Week 8 Waiver Wire: Last-Minute Adds for the Flex Position

Darin PikeContributor IOctober 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Wide receiver Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins makes a catch in the fourth quarter as cornerback Jayron Hosley #28 of the New York Giants defends during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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The Week 8 NFL games will be starting in a matter of hours but that doesn't mean fantasy football owners are ready for kickoff of the early games. With four teams on a bye week and a few teams with difficult matchups, there could be some late waiver-wire action.

Most of the emerging gems have been snatched up in recent weeks. But there are a few that may not have been claimed.

In case you missed some of the heavy movers, the following players are still available in a few leagues and most would be great additions for owners looking for a flex player.

Listed in priority from high to low:

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Arizona Cardinals 
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers 
Martellus Bennett, TE, New York Giants
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams

The following players have decent availability and would improve a lot of rosters' flex position.

These players are listed from lowest to highest priority:


Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Rashard Mendenhall has been ruled out of the Steelers' Week 8 game against the Washington Redskins. This means Dwyer will have a favorable matchup against the 'Skins defense.

Dwyer could be a very short-term addition, but he should be able to post some decent numbers on Sunday. He'd be much higher up the list if he was going to be used for more than one week.

If you need a bye replacement in Week 8 and have a slot available, grab Dwyer.


Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets

Many fantasy owners had thrown in the towel on Keller and his lack of production. But he was banged up and not getting the work in to make an impact on game day.

Keller returned to the lineup healthy last week and had a huge game against the New England Patriots. He has another favorable defense this weekend: the Miami Dolphins.

Many owners will take a wait-and-see approach with Keller. That is prudent, but he's available in just over 40 percent of leagues. Waiting until the next round of waiver claims could mean he ends up on a competitor's roster.


Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions

Nate Burleson hadn't completely embraced the No. 2 role in the Lions offense. He is gone for the season and possibly for good in Detroit. 

Someone needs to step up and provide some help for Calvin Johnson. Many believe that will be Titus Young, but Broyles looks like a better bet. He has sure hands and gets better separation than Young.

Stafford showed some rapport with him against the Bears and will be looking to the slot receiver if Richard "Optimus Prime" Sherman keeps Megatron blanketed.

Seattle isn't a great matchup for opposing receivers, but a guy like Broyles in the slot could pick up 70 yards and a touchdown.

Broyles is owned in just 0.5 percent of the leagues on NFL.com, so progressive owners can beat the rush that could be coming.


Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins

The Redskins need a receiver to step up and build rapport with Robert Griffin III. Based on recent weeks it looks like Moss could be that guy.

Griffin and Moss have connected for a touchdown each of the last three weeks. To be fair, he had two last week to go along with 67 receiving yards.

Moss is available in a little over 40 percent of leagues so act fast. He may not be available come Monday.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.