Week 8 waiver wire targets: This week, get Gus Edwards

Week 8 waiver wire targets: This week, get Gus Edwards

Gus Edwards, Ravens running back

Gus Edwards scores against the Cleveland Browns on the ground.
AP Image by Nick Wass

ESPN fantasy roster percentage: 13.1%

66 running yards and two touchdowns for 18.6 fantasy points in Week 7.

Last week, Kenyan Drake was the Ravens’ breakthrough performer in the backfield, but Gus Edwards overtook him this week in his first game back this season. Drake was limited to five rushing yards on 11 carries, so Edwards appears to be your best option moving forward.

Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers running back

The touchdown is scored by Chuba Hubbard against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Photo by: AP/Jacob Kupferman

24.7% of ESPN fantasy rosters contain players.

63 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 10 receiving yards, and 1 score for 15.3 fantasy points in Week 7.

The Carolina Panthers traded away their starting running back Christian McCaffrey last week, leaving the door for D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard to compete for the position. Hubbard appeared to be the best backfield player to begin the game, but an ankle injury ended his night.

The Carolina offense is currently in upheaval and will take points anywhere they can get them. They may move forward without a lead back, opting to ride the hot hand from week to week. It is also worth noting that, between Foreman and Hubbard, Hubbard was the one that reached the end zone.

D’Onta Foreman is a running back for the Carolina Panthers.

D’Onta Foreman escapes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a run.

Photo by: AP/Jacob Kupferman

ESPN fantasy roster percentage: 34%

Week 7 stats: 118 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 27 receiving yards, 16.5 points in fantasy football.

With a 60-yard run in the third quarter, Foreman swiftly surpassed 100 yards and maximized his offensive role for the Panthers. If you require running back depth, either Hubbard or Foreman will suffice.

Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Eno Benjamin carries the ball against the Saints of New Orleans.

AP Photographer: Ross D. Franklin

68.9% of ESPN fantasy rostered players.

Week 7 stats: 92 yards rushing, 4 receptions, 21 receiving yards, and 1 score = 23.3 fantasy points

Eno Benjamin is already owned in the majority of leagues, but considering his performance this week, it’s worth double-checking to see whether he’s still available in your league.

Tyler Allgeier, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Tyler Allgeier is jubilant after scoring against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Photo: AP/Aaron Doster

30% of ESPN fantasy rostered players

50 running yards and one score for 11 fantasy points in Week 7.

After Cordarrelle Patterson was placed on injured reserve, Caleb Huntley and Tyler Allgeier are splitting time in the Falcons’ backfield. This week, Allgeier had 16 carries compared to six for Huntley.

Robinson, Brian, RB, Washington Commanders

Brian Robinson engages a Green Bay Packers defender in combat.

AP Image: Susan Walsh

ESPN fantasy roster percentage: 66.3%

Week 7 stats: 73 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 13 receiving yards, 10.6 points in fantasy football.

Brian Robinson has scored double-digit fantasy points in consecutive weeks since assuming the starting position in Washington. Robinson seems like a safe, high-floor play if you’re set to lose a running back to a bye week.

Michael Carter, New York Jets tailback

Michael Carter defends himself against a Denver Broncos defender.

AP Photo/David Zalubowski

68.7% of ESPN fantasy rosters are filled.

Week 7 stats: 29 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 45 receiving yards, and 9.4 points in fantasy football.

Breece Hall exited Sunday’s game with a potentially season-ending injury, which is important to note. Michael Carter was a mediocre flex play in the Jets offense before he was upgraded to the starting position, but he could be in for some big games in the near future.

Parris Campbell, wide receiver with the Indianapolis Colts

A touchdown reception by Parris Campbell against the Tennessee Titans.

AP Image: Mark Humphrey

2.7% of ESPN fantasy rostered players

10 receptions, 70 receiving yards, and one score for 23 fantasy points in Week 7.

In the last two weeks, Parris Campbell has caught 17 passes on 23 targets and scored in both games. He has been a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in consecutive weeks and is available in nearly all leagues.

Wan’Dale Robinson, wide receiver with the New York Giants

Wan’Dale Robinson battles the Jacksonville Jaguars for yards.

