Another week has come and gone, and Week 8 enters the 2010 NFL season with more injuries, bye weeks and questions. We already hit the "rescue" button (or for some, the "panic" button) in this week's edition of Bye Week Saviors, and if you're in search for more of a long-term fix, then this column is the place for you.
Need a few guys that can possibly add to your team this week and/or be long-term solutions in your currently shaky fantasy lineup? Well, with major injuries to Dallas Clark, Tony Romo and the "Questionable" tag around Brett Favre's ankle, that looks to be the exact case for several fantasy football owners right about now.
Read on for some safe bets to rely on going forward on your waiver wire.
Jon Kitna, QB, Dallas Cowboys (Available in 82 Percent of All Fantasy Leagues)
Kitna is 38 and operating behind an, at times, unforgiving offensive line. That, and he's now piloting a Tony Romo-less 1-5 Dallas Cowboys team. His presence may not lead to an unlikely dramatic turnaround in real life, but in the fantasy realm, there's reason to suspect Kitna holds solid value.
He threw for just under 200 yards, two touchdowns and no picks in last week's game, and with a full week of practice, he should only get better. He's not very mobile, so you can expect sacks and history suggests picks, as well. But Kitna has put up big numbers in the past, and he has the weapons to succeed.
Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (57 Percent)
People are starting to believe in Cassel's turnaround, and it might be time you take the bait, too. He hasn't been overly flashy, but he has five touchdowns in his last two games, and he hasn't thrown an interception in his last three. With a great running game backing him, Cassel should only improve and get more comfortable as the season goes on.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (88 Percent)
Blount is the only back outside of Christopher Ivory (who we've already plugged enough) that is sitting on the waiver wire and holds considerable value.
If Danny Woodhead is still hanging around, we'd suggest a run at his versatility and solid role, as well.
However, Blount could quickly become a hot name, as he took 11 carries and put up over 70 rushing yards last week. Carnell Williams has been ineffective pretty much all season, which means if Blount can maintain this type of production, his role will only expand.
Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Indianapolis Colts (88 Percent) and Blair White, WR, Indianapolis Colts (85 Percent)
With Dallas Clark on injured reserve and Austin Collie out indefinitely, both of these guys could develop into solid fantasy plays in any given week. When you're in an offense with Peyton Manning, the sky is the limit.
Gonzalez obviously holds more upside, although his constant injury issues make White the more stable pick going forward.
If you're decimated at receiver, it wouldn't be a poor choice to put your eggs all in one basket and bank on these two guys to see a dramatic rise in stock. While they both are unlikely to break out for the rest of the season, one of them pretty much has to.
Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo Bills (51 Percent)
He's getting picked up quick after his sick three-touchdown effort last week, but the exciting thing is that he also scored a touchdown the game before. The Bills passing game is starting to look like it's for real, and defenses are respecting receivers other than Evans (namely Steve Johnson, who is also very roster worthy).
Everyone knows Evans is always good for one mammoth yardage or touchdown game each year, and this was the one. The only question is, is he on the rise, or was this his usual one-week blowout?
Well, if you're hurting bad at receiver, you can't afford to lean on "what ifs." Get him in your lineup as a WR3 and see if he can keep it going.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Indianapolis Colts (93 Percent)
Tamme doesn't have a catch yet this season and doesn't have a great history with production, but with Dallas Clark out for the season, he steps up as the starting tight end. We still view Gonzalez and White as guys who will see more action before Tamme does, but you can't rule him out.
On a lighter note, we still see solid potential in Green Bay's Andrew Quarless, and wouldn't be shocked to see Houston's Owen Daniels start getting back to his pre-injury form, even if little by little.
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