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Fantasy Football Week 8: Roy Helu and Great Waiver Wire Finds Certain to Help

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18:  Roy Helu #29 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at FedExField on September 18, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. Washington defeated the Arizona 22-21.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2011

As we approach the eighth week of the NFL regular season, savvy fantasy football players are hitting the waiver wires hard to help them win on Sunday. 

A number of great players have a bye this week, which means a number of fantasy owners will be looking for replacements. Not to mention key players continue to get hurt.

Here are three of the best waiver wire finds for Week 8.

 

Roy Helu 

With guys like Michael Turner, Darren McFadden and Matt Forte on a bye this week, a number of owners will be on the look out for a running back.

Helu should be the No. 2 back for the Washington Redskins this Sunday, but he will get good touches splitting time with Ryan Torain, who is also injury prone. 

By picking Helu up, you run the risk of Mike Shanahan screwing you over, but with Tim Hightower recovering from a torn ACL, Helu will see the field. He isn't going to explode like any of the elite players, but he'll do enough to keep you competitive against your opponent. 

The Redskins take on the Buffalo Bills, who happen to be ranked 30th in the league against the run. Helu is owned in 17 percent of ESPN leagues and only 19 percent of Yahoo! leagues. 

 

Brandon LaFell 

The Panthers wide receiver doesn't get as much love as Steve Smith does, but he is still a strong option for Cam Newton.

LaFell has been solid in a few games this season, and if you need a fill-in receiver for Week 8 LaFell is a good option.

The Vikings are coming into to town, and they rank 29th in the league against the pass. Newton is going to be airing it out early and often, and LaFell will produce. A touchdown is no guarantee, but the chances he does find the end zone are still pretty good. 

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 2: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with Brandon LaFell #11 after scoring against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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LaFell is owned in only two percent of ESPN leagues and four percent of Yahoo! leagues.

 

Alfonso Smith 

Beanie Wells says he is hopeful he will play on Sunday, but it's unlikely he will. If he doesn't, Smith will be the starter for the Arizona Cardinals, and if you're in need of a running back you definitely want to pick up a starter. 

You'll have to monitor Wells' health over the week, but I doubt he plays. Smith stepped in last week and scored a touchdown on just five carries. 

With so many good running backs on a bye or injured, Smith is a great pickup for the time being. He is taking on the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday, but he should still find the end zone. 

Smith is only owned in five percent of ESPN leagues and four percent of Yahoo! leagues. 

 

Other pickups that will help this week include Bernard Scott of the Cincinnati Bengals, John Beck, Jabar Gaffney and Anthony Armstrong of the Redskins, Christian Ponder, Visanthe Shiancoe and Michael Jenkins of the Vikings and Leon Washington of the Seahawks, especially if Marshawn Lynch doesn't play.

 

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