Week eight is upon us and this could be an important waiver wire to get you over the hump. Make sure you check out your bye week needs coming up before you go waiver wire crazy as well. You don’t want to be caught with an empty backfield.
1. Terrelle Pryor (32%) PIT, PHI, @NYG – Pryor had a tough game against Kansas City in Week 6, but he did show signs of the good Pryor and he was playing a very tough defense. He gets another tough test against Pittsburgh this week, but then faces Philadelphia and the New York Giants. Those are two matchups I want Pryor for, especially in the middle of the worst of the bye weeks.
2. Carson Palmer (32%) ATL, BYE, HOU, @JAX, IND, @PHI, STL – I gave you Palmer’s next seven weeks so you won’t think I’m crazy for recommending him, because he has been pretty much horrible this season. But there are some nice matchups on that list and Palmer has faced dome pretty tough defenses this season. His best game was against St. Louis in week 1, but it’s been downhill since. He has the right offense and receiving weapons to put up good numbers.
3. Jake Locker (8%) BYE, @STL, JAX, IND, @OAK, @IND, @DEN, ARI, @JAX – Locker didn’t look fully healed up last week, but put up some decent garbage time points and now will get a bye and a very good schedule. With Kendall Wright and Delanie Walker stepping up and Kenny Britt thankfully not being used much anymore, Locker should be able to take advantage of a very nice schedule to the end the season.
1. Chris Ivory (30%) @CIN, NO, BYE, @BUF – I like Ivory over Mike James because of his upcoming schedule and I think he will have more productive rushing attempts as long as he keeps the lead back job. He’s a strong and violent runner, who if healthy, can be very good. Health is usually the problem, but I’m willing to risk it based on his upside.
2. Mike James (11%) CAR, @SEA, MIA — I like James, but I liked Doug Martin more and he had trouble doing much of anything behind that line and offense. He’s a starting running back and needs to be owned, but without cake matchups I worry about his production. It gets a little easier after the next three and if Martin stays out James will get Buffalo week 14 and St. Louis week 16.
3. Roy Helu (24%) @DEN, SD, @MIN, @PHI — Helu has become a bigger part of Washington’s offense and it showed last week when he scored three touchdowns. You of course can’t count on anything like that going forward, but he is the main back in their hurry up offense and he’s averaging 12+ touches over the last three games. That right there is worth a flex start during bye weeks.
4. Shane Vereen (34%) is eligible to play week 11 and Andre Brown (14%) is eligible week 10. Both are worth rostering at this point, especially on teams set up well for the bye weeks. Of course, if I had to choose between one of these two and a player who I can use as a bye week filler, I’ll take the filler. And if I had to choose between these two I’d choose Brown in standard leagues based on the possibility of him becoming the main back and Vereen in PPR leagues because he’s a passing down back in a high powered offense.
1. Jarrett Boykin (34%) @MIN, CHI, PHI, @NYG, MIN – James Jones will return in a week or two, but Boykin played Randall Cobb’s slot position last week and should still be on the field a ton in that offense. And with Jermichael Finley out for a while, he’ll continue to see targets in the middle of the field.
2. Kendall Wright (29%) BYE, @STL, JAX, IND, @OAK, @IND, @DEN, ARI, @JAX – Wright gets the same schedule as Jake Locker (go figure!) and what a schedule it is. He has had trouble getting into the end zone, but has had no trouble getting receptions.
3. Darrius Heyward-Bey (22%) BYE, @HOU, STL, @TEN – Heyward-Bey has some stone hands, but he’s now the #1 receiver in Indianapolis, well, that’s what the depth chart says. T.Y. Hilton will be the target leader most likely, but DHB will see more work with Reggie Wayne out and will become a bit more consistent.
4. LaVon Brazill (0%) BYE, @HOU, STL, @TEN – I’m giving Brazil a little extra love because he’ll take over the T.Y. Hilton role and if Heyward-Bey continues his poor play, could emerge as the #2 receiver. He has the ability, but the offense is the main thing holding him back.
1. Jordan Reed (25%) @DEN, SD, @MIN, @PHI – Reed is a no-brainer pick up after he caught 9 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown against Chicago. Robert Griffin praised him after the game and it looks like he finally has a #2 receiver after Pierre Garcon. They should help each other going forward.
2. Coby Fleener (43%) BYE, @HOU, STL, @TEN – Fleener should see some more work with Reggie Wayne out for the season. He’s had trouble catching the ball; so that’s worrisome, but if you’ve lost Jermichael Finley he’s a solid fill-in.
3. Ben Watson (1%) BUF, @NYJ, DAL – Watson has no value unless Jimmy Graham can’t go next week, but unfortunately there is a chance of that. Watson should have enough targets to have value if that is the case.
4. Rob Housler (7%) ATL, BYE, HOU, @JAX, IND, @PHI, STL – Housler was a popular sleeper pick in preseason, but injuries and Bruce Arians dislike of throwing the ball to a tight end slowed him down. We saw a glimpse of what he could do last Thursday when he caught seven of seven targets. He’s still going to be inconsistent on that team, but their schedule gives me hope.