Waiver Wire Report — Week 8

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    10/25/2010 9:33 AM - 

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    Below is a list of some names that Craig, Greg and Mike think could be worth a shot on your roster. This list will be updated throughout the day Monday, just in time for waiver wire openings on Tuesday.

    QUARTERBACKS

    1. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buffalo) — Wow, should we actually start believing in this kid? I have to say, I was majorly impressed with his final numbers and the way he carved up the Baltimore defense. 29 of 43 for 374 yards and 4 touchdowns. Granted, they aren’t always going to be in a shootout, but you have to respect what this kid can do. Keep in mind, he’s throwing to guys like Steve Johnson, Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish.

    2. Jon Kitna (Dallas) — Chalk up another QB injury. This time it’s a guy who was considered by many to be a top 5 guy… Tony Romo. A broken collarbone is going to sideline Mr. Romo anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks, meaning Kitna is going to be handed the reigns to this offense for the foreseeable future. With all the weapons and Kitna’s disposal, you could do a lot worse.

    3. Matt Moore (Carolina) — The QB carousel continues in Carolina, but if Moore can string together a few of these type games, he’s going to be the starter for a while. With a less-than-100% Steve Smith, Moore used other weapons that many people haven’t heard of to throw for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    4. Matthew Stafford (Detroit) – You’d be surprised how many waiver wires still have Stafford listed when he is expected to start Week Eight. There are still plenty of weapons at his disposal and he doesn’t face a quarterback controversy since Shaun Hill is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair his fractured left forearm.

    5. Kerry Collins (Tennessee) — Short term only. When Vince Young is healthy, Collins likely goes back to the bench. But you have to be impressed how Collins has led this team to two straight wins.

    6. Troy Smith (San Francisco) — I’ve always felt Troy Smith got a raw deal in Baltimore. The former Heisman Trophy winner has a rocket arm, reads defenses well, and isn’t afraid to tuck it away and run when need be. With Alex Smith expected to be out at least 2-3 weeks, Smith will have at least that much time to prove what he can do.

    7. Tavaris Jackson (Minnesota) Brett Favre re-injured his surgically-repaired ankle Sunday night against the Packers and believes his status for Week Eight is in doubt. Trust us when we say we take Favre’s comments with a grain of salt considering his history, but it may not be a bad idea to look at Jackson if you are in a bind as well as a Favre owner.

    RUNNING BACKS

    1. LaGarrette Blount (Tampa Bay) — You may not like this kid’s attitude, but you have to love his toughness. Given literally the same opportunity as Cadillac Williams, Blount rushed for 72 yards on just 11 carries and basically cemented himself as the new starter. If Raheem Morris uses Caddy Williams as anything more than a third-down back he should be shot.

    2. Willis McGahee (Baltimore) — I wish John Harbaugh would make up his mind, because there isn’t a person in the world who knows (from week-to-week) how McGahee is going to be used in this offense. What made Harbaugh not use him a bit last week, yet in Week 7 he carries the ball nearly as much as Ray Rice and adds as touchdown? I just don’t get it. What I do know is… if he’s out there, you better get him.

    3. Brandon Jacobs (NY Giants) For the second-straight week, Jacobs looked impressive, running for 75 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys Monday night. Keep in mind that Ahmad Bradshaw is still the main guy in the backfield, but Jacobs should be good for 10-15 touches a game now that he is fully healthy.

    4. Deji Karim (Jacksonville) — I am still absolutely unimpressed with MJD. Another game with less that 3.0 yards per carry, and if it weren’t for one “gift” TD reception, we’d be talking about another game with less than 10 fantasy points. Karim provides a fresh spark, offensively, and if you own MJD you should already have this guy.

    5. Chester Taylor (Chicago) — Basically, I just don’t like Matt Forte and have a lot more faith in Taylor. Although it might not happen right away, I can see Taylor splitting carries equally with Forte before the season’s over.

    6. Reggie Bush (New Orleans) — With Pierre Thomas’ timetable for a return from an ankle injury still up in the air, Bush could get some work in Week Eight. We still expect Chris Ivory to be the lead back, but his Week-Seven numbers (15/48/3.2ypc) were nothing to write home about.

    WIDE RECEIVERS

    1.  Steve Johnson (Buffalo) - Okay, if you haven’t picked this guy up yet you absolutely have to go get him. He’s unbelievably quick and constantly found holes in the Baltimore zone. Johnson finished with 8 catches for 158 yards and a TD, pushing his season total to 25 receptions for 325 yards and five TDs… four of them coming in his last three games.

    2. Jordan Shipley (Cincinnati) — There’s TO; There’s Ochocinco; and then there’s Shipley? Apparently so. Since he’s come back from his concussion, Shipley has gotten back into the flow of this offense with six catches for 131 yards and a 64-yard TD reception in the second half.

    3. Lee Evans (Buffalo) The Bills’ passing offense was clicking on all cylinders and Evans has been looking solid. In the last two weeks, Evans has 11 catches, 192 yards and four touchdowns. He is a high risk/high reward option going forward.

    4. David Gettis (Carolina) - Let’s be honest… the Panthers aren’t going to be throwing the ball this much every game. Once they get their offensive line healthy, they’ll continue to be a run-first football team. Having said that, you have to be impressed with David Gettis and his 8 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. Gettis could have had three touchdowns, but dropped one in the 4th quarter that was a perfectly-thrown pass.

    5. Brandon LaFell (Carolina) — Matt Moore clearly wants his job back after Week 7′s performance. Not only did he get rookie David Gettis involved for two touchdowns, he made sure his other rookie, Brandon LaFell, was taken care of as well. LaFell finished with 6 catches for 91 yards on 9 targets.

    6. Patrick Crayton (San Diego) — With Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee ailing, Crayton is getting a lot more action. As long as they continue to be hurt, Crayton will have fantasy value.

    7. James Jones (Green Bay) — It’s tough to see Donald Driver struggle to get the ball, considering he’s had such a good fantasy career, but those days might be behind him. Could it be Driver is more of a decoy than anything else? In Driver’s absence, Jones is starting to get more involved in the offense and finished Week 7 with 4 catches for over 100 yards.

    TIGHT ENDS

    1. Jacob Tamme (Indianapolis) — We know Dallas Clark going on injured reserve is old news by now, but we missed out on adding Tamme to last week’s WW report. Tamme doesn’t have the skill set Clark does, but a tight end that has Peyton Manning throwing to him is always worth a look.


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