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Week 8 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Austin Hooper (TE, ATL) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Austin Hooper caught all five of his targets in Atlanta's Week 8 points bonanza against the Packers after Jacob Tamme went down with a shoulder injury, and while Tamme's injury isn't considered serious, he's still a longshot to play on Thursday night as Atlanta... Read More

3 years ago

Matt Asiata (RB, MIN) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 46% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jerick McKinnon is out for Minnesota’s Monday night game against a rather soft Bears front, and Asiata is coming off of a game where he got 80 total yards on 18 touches. Given how well the Vikings have played defense and how poorly Chicago has played... Read More

3 years ago

Dion Lewis (RB, NE) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: We’re still looking at a possible return date of Week 10’s game against Seattle for Lewis, as he started practicing on Oct. 27 after being removed from the PUP list. He’s a popular stash, and rightfully so given how potent New England’s offense is, but he’ll... Read More

3 years ago

Mike Gillislee (RB, BUF) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: With LeSean McCoy finally held out of action to rest his ailing hammy, Gillislee looked the part for Buffalo as the spearhead of their RB committee by rushing 12 times for 85 yards and TD. He also caught all three of his targets for nine... Read More

3 years ago

Alfred Morris (RB, DAL) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: In case you were under a rock on Sunday morning, a report from Jason La Canfora surfaced that stated Ezekiel Elliott may miss extended time under the NFL’s Domestic Abuse policy. You don’t have to believe in Morris being a world-beater to view him as an absolute... Read More

3 years ago


Rob Kelley (RB, WAS) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Kelley got the bulk of the work in Week 8 as Matt Jones sat out due to an injury, as the UDFA and preseason darling put together 87 yards and a TD on 21 carries. Washington has a bye in Week 9 before an... Read More

3 years ago

James Starks (RB, GB) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: This got some push back last week, but I still hold that James Starks is going to end up being the short-yardage and goal-line beneficiary for the Packers when he returns. Don Jackson only rushed four times for 10 yards, and Knile Davis turned his... Read More

3 years ago

C.J. Prosise (RB, SEA) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stash in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Seattle’s pass-catching rookie rushed four times for 23 yards and caught all four of his targets for 80 yards, including a 43-yard reception on a trick play. While C.J. Prosise and the Seahawks won’t get the Saints defense again, it was apparent that Seattle will use... Read More

3 years ago

Charcandrick West (RB, KC) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Charcandrick West was the only active RB left for Kansas City after Spencer Ware left their Week 8 matchup with a concussion, and Jamaal Charles was already out due to his own knee woes. Charcandrick didn’t amaze, rushing 14 times for 52 yards with two... Read More

3 years ago

Paul Perkins (RB, NYG) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The Giants really haven’t been good at running the ball in 2016 (and most of 2015 as well), as Rashad Jennings has failed to build on the momentum he gained at the end of last season. It’s possible that HC Ben McAdoo realized that... Read More

3 years ago


Ka'Deem Carey (RB, CHI) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Carey tallied four more touches than Jordan Howard to the tune of 35 more yards against the Packers in Week 7, and may very well get more usage in Week 8’s Monday night showdown against a stout Minnesota front. Chicago’s only hope may be... Read More

3 years ago

Tim Hightower (RB, NO) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Ok, so his crazy Week 8 workload was more likely a short-term message to Mark Ingram to hold onto the ball, but this is still a handcuff worth owning due to the potency of this New Orleans offense. Tim Hightower turned 26 carries against a... Read More

3 years ago

Antone Smith (RB, TB) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jacquizz Rodgers left Tampa Bay’s Week 8 pirate fight with the Raiders due to a foot injury, and will only have a few days to recover before the Bucs play on Thursday night against the Falcons. While Peyton Barber (9% owned) was the one... Read More

3 years ago

Terron Ward (RB, ATL) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: With Tevin Coleman on the shelf and Devonta Freeman dealing with a bit of a hip issue (he did fine, of course), Terron Ward was the clear spell-back who rushed six times for 46 yards while catching an 11-yard reception. Atlanta will face a stout Tampa... Read More

3 years ago

Carson Wentz (QB, PHI) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 41% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Carson Wentz has struggled of late, but given the Eagles’ soft upcoming schedule, it looks as though those struggles could come to an end. He faced tough defenses in Weeks 6, 7 and 8 (Washington, Minnesota and Dallas) but will take on... Read More

