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October 22, 2013 posted by Dan Leason

Fantasy Football 2013: Walking The Waiver Wire Week 8

Fantasy Football 2013: Walking The Waiver Wire Week 8
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This season has been a crazy mess of injuries, suspensions and more. How do we remedy that? We take a trip to the wire, grab some talent and head back into battle. It goes to show not only the importance of drafting for depth, but being cognizant how each team will move forward. You can operate in a similar fashion in most cases. How are the Bears addressing Cutler’s injury? How are the Colts going to remedy the loss of Wayne? How can these decisions help my fantasy squad??

Their decisions can only make your fantasy squad stronger should you make the right roster decisions.

Let’s take a look!

Quarterbacks

Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker

Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans – The Titans are on a bye this week, but as long as Locker is back in the lineup, he is deserves consideration as a bye week replacement himself. He has talent around him on offense, a defense that will keep him in games more often than not and can make things happen.

Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – It is exciting to see a young player get an opportunity and make the most of it. After the Bucs jettisoned QB Josh Freeman and tabbed Glennon the starter, he’s made positive strides each week and most encouraging is the incredible rapport he is building with WR Vincent Jackson.

Josh McCown, Chicago Bears – While he might not set the fantasy world on fire, he’s locked in as the starting quarterback with QB Jay Cutler out for the next month. He has a plethora of weapons around him and could settle in as a deep league QB2 option for the immediate future.

Houston Texans QB Case Keenum

Houston Texans QB Case Keenum

Case Keenum, Houston Texans – Truth be told, fantasy pundits all over the web blasted this guy, for basically no reason. Sometimes the unknown can surprise, and Keenum did just that by holding his own against the mighty Kansas City Chiefs defense. He still bears monitoring, but that is a step to fantasy relevancy.

Tim Tebow, Free Agent – With quarterbacks dropping like flies in the NFL over the past few weeks, it’s only a matter of time someone pulls the trigger. The media cannot wait. Stay tuned.

Running Backs

Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – When the Buccaneers looked around the locker room for a running back to replace injured RB Doug Martin, James was the last man standing. That said, with Martin done for the season, James will get the nod moving forward and if there is a player available that will get the rock 15-20 times a game, regardless of the situation, you have to take a flier.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James

Chris Ivory, New York Jets – Just that quickly, RB Bilal Powell saw his opportunity as lead man in the Jets backfield fade away. He didn’t find the endzone, but was the workhorse, carrying the ball 34 times and gaining over 100 yards on the day. It’s obvious there has been a power switch in New York and as long as Ivory can stay on the field and off the trainer’s table, you just might have something.

Roy Helu Jr, Washington Redskins – He is a change of pace back, yes. He is a secondary option to teammate RB Alfred Morris, but he is excelling in that role and steadily becoming quite a contributor. So he’s not only a strong handcuff, he warrants week in and week out flex consideration.

Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu Jr.

Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu Jr.

Peyton Hillis, New York Giants – Yeah, yeah, RB Andre Brown is close to returning and RB Brandon Jacobs might not get injured again. Please. Many are quick to forget a few things about Hillis. Firstly, he’s ONLY 27 years old. God knows his legs are fresh, and while he’s made stops in Kansas City and Tampa Bay, did anyone expect him (even himself) to usurp either RB Jamaal Charles or RB Doug Martin? Given the Giants issues this season, keep a close eye on Hillis. Something tells me Tampa wishes they still had Hillis now.

Wide Receivers

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts – With WR Reggie Wayne done for the season, Hey-Bey should make for a nice option with speedy WR T.Y. Hilton moving forward. Also, keep a close eye on WR LaVon Brazill.

Indianapolis Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

Indianapolis Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers – Last week you heard about his battled with the dropsies, and other negative issues regarding his speed and consistency. Seems like many had this guy wrong, eh? Look, he is a starting receiver in the National Football League playing on a dynamic offensive team with a spectacular quarterback. Enough said.

Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets – Granted the Jets are not exactly a juggernaut on offense, but from a receiver standpoint, Kerley is one of their best options downfield. As QB Geno Smith matures, Kerley will be more and more of a factor as a confidence and rapport is built. Not to mention, someone has to catch the damn ball.

Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals – At some point you knew one of the receivers running opposite of WR A.J. Green would find some daylight and benefit. Enter Marvin Jones, who seems to be hitting his stride. Not so sure about this week against the Jets, but he is worth paying attention to.

New York Jets Jeremy Kerley

New York Jets Jeremy Kerley

Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars are behind more often than not, and two of his teammates are battling injuries. Even if they weren’t, given the fact that Brown is talented in his own right and there should be enough fantasy garbage points to go around, Brown is an intriguing if unspectacular option.

Tight Ends

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins – I mentioned Reed a few times earlier in this segment. As expected, Reed has stepped up and surpassed TE Fred Davis on all fronts with the Redskins. If you need a tight end, Reed is definitely worth adding.

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed

Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts – With the loss of WR Reggie Wayne, look for Fleener to be more involved in the offense. He could be a solid viable addition down the stretch in a productive offense.

Fred Davis, Washington Redskins – What?? Call it a hunch, but since the Redskins have moved forward in regards to Davis, wouldn’t a deal to the Green Bay Packers make a world of sense? Just sayin.

After the stark reality that world domination really wasn't an option, I decided to dabble in the maddening lunacy that is Fantasy Football. Beginning when weekly scores were tabulated utilizing the box scores in the sports section of the USA Today, this hobby has developed into a 18 year passion. After years contributing to the likes of Fantasy Advantage, Red Eye Sports, Pigskin Addiction and Fantasy GameDay, I am thrilled to be on board here at Fantasy Pros 911. Drop me a line - look forward to chewing the Fantasy Football fat with YOU! Follow me on Twitter @djleason
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