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Fantasy football waiver wire: 4 quarterbacks to target for Week 8

With six teams on bye this week, fantasy owners have to do a little dumpster diving to fill out their QB position.

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The NFL season is reaching the halfway mark with Week 8 on the horizon, and we're also getting into the real meat of the bye weeks. Six teams are resting this week, and that thins out the quarterback market in fantasy football.

The teams on bye are the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, and Miami Dolphins. So fantasy owners won't be able to use Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, or Colin Kaepernick this week. (Not that they should be starting Kaepernick, or Case Keenum for that matter.)

At any rate, if you're looking for a one-week replacement the pickings are pretty slim on the waiver wire. We'll look at the top four options available in 50 percent or less of Yahoo! standard leagues.

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (48 percent)

Wentz has cooled down his strong rookie start, throwing three interceptions in his past three games. He struggled badly against the Minnesota Vikings with just 138 passing yards and two picks. The bloom may be off the rose for the No. 2 overall pick, but Wentz will still be a useful streamer during the bye weeks. He has a better matchup with the Dallas Cowboys this week.

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (38 percent)

Smith didn't light up the New Orleans Saints defense like we expected, though his final stats (214 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions) were solid as Kansas City used the running game to hold a big lead. Smith's never going to be a high-ceiling fantasy player, especially in Andy Reid's ball-control offense. He also hasn't been helped out by Jeremy Maclin disappearing for long stretches this year. However, he'll be another good streaming option against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (24 percent)

Geno Smith tore his ACL, so the Jets are going back to Fitzpatrick one week after benching him. What is dead may never die. Fitzpatrick has been dreadful this season, but if you're in a two-QB league and have absolutely no better options, Fitzpatrick going against the Cleveland Browns is probably the best matchup you can hope for from him.

Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings (17 percent)

Bradford's hot start came to a screeching halt against the Eagles, when he threw his first interception of the year and struggled moving the ball. The Vikings offense is in a pretty big slump and is a big reason why they lost their first game. Bradford has a more friendly matchup with the Chicago Bears on Monday night and should be back in the QB2 conversation for that game.