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Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire: Antonio Brown and Other Investments

Spencer HilliardContributor IOctober 25, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire: Antonio Brown and Other Investments

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    With so many teams bunched together on bye weeks this season and the high number of fantasy relevant injuries sustained last week, the waiver wire for Week 8 is as important as ever.

    Fortunately, there are a number of options out there on the waiver wire that will not only be a decent fill-in but should have monster games in Week 8.

    Here are a few guys who will get you that crucial midseason fantasy football victory.

Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

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    In Week 7, out of all the receivers in the Steelers' lineup, Antonio Brown was the surprising recipient of the most amount of targets. Yes, even more than Mike Wallace.

    This alone would alert fantasy football team owners to take a look at the guy for a bye week fill-in, but we also need to factor in that Hines Ward got banged up in Week 7 and could be limited in Week 8.

    After that, we need to factor in that the Steelers are going against the Patriots in Week 8, who are so bad at defense that they would lose every game by 30 if it wasn't for Tom Brady being a beast.

    This week Antonio Brown is not only a bye week fill-in, but he is pretty much a must start unless you have your top of the top-tier receivers healthy and going this week.

Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

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    Did you see how ugly the Monday Night Football matchup was for the Ravens? Holy Cow, the Ravens offense looked absolutely terrible. Were they hungover after partying all night in Jacksonville not worrying about the game because, well, they were playing Jacksonville?

    Who knows? This one can't be explained.

    Now think about how ugly that game was, and it's going to be even uglier for the Cardinals in Week 8. Joe Flacco is going to come out with a vengeance, and he'll be looking for Torrey Smith deep against the subpar Cardinal secondary.

    Look for Flacco, Smith and all of the Ravens to get back on track in all the right ways against Arizona in Week 8.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Titans

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    Matt Hasselbeck is still available in about 35 percent of leagues, and if you have Aaron Rodgers, or someone on a bye or injured this week, Hasselbeck is a nice fill-in for Week 8 against the Colts.

    One of the main reasons I'm mentioning Hasselbeck is because if someone does own him in your league, he will probably get dropped this week after a horrendous Week 7.

    With Chris Johnson struggling on the ground, we can expect Hasselbeck to have a good day against the hapless Colts in Week 8.

Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Vikings

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    Visanthe Shiancoe finally came back to life when Christian Ponder got his first start at quarterback for the Vikings in Week 7.

    He had a big game with a touchdown, and he looks to be Ponder's safety net as is the case with a lot of rookie quarterbacks. (Unless your name is Cam Newton, because then you would just chunk it 50 yards down the field to Steve Smith every play.)

    If you're looking for short-term or long-term help at the tight end position, Shiancoe is your guy.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Redskins

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    I know that it's hard to know what to expect from a receiver after a quarterback change like what happened in Washington from Rex Grossman to John Beck.

    However, Jabar Gaffney is definitely worth a look since Santana Moss broke his hand and is reported to be out for five to seven weeks.

    Gaffney and Fred Davis (TE) instantly emerge as Beck's top targets.

    The Redskins are also going against the less than average Buffalo Bill secondary in Week 8, so look for Gaffney to take advantage of his opportunity for this week at least.

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