Week 8 Waiver Wire October 22, 2013  |  gregsauce

As we cartoon coyotes of the fantasy football world slither out from under the anvils that crushed us in Week 7, we are reminded more now than in any previous week how important depth is in our game. Doug Martin, Reggie Wayne, Sam Bradford, and likely Jermichael Finley are lost for the season. Bradford and Finley are somewhat replaceable as fantasy commodities, but the losses of Martin and Wayne will cripple teams without a solid bench to fall back on. Let this rash of injuries serve as a reminder to always stay active on the waiver wire. Each week’s waiver period offers opportunities to improve your team. Your gains may be incremental, but piling up as many of those small advantages as you can is the best way to combat fake football’s endless onslaught of variance. Whether you lost a crucial player to injury or not on Sunday, give your bench a boost with the players featured here in the Week 8 Waiver Wire.

*Note: I’m trying something new with the “Better late than never” (BLTN) players from previous Waiver Wires. Based on how I would rank them for the rest of the season, I’m slotting them amidst other players at their respective positions. I hope this method is helpful.



So much for the injured Jake Locker. The Titans’ starter surprisingly returned to action in a relatively tough match-up against San Francisco and delivered a top-10 QB performance. Locker should get fully healthy in his Week 8 bye and his schedule beyond that is very appealing (@STL, JAC, IND, @OAK, @IND, @DEN, ARI, @JAC, HOU). This is likely your last chance to land Locker on the cheap.

Better late than never: Mike Glennon

While it’s not season-ending like the injuries mentioned above, Jay Cutler’s groin issue will reportedly cost him at least 4 weeks. That leaves Josh McCown to captain the Chicago offense after their Week 8 bye. The Bears face the Packers and the Lions first — a pair of reasonable match-ups for fantasy quarterbacks — but try not to rest your fake football hopes on a guy with a career 38:44 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Like both other QBs I’ve blurbed so far, Case Keenum has a bye in Week 8. The Houston Cougars legend played admirably in his first NFL start, but the Chiefs beat him up pretty badly (5 sacks, 2 fumbles, 1 fumble lost). Not every defense the Texans face will be as fearsome as the Chiefs, though, and if Keenum earns another start in Week 9 against Indy, he’ll be an intriguing option in 2-QB leagues.

Kellen Clemens will take over under center for the aforementioned Sam Bradford and he should probably be ranked ahead of Keenum based on assumed job security. I’ve seen Kellen Clemens play quarterback though, so no.



The Buccaneers’ new starting running back is a guy named Mike James. No, the shoot-first backup point guard from the Chicago Bulls didn’t trump LeBron’s quest to play in the NFL. This is a different Mike James. He rushed for 45 yards on 14 carries and caught all three of his targets for 8 yards on Sunday. Those numbers don’t equate to good per-touch averages, but James will have value going forward, regardless. Meanwhile, the Bucs signed Bobby Rainey to play behind James. I missed pretty badly when I tabbed Rainey as the Cleveland back to own after T-Rich was traded, but I’m tempted to double-down on Rainey. It’s not like I could be more wrong this time around, right? Don’t answer that…

With Arian Foster‘s hamstring injury and Ben Tate‘s rib injury be on the lookout for who will start for the Texans in week 9.

BLTN: Chris Ivory

After a quiet start to the season, Roy Helu is averaging 14.3 fantasy points per game in his last three contests. Helu won’t score three touchdowns every week, but his role in the Washington offense has expanded and fantasy owners should adjust accordingly.

Joseph Randle merits BLTN consideration after he totaled 93 yards on 22 touches Sunday. Meanwhile, Lance Dunbar is still rehabbing his hamstring injury and Phillip Tanner vultured the only Cowboys rushing TD against the Eagles. DeMarco Murray will return to the feature role eventually, so you might want to let the Dallas backfield be someone else’s headache in your league.

As I type, there are about 12 minutes left in the Monday Night Football game. Michael Cox (11 carries) and Peyton Hillis (12 carries) have combined for 52 yards (2.26 YPC). Andre Brown is starting to practice with the Giants and could be back for their Week 10 showdown against the Raiders.

