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.

Quarterbacks

Josh McCown NYJ | QB

Coming into the season, the Jets were expected to be as dormant of a team as we’ve seen in years. On the contrary, Gang Green has done a great job competing every week and outside of a Week 2 loss in Oakland, the team’s other three losses have been of the single-digit variety. A large part of the reason they’ve exceeded expectations this season has been the consistently solid play of veteran quarterback Josh McCown. The 38-year-old came over from the Browns in the offseason and has posted some respectable numbers this year that warrant consideration as a low-end QB1 for fantasy purposes. McCown has passed for just shy of 1,600 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. This week the Jets will host a reeling Falcons team who can’t seem to figure out the AFC East, as the division has accounted for the entirety of their three-game losing streak. McCown and the Jets will look to increase that number to four this week. (about 12% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tyrod Taylor BUF | QB

Despite rumblings in the offseason that the Bills were pursuing other options at the quarterback position, the team ended up taking their chances with Tyrod Taylor for another season. The Virginia Tech product hasn’t disappointed, as he’s slipped under the radar this year in terms of where credit is due. Sure, he doesn’t have the gaudy numbers of Carson Wentz or Alex Smith, but without the supporting cast – Taylor has held his own this year. T-Mobile lit up the Bucs defense in last week’s victory, passing for 268 yards and a touchdown, while adding 53 yards on the ground. This week he’ll get a Raiders secondary that was absolutely shredded last week by Alex Smith and the Chiefs. Taylor will be a legitimate QB1 this week at home. (about 58% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Marlon Mack IND | RB

Week 7 in Indianapolis was an utter embarrassment for the Colts, as they were shut out by their division-rival Jaguars 27-0 and the offensive line allowed Jacoby Brissett to be sacked 10 times in the contest. The only silver lining for a team that has basically written off this season, is that the potential running back of the future is starting to come into his own. This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned Marlon Mack as a player who possesses big time potential, which is to be dependent of opportunity. That opportunity started to increase in Week 7, as the Rookie out-snapped veteran Frank Gore and totaled 66 yard between the air and the ground. With Andrew Luck’s season outlook appearing to be bleak, the Colts have nothing to gain from continuing to let Gore operate as lead dog. That said, Mack will be one of the top waiver adds for this week. (about 41% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Darren McFadden DAL | RB

It’s rare that a guy who has been a healthy scratch for the entire season becomes a priority waiver wire pickup. However, that’s exactly what has happened for veteran running back Darren McFadden. Run-DMC was a speculative middle-round pick for fantasy owners entering the season, with Ezekiel Elliott’s legal saga in the embryo stages. With odds of suspension increasing by the day, Zeke owners needs to have a contingency plan in place to mitigate the potential damage of losing a top ten fantasy player. Despite being inactive through the team’s first six games, McFadden projects to be the workhorse over fellow backfield-mate Alfred Morris. With a six-game suspension looking likely at some point for Zeke, the writing is on the wall for McFadden to have standalone flex appeal. Owners with an obvious player to drop, should be looking to stash McFadden. (about 43% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Alfred Morris DAL | RB

As an extension to the aforementioned McFadden, fantasy owners need to exercise attention to detail while deciphering how the Cowboys plan to replace Elliott. The main focus of that sentiment should include paying close attention to veteran running back Alfred Morris. The former Washington Redskin has been operating as Elliott’s primary backup this season and has posted a pedestrian 102 yards in limited work on the year. While McFadden’s outlook benefits from preferential Arkansas treatment from owner Jerry Jones, Head Coach Jason Garrett and his staff could decide to turn the reins over to Alf. Fantasy owners should stay tuned, but for now both of these Dallas backs are mandatory stashes. (about 46% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Ted Ginn Jr. NO | WR

Ted Ginn Jr. has flirted with fantasy relevance this season, but had failed to put it all together to warrant consideration in 10 and 12 team leagues. This week against the Packers was a different story. The veteran receiver asserted himself as Drew Brees’ go-to target on the afternoon, reeling in seven passes for 141 yards. With the Saints continuing to operate as a pass-heavy offense, Ginn will continue to have value moving forward. Opposing defenses have double-teamed Michael Thomas, which will leave Brees to rely on additional receivers. Ginn will be towards the top of that list when the Saints host the Bears next week. (about 52% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Josh Doctson WAS | WR

Drafted as the No. 1 wide receiver of the future in the class of 2016, Josh Doctson has battled injuries each of his first two seasons in the NFL. However, over the past few weeks, Doctson has appeared to be the healthiest he’s been over his brief career. This was made evident by the fact that Head Coach Jay Gruden deployed Doctson as the team’s No. 1 receiver on the outside in Monday Night’s loss to the Eagles. Doctson played on a career-high 54 snaps, while Terrelle Pryor was only on the field for 30 snaps. It’s clear that Gruden and the Washington coaching staff is more comfortable with Doctson’s skill set than Pryor’s at this point in the year and fantasy owners should be scrambling to the waiver wire to grab Doctson this week. (about 14% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tight Ends

O.J. Howard TB | TE

O.J. Howard arrived on the fantasy scene in a big way during the Bucs Week 7 loss in Buffalo. The Alabama product hauled in two touchdowns from Jameis Winston, en route to six receptions for 98 yards. While Cameron Brate has always been the Buccaneers red zone target, there’s some for Howard to flourish into a more consistent threat in a Bucs offense that is struggling to sustain consistency. The rookie’s skillset has never been in doubt and I fully expect Head Coach Dirk Koetter to get creative in terms of Howard playing a more pivotal role moving forward. He’ll be a back-end TE1 for this week against the Panthers. (about 14% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Philadelphia Eagles PHI | DEF

With the C.J. Beathard led-49ers coming to town this week, the Philadelphia Eagles will be an elite start in terms of fantasy defenses. San Francisco has been easy pickings for opposing defenses and the Eagles have a solid chance of strengthening their secondary with Bradley Roby potentially returning to the lineup. While the 49ers continue to go through rebuilding stages, they’ll be an easy opponent to pick on and fantasy owners should take note for Week 8. The Eagles defense will be a top five option this weekend. (about 66% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 8 streamer option