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Waiver Wire: Week 8

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

1. Jordan Reed, Redskins – Owned in 25 percent of Yahoo leagues
Readers of Rotoworld and Waiver Wired should have had their mitts on Jordan Reed a long time ago. The third-round rookie has been playing ahead of Fred Davis for a month now and has been flashing the kind of “move” skills that remind of Aaron Hernandez and Jimmy Graham. It all came together for a breakout 9/134/1 line in Week 7, highlighted by a goal-line fade for the score. Now everyone on the NFL planet knows who Reed is – a wildly talented athlete that’s the No. 2 option in an explosive passing game.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. Coby Fleener, Colts – Owned in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues
With Reggie Wayne (ACL) out for the season, everyone gets a bump in Indy’s passing attack. That includes Fleener, who has struggled with drops and inconsistency, but remains a huge part of the offense. Over the last three weeks, he’s played on 148-of-190 snaps (77.8 percent) and caught 10 passes for 69 yards with one score. Now that Wayne and his 8.2 targets per game are gone, there’s room for much more.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Ben Watson, Saints – Owned in 1 percent of Yahoo leagues
Jimmy Graham’s foot injury doesn’t sound serious, but his Week 8 status is very uncertain. If he can’t go, Watson would step in as the every-down tight end. Of course, he won’t be used like Graham is used because he’s not capable of splitting wide, catching slants or getting jump balls at the goal-line. But Watson can run down the seam and anyone playing every snap with Drew Brees is worth a look. Remember that in 2010, Watson caught 68 passes for 763 yards with three touchdowns for the Browns.
Recommendation: Should be owned as a potential plug-n-play

4. Tim Wright, Bucs – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
Don’t completely bail on Wright because he managed just two catches for 16 yards on three targets against the Falcons. He still played on 45 snaps, with 84.4 percent of those snaps coming on pass plays. That’s a recipe for success for the former college wideout. He remains a TE2 as the Bucs are going to be trailing a ton the rest of the way. Tom Crabtree is the blocking tight end, Wright is the “move” option.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

5. Rob Housler, Cardinals – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
Despite Bruce Arians’ history with tight ends, he appears committed to getting Rob Housler going. Over the last five weeks, he’s playing on 68.6 percent of the snaps and has finally gotten some looks from Carson Palmer. In Housler’s first three games this season, he had two catches on five targets. Over the last two weeks, he has 11 catches on 12 targets. With the aforementioned upcoming Cardinals schedule, there’s some upside here. The 6’5/250 Housler has unique talent as a pass-catcher.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Garrett Graham, Brandon Pettigrew, Dallas Clark, Zach Ertz, Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Anthony Fasano, Ladarius Green – Graham saw eight targets from Case Keenum on Sunday. He can’t be ignored. … We know what Pettigrew is, he just doesn’t have any upside. … Clark needs tons of volume to have good games. … Ertz’s snap count was actually down in Week 7. … Quarless is a blocker that will start in place of Jermichael Finley (neck). He caught zero passes when Finley missed Week 5. Bostick is the raw pass-catcher to keep an eye on, especially in Dynasty. … Fasano came back from injury and immediately took over every-down duties from Sean McGrath. … Green is a specimen and his snap count is rising. He’ll be a stud if Antonio Gates ever goes down.

1. Panthers – Owned in 44 percent of Yahoo leagues
People continue to sleep on the Panthers truly elite defense. They’re giving up just 13.8 points per game (No. 2 in the NFL) and have forced 14 turnovers in six games. In Week 8, they get to face a reeling Bucs team with Mike Glennon at quarterback and Mike James at running back. It’s a Thursday night game, which has historically meant low-scoring affairs.

2. Saints – Owned in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
Yes, the Bills are one of two teams that have scored at least 20 points in every game this year (the other is the Broncos, obviously). But they’re in a back-to-back road spot and the Saints are coming out of a bye. C.J. Spiller is a shell of himself. And perhaps most importantly, Thad Lewis hasn’t seen an environment like he’ll see Sunday in the Superdome.

3. Steelers – Owned in 30 percent of Yahoo leagues
It’s not an ideal spot as the Steelers have to go all the way across the country to face a Raiders team coming out of their bye. Still, Oakland’s offensive line yields tons of pressure – something that often leads to big plays defensively (forced fumbles, interceptions, etc.). The Steelers should get impact rookie Jarvis Jones (concussion) back for this one.

4. Eagles – Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
This is not a play on the Eagles defense as much as it is a play against the Giants offense. On the season, Eli Manning is completing a brutal 54.5 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns against 15 interceptions in seven games. Their running game is a mess, as detailed in the Peyton Hillis notes. The Eagles should be hungry as they come off an ugly loss and are playing at home.

1. Garrett Hartley, Saints – Owned in 29 percent of Yahoo leagues
Garrett Hartley was rightfully dropped in a lot of leagues because the Saints were on a bye in Week 7. Scoop him back up immediately. Coming out of a bye, Drew Brees won’t have any trouble shredding the Bills on Sunday and Hartley will reap the rewards. He’s already 14-of-16 on field goals through six games this season.

2. Alex Henery, Eagles – Owned in 34 percent of Yahoo leagues
We got burned by streaming Alex Henery in against the Cowboys, but it wasn’t his fault. He missed a 60-yard attempt and only got one other chance. With Michael Vick (hamstring) likely back and the Eagles facing the Giants, Henery should get far more opportunities this week. 

3. Jay Feely, Cardinals – Owned in 2 percent of Yahoo leagues
We like using kickers that are at home and playing against defenses that yield a lot of yardage. Jay Feely fits into both those categories this week as the Cardinals are hosting the Falcons. Coming off a long week in this dream matchup, perhaps Carson Palmer finally gets on track in Bruce Arians’ offense.

4. Kai Forbath, Redskins – Owned in 4 percent of Yahoo leagues
With the zone read back in action, a dynamic tight end in Jordan Reed and a two-headed monster at running back, the Redskins’ offense is in high gear. Kai Forbath will get to kick in the thin air at Mile High this week, and the Broncos are 29th in the league in defense.

Adam Levitan is in his seventh 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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