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Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 8: 5 to add, drop, buy low, sell high

Tampa, Florida, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard (30) scores a touchdown in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

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This piece is a fantasy manager's one-stop shop for managing their fantasy roster early in the week. For more players to add, check out the weekly waiver wire, and for more on this past week's games in general, check out the fantasy football recap.

5 PLAYERS TO ADD

1. RB Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers

Hubbard started for Carolina in place of the recently traded Christian McCaffrey, but the Panthers used a two-man rotation in a dominant victory over Tampa Bay.

  • Hubbard was the clear favorite of the two, playing 22 snaps over the first three quarters compared to D'Onta Foreman‘s 14. Hubbard took eight carries to Foreman's four, and he also played the third-down snaps.
  • Hubbard suffered an ankle injury at the start of the fourth quarter and didn’t return.
  • Most of Foreman’s rushing production over the first three quarters came from a 60-yard run. With Hubbard out, Foreman proceeded to run 11 times for 48 yards. 
  • Hubbard reportedly could have returned to the game and just stayed out as a precaution.
  • Hubbard is the clear waiver target among the two. We expect the Panthers to be losing most games, which should create a role where Hubbard plays more.
  • Fantasy managers should still target Foreman, as he made more big plays in the game in addition to the chance he takes over for Hubbard as the top back if that continues.

2. RB Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens

Edwards returned to the Ravens’ starting lineup after missing nearly a year and a half of football, and he put together a two-touchdown performance.

  • The Ravens used a ridiculous three-man rotation at running back — Edwards, Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill all received significant snaps on early downs and third downs, and each was handed at least one goal-line snap.
  • Drake was ahead of Hill on the depth chart for most of the game, but Baltimore used Hill significantly in the fourth quarter.
  • The Ravens have one of the easiest remaining schedules, so they could continue a three-man rotation while still giving one or two backs double-digit carries.
  • None of the running backs caught a pass.
  • Edwards can be a fantasy starter going forward, and there is a chance Drake can remain fantasy-relevant in the right matchup.
  • J.K. Dobbins landed on injured reserve before this week and will miss at least the next three games.

3. WR Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts

Campbell put forth his second straight great game, already making 2022 the best season of his career.

  • His playing time has increased in recent weeks, as Ashton Dulin landed on injured reserve.
  • He has caught 17 passes from 20 targets for 127 yards and two touchdowns over the past two weeks.
  • The Colts haven't been a very pass-heavy team, and they might choose to continue that strategy.
  • Campbell’s never had a great opportunity due to injury and is still only 25 years old. It’s not unheard of for a wide receiver to take a few years to break out.
  • There is a chance his role could decrease if Alec Pierce earns more time or Dulin returns, but he's worth adding just in case this breakout continues.

4. QB Daniel Jones, New York Giants

In Week 7, Jones threw for 202 yards and a touchdown while adding 107 yards and a score on the ground to continue his 2022 fantasy success.

  • Jones was QB16 heading into the week, and this week's performance will move him up into the top-12 range.
  • His 338 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns are second-most among quarterbacks.
  • His 592 passing yards over the last three weeks are right around league average.
  • Jones has found a new favorite wide receiver in Wan’Dale Robinson. They’ve only played three regular-season games together, so their chemistry should only continue to improve.

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