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Fantasy Football: Week 8 waiver wire

October 22, 2013 - 7:26 am
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Welcome to the Week 8 waiver wire. Thankfully, Week 7 is over. There was a lot of action and injuries this past weekend. And, with all the byes we'€™ll be seeing over the next two weeks, there will be a lot of competition on the waiver wire and in free agent bidding. We'€™ve got you covered. As usual, if you play in large formats and are looking for a deeper selection of talent, you can check out my expanded waive wire over at Rotobahn.com. I'€™ll be back on Friday with the Week 8 starts and sits plus my weekly podcast with Jim Hackett. QUARTERBACKS Terrelle Pryor, Raiders  He'€™s healthy now and coming off his bye week. If you are hurting at QB, Pryor can help you as a strong matchup play on most weeks. The Raiders have underrated weapons in the passing game, and Pryor gets points with his feet as well as his arm. It'€™s no fluke, and he is still available in 69 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Jake Locker, Titans He'€™s playing better than he'€™s played as a pro, and if he can get his hip back to full health, he may be a fantasy asset down the stretch. His schedule lightens up nicely, though he does have his bye this week. Locker is still out there in 93 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Josh McCown, Bears It appears that Bears starter Jay Cutler will miss a month or more with a groin injury. McCown becomes a guy to roster in large formats with 12 teams or more. He may not be special, but he'€™s got a good team around him and a quarterback guru as a head coach. McCown is available in almost all leagues. RUNNING BACKS Andre Ellington, Cardinals His schedule eases up a bit the rest of the way, and he'€™s been very good with the ball in his hands. Making Ellington more attractive is his ability to get touches in all phases of the offense. His role could grow in the coming weeks, but even if he can maintain his current role, he'€™ll have some value in plus matchups. You can still get him in more than half of Yahoo! leagues. Roy Helu, Redskins  Helu is getting more and more snaps due to his ability in the passing game and in pass protection. He'€™s a guy to own, and he is creating a serious problem for Alfred Morris owners.  As I'€™ve said before, Helu is actually the more talented player, and if Morris has any more fumbles, this thing could develop into a full-blown time share. It'€™s not there yet, and Morris ran well for the most part in Week 7. Still, if you own Morris, you should go get Helu just in case. He'€™s available in 80 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Chris Ivory, Jets  We saw a changing of the guard in the Jets backfield in Week 7. I warned folks on this one a few weeks back when I called the Jets backfield "RB stew." The good news, in terms of clarity, is that it'€™s basically down to Bilal Powell and Ivory at this point, unless they decide to give Alex Green an extended look. Ivory should be the main ball-carrier for as long as he stays healthy.  Cross those fingers if you get him. He'€™s still available in 73 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Mike James, Buccaneers  The word on Doug Martin is that he could be out for an extended period and perhaps even the season. That makes James a VERY good addition in any league size and any scoring format. Check out my blog post on James from Sunday. This kid has some legit ability, and you can get him in 96 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Brandon Bolden, Patriots As Jim Hackett and I have been saying on the podcast, Bolden is perhaps the best back on the roster after Shane Vereen. He showed off his versatility against the Jets with some big plays and a rushing touchdown. He'€™ll continue to be a strong flex option until Vereen returns, and you can still get him in 91 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons  There is word that Steven Jackson may return this week, but Rodgers has established himself in the time that Jackson was gone, and we expect him to have an increased role going forward. He also has a good chance to start this week, with Jackson'€™s return far from certain. Rodgers is available in 46 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Ben Tate, Texans  If Arian Foster suffered more than a one-week injury, Tate becomes a player to own -- even in small leagues with less than 12 teams. We'€™ll have to see how Foster'€™s hamstring is as the week rolls on. Bear in mind that the Texans are on the bye in Week 8. Regardless, the need for Foster owners to add Tate is obvious. Don'€™t wait any longer. Tate is still available in 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Shane Vereen, Patriots His time is coming, and when you look at the New England backfield, it'€™s hard to imagine the Patriots not finding a lot of touches for Vereen, who has it all in terms of his skill set. He'€™ll be back in Week 11, which is getting close. Vereen could be a huge factor down the stretch and in the fantasy playoffs. He'€™s been dropped in 66 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Scoop him up if he'€™s available, especially in PPR formats. Donald Brown, Colts As Trent Richardson continues to struggle, Donald Brown continues to emerge. The ironies are obvious, but it'€™s Brown'€™s level of play that really counts. The guy has raised