Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Roy Helu and Great Waiver Wire Flex Options

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 02: Roy Helu #29 of the Washington Redskins runs against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 2, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Washington Redskins beat the St. Louis Rams 17-10.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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To succeed in fantasy football, a player must be smart and active with their transactions.

Hitting the waiver wire every week to further strengthen your team is a must, as it also prevents your opponents from becoming better. 

With elite teams on a bye, big-time players are forced to be on the bench, which means adding some guys that haven't been stars is a must. 

You can also try to make a trade, but more times than not your rivals don't want to pull the trigger, leaving you in a bind. 

So check these players out, and if they're in your league, you need to pick them up. They'll be good additions to your team in Week 8. 


Roy Helu 

As with any Washington Redskins running back, you run the risk of Mike Shanahan screwing you over, but since Tim Hightower is out for the year with a torn ACL, he's limited at the position and will use both Helu and Torian.

Now, Torian is likely to get the start, but Helu will still see the field. He's owned in 17 percent of ESPN leagues and only 19 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Washington is playing the Buffalo Bills, who are ranked 30th in the league against the run, so Helu should be able to find success.


Michael Jenkins 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: Michael Jenkins #84 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Detroit Lions on September 25, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Jenkins and rookie QB Christian Ponder really hit it off last week against a tough Green Bay Packers defense.

Since the Minnesota Vikings take on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Jenkins is a good add if you're in need of WR. 

The Panthers rank 21st in the league against the pass, and Jenkins well get a decent amount of points to justify adding him for Week 8.

He isn't going to explode like last week, but a strong performance from him and Ponder will please fantasy owners.

Jenkins is owned in 24 percent of ESPN leagues and around 38 percent of Yahoo! leagues.


Demaryius Thomas 

The Broncos struggled last week with Tim Tebow as the starting QB, but with another week of work they will be better on Sunday when they battle the Detroit Lions.  

Tebow targeted Thomas 10 times last week, and even though they only connected on three of those passes, Thomas is worth the add because he will be Tebow's go-to guy all day long.

He's a red-zone threat, and that's what makes him a solid flex option for Week 8.

The Lions have a good defense, but this is a team that's been beaten twice in a row now, and their spirits are low. Thomas will catch another touchdown pass to please those who add him this week.

He's owned in 10 percent of ESPN leagues and 16 percent of Yahoo! leagues. 

Other solid flex options to pick up off waivers include Brandon LaFell of the Carolina Panthers, Alfonso Smith of the Arizona Cardinals, Andy Dalton and Bernard Scott of the Cincinnati Bengals, John Beck, Jabar Gaffney and Anthony Armstrong (for deeper leagues) of the Redskins and Leon Washington of the Seahawks—especially if Marshawn Lynch doesn't play.


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