Week 8 Waiver Wire: Underappreciated Flex Options That You Need to Sign

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 21, 2013

Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) makes runs the ball after catching a pass in the final seconds of the second quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to building a fantasy football contender, the most valuable position on an owner's roster is the flex. This spot allows the ultimate form of versatility, as an owner can opt to use either a running back or wide receiver as their sixth skill player.

The question is, which under-appreciated flex options do you need to sign?

The value in Week 8 can be found at wide receiver, where players have been surprisingly underrated. Despite posting consistently strong numbers, the following players have gone close to unnoticed in fantasy football leagues.

Scoop them up before someone else does.

 

Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

SAN DIEGO, CA-OCTOBER-14:  Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers is tackled by Greg Toler #28 and Antoine Bethea #41 of the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium October 14, 2013 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Position: Wide Receiver

Owned: 33.5 percent

Experience: Rookie

2013 Season Averages

6 GP; 26 REC, 399 YDS, 2 TD

The San Diego Chargers are led by a rejuvenated star at quarterback in Philip Rivers. Despite playing with a relatively inconsistent supporting cast, Rivers has been lighting up the stat sheet with monster numbers.

In recent weeks, rookie Keenan Allen has started to become the go-to receiver that Rivers has long needed.

Allen has 26 receptions for 399 yards and two touchdowns in six games, but those numbers don't tell the full story. Over the past four weeks, Allen is averaging 5.8 receptions and 92.3 yards per game.

That includes two games with at least 100 yards and a touchdown.

During Week 7, Allen caught three passes for 71 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Those aren't extraordinary numbers, but in point-per-reception leagues, Allen's worst game in his past four appearances still would've earned 10 fantasy football points.

Allen is owned in 33.5 percent of leagues, so do yourself a favor and scoop him up before someone else does. San Diego will continue to throw the ball, and Allen will receive a high number of targets.

 

Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 06:  Jarrett Boykin #11 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on October 6, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Harry How/Getty Images

Position: Wide Receiver

Owned: 1.3 percent

Experience: 2nd Season

2013 Season Averages

6 GP; 9 REC, 146 YDS

The Green Bay Packers have lost three of their top four wide receivers to injury, but that doesn't mean Aaron Rodgers will stop throwing the football. Jordy Nelson will be his star, but Rodgers is known for his ability to find a wide array of receivers.

That makes Jarrett Boykin the ultimate fantasy football sleeper.

Boykin caught just one pass during Week 6, but it was a short dump-off that turned into a 43-yard gain. More importantly, his one reception came on six targets from Rodgers.

Randall Cobb is on the injured reserve list, James Jones is hobbled, and Jermichael Finley was carried off the field on a stretcher during Green Bay's 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns. Boykin's usage rate should steadily increase with every passing week.

Week 7 offered a glimpse at what Boykin will do from here on out.

Boykin caught eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets against the Cleveland Browns. With Cobb out, Jones hobbled and Finley's status uncertain, Boykin's opportunities will continue to increase as a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in Green Bay.

He's only owned in 1.3 percent of leagues, so do yourself a favor and sign Boykin to your fantasy football roster. You'll be able to start him as soon as next week.

 

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 20:   Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots runs from Isaiah Trufant #35 of the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Position: Wide Receiver

Owned: 52.9 percent

Experience: 5th Season

2013 Season Averages

7 GP; 46 REC, 455 YDS, 2 TD

When it comes to point-per-reception leagues, you won't find too many players that are as valuable as Julian Edelman. Through seven appearances, Edelman has 46 receptions for 455 yards and two touchdowns.

Don't expect his production to hit a decline.

Edelman has at least five receptions in six of his first seven games and has seven or more targets in every outing. During Week 7, Edelman caught five passes for 44 yards on seven targets against the New York Jets.

There isn't much value in standard leagues, but if you play in a PPR format, there's no excuse for letting Edelman rot in free agency.

Whether or not you start the former Kent State star comes down to how your flex situation shapes up. With Edelman on your roster, however, the only week that you should feel uncomfortable about receiving at least nine points out of your flex would be on a New England Patriots bye.

Edelman is currently owned in 52.9 percent of leagues.

 

Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) celebrates scoring a touchdown with tight end Jason Witten (82) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Wide Receiver

Owned: 49.7 percent

Experience: Rookie

2013 Season Averages

7 GP; 24 REC, 380 YDS, 3 TD

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys like to throw the football, and it's even more well-known that Tony Romo will consistently post monster numbers. In 2013, Romo seems to have found a new favorite red-zone target: Terrance Williams.

Williams has caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games. Get in on the glory and sign him.

During Week 7, Williams torched the Philadelphia Eagles with six receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. It was the third time in his past four outings that he caught at least four passes for more than 70 yards.

Consider Williams to be a rising star at the wide receiver position.

A healthy Miles Austin could eat into Williams' targets, but that doesn't mean you should hesitate to sign him. The former Baylor standout is a valuable asset for bye weeks, and with Dallas' dependency on the pass, he could be the the plug-in receiver that helps build your team into a contender.

Williams is currently owned in 49.7 percent of ESPN fantasy football leagues.