Week 8 Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups
Devontae Booker (RB, DEN) – 37% Owned
He has yet to play with Denver hitting the field tonight in Week 7’s MNF game against the Texans, but he’s trending up after he turned his five carries into 46 yards while catching both of his targets for seven yards last Thursday night against the Chargers. He has to improve his pass-blocking skills before he’d really enter a 50/50 timeshare with C.J. Anderson, but getting roughly 35-40% of the snaps is still worth rostering. That’s without the obvious caveat that he’s CJA’s handcuff should Anderson get hurt.
James Starks (RB, GB) – 19% Owned
That’s the one. Starks is the Green Bay running back that I’d be targeting. He likely has about four more weeks, but as of now he should line up to return for a fantastic matchup against the weak Redskins run defense in Week 11. If you need to grab a Davis now then be my guest – the short-term is certainly important in fantasy football – but Starks should provide a nice playoff-push pickup should you be able to afford the luxury.
Dwayne Washington (RB, DET) – 16% Owned
Washington and fellow Lions RB Theo Riddick seem to have ankle injuries that are much worse than Detroit has let on, but given that Washington was expected to play up until Sunday morning I’d say his Week 8 chances are pretty decent. A road matchup against a Houston defense that ranks 25th going into their respective Week 7 game on MNF makes for a nice “welcome back”.
Shaun Draughn (RB, SF) – 13% Owned
Carlos Hyde is supposedly only missing one week, but we all know we need to be prepared for optimistic news like that to be wrong. Even if Hyde is okay for Week 9’s matchup against the Saints, they may not put the pedal to the floor with him off the bat. This would likely leave Draughn as a pass-catching spell back who should see plenty of opportunities in a game that the Saints should steamroll San Francisco in, even with New Orleans on the road. Draughn caught five of his seven targets for 37 yards and a TD against Tampa Bay in Week 7, and could turn in a similar effort in Week 9.
Zach Zenner (RB, DET) – 10% Owned
Zenner scored a TD! He only rushed nine times for 29 yards, but he scored a TD! With the aforementioned Dwayne Washington likely to return in some capacity in Week 8, Zenner isn’t all that special on the WW. But those of you who are more skeptical can still give ZZ a look. Skepticism is often rewarded in fantasy football.
Ka’Deem Carey (RB, CHI) – 6% Owned
Carey looked a lot sharper than Jordan Howard in Chicago’s Week 7 embarrassment against the Packers, out-touching him 11 to 7 and tallying 35 more yards in all. Ka’Deem finally looks healthy and should get plenty of passing work in Week 8 as the Bears will find little success trying to run north-south against the Vikings front seven.
Reggie Bush (RB, BUF) – 6% Owned
Bush totaled 18 snaps to Gillislee’s 20 and McCoy’s 24, punching in a one-yard TD on his one carry while adding a 13-yard catch on two targets. If McCoy misses extended time then it looks like Bush would be a decent deep-league PPR add as he spells Gillislee, but don’t go in with high hopes here.
Peyton Barber (RB, TB) – 1% Owned
This is for the desperate, but it’s pretty clear that Barber would be the beneficiary should Jacquizz Rodgers get hurt right now with Doug Martin’s recovery timeline unclear. Barber ripped off a late-game 44-yard TD to give him 84 rushing yards and a TD on the day.
DuJuan Harris (RB, SF) – 0% Owned
Harris wasn’t the starter, that honor went to Mike Davis, but Harris ended up out-touching Davis 13 to 7. While Davis is the one who found pay dirt, Harris was clearly favored by San Francisco as the game wore on. This isn’t an ideal pickup at all, as Harris is highly unlikely to have value even if Hyde isn’t 100% since he’ll be active and taking over the between-the-tackles work, but it’s worth noting all the same.Back to top