Fantasy Football: Week 8 Add/Drops for Waiver Wire Wednesday –

MIAMI, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Here come the brutal bye weeks.

Week 8 kicks off the largest amount of teams [6] to catch a break so far this season. That means you will be without the services of players from the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, and San Francisco 49ers when you face your latest opponent.

Some of the players from those teams are droppable heading into waiver wire Wednesday to make room for breakout stars or adequate fill-ins.

Here are my top players to add and top players to drop for Week 8.


QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith; RB | Ty Montgomery, Mike Gillislee; WR | Davante Adams, Cordarrelle Patterson; TE | Jack Doyle; D/ST | Dallas Cowboys; K | Nick Folk


QB | Sam Bradford, Brock Osweiler; RB | Devontae Booker, Dion Lewis, DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis, Knile Davis, James Starks; WR | Marquise Lee, Brandon LaFell; TE | C.J. Fiedorowicz, Jared Cook; D/ST | New York Jets


QB | Joe Flacco, Geno Smith; RB | Cameron Artis-Payne, Kenneth Dixon, Justin Forsett, Arian Foster; WR | Sterling Shepard, DeSean Jackson, DeVante Parker; TE | Jesse James


Ryan Fitzpatrick is my top-add at quarterback this week. I would recommend adding the New York Jets veteran, who fills back in for Geno Smith, in all formats if you need a bye week replacement. Furthermore, he is usable for the rest of the season in good matchups. Fitzpatrick’s appeal stems mostly from the talented core of skill players surrounding him on a weekly basis. He has great matchups against the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins before battling the Los Angeles Rams and serving his bye week.


Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery and Buffalo Bills back Mike Gillislee are worth long looks this week. Montgomery is gobbling up yardage in the absence of Eddie Lacy. Montgomery has 32 touches for 230 yards in his last two games. He is a must-add in all formats, despite a somewhat difficult slate ahead. With LeSean McCoy obviously ailing, Gillislee is also worth an add in all formats.

The Bills backup could have immediate fantasy football value if McCoy misses time. With Rex Ryan‘s dedication to the running game, look for Gillislee to get plenty of work against the likes of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. It’s possible the Bills could give McCoy a break before heading into its Week 10 bye.


Another Green Bay Packers skill position player is worth adding this week. Wide receiver Davante Adams is stepping up while Randall Cobb struggles. Adams is excelling opposite Jordy Nelson and I expect him to keep returning WR3 value against the likes of the Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts in weeks 8 and 9, respectively.


After Week 2, the majority of fantasy football team owners doubted that Jack Doyle could maintain his two-touchdowns-per-game pace. While the Indianapolis Colts tight end couldn’t possibly maintain that production, he has been consistent lately, in the absence of Dwayne Allen. Doyle has 13 receptions for 131 yards and has scored twice in his last two games. I like that production to continue in Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs and in Week 9 against the Packers.

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