Ranking the Wire: Week 8

Welcome to the two heaviest bye weeks of the season: Week 8 and Week 9. During this span owners will be forced to drop players that they wouldn’t otherwise consider dropping to make room for active players. Monitoring other owners’ dropped players becomes as important as adding waiver wire targets. The age old theorem of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is the best way to describe it. Listed below are some players that other owners may be forced to drop, but are worth owning if roster space allows. Conversely, the players listed are ones to avoid dropping unless completely handcuffed. 

Week 8 Potentially Dropped Targets: 

  1. Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
  2. Eli Manning, QB, NYG
  3. Torrey Smith, WR, SF (On the trade block, could wind up with better fit)
  4. Kenny Britt, WR, LA
  5. Mike Wallace, WR, BAL
  6. Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
  7. Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
  8. Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
  9. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
  10. Sammie Coates, WR, PIT 
  11. DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
  12. Kenny Stills, WR, MIA

Waiver Wire Adds: 

  1. Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
  2. Ty Montgomery, WR/RB, GB
  3. Devontae Booker, RB, DEN
  4. Davante Adams, WR, GB
  5. Corey Coleman, WR, CLE 
  6. Matt Asiata, RB, MIN
  7. Dion Lewis, RB, NE
  8. Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI
  9. Cole Beasley, WR, DAL
  10. Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
  11. Jack Doyle, TE, IND
  12. Dwayne Washington, RB, DET
  13. Chris Thompson, RB, WAS
  14. Brandon LaFell, WR, CIN
  15. Rob Kelley, RB, WAS

Notes: 

Donte Moncrief, WR, IND – Potential to be a Top 20 option rest of season: WR2 in a pass-heavy attack with an elite QB.

Ty Montgomery, WR, GB – We’ve dubbed him “The Great Unknown.” Montgomery could work out of the backfield this week and see 6 to 8 carries to go along with 8 to 10 targets making him a must-start option or Knile Davis could take the majority of backfield snaps and Montgomery winds-up being an afterthought slot receiver. Our best guess is his role won’t change drastically from Week 7, meaning he’ll hold considerable value verse the Falcons in Week 8 especially where he gains RB eligibility.  

Matt Asiata, RB, MIN – Last two games: 26-110-1 compared to Jerick McKinnon’s 31-79-0. It was all speculation that McKinnon’s talent would win out but there has been no indication that he is in fact the superior option for the Vikings. McKinnon is battling an ankle injury and Asiata is already the more trusted pass-blocker and short-yardage/goal line back; that role is likely to expand.

Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI – Returned to practice today and the Bears released Joique Bell; good indication he’ll be in the backfield mix on Monday night. It appeared Jordan Howard was going to run away with the job in his absence but outside of two good performances, he has been unable to do so. Ka’Deem Carey actually worked over Howard in Week 7. There is a chance Langford walks back into a lead role but at least he’ll be in the mix for touches. Given how decimated the RB position is, he’s worth of a high wavier priority. 

Dion Lewis, RB, NE – James White leads all running backs with 0.2 targets per snap. The longer Lewis is sidelined, the more solidified White's role becomes.