BLTN: Mike Tolbert



BLTN: Terrance Williams, Harry Douglas, Rueben Randle, Keenan Allen

No Randall Cobb? No James Jones? No problem. Jarrett Boykin led all Packers receivers in targets, receptions, and yardage on Sunday. Boykin’s performance was the final piece of data needed to definitively prove that Aaron Rodgers is really good at football. Congratulations, fellow football scientists. We did it!

I thought Stephen Hill was the Jets wideout to own, but Jeremy Kerley’s recent resume has me fiending for Forget-Me-Nows. Over the last four weeks, Kerley is averaging 8.5 fantasy points per game. That sort of production isn’t particularly memorable, but it’s not worth erasing from your memory either.

Darrius Heyward-Bey will benefit the most from Reggie Wayne’s absence, but keep in mind he’s the same player we were clamoring for the Colts to use less in favor of T.Y. Hilton as recently as Week 5. The opportunity is there for Heyward-Bey to succeed, but the skills might not be. If you want to dive deeper into the Colts’ receiving corps, LaVon Brazil is also worth considering.

BLTN: Aaron Dobson

The reports on Percy Harvin’s recovery from a hip injury have been extremely promising lately, but I’m less optimistic. Being able to practice doesn’t necessarily mean he’s ready for game action. I’d look to add Harvin if I had a very deep bench as wasn’t cutting anyone useful, but he’ll be added by one of my opponents in most of my leagues and I’m okay with that. There are so many other players who can impact my team right now that I’m willing to be wrong about Harvin and his down-the-road prospects.

Riley Cooper followed up his best game of the season in Week 6 with a less impressive, but still respectable Week 7 performance against the Cowboys. DeSean Jackson was in and out of the game with some minor injuries and Cooper caught 6 of his 7 targets for 88 yards. It was Jason Avant, however, who led the Eagles in targets with 12. If Jackson misses any time or continues to be bothered by his dings and dents, Cooper and Avant’s values will rise.



BLTN: Jordan Reed

Coby Fleener should also see increasing usage with Reggie Wayne sidelined. He found the end zone at the conclusion of the first half in Sunday night’s game on an 8-yard pass from Andrew Luck. The Colts don’t have a legitimate possession receiver with Wayne out, so Luck might lean more on Fleener going forward.

The quest for the most boring fantasy tight end season of all time marches on for Delanie Walker. Week 7 marked his best game of 2013 and a bounce-back from his worst game of the year in Week 6. Before that, he steadily alternated between 4 and 7 fantasy points each week. His 5.57-fantasy-ppg average isn’t exciting, but that sort of production may be a necessary evil considering all the teams on bye in the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, in sunny Arizona, Rob Housler is finally starting to show signs of life. He caught all 7 of his targets against the Seahawks for 53 yards on Sunday. That was easily his best showing of the season and a solid PPR day, in general. If you’re desperate at TE, consider taking it to the Housler.

BLTN: Tyler Eifert, Ben Watson

I don’t understand why fantasy players torture themselves with leagues where it’s necessary to go deeper than Tyler Eifert and Ben Watson at tight end, but I know those players exist. That special breed of fake football degenerate might want to consider Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz. The Eagles are already starting to use him more and like Riley Cooper and Jason Avant, Ertz would see more targets if DeSean Jackson’s injury proves to be more serious than we currently believe it to be.

19 Responses

  1. Trevor says:

    Would you pick up Jake Locker and/or Eli Manning over Ryan Tannehill at qb2, and in what order for ros?

    • gregsauce says:

      As bad as Eli has been, he’d be my first choice of that group. His schedule going forward is very soft. Locker would be my second choice.

  2. No Surrender says:

    I’m looking at ROS
    Pick up M.James, A.Brown, or S.Vereen (I like his ceiling)
    Would you make the Change?
    Who would you drop?
    I also need to free one more roster spot for week 10 if I want to keep K.C. DST or min. week 11 Romo bye.
    How about a second name to drop?

