Waiver Wire Week 8: Plaxico Burress and More Top WR Pickups

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23:  Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Jets celebrates his third touchdown against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on October 23, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Mark Sanchez on Sunday and finally made himself an important part of the team's offense.

He's a wide receiver you must scoop off of the waiver wire in your fantasy football league this week, because he will have more spectacular games like this.

He is a tall receiver with great catching skills that plays well late in big games, and every NFL quarterback dreams of having a receiver like that.

Let's look at three wide receivers you must pick up off the waiver wire this week.


1. Jason Avant

Jason Avant is one of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick's most reliable targets, and with his good speed and route running ability, Avant is a valuable part of the team's offense.

Avant is a good option to start at the flex spot on your fantasy team's roster, or in place of a star WR who is on a bye week.

Avant will get a good amount of yards this week against the Dallas Cowboys, and does a very good job of racking up yards after the catch.

Vick will throw to him a lot on Sunday.



2. Jerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson is a sleeper pick at the WR position on the waiver wire this week, and the Cincinnati Bengals wideout is an emerging fantasy player.


Simpson has 335 yard receiving on 22 catches, and with defenses paying lots of attention to teammates A.J. Green and Jermain Gresham, Simpson will have plenty of one-on-one matchups that he can use to his advantage.

If you need a bye week replacement wide receiver this week, Simpson is your man.


3. Plaxico Burress

Plaxico Burress' three touchdown catches against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday has made him a popular fantasy football player this week, and if he is available on your league's waiver wire, go pick him up right now.

Literally, right now.

Burress is a tall receiver with great catching ability and has the potential to be Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez's go-to target in many different game situations.

Expect Burress to be a big factor in the New York Jets passing game this week, and for the rest of the season.


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