Week 8 Pickups: Santana Moss and More Week 7 Stars to Claim Off Waiver Wire

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter against  Jayron Hosley #28 of the New York Giants  during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The good news for fantasy football owners is the busiest bye week of the season is over. Unfortunately, there are still a couple more weeks of byes to go, which means the Tuesday march to the waiver wire for talent will continue.

When it comes to the week's most popular targets, it's always important to figure out whether they have staying power or are simply one-week wonders that should be left on the free agent market. Let's take a look at three players worth the investment for Week 8.


RB: LaRod Stephens-Howling

It looked like William Powell might have taken control of the Arizona Cardinals running back battle last week, but the team turned back to Stephens-Howling on Sunday. He proceeded to gain nearly 150 total yards and scored a touchdown.

The biggest concern after the team lost its top two backs was whether the diminutive playmaker could handle a full workload. He received 24 touches against the Minnesota Vikings and escaped unscathed, which is great news for his value.

Since Stephens-Howling is able to make plays in the passing game, he's allowed to play all three downs, a rarity in today's NFL. It makes him an even better option in PPR leagues. The injury risk is always there, but he's worth it after his Week 7 showing.


WR: Santana Moss

The absence of Pierre Garcon has led to more opportunities for Moss and the Washington Redskins veteran has taken advantage of them. He's reached double-digit fantasy scoring in two of the past three weeks, including Week 7.

Without a true top target like Garcon, the Redskins have utilized a committee approach at wide receiver. The one thing that has remained constant is Robert Griffin III, who continues to impress in his first season under center. So the targets will be there.

Moss shouldn't be viewed as a No. 1 or No. 2 fantasy receiver that is going to put up big numbers every week. But he's terrific as a No. 3 wideout or flex option because the upside is high given the number of chances he'll get until Garcon is able to return.


TE: Dustin Keller

Finally healthy, Keller looked more like the useful fantasy tight end people were expecting when the season began. An injury forced a lot of owners to give up on the New York Jets star, so it's time to add him before the bandwagon starts filling up again.

Keller caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Jets lack options in the passing game, meaning he should become Mark Sanchez's most reliable target now that the hamstring concerns have subsided.

A matchup with the Miami Dolphins, which rank near the bottom of the NFL in pass defense, should allow Keller to have a second straight big performance. Add him now because the weaknesses of the tight end position means he won't be a free agent for long.