Week 8 Pickups: Best Players to Target on the Waiver Wire

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 6: Zac Stacy #30 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Edward Jones Dome on October 6, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Jaguars 34-20.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Good luck if you're looking to grab that game-changer off the waiver wire at this point in the season.

With eight weeks gone, the cream of the crop has already been picked over. There aren't going to be a ton of surprises with whatever is available on the market.

The best you could hope for is to find that one player who's due to have a big week with a favorable matchup. After that, you could be out of luck.

When looking toward Week 8, these four players could offer good value.


QB: Geno Smith, New York Jets

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The Cincinnati Bengals secondary is banged up in a major way. Leon Hall has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

That means Cincy will be without its best cover cornerback and have to instead rely more heavily on Adam Jones and Terence Newman.

In addition, the pass rush has not been able to reach its ridiculously high level from last year. The Bengals are 16th in the league in sacks.

In short, Cincinnati will have a hard time defending the pass.

It spells good things for Geno Smith. If your starting QB is looking at a bye week, Smith would be a solid stopgap. He should be good for 250 yards and a couple of touchdowns.


RB: Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

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Normally it would be foolish to pick up a player who's got the Seattle Seahawks on the schedule. You can make an exception for Zac Stacy, though.

Sam Bradford tore his ACL against the Carolina Panthers and will be out for the year, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The St. Louis Rams are going to lean on Stacy. They won't be able to pass the ball with too much success with Kellen Clemens under center. Therefore, expect Stacy to get 20-plus carries for the first time this season.

His rushing yards for his last three games are 78, 79 and 53. While those aren't gaudy, you can't expect to get much more off the waiver wire in Week 8. The Seahawks will be loading the box without the threat of the Rams passing game, but Stacy should be able to get enough carries to make it a solid fantasy day.


WR: Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers

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No James Jones. No Randall Cobb. No problem for the Green Bay Packers.

Jarrett Boykin stepped in and had eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Although some of it is down to Boykin, that performance shows you how great a quarterback Aaron Rodgers is.

As long as Boykin remains one of the top three receivers in the Packers passing game, he should be a steady fantasy producer.

The Minnesota Vikings aren't a daunting defense. For a point of reference, Eli Manning didn't throw a single interception against the Minnesota secondary. That's how marginal a unit it is.

Rodgers should have a big day, which will trickle down to Boykin.


TE: Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

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Tight end can be such a fickle fantasy position. After the top four guys, it's a crapshoot trying to determine who's going to have a big game. This week, it's going to be Coby Fleener. Next week, it's gonna be Charles Clay. After that, maybe Tyler Eifert.

You might be buying a bit too high with Jordan Reed, but at this point, there's little doubt he's one of the best tight ends you could get on the waiver wire. He had a monster Week 7, with 134 yards and one touchdown receiving.

Against a Denver Broncos defense that's been one of the worst in the league against the pass, Reed could be set for another big game.