Fantasy Football: Week 8 Best Waiver-wire Targets to Add

With the NFL season approaching the halfway mark, finding valuable free agents is becoming as difficult as finding players Jon Gruden isn't prepared to ship out of Oakland.

Injuries, upcoming matchups and the looming trade deadline make it an even more difficult exercise, but there are still players capable of turning your fantasy football team into a playoff contender or to improve an already strong roster.

Here's who you should be looking for on the waiver wires this week.

Wide Receiver

Martavis Bryant—Oakland Raiders (5.7 fantasy points on average, owned by 2.4 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

With Amari Cooper traded to Dallas, one between Bryant and Seth Roberts will have to step up to fill the gap. Bryant has played 150 snaps so far this season and has hauled in 14 of his 22 targets, making a good stash option.

Tre'Quan Smith—New Orleans Saints (6.1 fantasy points on average, owned by 8.7 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

With Ted Ginn on injured reserve, Smith seized the opportunity to establish himself as one of Drew Brees' main targets. Smith has a lot of upside and played 52 snaps last week, the most of any Saints receivers bar Michael Thomas.

Donte Moncrief—Jacksonville Jaguars (9.6 fantasy points on average, owned by 12.4 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Moncrief leads the Jaguars in passing yardage but has been frustratingly inconsistent. Conversely, he saw 10 or more passes coming his way in two of the last three weeks, a sign he could be becoming one of Blake Bortles' most trusted receivers.

Danny Amendola—Miami Dolphins (9.3 fantasy points on average, owned by 24.4 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Amendola played in 55 of 56 snaps last week, hauling in six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. With Albert Wilson set to miss out in Week 8 and Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker still questionable, Amendola will be one of Miami's main offensive weapons.

Quarterback

Baker Mayfield—Cleveland Browns (10.5 fantasy points on average, owned by 40.5 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

We mentioned Mayfield in this column ahead of Week 6 because of Cleveland's upcoming schedule. The Browns face the Steelers, Chiefs and Falcons in the next four weeks. In other words, two of the league's four worst defenses in terms of average passing yards allowed per game and one—the Steelers'—that ranks 27 th. Mayfield was unimpressive against Tampa Bay but still accumulated 20.9 fantasy points.

Case Keenum—Denver Broncos (13.8 fantasy points on average, owned by 11.4 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Keenum has thrown for more than 300 yards just three times this season but comes up against a Chiefs defense that has conceded 316.6 yards per game so far, the second-worst record in the NFL. Keenum is a risk but could be worth a shot.

Joe Flacco—Baltimore Ravens (17.1 fantasy points on average, owned by 34 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Flacco is ranked 19th in terms of fantasy points among quarterbacks and has traditionally struggled on the road, which doesn't bode well given the Ravens are playing at Carolina on Sunday. The Panthers, however, have allowed a quarterback to score at least 18 fantasy points in the last five consecutive weeks and Flacco could be next.

Running Back

Jalen Richard—Oakland Raiders (9.9 fantasy points on average, owned by 18.5 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Richard has averaged just 11 rushing attempts in five games but with Marshawn Lynch on injured reserve he should see a lot more carries coming his way. His 31 receptions for 253 yards make him a valuable option in PPR leagues.

Chris Ivory—Buffalo Bills (6.8 fantasy points on average, owned by 9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Ivory is worth keeping on the radar, as he replaced LeSean McCoy after the latter suffered a head injury against the Colts. Ivory rushed for 81 yards on 16 attempts on Sunday and could be given a more prominent role on Monday night if McCoy is still out.

Raheem Mostert—San Francisco 49ers (2.1 fantasy points on average, owned by 3.9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Mostert picked up 146 yards across a combined 19 carries in the last two games, making the most of the injuries that have beset the 49ers this season. With Matt Breida questionable for Week 8, Mostert is a player to keep an eye on.

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Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes with the ball against Cory Littleton #58 of the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium on October 21 in Santa Clara, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Tight End

Benjamin Watson—New Orleans Saints (8.7 fantasy points on average, owned by 34.7 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

The Saints offense is rolling and Watson had his best game of the season in Week 7, catching six passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings will be a tough matchup in Week 8 but Watson is a good stream option.

C.J. Uzomah—Cincinnati Bengals (6.8 fantasy points on average, owned by 40.1 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Uzomah appeared in this column ahead of Week 6 and has continued to see a lot of volume because of injuries to Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft. The Bengals face the Bucs on Sunday, the NFL's fourth-worst defense in terms of total passing yards allowed this season.

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