Week 8 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Review: Pass Me the Blount

Nathan WaddellCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2010

LeGarrette Blount is earning more playing time in Tampa Bay.
LeGarrette Blount is earning more playing time in Tampa Bay.J. Meric/Getty Images

Week 7 put some players on the map, and solidified the stock of other up-and-coming players. Below are players that either had a good performance in Week 7 or are flying below the radar entering Week 8.

However, some players didn't make this list, like Carolina Panthers WR David Gettis. Gettis had a great day, hauling in eight balls for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Without a doubt, a top five performance by a wide receiver in Week 7.  

The reason that Gettis, and others, did not make the list is a combination of circumstances often beyond an individual player's control. Gettis, for example, plays on an offense that simply cannot be trusted, coached by a staff that appears to have no offensive identity.  

If you feel strongly about Gettis going forward, then by all means pick him up. But to recommend a player on an offense as screwy as Carolina, we need to see it more than once. Especially when we are talking about a rookie wide receiver.

So without further delay, here are the top waiver wire additions for Week 8 of your fantasy football season.



Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF - Prior to Week 6, when the Buffalo Bills took their bye, Fitzpatrick was running hot, averaging 198 yards and over two touchdowns in his three starts.  

The fear entering Week 7 was two-fold: First, would Fitzpatrick be able to maintain his hot start after sitting for a week; second, a Baltimore Ravens defense allowing only 178 passing yards and less than one touchdown per week.

Fitzpatrick answered those questions in a big way Sunday, throwing for 374 yards and four touchdowns against a top-notch defense.

Looking forward, Fitzpatrick does not have any favorable matchups on his schedule. Then again, Baltimore did not look like a great matchup either. In Week 8, Fitzpatrick and the Bills travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs, who made QB Todd Bouman look like a quality NFL starter Sunday.

Fitzpatrick is available in 95 percent of fantasy football leagues. He is likely worth an addition to your squad if you are struggling to get consistent play out of your current quarterback, or if you are starting a quarterback with a bye in Week 10, as Buffalo faces the Detroit Lions at home.

Matt Cassel, KC - You could have done worse than starting QB Matt Cassel in Week 7. In fact, you could have started Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Kyle Orton, Jay Cutler, or Kevin Kolb, all of whom scored fewer fantasy points than Cassel.

Facing a Jacksonville Jaguars squad that sports one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL, Cassel managed to throw for 193 yards and two touchdowns. On paper, Cassel should have done better and did underperform as Jacksonville, on average, is surrendering 20 fantasy points to quarterbacks, and Cassel posted only 15 fantasy points.

Cassel is available in 66 percent of fantasy football leagues, and the Chiefs' strength of schedule going forward ranks third-best for quarterbacks. Cassel is worth starting in large leagues, and likely worth rostering as a backup in smaller leagues.


Matthew Stafford, DET - Stafford is expected to return to action in Week 8 after suffering a shoulder injury that has sidelined him since Week 1.  

During Stafford's absence, QB Shaun Hill filled in quite nicely, averaging 218 yards and 1.5 touchdowns every week.  While Stafford lacks Hill's experience, he does posses more talent and the Lions offense is stocked with plenty of weapons.

Stafford is available in 78 percent of fantasy football leagues, and is worth rostering in every league. Detroit has the easiest schedule for fantasy quarterbacks going forward, and the third-easiest schedule during the fantasy playoffs Weeks 14 though 16.


Running Back

Chris Ivory, NO - Ivory had a monster Week 6, rushing for 158 yards on 15 carries. Ivory received the same amount of carries in Week 7, but rushed for only 48 yards.  

Rushing for only 48 yards and failing to score a touchdown doesn't usually land a player in a waiver wire review column. So what gives?

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, RB Pierre Thomas has fallen out of favor with with head coach Sean Payton, and may not find his way in to the starting lineup even when healthy. Obviously, if true, this would boost Ivory's stock far beyond its current value.

This is a situation worth keeping an eye on over the next week.  Ivory is available in 59 percent of fantasy football leagues, and is worth a stash if you have a roster spot to burn.

LeGarrette Blount, TB - Blount is slowly, but surely, winning over the coaching staff in Tampa Bay, and carving out a niche for himself in the process. Blount carried the ball 11 times for 72 yards Sunday, 11 carries being the most Blount has touched the ball all season.

Blount needs to be the starting running back for the Buccaneers, though only time will tell if the coaching staff agrees. Blount is available in 99 percent of leagues, and has a favorable matchup in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Reggie Bush, NO - Bush is still recovering from a broken leg he suffered in Week 2, but is believed to be on pace for a possible return in Week 8. Bush is available in 34 percent of fantasy football leagues, so there's a chance he's floating around, particularly in smaller leagues.

