Each week I will predict next week’s hot waiver wire pickups so you can snag them before they become a hot commodity. I will continue to focus mainly on running backs and wide receivers because that is where your bread is buttered in fantasy football.
The players are listed in order of relevance, and it is up to you to decide on which one is valuable enough to fit in a league your size. Make sure you don’t miss this article each week to become the waiver hawk in your league.
The two waiver wire darlings of this week are San Francisco's Alex Smith and the Jets' Shonn Greene, who are nice options if available now in your leagues. Had I the ability to predict injuries, Greene would have been a sure pickup last week.
Other than San Francisco quarterback Shaun Hill's bad performance, we put up a respectable performance last week.
Oakland's Justin Fargas was No. 1 on my list last week and is being mentioned in many articles this week as Michael Bush is rumored to be falling out of good faith with the team.
Green Bay receiver James Jones got in the end zone as promised.
So did Jets receiver David Clowney as he had a nice day, including 79 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona's Beanie Wells was one of the main pickups as well and was mentioned in my under-owned section. On to Week Eight.
This Week's Pickups
Mewelde Moore RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Eight Percent)
Yes, he is on a bye week. This is in reality a pickup that won’t show up in main fantasy circles for two weeks. I suggest that you snag him now if you can find room before someone smart finds a place to stash him.
Rashard Mendenhall continues to have trouble with fumbling and Willie Parker is struggling.
Moore was very productive down the stretch last year and I expect Tomlin to turn to him to carry the load again.
Pittsburgh plays against Oakland and Cleveland Weeks 13 and 14 and would be a respectable playoff RB option you could stash until then.
Mike Thomas WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (One Percent)
Thomas was targeted nine times in Week Six and takes on the weakest pass defense in the league in Tennessee.
It is fairly clear to me that Thomas is being worked into the offense more as the team is looking to develop its future.
We know that it is very hard to run against Tennessee and all three Jaguar receivers could be started this week in deep leagues.
Kenny Britt WR, Tennessee Titans (11 Percent)
Britt has seemingly unnoticed been the most targeted receiver in the Tennessee offense the last three weeks.
This offense has been poor so his value is limited. But, he should see a lot of looks and has a great matchup against the third-worst pass defense in the league in Jacksonville.
Britt has all the physical tools to break out in his rookie year and this could be the week that he makes an impact.
Correll Buckhalter RB, Denver Broncos (38 Percent)
Mentioned in my under-owned section last week, Buckhalter is now featured.
Coming off a bye week, Denver takes on the Baltimore Ravens. Buckhalter showed he is healthy last week and I believe he could be a big part of a run first offense with a great offensive line this week.
McDaniels is smart and I believe he has figured out that Baltimore has allowed the second-most receptions to running backs this season.
Baltimore is not the great defense that we are used to and can be beat with the screen. I expect the screen pass play to be featured heavily this week. Both Knowshon Moreno and Buckhalter should see a nice jump in value.
Austin Collie WR, Indianapolis Colts (63 Percent)
Collie is owned in a large majority of leagues. However, this is the week that he truly becomes universally owned.
Wayne is questionable against San Francisco. Even if he does not play, I expect him to be limited.
Expect Collie to get most of the looks since San Francisco will try to limit Dallas Clark over the middle of the field.
Garcon is steadily losing more looks to Collie and Collie is looking like he has the ability to challenge Anthony Gonzalez for his starting gig.
These Guys Should Be Owned in More Leagues
Anthony Gonzalez WR, Indianapolis Colts (44 percent), Knowshown Moreno RB, Denver Broncos (83 percent), Torry Holt WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (64 percent), Justin Fargas RB,Oakland Raiders (13 percent), Carnell Williams RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (54 percent), Mike Bell RB, New Orleans Saints (39 percent), Hakeem Nicks WR, New York Giants (68 percent), Beanie Wells RB, Arizona Cardinals (44 percent).
Biggest Movers from Past Articles
The first percentage is where I talked them up. The second percentage number is the highest percentage the players were owned.
Austin Collie WR, Indianapolis Colts (seven percent) (63 percent), Carnell Williams, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22 percent) (65 percent), Fred Jackson, RB Buffalo Bills (49 percent) (85 percent), Correll Buckhalter RB, Denver Broncos (22 percent) (42 percent), Laurent Robinson WR, St. Louis Rams (five percent) (23 percent), Johnny Knox WR, Chicago Bears (one percent) (63 percent), Mario Manningham (nine percent) (88 percent), Steve Smith (28 percent) (93 percent) WR, New York Giants, Tashard Choice RB, Dallas Cowboys (10 percent) (46 percent), Jerome Harrison RB, Cleveland Browns (two percent) (38 percent), Pierre Garcon WR, Indianapolis Colts (eight percent) (69 percent), Mike Sims-Walker Jacksonville Jaguars (25 percent) (85 percent), Miles Austin WR, Dallas Cowboys (18 percent) (84 percent), Jermichael Finley TE, Green Bay Packers (eight percent) (27 percent), Hakeem Nicks WR, New York Giants (13 percent) (55 percent), Mohammad Massaquoi WR, Cleveland Browns (zero percent) (24 percent).