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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pick-ups after Week 8

Waiver wire targets after Week 8 of the NFL regular season

New Orleans Saints v Carolina Panthers
It is QB1 season for Taysom Hill
Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Another fantasy football week has concluded and the fallout is significant again. Unfortunately, injuries and backups are getting the headlines again this week. The New Orleans Saints lost starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the year due to an illegal horse-collar tackle from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans lost MVP candidate, running back Derrick Henry for at least several weeks. It is not known exactly when Henry could return as he needs foot surgery. The fallout from these injuries will be significant in the real and fantasy world. These are the fantasy football waiver wire targets after Week 8 of the NFL regular season.

Taysom Hill, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints

Rostered percentage: ESPN(1%), Yahoo(2%)

Taysom Hill will be a fantasy dream for any team that can pick him up. Hill started four games in the 2020 season for the Saints. In these games, Hill averaged over 50 yards a game rushing and over 200 yards in the air per game. He also averaged one rushing and one passing touchdown per game. This would equate to 23 points on average per game in standard fantasy scoring. Unless the Saints trade for a quarterback before the deadline, Hill will immediately be a top-tier quarterback for fantasy when he returns from injury.

Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Tennessee Titans

Rostered percentage: ESPN(0%), Yahoo(4%)

It is 2021 and Adrian Peterson is fantasy relevant again. After the Derrick Henry news broke, the Titans were reportedly calling Peterson. Peterson was quickly signed to the team and will likely be the team's primary first and second down running back. It is possible that the Titans could also trade for another running back before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Watch the wire close. If the Titans do not add another running back, then Peterson will be worth the pickup. Expect many teams to spend big to get Peterson, especially since Henry likely will not return in the fantasy regular season.

Philadelphia Eagles v Detroit Lions
Boston Scott has produced consistently when given the opportunity
Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Boston Scott, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

Rostered percentage: ESPN(5%), Yahoo(20%)

It was assumed that Kenneth Gainwell was going to take over this Eagles backfield when Miles Sanders was injured. It seems as if the team will rely on a combination of Boston Scott and Jordan Howard though. Scott was the most effective runner for the Eagles on Sunday. He averaged five yards per carry, more than Howard and Gainwell. Scott will also be involved in the passing game if the game calls for it. Scott has done nothing but produce every time he has been called upon. Scott averages 4.4 yards per carry and 8.2 yards per reception for his career. Scott will not be an every-down type back, but he can be a worthy RB2 or flex option until Miles Sanders returns.

Jamal Agnew, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars

Rostered percentage: ESPN(1%), Yahoo(2%)

Over the past three weeks, no Jaguars receiver has more targets than Jamal Agnew. Agnew has been targeted 25 times by Trevor Lawrence. This is more than Marvin Jones Jr. and Laviska Shenault. Agnew has turned these targets into just 157 yards, but the volume is there for Agnew. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence is averaging 42 attempts per game in this stretch. The Jaguars will likely continue throwing the ball due to their below-average defense. Agnew will be a good flex play going forward for fantasy football with good upside.

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