Dynasty Adds To Target On Waivers, Going Into Week 8
With seven weeks in the books, dynasty owners are one week closer to the trade deadline. No matter what your record is at this point, dynasty owners should always be looking to improve your team. By now, most owners have decided if your a contender or building for next season. Below I will go over each offensive position; quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight ends in dynasty to help guide you with who should be added going into week 8. I’m going to use My Fantasy League for this article, but these suggestions should apply to other formats too. Let’s dive into the waiver wire.
Quarterback – Matt Moore
On Thursday night, every football fan was glued to their television, while awaiting an update on Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. It was later learned that Mahomes had suffered a dislocated knee cap, which occurred on a 4th down quarterback sneak in the second quarter. At a minimum, he’ll miss three weeks. Even though he avoided a more serious outcome, this still puts Mahomes owners in a tough spot. What makes it even worse is that this happened with bye weeks ramping up and right at the point where owners need to decide how the rest of their season will go.
While Matt Moore isn’t a flashy add, he is the quarterback of a high powered offense. That alone has value to those owners looking for a short term fix. In relief of Mahomes, Moore finished with 10 completions on 19 attempts for 117 yards and a touchdown pass. If you watched Moore, he didn’t look all that great, but that’s to be expected since he was out of the NFL last season and didn’t make any first-team reps, on a short week. Over the next three weeks, the Chiefs play home games against the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings and a road game against the Tennessee Titans. Another name to consider is Chad Henne, who’s getting close to a return from an ankle injury. I’m not rushing to add Moore or Henne unless I’m desperate.
Quarterback – Matt Schaub
Atlanta Falcons starting quarterback, Matt Ryan, was injured in the 4th quarter of their week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. It was later determined that Ryan was dealing with a sprained right ankle. Falcons head coach, Dan Quinn, said he’s not ruling Ryan out for their week 8 game against Seattle. Dynasty owners need to have a backup plan in the event Ryan misses a game or multiple. With so many injuries to starting quarterbacks already, the quarterback landscape is very bare.
38-year-old Matt Schaub, who signed a two-year extension through 2020, came in the 4th quarter, for the injured Matt Ryan. Schaub was 6-for-6 for 65 yards and one touchdown pass and 1 rush for -1 yards. While it’s likely most people forgot about Matt Schaub, still being in the NFL, he could be the starter of an offense with plenty of weapons. If Schaub is pressed into a starting role, it will be at home, against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have been vulnerable in the secondary, so if the Falcons get behind, Schaub might need to throw to keep up. Matt Schaub is worth an add for those dynasty owners dealing with an injury to their starting quarterback.
Quarterback – Ryan Fitzpatrick
In week 7, Fitzpatrick finished with 23 completions on 35 attempts for 282 yards, one passing touchdown, and one interception. He also had 6 carries for 13 yards and one rushing touchdown. He played very well and almost pulled off the upset against the Buffalo Bills. So, while he’s worth an add in dynasty, for those owners hurting at the position, keep in mind that he’s very up and down week to week. For his career, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 30,074 yards with 193 touchdowns and 153 interceptions. So if you add him and need to start him on Monday night, against the Steelers, buckle up for the adventure.
Running back – Ty Johnson
Detroit Lions starting running back Kerryon Johnson suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, against the Minnesota Vikings. He didn’t return to the game and was seen with a knee brace on. He ended his day with 5 carries for 23 scoreless yards. Through week 7, Kerryon played 239 offensive snaps out of a possible 425 offensive snaps (56%), now up for grabs. Unless someone is signed, the player who should take most of those offensive snaps is rookie, Ty Johnson. As of now, the Detroit Lions are calling Kerryon Johnson’s injury week to week and expect him to miss some time.
It looks like Ty Johnson will slide into Kerryon Johnson’s role, as the early-down back. J.D. McKissic should remain as the passing down back. For those unsure of who Ty Johnson is, here is what was said about him when he was drafted by the Lions.
The Detroit Lions are scheduled to face the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders, the next two weeks. The Giants rank 26th in rushing yards allowed per game (131.4) and the Raiders rank 5th in rushing yards allowed per game (86.7). As is with anything, the opportunity is king and it looks like Ty will get the first crack at filling Kerryon’s role. Ty Johnson should be considered the top add, this week.
Running back – Jay Ajayi
Jay Ajayi is currently a free agent, in the NFL and might be in your dynasty league as well. Ajayi informed all 32 teams, at the end of September, that he was fully recovered from his ACL surgery. While he’s unlikely to be added for a three-down role, he does have some value as an early-down running back for a team in need of RB help. Jay has scheduled his first work out for the Arizona Cardinals, who could be without starting running back, David Johnson, due to a back injury. As a dynasty owner, now would be a great time to check and see if Ajayi is available. He’s worth an add if you have the roster space.
Running back – Mark Walton
He continues to see work in the Miami Dolphins backfield, finishing week 7 with 14 carries for 66 yards. He seems to have claimed the top spot on the depth chart. Please see what I wrote on Walton, last week, for additional information here.
Wide Receiver – Allen Lazard
With Davante Adams still sidelined and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison recovering from injuries, the last two played on Sunday, someone else had to step up. That person was Allen Lazard. He played 51 of 60 offensive snaps in week 7, finishing with three catches on four targets for 42 yards. Lazard is someone who should be added, with Adams having no return date set. The Packers will be playing the Kansas City Chiefs, on Sunday night football, in week 8.
Tight End – Jonnu Smith
Tennessee Titans starting tight end Delanie Walker, played less than a half on Sunday as he’s dealing with an ankle injury. Walker is considered day-to-day, but I’d be surprised if he plays in week 8. Jonnu Smith played 53 of 64 offensive snaps, in relief, and ended with 3 catches on 3 targets for 64 scoreless yards. It’s been thought that Smith would take over for Walker at some point as the starting tight end of this offense, why not now? With tight end being so hit and miss outside of the top 7-8 weekly starters, Smith has as strong of a chance to make an impact as the others. As an added bonus, Smith gets the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this week, who have been very poor against tight ends. I see Smith as a tight end two with upside.
Tight End – Ben Watson
Ben Watson is currently playing on Monday night football. He’s another player I’d look to see if he’s available in your dynasty leagues. Please see what I wrote on Ben Watson earlier this season here.
Depending on the size of your dynasty leagues and roster sizes, these players may be deeper adds. Nonetheless, it is always important to stay one step ahead of your fellow owners on the wavier wire. The savvy dynasty owner is looking for opportunities along with current usage. Always remember to check your waiver wire(s) every week, even if you think there isn’t anything worth adding because you never know. Good luck in week 8!