Fantasy Football 2013: Week 8 Waiver Wire Receivers
Waiver Wire TEs and WRs for Week 8 in Fantasy Football
October 22, 2013
There were a lot of injuries to key fantasy players over the weekend, so we’re seeing a massive depletion of rosters everywhere. To make matters worse, it’s a heavy bye week in the NFL, so there aren’t as many options out there as usual. That said, let’s take our weekly look at the fantasy waiver wire and check out the current trends at the WR and TE positions. There are a few viable names out there who could potentially buoy your team through the rough times ahead.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Just so you’re aware, the Colts are on a bye in Week 8, so you’ll have to stash Heyward-Bey for a while. Still, he’s one of the hottest names on the wire right now, thanks to his big-time performance against the Broncos. He posted 44 yards and a score on four receptions in the win, adding another 30 on a big run. With Reggie Wayne out for the rest of the year, Heyward-Bey takes a step forward in fantasy value and is worth picking up in mid-to-deep leagues.
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Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers: Speaking of injuries, pretty much the entire Packers receiving corps is banged up. That’s where Boykin comes in. He really came alive against the Browns in Week 7, with 103 yards and a TD on eight receptions. It’s not looking like the Green Bay injuries are going to rectify themselves anytime soon, so Boykin should remain a fixture of the passing game for a while to come. He’s a nice add for Minnesota this week.
Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets: Kerley has proven himself to be the most reliable option in a Jets receiving corps that’s also hurting due to injury. (That seems to be a recurring theme right now.) He’s coming off a big line against the Pats, with 97 yards and a TD on eight grabs. That’s his second score in three weeks, but sandwiched in between was an ugly 19-yard game against Pittsburgh. It seems Kerley goes as rookie Jets QB Geno Smith does, so if the two can get on the same page against the Bengals, he may be worth adding.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Without a doubt, the hottest tight end on the wire right now is Reed. He broke out against the Bears, notching nine grabs for 139 yards and a touchdown--which set a franchise record for single-game yardage by a rookie tight end. Reed and Robert Griffin III seem to have a nice chemistry going, and it’s resulted in plenty of targets on a game-to-game basis. The ‘Skins will see the Broncos in Week 8, and Reed is the TE to get if you’re in the market.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Fleener won’t help you this week either, but crafty owners may want to stash him. His knock so far this year is that he’s been very inconsistent, but a nice performance against Denver could help give him a lift. He posted five receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown, which was a marked improvement over the previous couple of weeks. Deeper leagues and two-TE setups should take note here, even though it’ll be Week 9 before you can slot Fleener in.
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