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Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 8 Players to Watch

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 8 Players to Watch

October 25, 2013

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Players to Watch

1. Roy Helu - For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and this law of physics applies to the Redskins backfield.  Since Mike Shanahan is back to his shenanigans, Roy Helu is experiencing a fantasy increase while Morris is experiencing a decrease.  Helu did not see the field at all until Morris suffered a slight rib injury in week 4.  Since then, Helu has gotten more work and now the Redskins backfield is turning into the dreaded running back committee thanks to Shanahanigans.  Helu is a player to watch and he may become a solid flex option if Shanahan continues to split the Redskins rushing duties.

2. Donald Brown/ Trent Richardson - The Colts entire offense will be under the microscope now that Reggie Wayne is done for the season.  The Colts have claimed to be a power running team, but they have not had much rushing success since they traded for Richardson and lost Bradshaw for the season.  Donald Brown has outperformed Richardson so far, and now that the Colts will need more help from their run game, fantasy owners will need to pay attention to how the carries get distributed between Brown and Richardson moving forward.

Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 8 Players to Watch

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3. Darrius Heyward-Bey - DHB could be a popular waiver wire addition this week because the Colts are going to need him to step up and fill some of the hole left by the loss of Reggie Wayne.  Heyward-Bey is a former first round pick, but the has never lived up to the expectations, and therefore, fantasy owners should not assume that Heyward-Bey will put up consistent numbers like Reggie Wayne.   Heyward-Bey is playing with the best quarterback of his career, but there is no guarantee that DHB will become a fantasy star this year.  Fantasy owners with a spot to waste on their bench could take a flier on Heyward-Bey, but it is more advisable to take a wait and see approach.

4. Jeremy Kerley - Kerley has become Geno Smith's favorite target over the last few weeks.  Kerley now leads the Jets in receptions and receiving yards, and has emerged as a decent fantasy play.  It is very difficult to put any Jets in your fantasy lineup, but Kerley should at least be on your radar.  With the bye weeks hitting their peak over the next few weeks, Kerley might be worth a temporary investment, and he is definitely a player to monitor since he is the top receiving option on his team.

5. Percy Harvin - Harvin returned to practice this week, and fantasy owners should take noticed and monitor his progress.  Harvin has been sitting on the waiver in the majority of leagues, and now fantasy owners are starting to stash him on their benches.  He will not make an immediate impact however, and there is still no verified date for him to return to game action.  Fantasy owners need to start watching this situation closely, and If you have room on your bench and you need to add some depth, Harvin is a great pickup.


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