9 route: Top 9 fantasy football waiver targets in Week 8

Injuries have opened the door for RBs in Denver, Green Bay and Tampa Bay

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Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) rushes against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) rushes against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) — Rick Osentoski

Every Tuesday, Arthur Arkush shares his top nine waiver wire targets for fantasy football players. This will focus exclusively on players owned in less than 50 percent of all Yahoo! leagues.

A note of caution: just because a player is on this list, it doesn't mean readers should exhaust their claim priority and/or waiver budget. Those decisions should be based on individual roster makeup, injuries and other outside forces.

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Just missed the cut: Bills WR Marquise Goodwin, Browns QB Kevin Hogan, Lions RB Zach Zenner, Lions WR Anquan Boldin, Broncos QB Trevor Siemian, Buccaneers WR Russell Shepard

9. Bucs RB Peyton Barber: Remember that time when Tiki Barber said Eli was better than Peyton? That was so funny! How about Peyton Hillis' fantasy flash in the pan with the Browns? That was so fun! Oh yeah, Tampa's rookie runner, Peyton Barber, iced the Niners with a 44-yard scoring burst Sunday, after Jacquizz Rodgers did all the heavy lifting — not easy for a 5-foot-6 back. Barber, though, is 5-11, 225, with some explosion and likely more opportunities coming in a Doug Martin-less backfield.

8. Jets WR Quincy Enunwa: He's quietly on pace for 73 catches, 934 yards and five touchdowns, or rock-solid WR3 production. Jets brass might not trust Fitzpatrick, but he trusts Enunwa, who should continue to get favorable coverages alongside Brandon Marshall. Enunwa showed last week he can J-E-T on that scoring burst from 69 yards (insert Gronk joke) out.

7. Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson: Perhaps the NFL's fastest player is on the fast track to a starting spot in Arizona's vertical offense, with Jaron Brown out for the year, John Brown nicked-up and Michael Floyd as confounding as ever. Nelson looked uncoverable in overtime and Carson Palmer, despite his continued struggles, has an ascending deep threat even he can't overthrow.

6. Steelers TE Ladarius Green: Pittsburgh's biggest offseason acquisition is nearing his Steelers debut after practicing during the bye week for the first time this season. It comes at a key time with quick-healing Ben Roethlisberger also already back on the practice field, but most of his top weapons ailing. Green, if his surgically repaired ankle obliges, can be a big-play weapon in a big-strike offense for Big Ben. Shrewd owners should pounce this week while Pittsburgh rests.

5. Packers WR Davante Adams: He probably was never as good as the guy we expected to pick up Jordy Nelson's slack in Year Two, coming off a rookie season in which he saved his best for the biggest stages. Adams also was never as bad as the guy who wilted under that pressure as a sophomore, marred by big drops and assignment mistakes. He's still too inconsistent, but after surpassing his TD total from 2014-15, and coming off easily his best day as a pro, Adams certainly deserves another look versus a Falcons 'D' that looked like the Bears last week.

4. Washington RB Chris Thompson: Why would Washington go back to fumbling Matt Jones when Thompson adds not only dependability — he catches everything in sight and hasn't lost a fumble in three-plus seasons — but obvious juice to the offense? After 113 yards on 19 touches a week ago, and with Jones coughing it up for the second time in three weeks, this one an absolute killer in Detroit's end zone, the answer is Washington wouldn't (we don't think).

3. Colts TE Jack Doyle: Who was it that said last week Doyle can do work between the 20s in addition to the red zone, where last week he secured the Colts' biggest touchdown in their biggest win this season? Coming off career-highs in catches (9) and targets (10), Doyle has become a must-start option, even as Donte Moncrief gets closer to his return.

2. Packers RB Knile Davis: After the mini-bye, preceded by Green Bay running out of real running backs in its prime-time death-by-paper-cut passing exhibition vs. Chicago, Davis could be ready to roll. Roll is what most teams do against the Falcons. Last week we told you opportunity was abound for Ty Montgomery. This week, Knile on.

1. Broncos RB Devontae Booker: Do you read the Book, also known as this column, consistently? If so, you're sitting pretty because you claimed the fourth-round sparkplug weeks ago, before he erupted and, for the first time Monday night, out-snapped C.J. Anderson depite the starter having his best game in a month. Booker's chances will only increase after adding a pay dirt visit for the first time to his growing resume (4.8 yards per carry, 7.7 yards per catch, no lost fumbles since first NFL touch).