With Week 7 of the fantasy football season in the books, it is time to turn our attention to Week 8. Just like any other week, the waiver wire can become your best friend if you know who's worth picking up.
Luckily for you, I'll take you through the best players to pick up to either save your season or keep you on the right path. The following seven players are definitely worth looking at as you work the Week 8 waiver wire.
I told you last week that John Beck was worth being picked up, and I'm saying the same thing this week. Please pick up Beck if you need a quarterback.
Even though he didn't lead his team to victory, he was still a fantasy star, as he threw for nearly 300 yards and had two total touchdowns. He did throw an interception, but his rushing touchdown more than made up for that mistake.
Beck looks to already have a good handle on the offense for the Washington Redskins and was fairly accurate throughout his entire game. While the Redskins may not win many games from here on out, Beck certainly locked up the starting spot for the remainder of the season with his impressive performance.
With bye weeks in full swing, Beck is a fantastic option and could turn into a starting-caliber quarterback in a few weeks.
Jake Locker is a name to watch this week. After Matt Hasselbeck had another poor performance against the Houston Texans, Locker saw the field late in the fourth quarter.
I'm not sure if he came in because the game was already over or because Hasselbeck was boasting a 38.8 quarterback rating, but if Locker plays well in practice and earns the starting job, he could be a nice pickup for your fantasy team.
Every rookie quarterback has played very well this year, and Locker has all the tools to succeed in the NFL. His ability to run the ball could prove especially valuable in the fantasy world.
If Locker becomes the Tennessee Titans starter in Week 8, he is worth picking up off the waiver wire.
With Felix Jones inactive for the Dallas Cowboys' game against the St. Louis Rams, rookie DeMarco Murray took full advantage of the carries he received.
His first carry of the game went for 91 yards and a touchdown, and that pretty much set the pace for the rest of the game. This was the first time that we really got to see Murray play for an extended period of time, and he was very impressive.
He easily went over 100 rushing yards in the first half and finished the game with 253 rushing yards and a touchdown. Even though we didn't see very much of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, we all know that he is capable of doing that, and he should become more of a dual-threat option over the next few weeks.
Even when Jones comes back from his injury, I wouldn't be surprised if Murray continues to get the majority of the carries for the Cowboys. This was absolutely a breakout game for Murray, and he should build on that success for the rest of the season.
With Peyton Hillis having a very interesting year so far, Montario Hardesty had a fantastic week as Hillis' replacement.
He didn't find the end zone against the Seattle Seahawks, but he did carry the ball 33 times for a total of 95 yards. Hardesty also added 27 receiving yards to go over 100 total yards on the day.
Should Hillis continue to be injured or sick or whatever else is going on with him, Hardesty has proven that he is capable of carrying the load for the Cleveland Browns. Heck, even if Hillis is healthy next week, I'm not sure the Browns are interested at this point.
With Christian Ponder making his first career start for the Minnesota Vikings, many wondered who his top target would be this week.
Well, that question was answered on the first play of the game when Ponder found Michael Jenkins for a 71-yard reception. Jenkins continued to get looks all game long and finished the day with 111 receiving yards and a touchdown.
While Ponder was shaky during this game, he did have great success finding Jenkins, which should continue for the rest of the season. It's always risky banking on a receiver who has a rookie quarterback, but Jenkins has the big-play ability to be a huge waiver-wire reward.
It seems that each week another wide receiver steps up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This week, it was Dezmon Briscoe, the second-year receiver from the University of Kansas.
Briscoe recorded six receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears this week. This was easily the best performance of the season for him, and it is very likely that this type of production will become common for him.
With Josh Freeman and Mike Williams still struggling to regain the groove they had last year, Freeman needs to find a viable second option at receiver. With Arrelious Benn having an up-and-down season so far, Briscoe looks like he will become that second option that Freeman so badly needs.
While Briscoe isn't worth a starting spot, he is a very good flex option during bye weeks.
One thing that can be a huge help to a young quarterback is having a trustworthy tight end.
Well, Tim Tebow is a young quarterback, and Daniel Fells looks to have already gained his trust. With time running out against the Miami Dolphins, Tebow found Fells for a touchdown that wound up leading to overtime.
If Tebow looks Fells' way at the most crucial time of the game, why wouldn't he look for him more often in the weeks to come? He may not be worth starting every week, but if your starting tight end is on a bye this week, Fells is worth the pickup and could give you a solid fantasy week.