Week 8 Waiver Wire: Strike a Pose! (made you look) (Cliff Welch / Icon SMI)
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire
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Truism of fantasy football:
every year there are players that will not be drafted in a fantasy football
draft but will emerge off the fantasy football waiver wire to be solid additions for a fantasy football team,
sometimes exploding to stud status. Good work
on the waiver wire involves knowing who is low on the radar just
before their stock goes through the roof. But who has time for that?
That answer is easy... the Docs. These are the geeks that live,
breathe, and talk fantasy football 365 days a year. So just sit back,
relax, and let the Docs do the work for you. Come check out FootballDocs
Fantasy Football Pickup Drop Advice every Monday as the Docs boil it down for you nice and
simple: who to watch, who to ignore, and most importantly... who
to grab! Since each team's needs are unique, the Docs will suggest
players to pick up based on the following significant positions: QB, RB, WR, TE, K, and D. Word of caution: While a quick trigger in the
free agent market can make a bad team good, it can also make a good team bad.
Before just adding the players listed below to your roster, here are a few
guidelines to help ensure that the former happens rather than the latter.
1. Do not just randomly pick-up a player or drop a player solely based
on the information given below - use some discretion - as the quality of
the player varies from league to league due to the size and scoring system
of each league. In addition, team needs vary from fantasy team to fantasy
team, so some discretion can go a long way. The list posted below is
to bring some players to your attention and give you a comment or two regarding
2. Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to drop any player you drafted
in the first ten rounds of your draft in the first few weeks.
Be patient, particularly with wide receivers as they are very inconsistent
in most scoring systems, posting a horrible week one week and then backing
it up with a good performance in the following week.
3. Be quick to grab running backs, especially as new starters are
announced or as players emerge with huge games. This does not mean
dropping a traditionally good player in order to pick up one of these running
backs, but if you have an extra D, K, TE, or even a lower tier WR, it is
probably in your best interest to drop one of them and take a chance.
RBs are in high demand and almost always carry value provided they are a
primary back for a NFL team.
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FREE Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice
NFL Week 8
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Jordan Reed, TE, WAS - Reed is the gem of the waiver wire in week 8. He had a monster game on Sunday catching all 9 of his targets for 134 yards and a TD. Since Washington came off their bye in week 6, Reed has been coming on strong. He has some great route running skills and fly paper on his hands. Washington should continue to struggle having to play from behind each week, which should translate to plenty of opportunity for Reed. Reed is owned in less than 3% of fantasy leagues, so run, donít walk, to your waiver wire and go get him right now.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, IND - DHB had a very good game under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football and posted 4 catches for 44 yards (7 targets), a TD, and 30 rushing yards. With Reggie Wayne suffering a torn ACL and out for the rest of the season, DHBís fantasy stock just got a huge shot in the arm. Get him if you can. DHB is currently owned in just 5% of fantasy leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU - Anytime there is a switch at QB, it is a good idea to carefully watch the WR situation to see who emerges with the early chemistry with the new signal caller. After several disappointing weeks, Hopkins emerged on Sunday with three receptions for 76 yards and a TD. This could be the start of things turning for Hopkins, and now is the time to get Hopkins while you still can. Hopkins is owned in 51% of fantasy leagues, so one out of every two of you can pick him up immediately right now.
Marvin Jones, WR, CIN - Jones makes our list for the second week in a row. His stock continues to rise, and he had another solid day with 4 receptions on 6 targets for 57 yards and a TD. If you watch a Cincinnati game, itís hard to not notice Jones, who is exciting. Despite his good play the past two weeks, Jones is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, GRB - Boykin made the most of his opportunity and pulled in 8 catches for 103 yards and a TD. With the Packers WR corps battered and bruised, this wonít be the last time you hear from Boykin. Boykin is owned in less than 3% of fantasy leagues.
Jake Locker, QB, TEN - Locker put his arm on display against the Niners roasting them for 326 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, and 29 rushing yards. The Titans are on a bye for week 8, which will give Locker that much more time to rest up and study film when facing the Rams in week 9. Locker is owned in less than 2% of fantasy leagues.
Josh McCown, QB, CHI - Jay Cutler will be out for 4 weeks with a groin injury leaving the starting job to McCown. Chicago has a load of receiving talent, making McCown a must pick-up for Cutler owners and an intriguing grab for others. McCown is not owned in virtually any fantasy league.
Mike Glennon, QB, TAM - Glennon makes the list for the second week in a row. He posted another solid effort tossing the rock for 256 yards and 2 TDs. Note in week 8 he will have a tougher match-up facing Carolina, but for those in QB heavy fantasy leagues, Glennon is a player to keep an eye on. He is available for immediate pick-up as he is owned in less than 1% of fantasy leagues.
Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ - There was a Chris Ivory sighting on Sunday as he amassed a monster 34 carry effort against the Patriots. He ended the day with 104 rushing yards. Although Bilal Powell started the game, he hardly found himself on the field as the Jets stuck with Ivory for nearly the entire game. The job was always Ivoryís to lose, which he did due to injuries, but now he is back and the Jets seem ready to use him. Ivory is owned in 63% of fantasy leagues.
