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Waiver Wire: Week 8

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Jarrett Boykin, Packers – Owned in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues
We talked extensively last week about the opportunity Boykin had while playing in all 2- and 3-wide sets with Aaron Rodgers. In a situation like that, talent almost doesn’t even matter. Boykin proved that theory true, and also flashed some real ability while posting a 8/103/1 line against the Browns. Even if James Jones (knee) makes an unexpected Week 8 return, Boykin will continue to have a major role as the Packers will use three receivers as their base. Jermichael Finley (neck) is out indefinitely and his backup, Andrew Quarless, is strictly a blocker. Boykin is a WR3 weekly until the situation changes.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

2. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Colts – Owned in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues
So far this season, Darrius Heyward-Bey has played on 75.2 percent of the snaps and seen 4.8 targets per game. Both of those numbers are about to take a major jump due to Reggie Wayne’s ACL tear. Barring a trade before the Oct. 29 deadline, Heyward-Bey will now be an every-down, No. 1A receiver (along with T.Y. Hilton) with an emerging superstar quarterback in Andrew Luck. I wouldn’t go overboard and incinerate a ton of FAAB money in DHB because he’s not capable of the same precision, route-running and consistency Wayne provided. But WR3 value based on 7-9 targets per game is realistic.  
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Kendall Wright, Titans – Owned in 29 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Titans’ best receiver continues to fly under the radar. Kendall Wright has at least five catches and 54 yards in six straight games, averaging 6.3 grabs for 70.3 yards with one touchdown during that span. And when the Titans come out of their Week 8 bye, they’ll have a 100 percent Jake Locker and a cake schedule.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team PPR leagues

4. LaVon Brazill, Colts – Owned in 0 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Colts are saying that Reggie Wayne’s production will be filled by a committee and coach Chuck Pagano called out LaVon Brazill by name. It’s a big opportunity for a guy who was suspended for the first four games of the year and has played a total of 10 snaps since. Brazill was a buzz name at the 2012 draft thanks to a 4.47 forty and the ability to play both outside and inside. He’ll start out as the No. 3 receiver, but there are chances to siphon targets with Heyward-Bey far from a lock to reliably produce.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

5. Mike Brown, Jaguars – Owned in 0 percent of Yahoo leagues
The No. 3 receiver on a team that’s a lock to be trailing for the majority of games weekly? Intriguing. Mike Brown was sidelined by a back injury from Weeks 2 through 5, but has posted nine catches for 169 yards on 14 targets over the last two games. The 2012 undrafted man out of Liberty is capable of playing both inside and outside, giving him some immediate value. The real return will come if Cecil Shorts (sprained SC joint) or Justin Blackmon (hamstring) miss time.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues

6. Kris Durham, Lions – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
Matthew Stafford’s old teammate at Georgia has stepped into the role we originally expected Ryan Broyles to have. Over the last three weeks, Kris Durham aka White Chocolate has turned 29 targets into 16 catches for 154 yards with one touchdown. He’ll sustain WR4 value as virtual every-down player until Nate Burleson returns – possibly after the Week 9 bye in a best-case scenario.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 14-team leagues

Watch List: Jeremy Kerley, Eddie Royal, Cole Beasley, Kenny Britt, Drew Davis – As noted with Geno Smith, the Jets are on one week and off the next. Kerley doesn’t have much appeal, especially with Santonio Holmes (hamstring) coming back at some point. … Hopefully owners have learned their lesson about chasing Royal stats. … Beasley is the Welker-esque slot receiver for Dallas, but his role will diminish once Miles Austin’s hamstrings get right. … Britt is a stash in case he’s traded. .. Davis is interesting because he’s playing every down until Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) gets back.

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Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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