked up for free and can get the job done.
It also might be the time to start thinking about the playoffs. If your team is already stacked and at a good place such as 6-1 or 7-0, then go for a jackpot bench stash. There are plenty of great rookies from this extraordinary WR class who have still yet to break out. Go see if you can find the right gem before your opponents do.
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Cleveland Browns | 1% Rostered
Estimated Pay 3-5% FAAB
Rashard Higgins had a pretty sizeable role Sunday with 6 targets; however, this was not a one-time thing. With Odell Beckham Jr. going down, it is very likely that Higgins slips right into that role on the outside. Finding a player at this point in the season who will secure 6-10 targets week-in and week-out is rare. That kind of player also has tons of value as you try and manufacture points late in the season.
Rashard Higgins has always had a presence in this Browns team; however, this is going to be one of his first real opportunities to secure a starting spot and be fantasy relevant. Watching Baker Mayfield tear up the Bengals’ defense makes me excited for the prospect of Higgins being a good flex option for the rest of the season.
Tennessee Titans | 28% Rostered
Estimated Pay 5-10% FAAB
A few weeks ago, I told you to go out and get Corey Davis. However, he immediately was hit with the Covid bug as there was a mini-pandemic in the Titans’ organization. Davis is consistently getting targets, and we saw this week that those targets could be shared with AJ Brown. He is the clear-cut second option for this team in the receiving game, and with the way that Tannehill has been playing, I want that guy on my team.
It is not just an opportunity that makes Davis a good option. Let us not forget that there was tons of training camp buzz about Davis improving, winning camp MVP, and having an increased role. Through the first three weeks of the season, we saw that Davis was often Tannehill’s go-to man on play-action. Corey Davis has real fantasy value as a flex/WR3 option and should be rostered in most leagues.
New York Jets | 4% Rostered
Estimated Pay 3-5% FAAB
Denzel Mims finally got out on the football field this year. He immediately saw 7 targets against a solid Buffalo secondary and was able to tally off 4 receptions and 42 yards. Mims was selected rather high in this year’s draft, again, in an absolutely stacked WR class. Mims’ name was one of the ones often brought up with the best of them, and he possesses loads of raw talent.
Despite having to play for Adam Gase and Sam Darnold, I still believe that Mims will have fantasy value this year. It is not going to be a popular play, but I love Mims as a bench stash. He could quickly turn into a #1 target for this team and see 10+ targets weekly. With Mims’ skill set, that kind of opportunity is easily WR2 kind of value. Mims will be fantasy relevant this year, and if you have the bench space, you should make sure he is on your roster and not your opponents’.
Arizona Cardinals | 45% Rostered
Estimated Pay 10-15% FAAB
Christian Kirk has now had 5 solid weeks out of the 6 that he has played. For me, that is good enough to call him a flex option. Murray and Kirk are seemingly developing a downfield chemistry that can only help Kirk’s value. Being a deep threat for an air raid offense like the Cardinals’ will always be extremely valuable. However, with the way that things are going now, you are getting the benefit of those substantial upside games, without the downside of bust with Kirk.
Christian Kirk is a talented WR. He has produced since he began his NFL career, and most of us so-called “experts” should have seen Kirk’s fantasy relevance coming. Hopkins is the clear cut #1, but he is taking so much of the defense’s attention away from the other weapons on this offense that it allows them to put up #1 type numbers. With Kirk’s talent and someone else to steal the spotlight, he should be an excellent play for the rest of the season.
New York Giants | 26% Rostered
Estimated Pay 5-8% FAAB
Sterling Shepard is one of Daniel Jones’ top targets when he is healthy. Shepard is an immense talent, and now that he is back on the field and part of the game plan, he should be rostered in fantasy. Shepard will see 6+ targets a game, many of which will be down the field or in the red-zone. It seems that with the emergence of Darius Slayton, many have forgotten just how good Sterling Shepard is.
This past Thursday night against a solid Eagles’ defense, Shepard consistently got himself so open that even Daniel Jones had no problem hitting him. He was able to get in a touchdown on top of his 6 catches for 59 yards and overall looked like the most significant threat on the Giants’ team. This is not a stash but more of an emergency flex play for the next few weeks. I do not want Shepard to start in my playoff matches, but he will help get me there.
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