Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups
Darrius Heyward-Bay, WR, Colts- Week 7 Stats: 4 rec, 44 rec yds, 1 rec TD, 1 car, 30 rush yds
I, like most sports fans, thought the days of pretending DHB was a relevant fantasy player were long behind us. But after Reggie Wayne tore his ACL in the Colts 39-33 win over the Broncos, Al Davis' defining draft pick has once again snuck his way into our waiver wires. Look for Heyway-Bay and T.Y. Hilton's stock to soar in the near future. And don't be deterred by their week 8 bye, add Darrius now at all costs. It will payoff in the long run.
Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins- Week 7 Stats: 9 rec, 134 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Odds are if you play in a competitive league this guy got scooped up long ago, but Reed is someone still out there in more than 60% of all leagues. He's surpassed Pierre Garcon as RG3's most trusted receiver and I expect him to be one of the year's big breakout players as we embark on the second half of the season. Fred Davis was a healthy scratch in the Skin's shootout with Chicago last Sunday, meaning this Tight End job is clearly his for the keeper. Fantasy owners should follow suit.
Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals- Week 7 Stats: 24 of 34 for 371 pass yds, 3 pass TDs
The Red Rocket has put up top 3 fantasy numbers among quarterbacks in each of the past 2 weeks, including a 374 yard, three touchdown performance against a gritty Lions squad in the Motor City. For the last couple years the knock on Dalton was that he was a game manger, limiting his mistakes and doing just enough to put his team in the position to win. But it appears that in year three he's now making the leap to game winner all on his own. Right now I'd place him in the high end QB2 range, certainly worthy of a bye week plug and play.
Mike James, RB, Buccaneers- Week 7 Stats: 14 car, 45 rush yds, 3 rec, 8 rec yds
With Doug Martin out for the foreseeable future with a shoulder injury, the unenviable position of starting Buccs running back now falls in the hands of Mike James, a rookie out of the U. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom third league wide in rushing yards per game, but James is still worthy of an add because starting running backs are so hard to come by in fantasy. He's got some tough upcoming matchups, including Thursday night verses the stingy Panthers D, and a week 9 showdown verse the Seahawks, so it might be best to let him ride the pine on your bench until his schedule gets easier.
Jarrett Boyken, WR, Packers- Week 7 Stats: 8 rec, 103 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Boyken emerged as the main beneficiary to Jordy Nelson's trip to Haden Island and Randall Cobb and James Jones trip to the injury list, finishing up Sunday's 31-13 win over the Browns with eight catches, 103 yards and a score. This is a team that week after week continues to get bit by the injury bug- this time it was a scary neck injury to tight end Jermichael Finley, which means Boyken's fantasy value will continue to rise. Anytime you can grab a starting receiver on one of the most prolific offenses in the league you've got to do it.