The good news is that only two teams are on a bye for Week 8. The bad news is that those two teams are the Cowboys and Ravens, so key fantasy running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Mark Ingram won’t be available. If you’re in need of some help on the waiver wire, here are four players worth targeting who are still available in the majority of ESPN leagues.
Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (50 percent rostered)
It’s a bit surprising to see Jones this available, but some of that might be because the Buccaneers were on a bye last week and he might have been the victim of a roster crunch for some fantasy managers. It was a bit discouraging to see him only play 16.3 percent of the Bucs’ snaps against the Panthers in Week 6, but Peyton Barber wasn’t much more involved at 23.8 percent. Dare Ogunbowale actually logged 57.5 percent of the snaps, but that was mostly because the Bucs were trying to play catch up. Jones has rushed for at least 70 yards in three of his six games, so add him now while you still can.
Chase Edmonds, Arizona Cardinals (29 percent)
David Johnson entered Sunday’s game against the Giants with an ankle injury, but he was active and took the first carry of the game. However, he didn’t see the field again, giving way to Edmonds. Edmonds proceeded to destroy the Giants, racking up 150 total yards and three touchdowns. While the time off may have aided Johnson, Edmonds may have also made his case for more playing time. Either way, he’s someone to add now, especially if Johnson is already a part of your fantasy squad.
Mark Walton, Miami Dolphins (four percent)
After receiving a total of 12 carries in his previous two games, Walton was given 14 carries against the Bills in Week 7. He made his increased opportunities count, rushing for a season-high 66 yards. Teammates Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage received a total of nine carries, which is encouraging for Walton moving forward. With the potential that Drake is dealt at the trade deadline, Walton could be in line for a leading role out of the backfield for the remainder of the season.
Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions (one percent)
The key here is the status of Kerryon Johnson, who left Sunday’s game versus the Vikings because of a knee injury. In his absence, Johnson turned 10 carries into 29 yards while also catching each of his four targets for an additional 28 yards. J.D. McKissic was also involved, but he received only five carries to go along with three targets. In the event that Kerryon Johnson can’t play in Week 8, Ty Johnson could provide excellent production against a Giants team that has allowed the seventh-most rushing yards per game in the league.