Week 8 Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 7 Studs to Steer Clear of
Week 7 had several surprise performances, but most were anomalies. Players like LaRod Stephens-Howling and DeMarco Murray came out of nowhere, and they will return there very quickly.
It was a perfect storm of good matchups and injuries for these players, and repeat performances are very unlikely.
While several players who had surprise performances, like Demaryius Thomas, will continue their great play, these five players will not.
Kansas City Chiefs Defense
The Kansas City Chiefs defense had one of the most impressive fantasy football performances of the season.
They had six interceptions!
However, they were playing against two rusty quarterbacks. Not to mention, one of the best running backs in the league, Darren McFadden, went down to injury after only two carries.
They only have five interceptions in all of their other games combined. They also only have six sacks on the season.
Putting your fantasy football eggs into the Chiefs basket would not be wise. Look for a more consistent defense.
DeMarco Murray came out of nowhere in Week 7.
He rushed for 253 yards and a touchdown.
However, the Dallas Cowboys were playing the worst defense in the league, the St. Louis Rams.
His Week 8 numbers won't even touch what he did in Week 7. The Cowboys are playing the very strong Philadelphia Eagles defense.
There is also the fact that he is not the starting running back in Dallas—Felix Jones is. He will be replaced when Jones returns.
Michael Jenkins finally had an explosive performance for the Minnesota Vikings against the Green Bay Packers in Week 7.
This, however, won't continue as the Vikings have too many other weapons to focus on.
Most of Jenkins' points came from the two receptions early in the game.
As quarterback Christian Ponder is still a rookie, he hasn't figured out who his favorite receivers are. He seemed to like Devin Aromashodu.
I don't put much faith into Jenkins' ability to make big plays and for Christian Ponder to get him the ball.
Stay away from him for now.
Dezmon Briscoe had a great game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7. He was targeted 10 times by quarterback Josh Freeman.
However, he still hasn't gained much of a foothold in Tampa. He is the No. 4 receiver.
While LeGarret Blount is still out with injury, Tampa is still focused on the pass, a trend which will not continue when he returns.
Blount is too good to not be given the ball.
The Buccaneers only rushed the ball 11 times in Week 7.
Most likely, Briscoe's hot streak won't last very long.
With running back Beanie Wells going down to injury, someone needed to step up for the Arizona Cardinals.
LaRod Stephens-Howling did just that against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7.
He caught two passes and scored a touchdown.
Don't look for a repeat in Week 8, though. He didn't even rush the ball in Week 7. Alfonso Smith got the carries when Wells went down.
When Wells returns in Week 8 or 9, Stephens-Howling will return to being a nonfactor.