Fantasy Football Week 8: Top Sleepers and Bye Week Replacements to Start

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 23, 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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Being a skilled fantasy football player all comes down to knowing your roster, utilizing the waiver and analyzing the matchups to put you in the best position to get lucky and score a ton of points.

Doing these things better than the opponent is what separates the gurus from the chumps that always finish in their league’s basement.

If you want to be a champ and win the title in 2013, here are a handful of helpful waiver wire selections to plug and play going into Week 8.


Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Bucs quarterback may not be putting up huge numbers yet, but he is now in a situation where the team has to sink or swim based on his arm.

Star running back Doug Martin is potentially done for the year, which means the Bucs will have to rely on Mike James as their primary ball-carrier going forward. It’s a tough situation for a team that was already struggling to move the chains on the ground.

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Don’t be surprised if offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan opens up the playbook for Glennon—who just took over as the starting signal-caller three weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals—and allows the rookie to throw 50-plus times per game.

By the sheer volume of passes, Glennon is bound to put up big numbers and score tons of fantasy points. Over the past two games, the 23-year-old has completed 52 passes for 529 yards and four scores, with just one interception.

Those are solid numbers and well worth an add to your roster when you consider the amount of usage he will be getting for this downtrodden Tampa team.


Roy Helu Jr., RB, Washington Redskins

Many fantasy owners drafted Alfred Morris in the first round of their drafts, but Helu Jr. may be the Washington back to own down the stretch.

The backup rusher scored three touchdowns and gained 41 yards on his 11 touches on Sunday, and contributed as a pass-catcher with one reception for five additional yards.

Those aren’t mind-blowing numbers, but it is clear that head coach Mike Shanahan trusts this 5’11”, 215-pounder down near the goal line.

Helu Jr.—now in his third season—may be earning more touches after that performance, and has an outside chance to become a potential fantasy starter down the stretch.

As of Week 8, he’s a solid flex option and deeper-league contributor. All Morris owners must add Helu Jr. as a handcuff immediately, as other owners will surely be gunning for his services.


Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Douglas proved that the Falcons may just be able to survive the loss of Julio Jones for the remainder of the season. He tore apart a decent Tampa secondary in Week 7 for seven catches—on seven targets—149 yards and a touchdown.

Those are great numbers and prove that the Atlanta coaching staff still believes that having Matt Ryan throw the ball, regardless of who is lined up at receiver, gives them the best chance at winning games.

If you took a chance on Douglas prior to the contest against the Bucs, congratulations—his value has just skyrocketed.

He should remain a viable starting fantasy receiver against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8 and doesn’t project to drop off much in production when Roddy White eventually returns from a hamstring injury.

If you aren’t deep at receiver or just want to shake things up, grab Douglas off waivers as soon as possible.