Zac Stacy, RB, STL - Stacy is starting to secure the workload at RB for St. Louis. After starting his second game in a row, the versatile Stacy posted a nice showing with a TD and 87 total yards (53 rushing and 34 receiving). Despite his rise in the ranks and playing a position in high demand in fantasy (RB), Stacy is owned in just 16% of fantasy leagues. That will change this week, although note he has a tough match-up in week 8 against the Seahawks.
Joseph Randle, RB, DAL - For as long as Murray is out, the Cowboys have shown they will feature Randle. Randle got the bulk of the carries for Dallas on Sunday gaining 65 rushing yards on 19 touches. He also had 3 catches for 28 yards. Murray could miss another week, which means Randle would be in line to get the bulk of the work, making him a nice bye week fill for folks in a pinch. Randle is owned in 36% of fantasy leagues.
Roy Helu, RB, WAS - This is not good news for Alfred Morris owners. Seemingly every time Washington approached the goal line, Morris trotted out and Helu trotted in. Helu ended up having a TD Vulture game for the ages, landing 3 TDs while Morris watched. In addition to his TDs, he ended the day with 41 rushing yards on 11 carries and has a clear role in the offense on 3rd downs when away from the goal line. With 4 TDs in 2 games, Helu could be just what those of you need if in a very TD heavy fantasy league. Helu is owned in less than 2% of fantasy leagues.
Show 'em the Door (a.k.a. Drop)
Note: This advice is intended for redraft leagues only.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL - Bradford suffered a season ending torn ACL in week 7.
Brian Hoyer, QB, CLE - Hoyer was hot while healthy, but a torn ACL has ended his 2013 season.
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI - Palmer hasn't developed as well as we hoped, and he is struggling with very little help from his ground game. At this point, it's best to let Palmer go while the Cardinals try to figure things out.
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ - Sanchez has been shelved with a shoulder injury, and the Geno Smith era has begun in New York.
Lawrence Tynes, PK, TAM - Signed in the off-season, Tynes' never made it to the field due to complications from a staph infection on his foot. He is out for the season after being placed on the non-football injury list.
Cedric Benson, RB, FA - Benson is another aging RB that can't find employment. His best days are behind him.
Vick Ballard, RB, IND - Ballard tore his ACL and is lost for the season.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND - Bradshaw suffered a neck injury and has been out. Neck injuries in a full contract sport don't exactly mix, and the arrival of Trent Richardson has further dampened the chances of any significant fantasy production for Bradshaw this season.
Andre Brown, RB, NYG - Brown makes the list for now to free up roster space for your team; however, he is a player to keep an eye on later in the season. After suffering a broken leg early in the year, he was placed on short turn injured reserve and will be available as early as week 10. The signing of Brandon Jacobs muddies the waters for Brown, as both will compete for the role as the Giants TD vulture.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT - Early in the season Dwyer had a chance to show a fantasy pulse, but the door has slammed on his fantasy prospects.
Mark Ingram, RB, NO - This former Heisman winner has been a flop in the NFL and is doing more damage than good on your roster.
Felix Jones, RB, PIT - Jones got a rare opportunity to take control of the RB situation in Pittsburgh, but he wasn't able to get it done.
Isaac Redman, RB, PIT - Redman also had his shot at the starting RB slot for the Steelers, but he squandered that opportunity and is now buried on the depth chart.
Michael Turner, RB, FA - The Falcons dumped Turner in the off-season, and at 33 years of age, it appears his playing days are over as he has yet for a NFL team to contact him.
Shane Vareen, RB, NE - Vereen had a big week one, but a broken wrist landed him on the short term injured reserve. He is eligible to return in week 10 (with a week 10 BYE for the Pats, really week 11). For now we recommend dropping Vereen, but he is a player to keep in mind to potentially add to your roster as we approach week 11.
Beanie Wells, RB, FA - The former first round pick of the 2009 draft as flopped and has no place on your fantasy roster.
Owen Daniels, TE, HOU - Daniels is out for 8 weeks with a leg injury and is targeting week 14 for his return. In the meantime, your roster can't afford to take that kind of hit with a player occupying a valuable slot injured. Unless you play in a league that allows you to place Daniels on IR, best to let him go.
Fred Davis, TE, WAS - Davis may have talent, but he can't stay healthy. Ankle issues continue to hold him back.
Dustin Keller, TE, MIA - Keller tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL and is out for the season.
Dennis Pita, TE, BAL - Pita suffered a tough hip injury that was originally thought to end his season. However, Pita has his sights set at trying to return late in the season.
Zac Sudfeld, TE, NYJ (NE) - There was excitement surrounding Sudfeld with his preseason play coupled to the huge holes at TE for the Pats, but that excitement is gone as Sudfeld stunk it up in the regular season and has been released by New England. He was claimed off waivers by the Jets.
Danario Alexander, WR, SDG - Alexander tore his ACL and is out for the season.
Ryan Broyles, WR, DET - Despite all sorts of opportunity, Broyles has been really stinking it up. He may flash a decent game or two this season, but he is doing more damage than good on your roster.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, FA - After a monster 2010 season, Lloyd finds himself without a team. Despite nearly eclipsing 1,000 yards in 2011 and 2012, his phone remains silent as NFL teams are staying clear of him.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL - Jones is out of the season after suffering a foot injury in week 5.
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND - Wayne tore his ACL in week 7 and is out for the remainder of the season.