Fantasy football: Waiver wire rife with long-term injury replacements

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Being successful at fantasy football isn’t just about wins and losses each week. That may be the primary factor to making your playoffs, but long-term success is about studying which waiver claims project multiweek value as opposed to chasing the points of a rotating group of one-week wonders.

Most waiver wires have been picked clean over the first eight weeks of the season, but new injuries from Week 8 have revealed a few names you may want to consider.

When Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay left Sunday’s game with a hip injury, there was genuine concern regarding both the severity and longevity of the injury. He has already been ruled out for Week 9 and is set to undergo a barrage of tests. That put Marvin Jones back on the map for fantasy owners — Sunday he hauled in his first touchdown catches since Week 2. Jones had been dropped in most leagues, but with Golladay’s near-future status up in the air, Jones has time to reconnect with his quarterback and regain the trust of fantasy owners everywhere.

But Jones isn’t the only Detroit receiver you should keep on your radar, especially with Minnesota’s porous secondary next on the schedule. Marvin Hall provides a deep threat for the Lions, and he proved more than capable this past week with four catches for 113 yards. Without Golladay, Hall’s snaps and subsequent on-field opportunities are going to get a major increase.

Keep tabs on Tim Patrick’s hamstring, as it sounds like a multiweek issue as well. DaeSean Hamilton and rookie K.J. Hamler will see plenty of work, with the Broncos facing the Falcons and Raiders over the next two weeks. And though N’Keal Harry might be back on the field next week, Julian Edelman will not, and that puts Jakobi Meyers in play for more action.

And, while you’re at it, why not add tight end Ross Dwelley to your list, with George Kittle now out for eight weeks due to a broken bone in his foot?

It’s easy to keep tabs on the injuries around the league. Interpreting which ones take longer to come back from is the key. Find those, and setting up your waiver targets becomes much easier each week.

Howard Bender is the VP of operations and head of content at Fantasy-Alarm.com Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy football advice.

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