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

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 20: Roy Helu, Jr. #29 of the Washington Redskins rushes for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the third quarter at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 45-41. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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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


PlayerOwn %Average PointsWeek 7 Points
Andy Dalton, Bengals24.513.526
Geno Smith, Jets7.712.220
Jake Locker, Titans2.417.021
Josh McCown, Bears0.115.015
Mike Glennon, Buccaneers1.713.317
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Geno Smith, New York Jets, QB

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 20:  Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets throws a pass during the second half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeat the Patriots 30-27 in overti
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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
PlayerOwn %Average PointsWeek 7 Points
Roy Helu, Redskins37.57.822
Zac Stacy, Rams10.25.814
Mike Tolbert, Panthers16.96.59
Brandon Bolden, Patriots2.95.29
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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
PlayerOwn %Average PointsWeek 7 Points
Harry Douglas, Falcons37.74.020
Brandon Gibson, Dolphins1.17.016
Jarrett Boykin, Packers1.410.016
Jeremy Kerley, Jets3.06.715
Mike Brown, Jaguars0.15.712
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Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons, WR

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 20:  Harry Douglas #83 of the Atlanta Falcons pulls in this touchdown reception against Johnthan Banks #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on October 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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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