Here is what everyone is waiting for, the FFLockerRoom’s Waiver Wire Pickups for week 8. I am going to put these guys in order of what I believe to be the most important guys first, top down.
Click HERE for my week 7 recap – The GOOD, The BAD, The UGLY.
1. Mike James, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0.1%*) – With the number of viable running backs dwindling, Mike James needs to be owned in all leagues. The Bucs were giving Doug Martin nearly 75% of the ground game work and James is the next man up after Martin’s injury. It’s not entirely sure right now how much time Doug will miss but it will be at least a month. With defenses now able to concentrate on Vincent Jackson, maybe James will find some running room.
2. Jarrett Boykins, WR, Green Bay Packers (1.4%) - With injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones last week, that made Boykins a starter for week 7. He did not disappoint if you took a chance on him. And now that Jermichael Finley is also injured, Boykins’ role in the coming weeks isn’t going to diminish.
3. Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys (50.1%) - Should be owned in more than half of leagues. He’s clearly the #2 on the team at this point and has scored in three straight games.
4. Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams (10.2%) - I couldn’t believe Stacy is still owned in such a few amount of leagues. He continues to play well and totaled 87 yards with a score in week 7.
5. Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons (37.7%) - I really didn’t think Douglas had a game like this in him. And I didn’t have the faith in Matt Ryan to make anyone be this relevant in fantasy. But they did and Harry had a huge game. If it’s not a fluke, Douglas is in a great situation. He’s got a near top-tier QB and could be getting back Roddy White and Steven Jackson back soon to help defenses from keying in on him.
6. Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers (35.9%) - One of the hottest receivers over the past few weeks cooled off a bit this week but it was a game that the Chargers didn’t have to do much in. Expect Allen to continue to be Philip Rivers‘ favorite target out wide.
TAKE A CHANCE
8. Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (24.5%) - Dalton has had two really good weeks back-to-back. With so many teams on bye this week, you might be needing a quarterback and Dalton is on fire right now.
9. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts (3.8%) - I’m not a big fan of guys that tend to drop passes but with Reggie Wayne going down for the year, Darrius could get a few more targets and he does have some of that patented Al Davis speed on his side.
10. Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans (2.4%) - Locker was doing really well before his injury and many thought he wouldn’t come back till after the week 8 bye but he looked pretty good against the 49ers, albeit, in catch up mode. His schedule after the bye has the Rams followed by the Jaguars, Colts and Raiders. None of those teams scare me and I would consider rolling with Locker over many other mid-tier QBs for that stretch.
11. Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins (37.5%) - Let’s face it, he’s not going to score three touchdowns every week but in games where the offense hast to put up big numbers he could be the recipient of more time on the field. Morris isn’t the ideal back to play third downs and Helu is. It makes for a good one-two punch. Next week, traveling to Denver, Helu could be inline for a big workload.
12. Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans (35.4%) - Wright needs to be owned in all PPR leagues. He caught all 9 of his targets for 98 yards and is catching balls at an alarming rate.
PLAYING WITH FIRE
13. Mike Tolbert, RB, Carolina Panthers (16.9%) - He’s been somewhat of a touchdown vulture this season, which many expected but the only reason he’s not a little higher is the fact Jonathan Stewart could be back soon. And with Stewart on his way back, we are unsure of what role Tolbert will have.
14. Brandon Gibson, WR, Miami Dolphins (1.1%) - He now has 29 receptions on the season with just one game going for less than 4. He should be owned in more leagues.
15. Peyton Hillis, RB, New York Giants (1.6%) - It’s ok if you want to take a chance him. His 2.0 YPC on Monday Night didn’t do much for me but he ran hard and managed to play well catching balls out of the backfield.
And if you think I forgot someone for the Waiver Wire, please tell me in the comments below. Who knows, you even might be able to help someone land their next waiver wire stud.
*Owned percentage taken from ESPN leagues.