Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups: Antonio Brown and More WRs to Use to Exploit Matchup

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 28, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a first down during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Here's a look at three wide receivers who you should pick up this week for their terrific matchups. They aren't necessarily long-term guys, but they should all have a big Week 8.


Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Patriots are giving up a generous 322 yards per game. Hines Ward will be limited, if he even plays at all. Antonio Brown is getting more and more involved in this offense, including a nine-target, seven-catch, 102-yard performance last week.

Yeah, this is a nice matchup for Brown. 

He was having a nice game last week even when Ward was in the lineup, but when Hines got hurt, Brown took full advantage.

The Steelers' run game just isn't working right now and Big Ben will have to go to air a lot again. Brown will benefit yet again.


Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

Speaking of the Steelers, Mike Wallace and company burnt the Arizona Cardinals secondary last week and the Ravens will now look to do just the same. 

In fact, pretty much everyone has been burning the Cardinals secondary as they have given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers. 

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 16:  Wide Receiver Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a catch in front of Kareem Jackson #25 of the Houston Texans and Danieal Manning #38 at M&T Bank Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob C
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Joe Flacco usually responds to bad games with big performances, and his Monday night was the definition of a bad game. Look for the Ravens to come back and score 40 in this one.

They took a bunch of shots deep to Torrey Smith last week, but were unable to connect. I'm thinking they connect on at least two this week. That will equate to a huge fantasy day. 


Damian Williams, Tennessee Titans

The Colts can't stop anyone right now, not even Matt Hasselbeck and the Titans, who looked fairly pedestrian last week. 

Nate Washington should be the first to benefit from this matchup, but Damian Williams is the No. 2 right now in Tennessee. He'll likely get just as many looks as Washington, including a couple in the red zone. 

Williams has practiced all week and is expected to play. He's owned in just two percent of ESPN leagues, but he should break out in a big way on Sunday.