Next man up: the phrase is so commonly used throughout the National Football League. With injuries come opportunities for another guy to show what he’s got. It’s also an opportunity to get your season back on track with the right waiver addition. Target these four players on waivers heading into week 8.
Stefon Diggs (Ownership: 44.0%)
Truth is, Stefon should’ve been dug up from waivers about a week ago! The rookie excelled with each passing week including a 6-108-1 stat line last time he took the field. In the absence of Charles Johnson, it seems as if Diggs, not Mike Wallace, took over the X position and is now the favorite receiver for Teddy Bridgewater. With defenses keying in on Adrian Peterson and at least four favorable matchups to close the season, Diggs should be a viable fantasy option for the rest of the year.
Alfred Blue (Ownership: 19.2%)
The injury bug can’t seem to stay away from Arian Foster. After missing the first three games of the season due to a groin tear, Foster tore his Achilles in week 7 and will now miss the rest of the year. In his seven-year career, Foster has only played in a full 16-game season twice. If that’s not a good enough track record to handcuff the brittle back, I don’t know what is. Alfred Blue should now be owned in all formats. Earlier in the season, it took Blue a few games to get on track but he is the undisputed lead ball carrier now for the Texans.
Jordan Reed (Ownership: 41.8%)
Reed picked up right where he left off. Returning from a two game absence, Reed caught 11 balls for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The big tight end was targeted the most on the team and helped Kirk Cousins and the Redskins complete the biggest comeback in franchise history (YOU LIKE THAT?!). Reed is undoubtedly the focal point of the passing game as he has led Washington three times in five appearances this season. The Redskins are on bye in week 8 but he should be added before the team’s week nine matchup in Foxborough against the Patriots.
Danny Amendola (Ownership: 16.1%)
That’s two respectable efforts put up in a row by Danny Amendola. The veteran receiver has been hit-or-miss all season with Brandon Lafell sidelined. However, now that LaFell is back, Amendola may see his share of targets decrease. Alternatively, if LaFell continues to drops balls at the rate that he did in week 7, Belichick will have no problem benching him and Amendola could continue to grow great chemistry with Brady. If there were one offense in the NFL to support and sustain four different receivers, it would be New England’s Brady Bunch.