Week 8 Pickups: Waiver-Wire Additions That Will Boost Your Fantasy Football Team

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2013

Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Most fantasy football leagues have reached or surpassed the midway point of the regular season, which means it is now or never in terms of making a run.

Very few teams are out of it by this point, as even 0-7 starters can potentially pull off a miracle, so it's time to pull out all the stops.

Week 8 is especially tricky due to the fact that six teams are on bye. That means a number of important fantasy players are unavailable, so the waiver wire is already getting ravaged at this point. There may not be a ton of players available who can help you this week, but there are definitely some worth stashing.

Here is a look at three potential pickups who will be most helpful to your fantasy team moving forward.


Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

No position has less depth in fantasy football this season than tight end, which is why you should jump at the chance to acquire Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed if at all possible.

Reed has been the most-added player in ESPN leagues over the past week, as he has been added in nearly 45 percent of leagues, but he is still available in more than half, which absolutely shouldn't be the case.

The rookie tight end has been a favorite of quarterback Robert Griffin III all year long, but he truly broke out in Week 7 to the tune of nine receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown.

Fred Davis has become a non-factor, as Reed is RG3's go-to guy at the position. Reed hasn't been a high-volume pass-catcher to this point, but Pro Football Focus reveals that he has made the most of the opportunities he has received:

After what happened in Week 7, it has become quite clear that Reed is Griffin's No. 2 option behind Pierre Garcon. That bodes well for Reed moving forward and the chances of a big game in Week 8 are good, as the 'Skins face the Denver Broncos' league-worst pass defense.

Reed has elite-level athletic ability at tight end, which makes him a potential top-10 player at the position for the remainder of the season.


Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

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Though he has yet to play in a game this season, hype is starting to build when it comes to Percy Harvin. The explosive playmaker has been out all year long with a hip injury, but Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reports that he returned to practice on Tuesday.

Harvin hasn't yet been ruled out for Week 8, but head coach Pete Carroll seems interested in taking the cautious route.

“Percy got started today,” Carroll said. “Limited involvement in practice today, but he was out there running around. He looked good. He looked quick and ready to take the next step – which is the next time we come back on Thursday. 

We’re going to do it one day at a time.”

With that in mind, Harvin wouldn't be an advisable fantasy start this week, but he is definitely someone worth stashing for the future. According to NFL Network's Michelle Beisner, Harvin's status is characterized as day-to-day, so an eventual return is imminent.

While injuries have been an issue for Harvin throughout his NFL career, he has produced when on the field. Harvin racked up nearly 800 total yards in just nine games for the Minnesota Vikings last season, so he has the potential to be a WR1 or WR2 at worst down the stretch.

Don't hesitate to pick him up now and reap the benefits when he ultimately enters the lineup.


Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts

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The Indianapolis Colts are on bye this week, but that doesn't mean that wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey should be allowed to rot on the waiver wire.

With Reggie Wayne out for the remainder of the season, DHB is now the Colts' No. 2 receiver behind T.Y. Hilton. Heyward-Bey may not be the most reliable player in real life, but NFL.com's Michael Fabiano views him as a red-hot addition in fantasy leagues.

Even though Heyward-Bey has yet to live up to his lofty draft status of No. 7 overall in 2009, he has had his moments. DHB was a solid WR3 in fantasy leagues two seasons ago, as he caught 64 passes for 975 yards and four touchdowns while with the Oakland Raiders.

His situation in Indy right now is much better than that, as he has Andrew Luck throwing him the ball, which makes him a great depth receiver at the very least for your fantasy team.

Heyward-Bey had his best game of the season last week against the Denver Broncos, as he reeled in four passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. He also picked up 30 rushing yards on a reverse.

Although he won't be a surefire fantasy starter by any means, he has a great deal of potential and will be an ideal bye-week fill-in at the very least.

DHB is owned in just 8.5 percent of ESPN leagues, so he's there for the taking.


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