The NFL has reached the halfway point of the season and in Week 7, came some ugly injuries. Teams are still undergoing bye weeks with six of them enjoying one in Week 8. Between those absences and players sidelined from injuries, there’s holes to be filled on fantasy football teams.
Here’s a look at Week 8 fantasy football waiver wire pickups.
Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals) -Dalton has been a little inconsistent this season but in the last two weeks, he’s played well. Last week against the Detroit Lions, he had 372 passing yards and three touchdowns and in the previous week against the Buffalo Bills, he threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns.
This week, the Bengals play the improving New York Jets.
Dalton may not be your top quarterback pick but without Chicago Bears Jay Cutler and St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford, he’s a great option.
Terrelle Pryor (Oakland Raiders) – Pryor is coming off a bye week and is a solid alternative for either a bye week quarterback or an injured one. He doesn’t have as many weapons as Dalton does but against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6, he did run for 56 yards and passed for 216 yards with three picks.
In Week 8, he’ll go up against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home, followed by matchups versus the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants, the Houston Texans, the Tennessee Titans, and the Dallas Cowboys. Some of these are pretty winnable so you may want to keep Pryor around for a few weeks.
Zac Stacy (St. Louis Rams) – Stacy has been mentioned for a few weeks but not every one is racing to pick him up. Last week he had 76 combined yards and a touchdown versus Carolina Panthers but since he was named by the team as a starter in Week 5, he’s amassed 255 total yard with 55 touches over three games.
With the number of teams enjoying their bye week in Week 8, Stacy should be a solid flex starter against the Seattle Seahawks. Without Bradford, look for the Rams to depend on their run game.
Roy Helu Jr. (Washington Redskins) – The Redskins offense found success against the Bears last week and Helu saw lots of playing time. He had three touchdowns (don’t expect this to happen on a week-to-week basis) and should get some goal-line action moving forward thanks to his size. Helu has score more fantasy points (44.7) than his teammate Alfred Morris (30.7) over the last three games and should be a nice addition to your team.
Harry Douglas (Atlanta Falcons) – He is another repeat on this list thanks to his sidelined wide receiver teammates, Julio Jones and Roddy White. Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Matt Ryan targeted him seven times. He caught all of them for 149 yards and one touchdown.
He has a good rapport with Ryan and with White still not 100 percent, look for Douglas’ targets to continue.
Jarrett Boykin (Green Bay Packers) – Questions lingered who would step up in wide receiver Randall Cobb’s shoes as he sits on IR. It appears the answer could be Boykin as was the No. 2 receiver last week against the Cleveland Browns. He had eight receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown. This came on a team-high 10 targets.
Fellow receiver James Jones could be back this week against the Minnesota Vikings but look for Boykin to remain involved in the team’s offense now that tight end Jermichael Finley is down.
Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins) – Similar to Helu, Reed had a good week against the Bears with his nine receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown. Every target that came to him, he caught, leading the Redskins in receiving.
With an iffy defense and a healthier Robert Griffin III, Reed could help this rising team. Look for him to be a part of its passing game.
Next up for the Redskins? The Denver Broncos.
The New Orleans Saints are back from their break week and have a rising defense thanks to new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. They’ll host the Bills this week and after two weeks’ rest and a tough loss against the New England Patriots, they’ll come back in fighting form.
The defense has been averaging more than 3 sacks and 2 turnovers forced each game. Against the Bills, they’ll face green quarterback Thaddeus Lewis who has three fumbles in his two starts (losing one of them) and an interception. Ryan has plenty of game tape to review and will further throw off Lewis this week.