Fantasy Football Week Eight Waiver Wire: Pick Them Up
We’re heading into the midseason and we here at Bruno Boys hope your fantasy football team is in championship form.
Of course if it's not, we’re here to help. This week’s Fantasy Football Week Eight Waiver Wire advice article is no exception.
There are no quarterbacks on this week’s list because nobody that’s generally available had a good game. But if Alex Smith, who replaced an ineffective Shaun Hill for the 49ers last week plays like he did against the Houston Texans, than he’ll find himself on this list very quickly.
Similar to last week, there are no kickers on this list but if you wanted to play matchups in Week Eight, some good candidates to consider are Josh Scobee of the Jaguars against the Tennessee Titans, Robbie Gould of the Bears against the Cleveland Browns, and Jason Hanson of the Lions against the St. Louis Rams.
Now it’s time to check out the Bruno Boys' Fantasy Football Week Eight Waiver Wire: Pick Them Up article.
Note: If you’re debating on who to drop to pick these guys up, you should be checking out the Bruno Boys’ article, Fantasy Football Week Eight Waiver Wire: Cut Them Loose . And remember, you can always visit our forums to get your questions answered about waiver wire candidates, players to drop or anything at all related to fantasy football.
Shonn Greene—New York Jets
The New York Jets wanted to ease Shonn Greene into the offense, but after his performance against the Oakland Raiders last week it appears he got a crash course.
In the win over the Raiders, Greene rushed 19 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas Jones owners shouldn’t be too concerned yet-Jones rushed 26 times for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Now that Greene has proven himself it’s likely he’ll continue to see regular touches, especially with Leon Washington out for the year with a broken fibula. We expect Greene to get 10-15 carries a game from here out, making a him a solid pick up in any size league.
Felix Jones—Dallas Cowboys
Felix Jones is back from his knee injury and it’s clear the team wants to get him back involved in the offense. Last week in a win over the Atlanta Falcons, Jones had 37 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for six yards.
Tashard Choice, who filled in at running back while Jones was hurt, did not carry the ball once on Sunday.
Expect Jones to see between 10-15 touches the rest of the season, though that number would rise considerably if starter Marion Barber isn’t able to remain healthy. This makes him a good option to pick up in any league.
Jason Snelling—Atlanta Falcons
Jason Snelling of the Atlanta Falcons is listed as a running back, but really is more of an H-back. The team brings him to help block on passing downs and occasionally uses him as a receiver, typically on screens or swing passes.
Snelling has had a few productive games from a fantasy football perspective, including in last week’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He ran the ball seven times for 68 yards and caught a pass for 10 yards.
He has proven he can be an asset on offense but behind Michael Turner, Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, and Tony Gonzalez, Snelling tends to get lost in the shuffle. For this he should only be looked at in the deepest of leagues.
Michael Crabtree—San Francisco 49ers
After finally ending his holdout, Michael Crabtree got his first start against the Texans. In that game Crabtree showed no signs that the long holdout affected him, as he caught five passes for 56 yards.
Crabtree will continue to start, which means he’ll continue get his share of receptions. Remember he is a rookie and that means he’ll struggle at times, so he should only be considered in deeper leagues or for bench duty in standard size leagues.
David Clowney—New York Jets
With the trade of Chansi Stuckey to the Cleveland Browns, the Jets are looking for somebody to step up at the third receiver spot. The first opportunity has been given to David Clowney.
In last week’s win over Oakland, Clowney did well as he caught four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery are still ahead of Clowney on the depth chart, but Cotchery has been dealing with an injury and Edwards caught just one pass in Week Seven. For now, Clowney should only be considered in deeper leagues.
Devin Hester—Chicago Bears
Devin Hester has been playing well as a receiver this season, no doubt in part to the addition of quarterback Jay Cutler. In the last two weeks he’s caught 14 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown.
In last week’s blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals he had eight receptions for 101 yards and a score, marking the first time he’s gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in his career.
Hester isn’t a complete receiver yet, so there will be some inconsistency from week to week. Still, he appears to be making strides at the position and his ability to take any pass to the house makes him an option in standard and deeper leagues.
Vernon Davis—San Francisco 49ers
It appears that 49ers head coach Mike Singletary has provided the kick in the butt that Vernon Davis needed. Davis is on his way to set single-season records in most categories.
Last week, in a loss to the Houston Texans, he had seven catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Davis is an amazing talent so it’s no surprise to see him play well. The San Francisco passing game is in flux though, so you can expect Davis to be a bit "Jekyll and Hyde."
He would make for an solid pickup in any league provided you can deal with his ups and downs from week to week.
TEAM DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
The Broncos defense is on this list because they are still available in 10-15 percent of standard leagues. If this unit is still available in your league then you should pick it up. The Broncos defense is the top one in fantasy football.
Though they had yielded a fair amount of points the last few weeks the Broncos still create turnovers. If available in your league, pick them up right away.
New Orleans Saints
Similar to the Broncos, the Saints defense has been one of the top units in football this season yet is available in 20-30 percent of standard leagues. The Saints have 13 interceptions, five fumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns in six games.
If they are available in your league, pick up the New Orleans defense because they have produced at a high level against solid competition.
For as bad as the Buffalo Bills have been, their defense has been pretty good.
The last three weeks they’ve allowed 9.3 points per game and have picked off 10 passes. With games against bad offenses like the Titans, Jets, and Chiefs, there is potential for big games from the Bills defense.
You could pick them up just for matchups, but they’ve been a top-10 fantasy football defense.
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