Fantasy Football Sleeper and Waiver-Wire Watch: Week Eight

Corey KoehlerSenior Analyst IOctober 19, 2008

Wow! Can you believe it is already going to be Week Eight? We are almost halfway through the season, and for some of you, the fantasy playoffs are lurking closer and closer. Let's look at how you can shore up that roster to make sure you have the best options available when that time comes.

Check out who is available this week.

May be available now…

Trent Edwards QB (BUF) - He is performing every time he steps on to the field. This week against San Diego, he posted 261 yards with a touchdown. He may not be a QB1 yet, but he could come in very handy in a pinch—or in spot duty—with a pretty soft schedule from here on out.

Matt Ryan QB (ATL)—Don’t forget about Matt. He gets the Eagles this week and then three very favorable matchups in Oakland, New Orleans, and Denver. If you have a player on a bye, one of those weeks, you might want to grab him and stash him now.

Aaron Stecker/Deuce McAllister/Pierre Thomas RB (NO) - At this time, it looks like Reggie Bush will be missing at least four to six weeks with a knee injury. That means more playing time for one—or all—of these guys. I like Stecker in PPR leagues because of his pass-catching skills, but the other two will get carries as well.

Derrick Mason WR (BAL) - This week, he had six for 87 and a TD. Due to the fact that he has a rookie throwing to him, he won’t have the number consistently, but he is solid against lesser defenses. He would make any bench a better bench.

Bernard Berrian WR (MIN) - He continues to score and post solid yardage and receptions totals, so I have moved him from keep an eye on to may be available. This week he scored his third touchdown in as many weeks. He will have his chances again against Houston when he returns from this weeks bye.

Greg Olson TE (CHI) - Orton looked to him often versus the Vikes, and he has developed into a solid contributor in this offense over the past few weeks. With six for 74 and a touchdown this week, he should be on someones roster. Why not yours?

Mercedes Lewis TE (JAC) - From last weeks post: He has been getting plenty of targets over the past few weeks but was having trouble holding on to the ball. Sunday he held on to three of them for 64 yards and his second TD in as many weeks. Here are his next three matchups: Cleveland, Cinci, and Detroit. Not bad.

Washington D - They are good on defense, they play Detroit this week, and may be available in your league.

New York Jets D - They too are pretty decent on defense, they get Kansas City at home this week and they may be available in your league.

Keep an eye on…

Gus Frerotte QB (MIN) -The Vikes head into a bye this week but will return against Houston’s soft defense in a few weeks. If you do not get docked for interceptions, Gus may be a decent option in a pinch.

Marc Bulger QB (STL) - I am sure he has been dropped in many leagues, so keep an eye on him. He hasn’t had a huge day yet, but the schedule gets easier.

Ahman Green RB (HOU) - I almost didn’t believe what I was seeing when he vultured a TD from Slaton in the first quarter, but after getting 62 yards, maybe there is something to it.

Kolby Smith/Jamaal Charles RB (KC) - For really desperate owners only. L.J. is in trouble again, and these guys should see increased action if he gets suspended by the league. Not the greatest players to have, but they are living, breathing running backs and could come in handy in deep league when playing weak run defenses.

Marty Booker WR (CHI) - Had three catches for 79 yards with a touchdown. He also dropped two touchdowns, which is one reason I can’t see him doing anything consistently, but if injuries to Hester and Lloyd linger, Booker could get his in the offense.

Josh Morgan WR (SF) - Five receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. Many poeple—including myself—were pretty high on this rookie before the season, when he posted good numbers during the preseason. He hasn’t done much until this week but watch him. Maybe he is getting the hang of the pro game.

Donnie Avery WR (STL) - With a five-for-65-yard-with-a-touchdown performance against the 'Boys, he seems to be developing a nice relationship with Bulger and the resurgent Rams offense. And the schedule only gets easier for them. Keep an eye out.

Mike Furrey WR (DET) - Six for 89 against Houston. Now that Roy Williams is gone, maybe Furrey will have more games like this—which would really only benefit you if you are in a deep PPR league and none of the players above were available.

Notable performances…

Javon Walker WR (OAK) - Five for 75 and a touchdown against the Jets. It will take more than one or two games to make me believe he has anything to offer.

Remember the bye weeks…

This upcoming week: Broncos, Bears, Vikings, Packers

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Before you go…

If you haven’t had your fill just yet, the Fantasy Football Librarian will have her post listing waiver wire reports from all over the net. Also, The Hazean offers up his picks in his weekly “Grab Bag.” And last - and definitely not least - we have FootbalJabbers Weekly Waiver Wire Buffet.

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