Fantasy Football Early Week 8 Waiver Wire: How to replace Breece Hall, Gus Edwards’ upside, more

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Running backs are the ultimate currency in fantasy football, and we’ve highlighted a few of them as potential must-add players in Week 7. And there’s probably no better target for Week 8 than Gus Edwards, who looked superb in his season debut for the Ravens.

Edwards, who missed the first six weeks of the season to recover from last year’s cruciate ligament rupture, got the start and was the clear lead in the Ravens’ 23-20 win over the Browns. He led the team with 16 carries for 66 yards and notably two touchdowns, while Justice Hill and Kenyan Drake combined for 16 carries as the rest of the team.

It was surprising to see the Ravens relying so heavily on Edwards in his first game, but that seems a sign he may not have the same limitations that JK Dobbins had on his return from injury. Drake looked terrific last week and Hill was arguably the team’s best runner this season before missing time with a hamstring injury, but Edwards led the team’s running backs with a 37% snap percentage and scored on 17 of his 23 total snaps of a carry or target.

Edward’s usage, both on Sunday and in the past, suggests he’s likely more of a touchdown-dependent RB2 than a truly essential stud back. The Ravens just don’t have him in the passing game – Edwards has been targeted more than twice in his career – and they will always use a rotation at RB. Edwards should be good for 12-16 carries most weeks, and he’s averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 414 carries in his career, so expect some efficiency. However, there will be some 12 carry and 55 yard performances where he fails to find the end zone and is a disappointment.

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Still, the effort he showed in his first second leg was incredibly promising and with Dobbins out 4-6 weeks to have knee surgery, Edwards will be the lead back moving forward. The only concern I have is minor in the short term — the Ravens play Thursday in Week 8, giving Edwards just three days off to recover from his first game in almost two years. I wouldn’t be surprised if they lightened up a bit with its use in this case and made it more like an RB3.

Still, Edwards’ long-term perspective is enough to add him to all formats in Week 8. Here’s who else we’ll be looking at this week in terms of waivers:

Week 8 Early Waiver Goals (Add/Delete)

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