his game, and he'€™s been involved in the red zone pretty consistently. If you own Richardson in a large format, you really want to go get Brown if you can. He'€™s looking like a valuable handcuff right now and a player you can use as a flex during the deeper bye weeks. Brown is available in 94 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Joseph Randle, Cowboys You can get him in about half of Yahoo! leagues. With the status of DeMarco Murray still unknown, Randle is a good way of mitigating the risk. Add him now if you still have the chance. Andre Brown, Giants  Like with Shane Vereen, he is going to have a role when he gets back. And, Brown gets back a week sooner than Vereen due to the Patriots' Week 10 bye. Add Brown in deeper leagues if he'€™s been dropped, as a solid stash option. He could pay off big and he is available in 87 percent of Yahoo! leagues. WIDE RECEIVERS Percy Harvin, Seahawks  He is getting close to a return, according to reports, and you can get him in about 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Add Harvin for sure if you can. He should be playing in a few weeks, and he'€™s an immediate weekly starter in any fantasy format. Harry Douglas, Falcons  Douglas had a big week, and we expect good things going forward now that he is a starter. You can still add Douglas in 52 percent of Yahoo! leagues as a strong WR3 option. He'€™s already past his bye week, and Julio Jones won'€™t be back until 2014. Michael Floyd. Cardinals Floyd is a player I'€™ve been pimping all year, and I am not about to stop now. He'€™s the clear second option on his team, and with Larry Fitzgerald banged up, he's probably the No. 1 option in the red zone. Expect good things going forward. Floyd is a weekly WR3 in 12-team leagues and a strong bye week option in smaller leagues. He should be owned. You can still get him in 39 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Terrance Williams, Cowboys He'€™s available in 52 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he had yet another strong outing, catching seven of eight targets and finding the end zone for the third straight week. At the same time, Miles Austin continued his decline, catching zero passes for the second straight week. I expect this to continue, and Austin may end up getting shut down until he gets healthier. Add Williams in all leagues. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans  He has a chance to finish very well for a team that is going to be in developmental mode. I like the idea of adding him on the cheap right now if you can. This kid has a whole lot of talent. He could end up having WR3 value in all leagues over the second half of the fantasy season, and he'€™s available in every other Yahoo! league. Reuben Randle, Giants I'€™ve been promoting Randle all year, and he'€™s been very good in recent weeks. You can still get him in 31 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but be careful with his Week 9 bye. Randle has scored four times in the last three games. Jarrett Boykin, Packers Even after last week'€™s injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones, Boykin is available in a great many leagues (72 percent), and he can help you plenty in the near term. Cobb is out for at least another five weeks, and Jones could miss another game or two himself. Boykin can be a bye week savior in all formats. Kendall Wright, Titans You can still get him in 71 percent of leagues. Wright has been battling a sore knee since training camp, but he is looking close to full health now. He'€™s also got his starting quarterback back, which helps. I like Wright as an add, especially in PPR formats. It'€™s worth noting that Week 8 is the Titans'€™ bye week. He should have solid value from Week 9 going forward. LaVon Brazill, Colts He'€™s a guy to target in deeper formats as a stash option. The loss of Reggie Wayne will open up playing time for Brazill, who just returned from an early season suspension. He'€™s got enough talent and athleticism to make some big plays with Andrew Luck at quarterback. Brazill is available in all leagues right now. TIGHT ENDS Jordan Reed, Redskins The big tight end broke out in a major way last week, and he did it both in terms of production and role.  The production was obvious, but just as important is the fact that Fred Davis was a healthy inactive. As I'€™ve been telling you for a while now, Reed is the guy and he has big upside. Go get him if he'€™s out there. Reed and Pierre Garcon will be Robert Griffin III'€™s core targets for some time if they all stay healthy, and only one of them is still on waiver wires. Not for long, though. Reed is available in 77 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Heath Miller, Steelers He had a somewhat slow week but made up for it with a touchdown. Miller can be a solid starter for you in 12-team formats and is available in 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He'€™s one of Ben Roethlisberger'€™s most trusted targets. Coby Fleener, Colts His whole day happened on the last drive of the first half from a statistical perspective, but he managed to get it done. Fleener is unspectacular, but Andrew Luck knows him well and trusts his hands. He'€™ll continue to have value in 12-team leagues when the matchup is right. The loss of Reggie Wayne, who is gone for the year with an ACL injury, will help Fleener see a few more passes each week. You can still get him in 57 percent of Yahoo! leagues.