2022 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Waiver Wire Picks

By Jeff Stinger

Only two teams (Chiefs, Chargers) are on bye in Week 8, but that doesn’t mean that the fantasy football waiver wires won’t be busy with activity. That being said, there are hidden waiver gems aplenty to consider this week, with the running back position being another key talking point to help managers in search of viable flex starts and bench stashes.

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Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets in 2022 NFL Week 8

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Quarterback

Daniel Jones – Giants

  • Pct. Owned: 28.9%

Thanks to the recent resurgence of the G-Men, Daniel Jones is a lowkey viable fantasy starting QB option after several seasons of mediocre and turnover-heavy play. In the Week 7 road win over the Jaguars, Jones had a season-best 28 fantasy points after throwing for over 200 yards along with 107 rushing yards, one passing touchdown, and another TD on the ground.

The former sixth-overall pick out of Duke has yet to log a single-digit fantasy outing this season and is quietly ranked as the ninth-best QB in fantasy to date. Although the Giants will be on a nye in Week 9, New York’s Week 8 road matchup against the Seahawks is still enough of a reason to pick up Jones as either a decent start for the week or as a long-term stash on the bench whenever Jones and the Giants have a favorable contest on tap.

Running Back

Gus Edwards – Ravens

  • Pct. Owned: 16.1%

Most fantasy managers will be racing to get the latest and hottest running back free agent on the waiver wires this week in Baltimore’s Gus Edwards. With J.K. Dobbins (knee) back on the IR, Edwards made the most out of his return in a Ravens uniform, finishing Week 7 with 16 carries for 66 rushing yards and a pair of trips to the end zone in the win over the Browns.

Baltimore continues to employ a run-heavy offense regardless of who’s left in their backfield and has been relatively successful in doing so. The Ravens are currently slight (-1.5) road favorites to win in Week 8 against Tom Brady and the struggling Buccaneers. This gives Edwards another shot at putting up great fantasy numbers for his price as a waiver pickup, especially if Tampa Bay’s defensive woes of late are still apparent.

D’Onta Foreman / Chuba Hubbard – Panthers

  • Pct. Owned: 35.3% / 25.8%

The biggest news entering Week 7’s action was the shocking trade between the Panthers and 49ers that sent franchise-altering running back Christian McCaffrey to the Bay Area. This left a huge void in Carolina’s running back platoon, but it appears that the team will be just fine with the two-headed backfield of D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard.

The 1-5 Panthers stunned Brady and the Bucs this past Sunday with a 21-3 blowout rout in Charlotte thanks in large part to their strong two-headed running game. Foreman led his team with 15 carries for 118 rushing yards, while Hubbard was the one to score a rushing TD in one of his nine totes for 63 more yards on the ground. Both of them are low-risk acquisitions to consider this week, with Foreman’s heavier workload and Hubbard’s tweaked ankle tipping the scale in the former’s favor a bit more.

Wide Receiver

Mecole Hardman – Chiefs

  • Pct. Owned: 21.1%

Although the Chiefs are on bye in Week 8, it’s still worth exploring the waiver wires if Mecole Hardman is still available. The speedy wideout out of Georgia exploded for three offensive TDs this past weekend against a stingy Niners defense, finishing with 27 fantasy points in PPR leagues.

Hardman will have few suitors this week given Kansas City’s bye and it’s even possible that several managers will drop him from their rosters as well to make room for a streaming WR start given said bye. Managers in dire need of wide receiver help might want to snag Hardman before it’s too late, especially with the Chiefs’ passing game still flying high and with JuJu Smith-Schuster failing to cement himself as his team’s top wide-receiving option nearing the midway point of the season. Meanwhile, Hardman’s had double-digit fantasy performances (in PPR formats) in each of the past three weeks.

Parris Campbell – Colts

  • Pct. Owned: 2.8%

The Colts continue to perplex fantasy owners with how their offense really operates. A few weeks ago, rookie wideout Alec Pierce was the hot topic out of Indy. After Week 7, though, fellow young receiver Parris Campbell also made some waves with his 10-70-1 stat line against the Titans.

Over the past two weeks, Campbell has two receiving TDs and totals of 23 targets, 17 receptions, and 127 receiving yards. The Colts have a winnable matchup as (-3) home favorites versus the Commanders in Week 8, paving the way for another huge game from Campbell. However, it’s worth noting that backup QB Sam Ehlinger will be starting in place of injured veteran Matt Ryan for the rest of the season, which should raise some red flags for fantasy managers who are not in desperate need of WR depth on their rosters.

Tight End

Irv Smith Jr. – Vikings

  • Pct. Owned: 31.7%

Every once in a while, Minnesota tight end Irv Smith Jr. gets to celebrate in the end zone despite having plenty of mouths to feed in the team’s passing game. That was certainly the case in Week 6, as Smith caught a TD from Kirk Cousins for the second time this season.

The Vikings are coming off their Week 7 bye, which means Smith will be ready as a weekly plug-and-play the rest of the way. The third-year pro out of Alabama has seen no fewer than four targets in each of his last six starts, which means he’s getting a fair share of the looks in Minny’s potent passing attack. Smith will also likely exploit a suspect Cardinals defense in Week 8; one that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to their opponents’ tight ends this season.

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