    12 Team League- Standard Scoring, QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, W/R/T, K, DST
    QB: T.Romo
    RB: A.Morris F.Gore G.Bernard J.Bell A.Ellington
    WR: P.Garcon M.Colston J.Gordon J.Blackmon A.Jeffrey
    TE: J.Graham H.Miller
    K: D.Bailey
    DST: Kansas City

    Thank you

    • gregsauce says:

      @No Surrender: I’d stick with the RBs you have. Wait until the week of KC’s bye to worry about which player you want to drop.

  3. Andy says:

    I have caught the injury bug pretty bad and need an RB to fill in for week 8. The problem is, I don’t know who to drop to pick up Mike James.

    Current RBs: Foster, Tate, L.Miller, MJD, D.Murray, J.Randall

    Other players I could drop: Carson Palmer (bye week backup for week 11 vs Jags), Michael Floyd.

    I’d rather not drop Palmer or Floyd…or do you think I should just stick with what I have?


    • Andy says:

      Oh yeah…PPR league.

    • gregsauce says:

      @Andy: Unless there are no other QBs available for your starter’s Week 11 bye, I’d drop Palmer. If you have to drop a running back, I think it’s Miller, but I still might rather have him than James. I’d avoid the tough decision and just drop Palmer.

  4. Banjoe says:

    Thanx Ahead for in depth “Q”… OUCH Lost Martin AND Finley and Praying to the Fantasy Gods that SJax & Roddy get healthy PPR LEAGUE .I assume I have to Hold Martin till he’s declared Officially OUT? (ANY word on ur end of his status?) So for time being & near the end of line on ww ..I’m at limit for RB’s but Planning to drop Miller for James .. if I don’t get him should I HOLD to Miller or drop for Ivory or Helu? also Need QB Week 9 so I drop Finley would u pick up Locker @ Rams or Pryor vs Philly? AND Thank U for ONE More I have Amendola and Roddy on bench so to add depth- Doubt I get Boykins so could u rank for depth who to add from Hopkins, Michael Floyd, Mile Williams (w/Glennon having to throw a ton?) or Kerley ? THANK U soo Much for ur advice

    • gregsauce says:

      @Banjoe: I think you should hold onto Martin if you can, but I have no problem with dropping him if your bench is too crowded. I would probably rather have Lamar Miller going forward than Martin.

      At QB for Week 9, I’d rather use Pryor than Locker.

      I’d rank those WR Floyd, Boykins, Williams, Hopkins, Kerley for the rest of the season.

  5. Norman says:

    12 Team PPR, in need of picking a rb off waivers this week. I currently have my priority list as: 1. M James 2. Ivory & 3. B Tate. Would you agree? Who else should I add, slim pickens.

  6. Presence26 says:

    In regards to the rest of the season, I’m stuck between Amendola or Harvin. I’m pretty deep at WR with Marshall, Garçon, and Gordan, so Amendola has been patiently on my bench. Do you agree with dropping him for Percy?

    • gregsauce says:

      @Presence26: Either one is a gamble. I think you probably should just pick the one you like more. This is a rare case where I might gamble on Harvin.

  7. nate says:

    jimmy graham owner. worth picking up jordan reed? would have to drop one of: harvin, bowe, stevie johnson, stacy, mjd, harry douglas. they are all good depth options but is it worth it in case jimmy cant go

    • gregsauce says:

      @Nate: You should definitely have a backup plan in case Graham can’t play. I’d drop Harvin, but if you’re attached to him, it’s not unreasonable to cut Bowe or Johnson.

  8. Cochise says:

    Sup gregsauce, is Andre Brown the better pickup over Mike James and in the case I dont get either is Donald Brown worth grabbing now cuz T-rich isnt overly impressive anyone?

    • gregsauce says:

      @Cochise: James is the better grab than Brown because he’ll start playing immediately and isn’t walking into a potential timeshare like Andre Brown will be. Donald Brown is a decent backup choice to both of them. He’s looked better than T-Rich recently.

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