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2013 Fantasy Football, Week Eight Waiver Wire: Chasing Mike James

Welcome to TheFantasyFix.com’s week seven fantasy football waiver wire. Injuries are still decimating teams and matchups are becoming easier for us to recognize and exploit. This week there are six teams on a bye, so many fantasy footballers could be cruising the wire for some bye week magic. We’ll be looking at players like Mike James, Chris Ivory, Roy Helu, Jr. and Darrius Heyward-Bey in this week’s edition of the waiver wire..

For those expecting to read about the Jarrett Boykin or Jordan Reed, you won’t find them in this week’s edition. We wrote about them last week here, so get your read-on if you’ve yet to make those adds.

Before we get to this week’s potential waiver wire pickups, it’s important to note that I indicate below each name what type of waiver priority I would use on said player as well as the amount of FAAB I’d be willing to use to acquire their services. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Mike James | Buccaneers

The complete extent to Doug Martin’s injury isn’t known as of the writing of this piece, but some feel that the potential torn labrum could be a season-ending injury for the tailback. James looks to be the immediate add in Tampa, but owners should temper their expectations considering the team’s upcoming schedule. Miami in week ten could be a spot start for the rookie out of “The U” for fantasy owners in deeper leagues.

Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 1 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 40-50%
Players I’d drop for him: Doug Martin (if confirmed done for the year), Mark Ingram, Montee Ball

Chris Ivory | Jets

The backfield situation for the Jets is murky at best. Bilal Powell came off of a few nice performances, but Ivory took the lion’s share of carries in week seven. Powell was active, but failed to earn work due to what some assumed to be some lingering injuries. Ivory eclipsed the 100-yard mark, but it took him more than 30 carries to do so, averaging just 3.2 yards/attempt. While it’s unclear how the two will be used going forward, Ivory should be added in all formats.

Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 2 and lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 40-45%
Players I’d drop for him: Doug Martin (if confirmed done for the year), Mark Ingram, Montee Ball

Darrius Heyward-Bey | Colts

DHB’s stock is on the rise with Reggie Wayne out for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season. Heyward-Bey is a speedster and should earn more-and-more targets each week opposite TY Hilton in Indianapolis.

Consider in leagues: 12-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 6 or lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 15%
Players I’d drop for him: Ryan Broyles, Lance Moore, Kenny Britt

Peyton Hillis | Giants & Andre Brown | Giants

Peyton Hillis could be the add in New York this week, but Andre Brown should be added in deeper leagues as well for the long-term potential. Prior to Hillis’ performance on Monday Night Football, reports seemed to favor Brown as the back to own for the Giants

Consider in leagues: 12-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 8 or lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 10-15%
Players I’d drop for him: Doug Martin (if confirmed done for the year), Mark Ingram, Montee Ball

Roy Helu, Jr. | Redskins

Helu may not apply to most owners, but those with shares of Alfred Morris may want to pounce on the Redskins’ goal line back in week eight. He carried the ball 11 times and hauled in one pass on two targets. Helu landed in the end zone three times, each of which came from within the red zone (3, 3 and 14 yards out). Going forward, Alfred Morris still figures to be the featured back in Washington, but Helu very well may continue to poach touchdown tries from the bell-cow.

Consider in leagues: 12-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 6 or lower
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: 10-15%
Players I’d drop for him: Doug Martin (if confirmed done for the year), Mark Ingram, Montee Ball

Harry Douglas | Falcons

Admittedly, we thought Douglas landed on the waiver wire a few weeks back. And as a commenter noted last week, Douglas should’ve been in your lineups prior to his career performance against the Bucs. Although we likely saw the best game of the season — and probably his career — Douglas should be owned in mostly all formats going forward.

Consider in leagues: 12+ teamers
Waiver Priority Worthy: N/A
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: <5%
Players I’d drop for him: Lance Moore, Brandon Myers, Fred Davis

Carson Palmer | Cardinals

Palmer faces an Atlanta Falcons defense in week eight who surrender the most fantasy points in the NFL to opposing gun-slingers. Ryan Tannehill, Geno Smith and Mike Glennon each put up 18 or more points on the Falcons, so suggesting Palmer at this points feels a little bit easier.

Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: 8 or lower
Spend this much FAAB 10-15%
Players I’d drop for them: Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger, Brandon Weeden

New Orleans D/ST

With six teams on a bye it’s a bit more difficult to pick your spots on the defensive side of the ball. The Saints look to be a good stream against a Buffalo BIlls team giving up just under eight fantasy points per week to opposing defenses.

Consider in leagues: 10-team
Waiver Priority Worthy: N/A
Spend this much FAAB to acquire: <5%
Players I’d drop for him: San Diego, Chicago, Houston

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1 Comment

  1. Marc Winkelman
    October 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm — Reply

    For this week only, do you like James ove Helu? I understand the touches, but Helu seems to do more with less touches

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