Week 8 Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups
Jacquizz Rodgers (RB, TB) – 45% Owned
Rodgers came off his touching the ball 35 times in a gritty game against Carolina in Week 5 to rush the ball 26 times for 154 yards (adding in a nine-yard catch) against a horrid San Francisco defense. His volume is off the charts in Tampa Bay’s offense and he should draw another start in a Week 8 home matchup against another bad defense in Oakland. Cake.
Mike Gillislee (RB, BUF) – 38% Owned
You reap what you sow, Rex Ryan. LeSean McCoy flirted with being inactive all week long, but was fired up anyway despite his definitely not being 100%. What happened? He predictably re-aggravated his hamstring injury and had to leave the game in the third quarter. While Gillislee did not impress (only five rushes for 20 yards), the process is still sound and you could get a starting RB here for the cost of nothing. Buffalo’s next two matchups (vs. NE, @SEA) stink, and then they hit their bye week, but volume is volume.
Dion Lewis (RB, NE) – 37% Owned
The buzz is growing, but the most recent reports from The Boston Herald say that his return “isn’t imminent” – which aligns with his not practicing this past week (though he was eligible to do so). As we said last week, my money would be on his being worked in after New England’s Week 9 bye – a tough home matchup against Seattle.
Knile Davis (RB, GB) – 36% Owned
Davis should have a firmer grip on Green Bay’s playbook by next week, but I still would not be prioritizing him in any of my Waiver Wire queues or FAAB bids. He’s never been all that special, and I doubt Mike McCarthy sways from utilizing Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb at RB until they get a certain other RB-to-be-named-later back in their stable.
Matt Asiata (RB, MIN) – 27% Owned
With Jerick McKinnon’s ankle banged up, Asiata totaled 18 touches for 80 total yards (12-55 rushing, 6-25 receiving) for some decent PPR value even on a day where he didn’t hit a short goal-line plunge. With Minnesota lining up to face Chicago’s subpar defense in Week 8, feel free to tap Asiata from the FA pool should he just be sitting out there. He won’t inspire confidence, but he gets touches and red-zone looks.Back to top