Here's my top recommended waiver wire and streaming targets ahead of the coming week. Waiver Wire targets are designed to be multi-week roster-worthy options while streaming options are designed to be one-week lineup options based on matchup, injuries, and/or situation. To be eligible as a waiver wire or streaming option, the player must be available in over 50% of Yahoo leagues.
Top Waiver Wire Targets of the Week:
Darrell Henderson (RB - Los Angeles Rams) - It was Henderson's backfield for the second straight week, coming off a 19-touch game in Week 7 with a 15-touch one (85 total yards), even despite what was a blowout from the start of the second quarter onward. Until Kyren Williams returns (at the earliest of Week 12), Henderson appears to be the lead back in LA and should offer RB2-FLEX value on a weekly basis. He should be owned in all leagues.
Trey McBride (TE - Arizona Cardinals) - Last week, Zach Ertz suffered a quad injury that saw him land on the IR List. McBride went 3 for 29 (off 6 targets) in the game Ertz left and drew FOURTEEN targets (10 catches, 95 yards, 1 TD, 25.5 points) in his first game this year without Ertz. He won't get that level of volume every week, but Ertz's consistency and utilization have shown that McBride will likely be heavily involved going forward in the Cardinals' offense. That's a rarity at the TE position and something that needs to be added to your bench. My only concern is a likely upcoming change at QB with Kyler Murray returning from the PUP list in Week 9 or 10 - it's less about Murray as it is moving away from Dobbs' 31.5% career TE target share (3rd-highest when active; 21.1% league average), which could bring McBride back to reality a bit.
Taysom Hill (TE - New Orleans Saints) - We've entered a very weird period for Taysom Hill, going beyond his typical 'gadget' role of the occasional change-of-pace play to a consistent role in the Saints' offense. In Week 6, he had 8 targets (7 catches) for 49 yards. In Week 7, he had 5 targets (4 catches) for 50 yards and added another 5 for 18 and a TD on the ground. In Week 8, he had 11 touches for 121 yards and 2 TDs. He's become more than a typical 'gadget' player and has become an extremely high-upside fantasy option that's still getting a solid weekly workload in one way or another.
Emari Demercado (RB - Arizona Cardinals) - Demercardo once again dominated the Cardinals' backfield in work, consuming 17 of 18 RB touches in Week 7 and now 21 of 27 RB touches in Week 8. He's the clear workhorse in Arizona until James Conner returns (earliest potential return of Week 11). Until Conner returns, one should anticipate Demercado to be a high-volume, low-efficiency option, thus making him a matchup-based RB2/FLEX option.
Leonard Fournette (RB - Buffalo Bills) - Fournette just signed with the Bills this afternoon and while it's unclear what the split between him and James Cook will be, it will likely end up with Fournette as the short-yardage and goal-line back with a sizable change-of-pace role, serving a sort of Damien Harris/Latavius Murray role that we've seen so far. He won't be a consistent option (and will likely be TD-dependent, especially at first), but Fournette could easily transition into a startable option toward the end of the year as the Bills seemingly want to focus more on the running game down the stretch.
Devin Singletary (RB - Houston Texans) - The Texans' backfield is now a committee. Dameon Pierce has now gone consecutive games under the 50% snap share mark with Devin Singletary being the beneficiary (54% in Week 6, 41% in Week 8). Singletary and Pierce have had the same number of touches in each of the Texans' last two games with the former being the more productive in each of those games. With a more pass-friendly game script the likely result going forward for Houston, it looks like Singletary will continue to have a sizable role on a week-to-week basis, if not take over the majority of the backfield work from Pierce.
Sam Howell (QB - Washington Commanders)
Logan Thomas (TE - Washington Commanders)
Los Angeles Chargers (DST)
Will Levis (QB - Tennessee Titans)
Top Streaming Options of the Week:
Baker Mayfield (at Houston Texans)
Sam Howell (at New England Patriots)
Will Levis (at Pittsburgh Steelers)
Darrell Henderson (at Green Bay Packers)
Emari Demercado (at Cleveland Browns)
Ezekiel Elliott (vs Washington Commanders)
Jayden Reed (vs Los Angeles Rams)
Brandin Cooks (at Philadelphia Eagles)
Michael Wilson (at Cleveland Browns)
Taysom Hill (vs Chicago Bears)
Trey McBride (at Cleveland Browns)
Logan Thomas (at New England Patriots)
Indianapolis Colts (at Carolina Panthers)
Tennessee Titans (at Pittsburgh Steelers)
Los Angeles Chargers (at New York Jets)
Matt Gay (at Carolina Panthers)
Cameron Dicker (at New York Jets)
Dustin Hopkins (vs Arizona Cardinals)