Week 8 Waiver Wire: Jerome Simpson and Other Must-Add WRs

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IOctober 25, 2011

Jerome Simpson is asking you, "What about me? Pick me!"
Jerome Simpson is asking you, "What about me? Pick me!"Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Although the NFL season is coming to its halfway point, the halfway point in most fantasy leagues has already been crossed.

With that in mind, making savvy moves to improve your team becomes increasingly difficult. However, there are still some sleepers out there to be had.

So, here are four must-add WRs to help with depth as the season progresses.


Jerome Simpson, Bengals

He doesn't get a lot of love because rookie A.J. Green steals the show and TE Jermaine Gresham is slowly emerging as a dominant big man. That said, Jerome Simpson has gained 353 yards on 22 catches.

Now, although he has yet to score a TD, you can bet on that changing with defenses preparing more for Gresham and Green. Also, Simpson leads Cincy, averaging 16 yards per reception. He's not a weekly starter, but can be a great guy for depth when appropriate.


Jason Avant, Eagles

The only real concern with Jason Avant is that he's not a starter on Philadelphia. But he does receive a lot of playing time, being that the Eagles use a spread offense, and he does rank third on the team in catches, yards and targets.

Avant is also a solid receiver in getting yards after the catch, but is more known as a first down possession WR. Nonetheless, if the Eagles are to get back into the playoff race, his services are imperative, because Mike Vick relying on just two targets (DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin) won't get them over the edge.

Avant adds versatility, and he's good for a flex start, but only when needed.


Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars

He's back with his old team, and it's the right fit for Mike Sims-Walker. Rookie QB Blaine Gabbert needs a WR he can trust along with Mike Thomas and TE Marcedes Lewis.

And with Maurice Jones-Drew continuing to do work on the ground, it's only going to take that much pressure of the Jags' passing game. Sims-Walker isn't going to provide big numbers, as Jacksonville isn't going to toss the rock that much regardless.

However, if you need a No. 3 WR or a flex spot, Mike can be a good filler when an injury occurs or a starter has a bye-week.


Braylon Edwards, 49ers

Right now Braylon Edwards is still a questionable pickup, but with WR Josh Morgan out, and Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn underperforming, Edwards will earn more targets than expected in his return.

Sure, he's not 100 percent, but as long as Frank Gore continues to dominate in the run game, QB Alex Smith will manage to find Edwards in the passing game. Braylon isn't a starter each week, but when needed, he'll provide a great depth option at the No. 2 WR spot.

San Francisco is poised to make a playoff run, so the more dynamic their offense becomes, the better their chances at a higher seed, and in turn, that means Edwards has to produce some solid numbers.


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