AP Image by John Raoux

ESPN fantasy roster percentage: 13.5%

Six receptions for 50 yards and 11 fantasy points in Week 7.

Wan’Dale Robinson led the Giants in targets and receptions on Sunday against the Jaguars, despite not scoring a touchdown like teammate Darius Slayton. Robinson would be my pick if I had to pick one Giants receiver to stand out from the pack.

Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs of Kansas City

Mecole Hardman scores against the San Francisco 49ers by leaping through the air.

Photo by: AP/Lachlan Cunningham

21.2% of ESPN fantasy rosters contain players.

Week 7 stats: 4 receptions, 32 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns for 28 points in fantasy football.

The bad news is that you already lost out on having Mecole Hardman on your team for his greatest game of the season. The good news is that he can still be an asset to your roster in the future. Hardman has already scored double-digit fantasy points in three consecutive games, and he has a few favorable matchups after the bye week. If you don’t want to take him now because Kansas City is off the following week, create a reminder for Week 9 to do so.

Mack Hollins, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

Mack Hollins catches a touchdown pass over the Houston Texans.

AP Image by David Becker

6.6% of ESPN fantasy players on rosters

Week 7 stats: 2 catches, 44 receiving yards, and 1 score for 12.4 fantasy points

Depending on the depth of your fantasy league, a boom-or-bust player may be the best option available to replace one of your starters during a bye week. If so, Mack Hollins is an entertaining lottery ticket to have in your pocket.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns wide receiver

Donovan Peoples-Jones runs with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens after catching it.

Photograph: AP/Terrance Williams

ESPN fantasy % rostered: 9.3%

Week 7 stats: 6 receptions, 71 receiving yards — 11.1 fantasy points

One thing to know: Donovan Peoples-Jones has now had at least four receptions and 70 receiving yards in three of his past four games. While it is unlikely that he will have a monster game, he is engaged enough in the Browns’ offense to get consistent fantasy points.

Juwan Johnson, TE, Saints of New Orleans

A touchdown scored by Juwan Johnson against the Arizona Cardinals.

Photo: AP/Rick Scuteri

ESPN fantasy roster percentage: 3.2%

Seventh-week stats: five receptions, 32 receiving yards, and two touchdowns for 20.2 fantasy points

Johnson is obviously a threat in the red zone for the Saints, and with the New Orleans receiving corps dealing with a number of ailments, he has more promise than you might expect.

Greg Dulcich, TE, Denver Broncos

Greg Dulcich is jubilant after scoring against the Los Angeles Chargers.

AP Image by Mark J. Terrill

7.2% of ESPN fantasy rostered players

Week 7 stats: 6 catches for 51 yards and 11.1 fantasy points

Greg Dulcich had his first NFL start in Week 6 against the Chargers, when he was given an opportunity to score a touchdown in the red zone. He received nine targets this week against the Jets, second only to Jerry Jeudy among Broncos pass catchers. It is evident that the Broncos believe in Dulcich, so if you’ve been unsatisfied with your tight end play thus far, you may want to give him a go.

Tennessee Titans defense

David Long, linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, celebrates his interception against the Indianapolis Colts.

AP Image: Mark Humphrey

ESPN fantasy percentage rostered: 12.8%

1 score, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 3 sacks, 10 points against yielded 20 fantasy points in week seven.

The Tennessee Titans defense scored the most fantasy points this week and will face the Houston Texans at home next week.

Jacksonville Jaguars defense

Devin Lloyd of the Jacksonville Jaguars completes a sack against the New York Giants.

AP Image by John Raoux

41.6 percent of ESPN fantasy rostered players

7th week stats: 1 sack, 23 points allowed; -2 fantasy points.

The Jaguars have earned negative fantasy points in each of the last two weeks, but a favorable matchup against a Denver Broncos club that scored only nine points this week against the New York Jets could be just what Jacksonville needs to get back on track.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants quarterback

Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Daniel Jones runs with the ball.

AP Image by John Raoux

28.7% of ESPN fantasy rosters contain players.

Seventh-week statistics: 202 passing yards, one passing touchdown, 107 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown — 28.8 fantasy points

Joe Burrow is the only fantasy quarterback to score more points than Daniel Jones this week. Next week, the Giants travel to Seattle to face a defense that has been fairly dubious.

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