2012 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 8 Targets to Consider

James Hatfield Correspondent IIIOctober 22, 2012

October 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
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The waiver wire isn't as full as usual this week, but there are still waiver-wire targets to be acquired. Please remember to work your waiver wire as you build a deep team, and then remember to work trades to continue building your overall team as you prepare for playoffs.


5-Star Pickups

Rashad Jennings (RB, JAX): If Maurice Jones Drew is going to miss any time, then Jennings will get the lion's share of the carries. He is a must-grab.


4-Star Pickups

Martellus Bennett (TE, NYG): He is starting to get some consistent production and will be a nice start next week. 

LaRod Stephens-Howling (RB, ARZ): Stephens-Howling is drawing the start weekly in Arizona, and if you are looking for a RB, then go with him. He will continue to draw that start in Arizona, but will be boom or bust.

Heath Miller (TE, PIT): He is finding the end zone regularly and is worth starting for injuries and bye weeks. One of my favorite spot starters.


3-Star Pickups

Jonathan Dwyer (RB, PIT): Dyer did well this week with Isaac Redman and Rashard Mendenhall out. But he's only worth a spot start if both are out again next week. Mendenhall should be back next week, so Dwyer is only a stash at this point. 

Daryl Richardson (RB, STL): The Rams trust this late-round rookie pick. If you are in a dynasty league, you have to own this kid. He is a solid stash, currently a borderline start, with as many carries as he is seeing.

Dustin Keller (TE, NYJ): If you are in a tight spot at TE due to injury or bye week, then look to Keller, who is finally looking better.

Randall Cobb (WR, GB): He can be started as a bye-week fill-in or injury spot starter. He is a boom-or-bust player every week, but is worth starting.

Josh Freeman (QB, TB): As I said he would last week, Freeman had a big game against the Saints. He is not going to repeat that performance, but he's an OK bye-week/injury fill-in.

Jake Locker (QB, TEN): Jake Locker should be back on the field next week, and if you are looking for a backup QB, he can be rostered.

Josh Gordon (WR, CLE): I believe this kid could start putting up usable bye-week filler numbers. Gordon could be a safe pickup.

Logan Paulsen (TE, WAS): Fred Davis is out for the rest of the season; Paulsen is a sneaky starter, but you have to be in a really tough situation. Keep an eye on this TE. 


2-Star Pickups

Jeremy Kerley (WR, NYJ): It is hard to trust any of the New York Jets WRs. Don't expect a repeat performance from Kerley, but he is now WR1 and would be better is PPR leagues.

Kevin Ogletree (WR, DAL): If Dez Bryant misses a game, which I doubt he will, then Ogletree could be used as a spot starter.

Leonard Hankerson (WR, WAS): As long as Pierre Garcon is out in Washington, Hankerson can be started in dire situations. He has the most upside in PPR leagues. 

Montario Hardesty (RB, CLE): If Trent Richardson were to miss time, Hardesty would get the load. He is worth stashing if you are in a dire situation.

Brandon Gibson (WR, STL): Not the most reliable option from week to week, but if you are in dire need of a WR during the bye week, then you can go to Gibson.

Shane Vereen (RB, NE): With Brandon Bolden injured, Vereen came in and took Bolden’s carries.  Vereen will be a non-factor upon Bolden’s return.


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