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Kremenjas: Fantasy football waiver wire targets ahead of NFL Week 8

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins (82) and quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrate after combining for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve now reached the halfway point of the 2020 NFL season. Eight weeks in, we should have a decent idea as to which teams and players are worthy of targeting in our fantasy football leagues. And as injuries continue to crop up, opportunities sprout for both real-life players and for fantasy football managers looking to improve their rosters.

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Here are some of the more intriguing projections moving into the second half of the NFL season.

Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds — 63% rostered

You’ve just been provided with an opportunity of a lifetime if Edmonds is still available in your league(s). Starter Kenyan Drake suffered an injury on Sunday Night Football, but that shouldn’t be the only motivation to add Edmonds. Even prior to the injury, Edmonds was far more efficient and productive than Drake, and he now has an opportunity to handle lead-back duties for an extended period of time.

Expect Edmonds’ 40% snap share on the year to improve significantly in the coming weeks. The shifty runner showed what he’s capable of Sunday night, ripping off 58 rushing yards on only five attempts while pulling in all seven of his targets for seven receptions, totaling 87 receiving yards.

Edmonds is the premier waiver wire add ahead of Week 8 and is worthy of spending a large chunk of your FAAB on, as evidenced by his RB5 performance in Week 7.

Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams — 63% rostered

With Aaron Jones sidelined, Williams became the Packers' de facto starting running back, playing 54 snaps (89% snap share) on Sunday. While his intrigue is dampened by Jones’ potential return to health, he could have some standalone value as a strong handcuff option in a productive offense that will provide opportunities for running backs to score and produce in high-value areas, such as in the red zone and in the passing game.

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