Bush is a much more important player in points per reception leagues, and should remain a viable flex play down the stretch, and through the fantasy football playoffs.


Wide Receivers

Kenny Britt, TEN - Seven receptions, 225 yards, and three touchdowns.  There's nothing more to say, really. Except that if you paid any attention to Britt's legal troubles, and subsequent first quarter benching, you probably didn't start him.

Britt has scored at least one touchdown in each of the last five games, and is available in 33 percent of fantasy football leagues. Apparently leagues in which owners aren't paying attention.

So while we've just witnessed what is likely Britt's best game of the season, and quite possibly his career, he should still be added to your roster if he happens to be sitting on your waiver wire.

Mike Williams, SEA - As the popular saying goes, once is a coincidence but twice is a trend.  With double digit receptions in back-to-back games, it is time to take notice of "Big" Mike Williams. 

The departure of WR Deion Branch cracked open the door of opportunity for Williams, and he has shoved that door wide open in the last two weeks.  

In his last two games versus the Chicago Bears and the Arizona Cardinals, Williams has accounted for 21 receptions, 210 yards, and one touchdown.  With few threats to his production currently on the Seahawks' roster, Williams should be able to continue the trend.

Williams is available in 42 percent of leagues.  The Seahawks upcoming schedule isn't great, in fact, it ranks in the bottom five for wide receivers. But during fantasy football playoffs in Weeks 14 through Week 16, Williams will face San Francisco, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay, all of which give up above average points to wide receivers.

Lee Evans, BUF - Evans has risen from the ashes in the fantasy football wasteland known as Buffalo to sit atop the scoring leaders, if only for one week.

Evans has always had the talent, but has rarely been afforded the opportunity to shine as he did in Week 7 catching six balls for 105 yards and three touchdowns.  

Evans is available in 33 percent of fantasy leagues, and if he has been dropped in your league, as he was in mine, you should snatch him up in hopes of the Fitzpatrick magical mystery tour continuing.

James Jones, GB - Jones probably should have made an appearance in this column a couple weeks ago after TE Jermichael Finley was lost for the season, as QB Aaron Rodgers has made a concerted effort to spread the ball around.

Of course, hope is not lost, as Jones is available in 98 percent of leagues, but there will be some competition for his services after his four-reception, 104-yard performance on Sunday Night Football. Jones is a talented wide receiver, finally coming into his own in his fourth year in the league.

Anthony Gonzalez, IND - Does anyone else feel like we have been waitng on this guy forever? Gonzalez was close to returning to the Colts active roster in Week 6, but managed to again injure his ankle, keeping him on the sidelines.  We probably should have expected that.

Gonzalez's value has obviously risen since the announcement of WR Austin Collie's surgery and the expectation that he will miss at least three games. When you add in TE Dallas Clark's season-ending placement on the Injured Reserve list, you start to wonder who is left to catch the ball for the Colts.

In case you don't recall, entering the 2009 season, Gonzalez was on pace to start over WR Pierre Garcon until he suffered what in essence was a season-ending knee injury.

Gonzalez is available in 97 percent of leagues, and should be added as a depth play, with hopes that he can stay healthy and stick around for the rest of the season.

Tight End

Tony Moeaki, KC - Having not scored since Week 3, Moeaki is flying under the radar right now which makes it a great time to snag him and stash him on your bench.  

Moeaki is available in 68 percent of leagues, and Kansas City has the best schedule for fantasy tight ends over the next eight weeks.

Todd Heap, BAL - Heap found himself in the end zone with the football on two separate occasions in Week 7. Neither touchdown should have come as a surprise, as the Buffalo Bills continue to lead the NFL in fantasy points allowed to Tight Ends.

The Baltimore Ravens are on their bye in Week 8, and based on strength of schedule ratings through Week 7, only have two favorable matchups for tight ends remaining on the schedule.  

Heap is not a required addition in smaller leagues, but he should be picked up in larger leagues. Heap is currently available in 69 percent of leagues.

Owen Daniels, HOU - Daniels and the Houston Texans are coming of their bye in Week 7, which happened to be perfectly timed to help with Daniels's recovery from knee surgery. Daniels is still being slowly worked back in to the offense, but has progressed nicely over the last couple of weeks.

In Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Daniels caught five balls for 79 yards, his highest output of the season. Daniels is an important component of the passing attack in Houston, and will see an increasing workload as the season wears on.

Daniels is available in 48 percent of fantasy football leagues, and should be considered a decent starting option going forward.

That wraps up an early look at the Week 8 waiver wire.  Should you have any questions, please post a comment.

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