Fantasy Football Week 8: Waiver-Wire Pickups You Can't Miss

Dan MatneyContributor IIIOctober 22, 2013

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As the NFL season hits the halfway mark, so too does the fantasy football season.

If your team’s season is going down the drain, it’s not too late.

Here are four waiver wire pickup players who can help you win your matchup, at least this week.


Brandon Gibson, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins

Gibson, who has been sitting in the waiver wire of my 10-team fantasy league all year, is owned in just 1.1 percent of fantasy leagues.

Gibson has been producing all season, so it is a bit of a surprise to see him owned in barely 1 percent of leagues.

Last week against the Bills, Gibson had 16 fantasy points thanks to his 40-yard, two-touchdown performance.

In his previous five games, Gibson produced seven points three separate times and only had one bad week, which was a one-point game against the Colts.


Roy Helu, Running Back, Washington Redskins

For anyone who is like me and chose to wait to select your first running back (who happened to be Stevan Ridley) in the sixth round of your draft, there is still hope out there on the waiver wire.

Roy Helu, who has been the Redskins’ backup running back all season, has had an increased impact in his last few games.

Last week against the Bears, Helu had 41 rushing yards and three touchdowns, which was good enough for 22 fantasy points.

Helu is owned in just 37.5 percent of fantasy leagues, so if you have the opportunity, put a claim on him as soon as possible.


Marvin Jones, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals

Second-year receiver Marvin Jones has come out strong in his last two games, recording 16 fantasy points two weeks ago against the Bills and 11 points against the Lions last week.

Don’t let his two-point projection in Week 8 fool you.

Jones’ emergence will likely put him at the second receiver slot across from AJ Green, which would benefit Jones both on the field and in the fantasy game.

Jones is owned in just .3 percent of fantasy leagues, so there is a virtual guarantee that he is available in your league right now.


Ryan Tannehill, Quarterback, Miami Dolphins

If you need a backup quarterback, Tannehill is definitely the guy you want to put a claim on.

Tannehill hasn't had a spectacular season from a fantasy standpoint, but he is a solid pickup if your quarterback is on a bye week or hurt (Jay Cutler, Sam Bradford).

Tannehill is owned in just 15 percent of fantasy leagues.