Fantasy Football Updates: 2013 NFL Week 8 Waiver Wire Adds
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Top Week 8 Waiver Adds
October 22, 2013
Waiver Adds for Week 8
1. Jordan Reed - Reed had a breakout game on Sunday catching all 9 of his targets for 134 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins have needed someone to step up in the passing game to give Griffin another target besides Garcon, and Reed has become that guy. The redskins only have two tough defenses left on their schedule, 49ers and Chiefs, and both those games are in Washington. When you add the improved play of RG3 with the easy schedule for the Redskins, Reed looks poised to perform like a #1 Fantasy tight end for the rest of season.
2. Jake Locker - Locker came back early from his injury and played well on Sunday against a rejuvenated 49ers defense. With the injuries to Cutler and Bradford and the bye weeks starting to peak, Locker's value is definitely on the rise. Locker has improved his accuracy and that improvement has translated into fantasy points. The Titans are on bye this week, but if you need help at QB pick him up now before its too late. The Titans had a very tough schedule to begin the season, but their schedule gets much easier in the second half. Locker will be a worthy starter the rest of the season, and he makes for a great insurance policy since the injury bug has shown no mercy so far this season.
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3. Michael James - James has been presented the opportunity to be a starting running back in the NFL because Doug Martin suffered a severe shoulder injury that could keep him out the rest of the season. James is third on this list ahead of some other breakout players because he is a starting running back that has no immediate threat to his playing time. James is a relatively unknown player and there are several factors going against him as he takes over the lead role in Tampa bay. The Buccaneers are 0-6 and look like one of the worst teams in the league and will now he headed by a rookie quarterback and a rookie running back. The lack of experience on the Buccaneers offense could hinder the team, or it could spark a bit of motivation. Despite all the risk factors that surround James, the fact remains he is a solid football player that should be touching the ball at least 15 times again, and that makes him fantasy roster worthy.
4. Jarrett Boykin - Boykin had a breakout game for the Packers on Sunday catches 8 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown, but it must be noted that most of his production came after Jermichael Finley left the game due to a neck injury. Boykin stepped up when called upon, and he showed he could be a useful weapon in the Green Bay passing attack. Boykin will get an opportunity to make plays as long as Cobb and Finely are not on the field, but James Jones is expected back soon and he will cut into Boykins targets. Boykin should be considered the third option in the Packers passing game, but that is not a bad spot to be considering Aaron Rodgers is the one throwing the ball.
5. Peyton Hillis - Hillis took over the Giants backfield and out performed rookie running back Michael Cox. Hillis had a total of 81 yards and scored a touchdown to make for a nice fantasy outing, and there is a chance he could get another opportunity to produce. Brandon Jacobs is dealing with a hamstring which could keep him out a while, and there is still no definitive date for David Wilson to return. Hillis looks like the leader of the Giants backfield for now and with a nice matchup against the soft Eagles defense next week, Hillis looks like he could be a fantasy contributor for at least the near future if not longer.
Please Note: These players should have been picked up last week or sooner, but if they are still available in your league then pick them up asap: Zac Stacy, Harry Douglas, Andre Ellington.
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