Fantasy football waiver wire for NFL Week 8: Mining the NFC East for pickups

    Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

Congratulations!

You’ve navigated the most difficult week of the fantasy football season, as Week 7 presented significant challenges with countless good players either on their bye or simply out because of injury.

Week 7 was the only week during the NFL calendar this season that scheduled six teams for a bye, which left us without the likes of Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz, Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, James Robinson, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, Diontae Johnson and Najee Harris.

Many, many more names were also unavailable for fantasy managers. We are all glad this past week is over. Now, byes are hardly gone forever and, in fact, 24 teams have still have yet to take theirs — starting with the Ravens and Raiders in Week 8. Still, there has to be some rejoicing that the hardest week is behind us.

So, let’s look forward and dive into the Week 8 ESPN Fantasy waiver-wire conversation below.

Note: All players on this column are available in at least 50% of leagues on ESPN.com.

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