Week 8 Waiver Wire: DeMarco Murray and Must-Add Players
How many people had DeMarco Murray starting for their fantasy teams on Sunday?
My guess is not a lot.
That’s the beauty of fantasy football. Some unknown players become fantasy studs, and then they disappear just as quickly as they burst onto the scene.
There are many players sitting on waivers that played well in Week 7, but it's difficult to predict whether they will continue to play at a high level for the rest of the season.
So, before you pick up a one-hit wonder, take a look at three must-add fantasy players for Week 8.
1. DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys
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Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray shocked many by rising from a sleeper to a must-add in just a single week.
Filling in for the injured Felix Jones against the Rams on Sunday, Murray set a Cowboys record, with 25 carries for 253 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
This week, the Cowboys play the Eagles on Sunday night, a game that could be huge for Murray, as Philadelphia only has the NFL's 23rd-ranked defense.
With Felix Jones likely out at least another week, pick up Murray and start him.
Also, keep in mind that, if he produces like he did in Week 7, Murray could very well be named the full-time starting running back in Dallas.
2. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders
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No matter who has thrown the ball to him, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has been productive.
In his last four games, Heyward-Bey has recorded 22 catches for 385 yards and a touchdown.
While he won’t help you this week because of the Raiders bye, he has some huge upside for the weeks to come.
The reason for this is the team's recent acquisition of quarterback Carson Palmer. Although Palmer struggled last week against the Chiefs, he still is a huge upgrade for the Raiders.
Look for Palmer to develop a rapport with Heyward-Bey, as they will use the bye week to improve timing and confidence.
Pick up Heyward-Bey as a future bye-week replacement and potentially, a full-time starter.
3. John Beck, QB, Washington Redskins
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Redskins quarterback John Beck made his first start of the season this past Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Against a decent Panthers pass defense, Beck threw for 279 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for a touchdown.
Now that it is clear Beck is the starting quarterback in Washington, it’s okay to add him to your fantasy team. Although he may spend most weeks on your bench, Beck has the potential to be a fantastic bye-week replacement.
For the remainder of the season, Beck and the Redskins face six teams that rank 20th or worse against the pass.
John Beck is definitely worth a look on waivers as he is available in most fantasy leagues.