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Week 8 Standard & PPR Waiver Wire Targets

Mike JamesThere were some rough injuries to big names in Week 7, and you know what that means….there could be some key guys to pick up on the Week 8 waiver wire.  We’re now in the second half of most fantasy seasons, and the real battle for fantasy playoff spots is here. Now is the time to start finding those waiver wire heroes to secure your playoff future. It’s a pretty big list of options this week. Good luck in Week 8!

Josh McCown (QB, Bears)

With Cutler out for at least four weeks with a groin tear, McCown is going to get a chance to sail the ship for Chicago. He looked decent in Week 7. During his time in the game he completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown plus he added another 33 rushing yards. He certainly has the offensive weapons, so he could be a good add if you need help at QB.

Mike James (RB, Bucs)

Bucs running back, Doug Martin, suffered a shoulder injury in Week 7 that is likely going to keep him sidelined for several weeks or potentially the rest of the season. That means the door is open for James to step in to the primary role in Tampa. He’s going to have a decent matchup in Week 8 versus a Panthers team that is giving up 13+ fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Roy Helu (RB, Redskins)

In Week 7 three were only three running backs that scored in the top 25 in terms of fantasy points, and of those only Matt Forte was one that would have been drafted in 2013 drafts.  Helu was one of those three.  The worst is happening in Washington for Morris owners. It seems Morris and Helu are splitting carries more and more. Helu isn’t going to be fantasy viable all the time, but he has some upside and he’s showed that he can step up if Morris goes down or begins to struggle.

Daniel Thomas (RB, Dolphins)

You’ve probably been pretty frustrated if you’ve been listening to the constant Lamar Miller chatter that some fantasy “experts” have been pushing all season. The bottom line is the Dolphins don’t seem to want to give Miller feature back kind of carries and they’ve started relying more and more on Thomas. Thomas could have a big week in Week 7 as Miami faces a porous Patriots run defense.

Harry Douglas (WR, Falcons)

I’m sure you already picked him up, but you have to get him if he’s still out there. The supporting cast in Atlanta is ailing, and Douglas came up big in Week 7.  He’s going to be a top option for Matt Ryan going forward this season.  He’s surprisingly still available in 63% of ESPN leagues. Pick him up and give your opponents the Harry Douglas!

Jarrett Boykin (WR, Packers)

I told you to pick him up last week. If you did and started him, you’re likely a happy fantasy owner. With injuries plaguing Green Bay’s stable of receivers, Boykin came away with 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in Week 7. He’s still available in 98% of ESPN leagues, and at this point you have to go get him.

Kendall Wright (WR, Titans)

It’s on again off again for wide receivers in Tennessee. The quarterback woes are a large contributor.  That said, it seems Wright has now finally emerged as the target of choice as he had 12 targets from Jake Locker in Week 7. He’s only had one touchdown this season, but you have to figure as the targets increase so will the shots at the endzone.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (WR, Colts)

The win was huge on Sunday against the Broncos, but the loss of Reggie Wayne could be bigger. The Colts have a Week 8 bye, but now could be the time to pick up Heyward-Bey. He hasn’t produced much in his time with the Colts, but he’s likely going to be asked to step up big going forward if this team wants to keep winning.


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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...