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Week 8 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups | Is Rashard Higgins Viable?

Joe Burrow Bengals
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Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups 

Joe Burrow, Bengals (49.5%)

The first overall pick has not disappointed much at all as he threw for 406 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception against the Browns last week. I’ve mentioned Burrow here a few times now this season and it’s because of how much he throws the ball. There hasn’t been a single game this season where Burrow threw fewer than 30 times and he seems to be adjusting to the NFL game speed as he’s moving the chains with his legs now. In Week 8, he plays the Titans who allow 19.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks thus far. With the weapons Burrow has around him, he has upside to put up 20+ fantasy points per game. Roster him in every format. 

Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers (30.6%)

In my Week 5 waiver wire article, I suggested picking up Teddy Bridgewater because he had a matchup against the Falcons, a defense that surrenders the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks and he put up 20.82 fantasy points (in the first half). The Panthers offense has been a pleasant surprise this season especially with Christian McCaffrey sidelined, and that’s mainly in part of Bridgewater’s play. Hopefully he can continue his good play as he plays Atlanta again followed by the Chiefs. Both of these matchups should be good games for Bridgewater and if he can get going early, he’ll easily surpass 20+ fantasy points. At just over 30 percent ownership, he’s likely available in your leagues, especially deeper formats. He’s worth the start this week in deeper formats. 

Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins (20.8%)

This is the end of an era. By era, I mean Ryan FitzMagic. But, Tua Tagovailoa has tremendous upside with a well-coached team with solid targets around the offense as well. Fitzpatrick was doing amazing in this offense and it seems likely a younger, quicker quarterback in Tagovailoa can do the same. It’s going to be a guessing game until after next week to see how he performs throughout an entire NFL game, but it’s promising. The hype for Tagovailoa was high in Miami, and it seems that HC Brian Flores will set him up to succeed. He plays LAR, ARI, and LAC in his next three matchups, which will all be rough matchups but it’s safe to pick him up as a backup to see how he does. Maybe Tua will be the top fantasy playoff quarterback. 

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