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Fantasy Football Week 8: Waiver-Wire Targets to Bolster Your Squad
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Riley Cooper has stepped up since the QB issues started for the Eagles.

Fantasy football is all about adaptation. Fantasy owners have to be able to roll with the punches and make adjustments to field the most effective team possible as they venture out on the glorious quest of humiliating their friends, co-workers and family.

If you're one of those people who needs to make a big adjustment in Week 8, here are a few players to target who are most likely available in your league.  

 

Quarterback

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Mike Glennon hasn't put up Manning numbers, but they've been great for a backup.

Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Glennon is only owned in 1.7 percent of ESPN Fantasy Leagues, according to ESPN.com. This should come as no surprise seeing as the Bucs still haven't won a game this season. Glennon, however, has been surprisingly solid and could be a great look for fantasy owners with a quarterback emergency.

Glennon had a solid day against the Falcons last week, going 26-of-44 for 256 yards and two touchdowns through the air, the second week in a row that he passed for over 250 yards and two touchdowns. Glennon also found nine different receivers on the day, which should be appealing to any fantasy owner in need of a quarterback.

He's not going to get stuck focusing on one or two superstars and try to force the issue. Instead, he has a number of no-name guys around Vincent Jackson who he can spread the ball to. 

Another bonus? He's got nothing to lose. The Bucs haven't won a game yet, but their games have been close for the most part. That means they're going to be passing a whole bunch. 

He's not a perfect pick, but he's a solid option if you need an emergency quarterback. 

 

Running Back

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Chris Ogbonnaya is worth a look at running back or flex.

Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns

Chris Ogbonnaya is one of a few running backs who supports a Cleveland offense that doesn't have much past two or three big weapons. Most of the guys on the Browns roster don't deserve much of a look, especially if they aren't wide receivers, but Ogbonnaya could certainly warrant a second look if you're in need of a running back in a deep league. 

Ogbonnaya is owned in just 2.8 percent of ESPN leagues, and while he only has 12 rushing attempts on the year for 74 yards, he's been targeted in the passing game 30 times this season for over 150 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Browns running back isn't going to be the workhorse, especially with the addition of veteran Willis McGahee to the backfield. However, he's definitely worth a look if you had a guy like David Wilson or Doug Martin go down and are in need of a replacement fast. 

 

Wide Receiver

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Cooper has put together a string of a few solid games.

Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

While the Philadelphia quarterback issue might be unsure, one thing is not; Riley Cooper is starting to heat up. Cooper hauled in six catches last week for 88 yards. This performance comes just one week after his four-catch, 120-yard day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The best part about it? He's stayed productive even with a shaky QB situation. 

Some wide receivers become useless when they lose a consistent quarterback. It appears that Riley Cooper is just getting better. With his quarterbacks playing musical chairs, it's not so much about certain receivers for the QBs; it's more about just trying to get something going offensively, which really helps Cooper, who has great speed, size and ability to get open. 

 

Tight End

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Jordan Reed is a big dude with great hands and has received a ton of targets in the last few weeks.

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed had a minor injury in Week 7, but the fact that he came back into the game is encouraging for fantasy owners in need of a tight end. Reed still had a ridiculous game for RGIII and the Redskins as they traded scores with the Bears on their way to a 45-41 victory. 

Reed racked up nine catches for 134 yards and a touchdown against the Bears, leading the Redskins in both targets and receiving yards. If RGIII continues to play like he did in Week 7, we can only expect more from Reed and this Redskins offense in the weeks to come. 

 

Defense

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The Cardinals defense has great numbers against the run.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are just 3-4 and in third place in the NFC West. Their offense has struggled without many weapons at Carson Palmer's disposal, leaving a huge burden on the Cardinals defense. Surprisingly, the defense has actually been pretty solid, especially against the run. 

The Cards D allows just over 252 yards through the air per game, but it really shines against the run, where the team only allows 97 yards per game, which is seventh best in the NFL. The Cardinals have given up big points to good NFL teams, but when they play poor teams, they shine. Their next three games are against Atlanta, Houston and Jacksonville, all teams that are struggling, which bodes well for the Cardinals defense and you if you're in search of a defense to bolster your roster.

 

Kicker

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Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints put up a lot of points. Therefore, their kicker is a great option in fantasy football.

Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Kickers are huge assets in the world of fantasy football. It might seem like they don't really matter, but if you end up in a close game, a long-range kicker can be the difference between a win and a loss. 

Garrett Hartley is a great candidate for any team that needs an upgrade at kicker. He's knocked down at least two field goals in four of his games and has scored double-digit points in ESPN leagues three times this season. 

The Saints can put up a ton of points, over 20 in every game but one this season, and having a high-scoring offense means the kicker gets a ton of extra points and more opportunities to kick field goals. 

If you need a kicker this week, look no further than Hartley. 

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