Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 8 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench, or are simply just players to add to your watch list. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Mike Gillislee NE | RB

The Bills played LeSean McCoy when they probably shouldn’t have and it looks like he aggravated his injured hamstring. The Bills host the Patriots Week 8, then they are in Seattle, and Week 10 they have a bye. There is a good chance that McCoy might get held out until Week 11. This would give Gillislee some interesting short term value if you are looking for a running back. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Chris Thompson WAS | RB

Matt Jones had a costly fumble Week 7 and this led to more touches for Thompson. It’s possible that Jones will lose some touches moving forward and Thompson will be the guy that gains the most value. He will be hard to trust in standard leagues, but Thompson is an interesting add in PPR formats. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Kenneth Dixon BAL | RB

The Ravens have their bye Week 8 and I fully expect Dixon to be a bigger part of the offense starting Week 9. Terrance West has been solid, but he isn’t the long term solution for the Ravens at the running back position. It’s possible that Dixon could be the guy to own for the Ravens backfield by the time we get to the fantasy playoffs. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Peyton Barber TB | RB

With Doug Martin not expected back anytime soon, this will open the door for Barber to get some touches. Rodgers will continue to be the lead back, but at 5’6” 205 pounds I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets hurt if he keeps getting 30 touches a game. This makes Barber an interesting add if you are looking for a running back with an upside. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

C.J. Prosise SEA | RB

Prosise returned to action Week 7 as the clear backup for Christine Michael and this makes him an interesting add in deeper leagues. Thomas Rawls is still a couple of weeks away from returning from his leg injury and Prosise could have some value during that stretch. I especially like the upside of Prosise next week against the Saints in a potentially high scoring game. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Steve Smith Sr. BAL | WR

More than likely Smith will return Week 9 after Baltimore’s bye and if you don’t grab him now someone else will. He was just starting to get things going before his injury back in Week 5 and I am thinking he will pickup right where he left off. If he can stay healthy down the stretch he could certainly help some fantasy teams win some championships. (about 65% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Davante Adams GB | WR

Adams had a monster game Week 7 and even with all of the receivers healthy with the Packers he led the team with 13 targets. The Bears weren’t going to let Jordy Nelson beat them and the rest of the Packers pass catchers had a field day. Adams will be hard to trust from week to week, but after this performance you have to think he will have some more big games. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Cordarrelle Patterson MIN | WR

Patterson is back on the fantasy map with at least six targets in each of his last three games and touchdowns in back to back performances. We all know that Patterson has talent, but he hasn’t been consistent since breaking out as a rookie back in 2013. I still think he is worth an add as a high upside bench receiver though. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Jamison Crowder WAS | WR

Crowder is quietly having a solid fantasy season and it’s time for everyone to take notice. He is on pace for just under 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns. The Redskins have looked much better as of late and Crowder should be in line for a solid second half of the season. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Brandon LaFell CIN | WR

LaFell was one of the guys I had my eyes on coming into the season, but after a slow start I kind of wrote him off. He and Andy Dalton have gotten things going though and with three touchdowns in the last two weeks I think LaFell needs to be considered as a guy to add. Even though he will be inconsistent, I still fully expect him to have some more big games this season. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Quarterbacks

Sam Bradford MIN | QB

The Vikings played the Eagles Week 7 and Bradford had a chance for some revenge against his old team. Not only did he not get the win, but he had his worst game of the season. Bradford should have a good chance of a bounce back Week 8 however and he should have a much easier time against the Bears leaky secondary. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play

Tight End

Jack Doyle IND | TE

Doyle lead the Colts offense Week 7 with nine targets and it looks like he could be the real deal while Dwayne Allen is out. Doyle should continue to be a big factor for the Colts passing game and he could have solid value even after Allen returns. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Defenses

Detroit DET | DEF

There aren’t that many solid options as pickup and play defense for Week 8, but I don’t mind the Lions on the road against the Texans. The Lions D has been steady all year and while they haven’t had any amazing fantasy performances, they have been solid. I expect that they will be able to force a mistake or two from Brock Osweiler and they should be able to get at least a couple of sacks. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play