Waiver-Wire Pickups, Week 8
We are reaching a crucial time in the fantasy season. Contenders are starting to separate themselves from the pack and fringe playoff teams are trying to keep up with the pace. The Waiver-Wire is the perfect place to improve your team at this critical point of the season. Some great options to add that I have mentioned in previous weeks are Harry Douglas, Zac Stacy, and Percy Harvin.
1. Mike James, RB, Buccaneers – The torn labrum from Doug Martin puts a cap on one of the most disappointing fantasy seasons in recent memory. Despite getting a ridiculous amount of carries, Martin was not able to produce like everyone thought he would. However, especially for Martin owners,
Mike James is the player to add. The rookie out of the University of Miami is a big back and is very good at getting the short yards, most importantly near the goal-line. He is going to be the starting RB for the rest of the season in Tampa, and like I have said before, anytime a starting back becomes available, you have to pick him up.
2. Jarrett Boykin, WR, Packers – The Green Bay offense has been absolutely decimated by injuries is recent weeks. James Jones (3 weeks), Jermichael Finley (4-6 weeks), and Randall Cobb (8 weeks) have all fallen victim to the injury bug in the past 2 games. This has left Aaron Rodgers scrambling for reliable targets to throw to, and Jarrett Boykin fills that role perfectly. In a week 7 victory over the Browns, Boykin caught 8 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown while playing opposite Jordy Nelson. Those gaudy numbers may not be realistic to duplicate every week, but as long the Packers’ main receivers remain sidelined, Boykin is a very worthy waiver claim.
3. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Colts – The one-time Oakland draft bust is turning into a viable fantasy option. Well, somewhat viable. His hands are about as shaky and inconsistent as it gets for an NFL wide receiver, but if you can live with a few drops here and there, Heyward-Bey could be an interesting fantasy option. With Reggie Wayne now out for the year with a torn ACL, Darrius becomes the Colts number 1 outside receiver (with TY Hilton still roaming the slot) and will get plenty of opportunities to showcase his ability. If you are struggling with receiver depth, Heyward-Bey certainly gives you a potential stud.