The 2019 NFL season is now 7 weeks old and the time is now to start picking up people from their fantasy football waiver wire. Every year a no name blows up in Week 1 and ends up being a top-20 fantasy football player over the remainder of the season. So, instead of letting your competition beat you to the punch, use your fantasy football waiver wire to find the next big thing.
Let’s get things started by taking a look at some fantasy football waiver wire running backs for Week 8.
Ty Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
With news that Kerryon Johnson underwent what will likely be season ending knee surgery, that opens up the door for the other Johnson (Ty) to handle the bulk of the backfield touches in Detroit.
The running back played 64% of the snaps after Johnson (Kerryon) left the game and he is expected to maintain that type of workload moving forward for the 2-3-1 Lions.
In limited touches this season, Johnson has rushed for 83 yards on 23 carries, which isn’t necessarily quality production but based on volume alone, you can look for Johnson to hold low-end RB2 or Flex value in 12-team leagues.
On top of the chances he’s expected to get weekly, Johnson has a nice matchup against the New York Giants in Week 8 and the Oakland Raiders in Week 9. Both defenses have struggled against opposing running backs.
Unless the Lions make a deadline trade, look for Johnson and JD McKissic (mainly as a receiver) to be the Lions threats in the backfield. — Marc Caviglia
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