Fantasy Football: Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 8

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIIOctober 23, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 14: Starting quarterback Brandon Weeden #3, Head coach Pat Shurmur and wide receiver Josh Gordon #13 of the Cleveland Browns celebrate during the first quarter after Gordon scored a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Browns receiver Josh Gordon has only seven receptions in his past three games combined.

Generally speaking, those numbers would make any receiver a player to bench in your fantasy league(s). If you own Gordon, mentioned in last week's waiver-wire column, that is not the case.

Despite the low number of receptions, Gordon has finished with double-digit fantasy points in three consecutive games. During that span, he has scored in each game and four of his seven receptions were for scores.

Although he and quarterback Brandon Weeden are not connecting as often as a fantasy owner would like to see, Gordon was targeted a team and season high 10 times last week.

If Gordon is still available in your league(s), he is certainly worth adding.

Players that appear on this waiver-wire list need to satisfy two criteria: (1) they are owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) they were not on last week's waiver-wire list.

And, of course, they are worth adding to your squad(s).

Here are some other players to consider adding to your roster (Yahoo! league ownership in parenthesis):


QBSam Bradford, Rams (21 percent)

The Rams "host" the Patriots this week at Wembley Stadium in London, and it's possible that the Rams will find themselves playing from behind for much of this game.

Only four teams have allowed more passing yards than the Patriots, who are also tied for allowing the most passing touchdowns (16) this season.

Bradford is a possible plug-and-play option that could be available on your league's waiver wire.

QBBrandon Weeden, Browns (17 percent)

After his horrible Week 1 performance (118 yards and four interceptions) against the Eagles, Weeden has been much better.

Of course, it would be difficult to be much worse, right?

Since Week 2, he has averaged 277.5 yards per game and has at least 231 yards in all six of those games.

In addition, Weeden has a 9:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio during that span and has thrown two touchdowns in three consecutive games.


RBRashad Jennings, Jaguars (30 percent)

With Maurice Jones-Drew already ruled out for Week 8 (and possibly much longer), Jennings will be the most-added player in fantasy this week.

As MJD left Sunday's game after only two carries, Jennings had a huge workload with Jones-Drew out.

Jennings rushed for only 44 yards on 21 carries, but he scored a touchdown and also caught seven passes for 58 yards.

While his matchups in Weeks 8 and 9 aren't great, he faces four of the bottom-eight rush defenses in the following five weeks.

From Week 10 to 14, the Jaguars face the Colts, Texans, Titans, Bills and Jets.


RBJonathan Dwyer, Steelers (25 percent)

Against the Bengals last week, Dwyer rushed for a career-high 122 yards on 17 carries.

Depending on the health of Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, Dwyer may get another opportunity to shoulder the load against the Redskins this week as well.

RBLaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals (20 percent)

Against the generally stingy Vikings rush defense, Stephens-Howling rushed for a career-high 104 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown. In addition, he caught four passes for 45 yards in the loss.

Facing the even stingier 49ers rush defense this weekend, Stephens-Howling and William Powell clearly do not have a favorable matchup this week.

But it appears that LSH could get the larger share of the workload between the team's two main backs if you need running back help.


RBJamie Harper, Titans (zero percent)

Titans running back Chris Johnson had a huge performance against the Bills last week, and he has another favorable matchup against the Colts this week.

While CJ2K is obviously the Titans back to own, Harper could very well get another goal-line carry or two this week. Last week, he rushed for two scores and now has three touchdowns in the past two weeks.


WRLeonard Hankerson, Redskins (seven percent)

Hankerson has 50-plus yards in four of seven games this season. Last week, Hankerson had a team-high six receptions and a season-high 70 yards.

With the expectation that Pierre Garcon misses more time with his foot injury, Hankerson should continue to get plenty of work.


WRBrandon LaFell, Panthers (20 percent)

LaFell has 17 receptions on 32 targets for 279 yards and two touchdowns through six games this season.

While he ranks third on the team in receptions and yards behind Steve Smith and Greg Olsen, LaFell leads the team in touchdowns as Cam Newton has thrown only five touchdowns this season.

Plus, he has nine fantasy points or more in half of his games.

Despite an upcoming tough matchup against the Bears this week, the Panthers have a couple of favorable matchups in Weeks 9 (Redskins) and 11 (Bucs).


WRTitus Young, Lions (27 percent)

A player that many expected to break out this season, Young has been a a disappointment up to this point. Entering last night's game, Young had 17 yards or less in four of his first five games of the season.

In last night's game, he set a season high with 81 receiving yards and tied his previous season high of six receptions.

Considering Nate Burleson suffered a season-ending broken leg injury in last night's game, that should mean more targets and production for Young.


WRRyan Broyles, Lions (two percent)

With Burleson out, Broyles should also see more snaps and targets out of the slot. He stepped up on Monday with his first three NFL receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown.

Although Broyle's college season ended prematurely at Oklahoma due to a torn ACL, he owns the NCAA record for most receptions (349) in FBS history and was a second-round pick by the Lions last year.


WRBrandon Gibson, Rams (35 percent)

Gibson hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 2, but he has back-to-back games with at least five receptions and 60 yards.

With a favorable matchup against the Patriots this week, Gibson and fellow receiver Chris Givens, who was on last week's list, are nice sleepers this week.

TEDustin Keller, Jets (28 percent)

Back in the lineup and healthy, Keller had seven receptions for 93 yards and a score last week against the Patriots.

Considering the limited options in the Jets passing game, Keller should see a heavy dose of targets going forward.

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