Another week of fantasy football action is in the books, as owners everywhere scour the waiver wire to find the best available quarterback streams. Looking around the league shows that players like Joe Burrow and Teddy Bridgewater offer the best chance of positive performance in the coming weeks.
Note that, in order to be eligible for this list, the player needed to be available in at least 50% of fantasy leagues. Obviously, there is some variation from league to league, so make sure to peruse all available players before making your claims. There could be a better option available in your specific league.
Joe Burrow, Teddy Bridgewater Highlight Fantasy Football Week 8 Quarterback Waiver Wire Streams
Somehow, Joe Burrow is still unowned in over 50% of ESPN leagues. The first-overall pick is getting better on a weekly basis and plays in one of the highest-volume passing attacks in the league. Last week, Burrow went toe-to-toe with Baker Mayfield, completing 35 of his 47 passes for 406 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception while adding another 34 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Based on volume alone, Burrow is a smart play in just about any matchup. However, there is reason to believe that his efficiency could be even better moving forward.
The Cincinnati Bengals have quietly built one of the best receiving rooms in the NFL. Tyler Boyd is one of the most underrated players in the league, Tee Higgins looks like a future star, and A.J. Green is starting to knock off the rust. These three reliable targets should give Burrow all the help he needs, and he is genuinely showing improvement as a passer. Burrow faces a Tennessee Titans team that should score plenty of points, so Burrow should be in store for a big night in a pass-heavy game.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t have week-winning upside, but he can be a solid stream that won’t lose you a matchup. The former Minnesota Viking has been quietly solid throughout the season and has the ability to keep pace in a high-scoring affair. Last week, Bridgewater completed 23 of his 28 passing attempts for 254 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Bridgewater faces off against an absolutely atrocious Atlanta Falcons defense in Week 8. These two teams already met this year, and Bridgewater had one of the best games of the season. The journeyman quarterback completed 75% of his passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns back in Week 5 and should be able to put up similar numbers now that he’s playing at home. Once again, he lacks top-five upside, but he won’t be the reason you lose.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has quietly been one of the more reliable options for fantasy football this year. The former second-round pick hasn’t had a bad game all season and had a handful of big games against decent competition. He proved that he can face off against the best of the best when he completed 24 of his 36 pass attempts for 284 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception against an elite Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.
Carr’s life will be a lot easier in Week 8 when he faces off against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have a decent secondary, but Carr should be able to handle this matchup. With Henry Ruggs forcing defenses to respect the deep part of the field, Carr should be able to have yet another solid outing in Week 8.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had his best game in years last week. After losing Odell Beckham early in the first quarter, Mayfield turned back the clock to 2018 and looked like one of the best young quarterbacks in football. After starting 0-5, Mayfield finished the night completing 22 of his 28 pass attempts for 297 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception.
It is my honest belief that Mayfield is a better quarterback without Odell Beckham. This isn’t a shot against Beckham’s talent, just an acknowledgment that this connection lacks the proper chemistry to thrive. Assuming Beckham doesn’t play, Mayfield should be able to put up a decent performance against the Las Vegas Raiders. This is still going to be a run-centric offense, so the volume will be limited. However, the efficiency should be good enough for a reliable start.
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