Week 8 Waiver Wire: Why Fantasy Owners Must Add Daniel Fells

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVOctober 25, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 23: Daniel Fells #86 of the Denver Broncos scores a 4th quarter touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos tight end Daniel Fells made a brilliant catch to set up quarterback Tim Tebow to throw the game-tying touchdown (also caught by Fells), and put the team well on their way to their overtime, come-from-behind victory over the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.

Despite Tebow's competent play in the fourth quarter of that game, he struggled to accomplish much of anything, keeping the team stuck at zero points until throwing his first touchdown pass with just under three minutes remaining in regulation.

While this doesn't seem, at first glance, to bode well for any member of the Broncos offense, those two passes to Fells, for 31 yards and a touchdown, belie a player who is set to have a significantly increased role from here on out.

Struggling quarterbacks often look to the tight end to bail them out of bad situations, and that's no different when speaking of Tebow. For all of the support Tebow gets from his fans, he's still a long way off from being comfortable in his role as the Broncos' offensive leader.

But a good tight end can make a weak quarterback appear stronger—just look at Jason Witten in Dallas—and it's likely that the Broncos will increase Fells' role in the offense to make him Tebow's security blanket from here on out.

Fells has 13 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns and is averaging 31.7 yards per game. Now that it's Tebow and not Kyle Orton throwing the ball for Denver, those numbers are sure to rise exponentially.

He is certainly a risky addition; he's better suited to start in deeper leagues, and could be more beneficial as a flex play rather than strictly in a tight end slot. But, you don't need to start him just yet. He's worth adding just to keep on your bench for that moment when it's clear he's the true breakout performer on the Broncos roster.

Bye weeks and injuries have affected every fantasy GM this season, and sometimes it's necessary to dig deep to find value on the waiver wire. Fells is an extremely deep sleeper with excellent upside. He's likely to get a number of looks every game, and with his size, speed and good hands, could easily emerge as the primary receiver for Denver as the weeks pass.