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Getty's Grant Halverson

With Davante Adams and Allen Lazard on the COVID IR list, the Packers are preparing to play Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals without him. This is obviously less than ideal for the Packers and Adams' Fantasy managers alike. And if you thought you were placing him with Marquez Valdes-Scantrling, he's not playing either.

As managers scramble to the waiver wire to find a replacement, they'll find no shortage. Six of my top 48 wide receivers in the projections at the bottom of this article are available in more than 40% of leagues. Randall Cobb is not one of those receivers, but Kalif Raymond is. You should not have a hard time finding a streaming wide receiver for this week.

My concern for Cobb is how good the Cardinals have been at taking away the other team's No. 1 receiver and how ineffective Cobb has been. The veteran has more games with one or fewer targets than he does with four or more. Even with the talent shortage, I have a hard time believing Rodgers will feed him now. It seems far more likely Aaron Jones, A.J. Dillon, and Robert Tonyan soak up half of those targets. I'd really rather not start any of the Packers receivers tonight.

If you don't have a roster crunch, and you don't have a need for a starter this week, then you really need to check out the top stash option, Kadarius Toney. Despite Toney's spectacular performance he's now available in more than a third of CBS leagues, and more than half of leagues on Yahoo and ESPN. 

Here is the rest of the Week 8 WR Preview:

Week 8 WR Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 8 at this time. Here's what it means:

NYG N.Y. Giants • #3
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
As of now we don't expect Shepard, Kadarius Toney, or Kenny Golladay to play in Week 8.
GB Green Bay • #17
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Avoid the Packers receivers if you can.
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Numbers to Know
  • 19.3% -- Target share for the Packers' No. 1 WR in the six games Davante Adams has missed since the start of 2019.
  • 33.8% -- Target share for Davante Adams; only Deebo Samuel has seen a bigger share this year.
  • 49.0% -- Air yards share for Brandin Cooks, the highest share in the league.
  • 754 -- Receiving yards for Ja'Marr Chase in his first seven NFL games, 100 yards more than any other player. 
  • 17.3 -- aDOT for Emmanuel Sanders, the highest in the league among players with at least 20 targets.
  • 36.7% -- Catch rate for Robby Anderson. I'm done hoping he snaps out of it.
  • 2 -- Tyler Lockett has two catches in each of Geno Smith's starts. He's not a drop, but it's hard to start him.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that matter
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DEN Denver • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS DEN -3 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
31st
PROJ PTS
13.4
WR RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
REC
38
TAR
58
REYDS
539
TD
2
FPTS/G
14.8
LAR L.A. Rams • #2
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU LAR -14.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
10th
PROJ PTS
16.2
WR RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
REC
35
TAR
50
REYDS
423
TD
3
FPTS/G
14.2
PHI Philadelphia • #6
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET PHI -3 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
26th
PROJ PTS
15.9
WR RNK
28th
YTD Stats
REC
32
TAR
53
REYDS
406
TD
1
FPTS/G
11.2
BUF Buffalo • #11
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA BUF -13.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
30th
PROJ PTS
14.2
WR RNK
33rd
YTD Stats
REC
33
TAR
43
REYDS
303
TD
1
FPTS/G
11.6
NYG N.Y. Giants • #86
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -10 O/U 52
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
9.8
WR RNK
37th
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
23
REYDS
190
TD
1
FPTS/G
9.3
MIA Miami • #17
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -13.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
2nd
PROJ PTS
12
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
57
REYDS
384
TD
3
FPTS/G
14.1
PIT Pittsburgh • #11
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -3.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
11.4
WR RNK
27th
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
42
REYDS
358
TD
1
FPTS/G
13.3
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 8 Waivers
NYG N.Y. Giants • #86
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -9.5 O/U 52
OPP VS WR
14th
WR RNK
37th
ROSTERED
19%
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
23
REYDS
190
TD
1
FPTS/G
9.3
This is tough, because Slayton is a No. 2 wide receiver if no one returns. Even if just one Giants receiver came back, I'd start Slayton as a No. 3. But it's a Monday night game and there is at least some risk that Shepard and Golladay return, which would turn Slayton back into a boom-or-bust flex.
JAC Jacksonville • #10
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SEA -3 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
19th
WR RNK
39th
ROSTERED
59%
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
41
REYDS
306
TD
0
FPTS/G
9.8
I'm very interested to see the Jacksonville offense coming out of the bye against a mediocre Seahawks secondary. If Trevor Lawrence improves in the second half, Shenault could be a big beneficiary.
DET Detroit • #11
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PHI PHI -3.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
7th
WR RNK
35th
ROSTERED
19%
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
39
REYDS
334
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.3
Raymond has a 20% target share since Week 3 and has at least six targets in four of his past five games. He should thrive on underneath routes against the Eagles' cover two defense and a may just be a WR3 rest of season.
MIN Minnesota • #17
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -2.5 O/U 55
OPP VS WR
17th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
17%
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
35
REYDS
311
TD
2
FPTS/G
11.7
Osborn has three games this season with at least 14 PPR Fantasy points and will be involved in the game with the highest over under this weekend. I'd prefer him to any Packers wide receiver.
ARI Arizona • #4
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB ARI -6.5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
13th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
49%
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
31
REYDS
303
TD
1
FPTS/G
9.8
You'll probably need a big play from Moore to pay off, but the Packers depleted secondary has given up some big plays.
Stashes
NYG N.Y. Giants • #89
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -9.5 O/U 52
OPP VS WR
14th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
60%
YTD Stats
REC
23
TAR
30
REYDS
317
TD
0
FPTS/G
9.3
I'm absolutely shocked that Toney is available in 40% of CBS leagues. If you don't need a starter this week, he would be my top waiver wire priority.
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DFS Plays
Top Play
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SF San Francisco • #19
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CHI SF -3.5 O/U 39.5
OPP VS WR
29th
PROJ PTS
18.3
WR RNK
5th
YTD Stats
REC
38
TAR
63
REYDS
648
TD
5
FPTS/G
21.8
Samuel continues to dominate target share and now leads the NFL in that regard. I understand why he's so much cheaper than Cooper Kupp, but my difference in the projections isn't that great and it's easier to build a lineup with Samuel as your WR1 than Kupp.
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BUF Buffalo • #14
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA BUF -13.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
30th
PROJ PTS
18.8
WR RNK
4th
YTD Stats
REC
37
TAR
58
REYDS
463
TD
2
FPTS/G
15.9
Diggs coming off the bye against one of the worst-performing secondaries in the NFL so far this season. Shouldn't be contrarian at all, but there are so many good receivers in his price range that I do expect a low roster rate.
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Heath's Projections