Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fantasy Football Week 8 - Waiver Wire Pickups


Must Haves

Rashad Jennings RB (29% owned) - With Maurice Jones-Drew going out, you have to pick up Jennings, especially if you had MJD.  Like I always say, if there is a starting RB out there, they are a must have.  Jones-Drew is already ruled out for week 8, and being that he's on crutches, he might be out for an extended period of time.

Josh Freeman QB (54% owned) - Freeman has been great over the past 3 weeks racking up 7 TDs and only 2 INTs, and is averaging 349 yards per game over that span.  Freeman has been connecting with V-Jax and Mike Williams down the field which is a good sign and with guys like Stafford, Vick, and Romo struggling, Freeman is a very solid option at QB going forward.  

Dustin Keller TE (28% owned) - With the TE position so hit or miss and most TEs underachieving like Finley, Pettigrew, and Rudolph putting up a fat 0 last week, if you can find a TE who will be consistent each week you have to roll with him.  Keller looked like the valuable TE he is on Sunday against the Pats.  That chemistry between Sanchez and Keller is back and that's a good sign.  Keller is finally healthy and he had 7 catches for 93 yards and a TD on Sunday   He should continue to get plenty of looks moving forward and will be a red zone threat.

Solid Pickups

Santana Moss WR (46% owned) - Yes we all know the Redskins are a run first offense but Moss continues to produce despite that.  In the last 3 weeks, Moss has 3 receptions of 30 or more yards, including a 77 yard TD.  Moss is good for 3-4 catches a week and after 2 TDs last week against the Giants, he's still a threat to find the end zone each week.

Montario Hardesty RB (10% owned) - Trent Richardson is dealing with a rib injury that kept him out of the second half against the Colts on Sunday.  Hardesty saw 7 carries in his absence.  If Richardson is forced to miss anytime, Hardesty will be in line for the bulk of the carries.  This injury will probably linger all year for Richardson so Hardesty will stay relevant.

La'Rod Stephens-Howlings RB (19% owned) - Stephens-Howlings racked up a career high 149 rushing yards against the Vikings on Sunday.  William Powell would have been in line for the majority of the carries but landed in the dog house early after fumbling the opening kickoff.  Stephens-Howling looked very impressive and should see the bulk of the carries moving forward.

Titus Young WR (26% owned) - Nate Burleson is done for the 2012 season after breaking his leg Monday night against the Bears.  Titus Young now will be the #2 WR for Matthew Stafford.  Young saw 8 targets and finished the night with 6 catches for 81 yards.  The Lions throw a ton so Young will be helpful in PPR leagues.

Jeremy Kerley WR (45% owned) - Kerley has stepped up big for the Jets since Holmes went out with an injury.  Over the past 3 weeks Kerley has 15 catches for 238 yards.  He torched the Pats secondary with 7 catches and 120 yards.  Kerley does have 2 TDs but hasn't scored since week 3.  He's also a threat as a punt returner as he did have a 68 yard return TD week 1 against the Bills.

Good For A Week

Oakland Raiders Defense (12% owned) - The Raiders have shut down the run game against the Falcons and Jaguars the last two weeks which is good news because they face the Chiefs this week who love to run.  The pass game is not scary with Brady Quinn under center.  Dwayne Bowe is not much of a threat with Cassel out.  So the Raiders will be able to focus on shutting down the Chiefs run game.

Players to Watch

Ryan Broyles WR (1% owned) - Broyles should see plenty of playing time at WR with Nate Burleson out for the year with a broken leg.  Broyles scored a late TD against the Bears on Monday night and finished the game with 3 catches for 51 yards.  Stafford throws the ball 45-50 times a game so Broyles will see his fair share of targets.

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