3 years ago


Ryan Tannehill (QB, MIA) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Ryan Tannehill should be a very popular pickup this week with a low ownership rate and a home date with the Jets. New York’s secondary is essentially a dream matchup for any quarterback nowadays, and in Week 9 we could see the... Read More

3 years ago

Joe Flacco (QB, BAL) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 23% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Joe Flacco continues to throw for an above-average amount of yards, but has been lacking in touchdowns all season. There’s a good chance his shoulder injury has something to do with that, but after using the Ravens’ Week 8 bye to heal up,... Read More

3 years ago

Sam Bradford (QB, MIN) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Two-Quarterback Leagues OWNED IN: 16% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Sam Bradford has surprisingly had a resurgent 2016, completing 67.5% of his passes for 1,214 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. What's even more impressive is that he's done it against a few defenses ranking near the top of league, including those of Houston... Read More

3 years ago

Trevor Siemian (QB, DEN) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Two-Quarterback Leagues OWNED IN: 12% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Although Trevor Siemian hasn’t exactly been putting up big numbers, his style of play has been exactly what Denver has needed with a strong run game and stout defense. In Week 9, however, the Broncos have the benefit of taking on the Raiders 32nd-ranked... Read More

3 years ago

Josh McCown (QB, CLE) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Two-Quarterback Leagues OWNED IN: 3% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Josh McCown got to feast on a pretty bad Jets secondary in his return from a shoulder injury, but stats are stats, and his say that he went 25-of-49 for 341 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions with 10 yards rushing. The Browns is... Read More

3 years ago


Nick Foles (QB, KC) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stream in Two-Quarterback Leagues OWNED IN: 0% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Alex Smith was hit hard in KC’s Week 8 matchup with the Colts, leaving early on with an arm injury before eventually leaving for good after he took a shot to the head. All-in-all, Nick Foles completed 16-of-22 passes for 223 yards, two touchdowns... Read More

3 years ago

Tim Hightower (RB, NO) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: As soon as Mark Ingram fumbled in the first quarter against Seattle, his day was over. The Saints then dusted off Tim Hightower and made him the primary back for the remainder of the game. He responded with 102 rushing yards on 26 carries, providing... Read More

3 years ago

Charcandrick West (RB, KC) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: As mentioned above, Spencer Ware didn't see the field in the second half against the Colts after leaving with a suspected concussion. Even if Ware clears the concussion protocol in time to play against Jacksonville next week, Charcandrcik West should get enough snaps to have... Read More

3 years ago

Alfred Morris (RB, DAL) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: At the time of this writing, the Cowboys-Eagles game hasn't even kicked off, yet Alfred Morris could be the most important waiver add of the week. Recent reports have suggested that Ezekiel Elliott could be suspended for a significant amount of time due to a... Read More

3 years ago

Rob Kelley (RB, WAS) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Rob Kelley stepped into the lead role for Washington with Matt Jones out and performed well, running the ball for 87 yards and a touchdown. Kelley would be rated higher for Week 9, but the Redskins have a bye and it isn't clear whether... Read More

3 years ago


Dion Lewis (RB, NE) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stash in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Lewis practiced with the Patriots this week after being activated from the PUP list. He should be activated within the next three weeks and take over the pass-catching role from James White. Lewis caught 36 passes for 388 yards in just seven games last year and ran... Read More

3 years ago

Thomas Rawls (RB, SEA) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Stash in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 66% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Pete Carroll said that Thomas Rawls is still a couple of weeks away from game action. That could mean a return as early as Week 10. That is the optimistic timeline, however, as Rawls could also be shelved until early December if he doesn't recover... Read More

3 years ago

Alfred Blue (RB, HOU) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues for owners of Lamar Miller OWNED IN: 18% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: A lingering shoulder injury for Lamar Miller has led to higher usage for Alfred Blue. In Week 8, Blue had nine rushing attempts for 41 yards. In an extended audition to be the starter in place of Arian Foster last... Read More

3 years ago

Kapri Bibbs (RB, DEN) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14- and 16-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: When the starter gets hurt, the backup to the backup suddenly has value. Kapri Bibbs only took eight snaps against San Diego, but he is now the handcuff to last week's hottest waiver add, Devontae Booker. At 5'9", 212 lbs, the undrafted free agent out of... Read More

3 years ago

Chris Ivory (RB, JAX) - NFL Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12- and 14-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 42% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: When the Jags signed Ivory to a huge contract this offseason, you would think it would lead to more than four carries in a prime time Thursday night game against a division rival. Ivory has been a victim of a bad offensive line and... Read More

3 years ago


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