With six teams on a bye heading into Week 8 of the NFL, it is time to start digging in the waiver wire for some hidden treasures. The frenzy is even more chaotic after some of the league’s top players went down with injuries last weekend.
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According to ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster suffered a hamstring injury. ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas reported that Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Both running backs have a chance of returning to play this season.
Michael Silver of NFL.com noted that the magnitude of injuries last Sunday was more than usual.
I'm very bummed about Reggie Wayne's torn ACL. One of the worst NFL injury days I can remember. Rough sport.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) October 21, 2013
The combination of teams on a bye and injuries is sure to shake up everyone’s fantasy rosters. Here’s a look at some players to fill the holes.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Carson Palmer has more interceptions (5) than touchdowns (4) when targeting Larry Fitzgerald.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 18, 2013
He has eight touchdowns and 1,741 yards but 13 interceptions. While he has had his moments, he has never been able to deliver.
During Week 8, with many star quarterbacks down for the count and Atlanta being the fifth worst team against quarterbacks in fantasy, it is Palmer’s time to shine. He can be a sleeper against the Falcons and Matt Ryan this week, and it will be the ultimate surprise.
Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams
Now he has taken over as the lead back for the Rams. It is going to be a tough week for him against the Seattle Seahawks, but with limited running back options available in fantasy, he is one of the best pickups, especially considering the weeks ahead.
Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
He is perfect to fill a hole at tight end with the undetermined degree of injury for Jermichael Finley and the gaps from the bye week.