Week 8 Waiver Wire: Must-Add Players at Key Positions

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Week 8 Waiver Wire: Must-Add Players at Key Positions
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With a plethora of fantasy football stars going down to injury in Week 7, owners will be searching far and wide for productive replacement options this week. 

Fortunately, there's a surplus of quality backup options at every key position, including at running back and wide receiver. 

Let's take a look at the top must-adds heading into Week 8.

*Availability and standard-scoring statistics according to ESPN Fantasy

 

Quarterbacks
Player Own % Average Points Week 7 Points
Andy Dalton, Bengals 24.5 13.5 26
Geno Smith, Jets 7.7 12.2 20
Jake Locker, Titans 2.4 17.0 21
Josh McCown, Bears 0.1 15.0 15
Mike Glennon, Buccaneers 1.7 13.3 17

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Geno Smith, New York Jets, QB

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Own Percentage: 7.5

Average Points: 12.2

The danger that comes with adding Geno Smith is that he's been wildly inconsistent this season. But the upside is that when he plays well, he plays really well.

Smith is only averaging a little more than 12 fantasy points per week in standard-scoring leagues, but he's scored 20 or more fantasy points on three separate occasions this season, most recently in Week 7's win over the New England Patriots.

However, the reason Smith is widely available in leagues across the country is because he has scored seven or fewer points on three other occasions. 

Still, given the flashes we've seen from him through the first half of the season, his potential is worth adding for owners in need of quarterback help.

 

Running Backs
Player Own % Average Points Week 7 Points
Roy Helu, Redskins 37.5 7.8 22
Zac Stacy, Rams 10.2 5.8 14
Mike Tolbert, Panthers 16.9 6.5 9
Brandon Bolden, Patriots 2.9 5.2 9

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Roy Helu, Washington Redskins, RB

Own Percentage: 37.5

Average Points: 5.0

After a dismal first three weeks, Redskins running back Roy Helu has exploded in Washington's past three games, earning 37 touches and averaging 14.3 fantasy points per week over that time. 

What's more, Helu is turning his opportunities into touchdowns. Four of his 30 carries since Week 4 have gone for scores.

The third-year back's ability to make plays in the passing game gives him added fantasy value and makes him a must-add heading into Week 8. Helu may not necessarily be worth a starting running back spot in your fantasy lineup with Alfred Morris earning a majority of the touches in D.C., but he's too hot to pass up at the flex spot.

 

Wide Receivers
Player Own % Average Points Week 7 Points
Harry Douglas, Falcons 37.7 4.0 20
Brandon Gibson, Dolphins 1.1 7.0 16
Jarrett Boykin, Packers 1.4 10.0 16
Jeremy Kerley, Jets 3.0 6.7 15
Mike Brown, Jaguars 0.1 5.7 12

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Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons, WR

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Own Percentage: 37.7

Average Points: 3.4

With Roddy White banged up and Julio Jones out for the season, Atlanta Falcons wideout Harry Douglas has become a must-add for fantasy owners everywhere. 

In his first game as Matt Ryan's No. 1 option in Week 7 against Tampa Bay, Douglas delivered in a big way, catching seven balls for 149 yards and a touchdown. The monster fantasy performance produced more points than Douglas had mustered up through his first five games in 2013. 

While White expected to make his way back into the mix sooner than later, Jones won't be back in 2013, and that means Douglas is guaranteed to light it up the rest of the way.

 

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