Fantasy Football: Some Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 8
Atlanta's Harry Douglas and Green Bay's Jarrett Boykin appeared on last week's waiver-wire list due to their potential production enhanced by the absence of a wide receiver or two ahead of them on the depth chart.
If you added — and subsequently started — one or both of them, you're glad you did.
Both Douglas and Boykin were among the seven receivers to score at least 16 fantasy points in Week 7. Douglas caught all seven of his targets for 149 yards and a touchdown while Boykin had eight receptions for 103 yards and a score.
While it's likely that both have already had their best games of the 2013 season, they are still worth adding in most leagues and are both available in more than half of all Yahoo! leagues.
Every week, we compile a list of potential additions to your fantasy squad(s) that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in either the short- or long-term (or both).
For a player to appear on this list, he needs to satisfy two criteria: (1) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) he was not on last week's waiver-wire list.
So, in other words, you won't see Douglas or Boykin on this list even though they meet the first of those two self-imposed conditions.
Here's a new list of players to consider adding to your fantasy squad (sorted based on position and Yahoo! ownership):
QB - Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (owned in 32 percent of leagues)
Going into Week 8, the Steelers allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. They have yet to allow a 300-yard passer and have only allowed five passing touchdowns in six games.
Although the challenging matchup does not bode terribly well for Pryor, six teams are on bye this week and a few QBs that might have been catapulted into QB1 status due to byes (Sam Bradford and Jay Cutler) are also out due to injury. In addition, Pryor has rushed for more than 30 yards in all five games played.
RB - Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams (50 percent)
Believe it or not, Stacy is available in as many leagues as those in which he is owned. Even in shallow 10-team leagues, that ratio should change.
Getting his third consecutive start, Stacy finished with more than 75 scrimmage yards for a third consecutive game. In addition, he scored his first NFL touchdown in the loss to the Panthers.
Over his past two games, Stacy has a total of 41 touches — 35 carries and six receptions. With the loss of Bradford for the season, the Rams may rely even more heavily on the run.
RB - Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (46 percent)
Ellington had only three carries and 13 yards from scrimmage in Week 7, but he has definitely been more productive than on a per-touch basis than teammate Rashard Mendenhall. So far this season, the rookie from Clemson has 28 carries for 179 yards, which averages to 6.4 yards per carry, 20 receptions for 190 yards and two total touchdowns.
RB - Chris Ivory, New York Jets (29 percent)
The Jets acquired Ivory this offseason and then signed him to a long-term deal with the thought that he'd be the guy for a Jets' ground-and-pound attack. Instead it had been mostly Bilal Powell even when Ivory was healthy. Until last week, that is.
In the team's "upset" over the Patriots, Ivory had 34 carries versus the three for Powell. Going forward, the workload won't be divided in such a lopsided manner, but I moved Ivory just ahead of Powell, who's owned in 74 percent of leagues, in my rest-of-season running back rankings.
If you need running back help, Ivory is available in more than 70 percent of leagues.
RB - Andre Brown, New York Giants (14 percent)
Brown, who was placed on short-term IR to start the year, is currently practicing with the Giants and is eligible to return after the team's game next week although they have a bye in Week 9.
Considering the injuries sustained by their other backs, they started seventh-round rookie Michael Cox on Monday night and used Peyton Hillis, who was just signed. The duo of Cox and Hillis carried the ball 29 times on Monday Night for just 59 yards (2.03 YPC).
Brown averaged 5.3 YPC and scored eight touchdowns last season.
RB - Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (nine percent)
The Buccaneers have yet to place second-year running back Doug Martin (shoulder) on season-ending injured reserve, but it appears unlikely that we see The Muscle Hamster on the field of play any time soon or even again this year. Even though the Bucs added free-agent Bobby Rainey, it should be James, the team's sixth-round pick out of The U., that is the immediate benefactor of Martin's injury.
James rushed 14 times on Sunday for 45 yards and added three receptions for eight yards. Those numbers aren't great and neither is this week's matchup (CAR), but the team plays on Thursday night, which should mean much more work for James than Rainey with the short turnaround.
RB - Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts (six percent)
There are plenty of disappointing running backs drafted to lead your/our team to a fantasy championship. One of the biggest disappointments has been Trent Richardson, who had just 37 yards on 14 carries. Despite his low YPC average, Richardson was the only back to have 50-plus receptions and double-digit rushing touchdowns last year. Since being acquired by the Colts, Richardson has only two receptions in five games and is averaging just 3.04 YPC.
Although he only had double-digit touches for the first time this season on Sunday, Brown has been more effective than Richardson. Brown is averaging nearly twice as many yards per carry (5.9) than Richardson and he has at least two receptions in four consecutive games.
While I don't expect Brown to get more work or produce more fantasy points than Richardson the rest of the way, he certainly needs to be considered by fantasy owners, especially those in deeper leagues.
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WR - Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys (49 percent)
At this point, one thing is clear: Williams is the Cowboys wide receiver I want to own that's not named Dez. In fact, the team may shut Miles Austin (hamstring) down to help him get healthy. Williams has at least 71 yards in three of his past four games and has scored a touchdown in three consecutive weeks.
WR - Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts (21 percent)
With Reggie Wayne (torn ACL) lost for the season, T.Y. Hilton and Heyward-Bey will be in line for more targets. DHB has only 18 receptions (on 35 targets) for 190 yards and a touchdown on the season, but he had a season-high seven targets and scored his only touchdown on Sunday. Going forward, he should average around eight targets per week.
Heyward-Bey and the Colts have their bye in Week 8.
WR - Brandon Gibson, Miami Dolphins (four percent)
Gibson has been quietly productive this season and had a big fantasy day (with two touchdowns including this acrobatic one) on Sunday.
That said, Gibson has had at least five receptions and eight targets in four of his six games played this season. In a week where six teams are on bye, Gibson could be a reasonable bye-week replacement.
WR - Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (three percent)
Although he has only 16 receptions on the season, Jones has scored three touchdowns in his past four games. The Bengals don't have a great matchup this week against the Jets, who have allowed the 10th-fewest passing yards, but Jones is someone to consider as a bye-week replacement as opposing defenses focus all of their attention on slowing down A.J. Green.
WR - Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars (zero percent)
Brown led the Jaguars in receiving on Sunday with 120 yards on five receptions. In the past two games, he has nine receptions for 169 yards. While I don't expect too many (or any) 100-yard games the rest of the way, he's someone to monitor in deeper leagues.
TE - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins (26 percent)
From my home state of Connecticut, Reed had the best game of his young career with nine receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown against the Bears on Sunday. Reed now has 50-plus yards in the last three games he has played and has a total of 26 receptions for 298 yards, which ranks second on the team behind only Pierre Garcon, and two touchdowns.
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