Week 8 Waivers

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Michael Carter, RB New York Jets (66.5% owned)

I know, I said to keep away from the Jets. I LIED! Michael Carter was a player I talked up this off-season because he is the most talented running back on that team. I get it that Wilson just got injured but they solved all of the problems for Michael Carter by getting Joe Flacco. Fine, call me crazy, I am a little. Did you know that Carter had 8 catches last week? He played a year high 73% of the snaps coming off the bye and I think it’s only going to increase moving forward. Joe Flacco doesn’t take many deep shots and last season in New York running backs had 12% Target share. That isn’t a lot, but he was throwing to lamical Perine and Le’Veon Bell. Michael Carter is very talented and will be needed heavily against the Cincinnati Bengals team that will most likely be leading.

Khalil Herbert, RB Chicago Bears (61.3% owned)

Khalil Herbert has been one of the best running backs in the league, not just among rookies, since Montgomery went down in week 5. He just put up 100 rushing yards against the Bucs to be the 2nd person in the last two seasons to accomplish such a feat (cook, wk 14). The Bears have him in a work horse role on the ground and the air with 44 touches in two games. Damien Williams came back last week and only had 5 touches after expecting to take back the lead role. With Montgomery out a minimum of one more week, Herbert is a great RB2 option until he is back.

Kenyan Drake, RB Las Vegas Raiders (59.3% owned)

The back up running back they paid handsomely to come in and play a role is finally getting an opportunity to do so. This seems to me like a Mayock hire more than Gruden because since his departure two weeks ago, Drake is RB7. In the first 5 games Drake had 37 touches for 0 TDs. In the last two weeks he has 23 touches and 3 TDs. Going into his bye week he may not be on many radars so you can get him cheap. He will continue to play a role in the passing game even if Jacobs is doing well so he will be a great replacement back. Who knows, with Jacobs injury history it could become even more.

Alex Collins, RB Seattle Seahawks (50.0% owned)

The Irish dancing phenomenon from 2017 is providing great support for the struggling Seahawks offense. Without Wilson they have just 30 points in two games and get to face another struggling offense in the Jacksonville Jaguars. Collins has at least 17 touches in the last 3 games and scored in two of four. I expect him to have a strong performance to help pace the offense in a game they need to win. Carson may not be back until week 10 at the earliest and Carroll has been noncommittal on his injury. Collins is a low-end RB2 or flex until he is back.

Brandon Bolden, RB New England Patriots (5.5%)

Bolden has quietly become the no. 2 back for New England as he has excelled in the passing game as of late. He has looked the best he may ever have receiving at least four targets in four of his last five games. The James White role has always been good for fantasy and hopefully Bolden has found himself there coming up against the Chargers who allow the 4th most points against the position.

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