Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: TE - Week 8

by Cory J. Bonini on October 27, 2010 @ 12:55:00 PDT


If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.

Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses

Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire

The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.

Michael Hoomanawanui, St. Louis Rams (99 percent)

Indianapolis Colts TE Dallas Clark
Clark is out, so who steps up?

The rookie tight end was among quarterback Sam Bradford's favorite targets in the preseason. The pass-catching line extension missed four games with an ankle injury and is finally getting back into the swing of things. Now healthy, "Oh-oh" is a vital part of the Rams' red zone offense. He was targeted five times in Week 7, four of which came inside the 20. Hoomanawanui caught only two passes for 12 yards in Week 8, but he scored his first career touchdown.

Given the increased looks, especially near the stripe, his fantasy value is on the rise. After all, the Rams' receiving corps is hardly impressive. Look to add the athletic Illinois product in deep leagues or if you're struggling at the position, but be aware that he'll likely be inconsistent.

Fantasy football free agents: Watch list

These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.

NEW - Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints (99 percent)

Jeremy Shockey's targets are losing security ever so slowly by the week. This past Sunday, Graham saw four looks, including one in the red zone for the second straight game. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound former basketball player can cause matchup problems inside the 20 and is a fresher version of what Shockey offers.

The Saints are following through on their plan to get Graham involved more; will this come at the expense of Shockey from here on out? Though New Orleans' wide distribution of targets would probably only make him a No. 2 option and a spot play, Graham has talent that's worth speculating on in leagues that value carrying a pair of tight ends. Sometimes speculating on cheap touchdowns works in deep leagues.

Brody Eldridge, Indianapolis Colts (99 percent)

Tight end Dallas Clark (wrist) is done for the year, so Eldridge and Jacob Tamme are likely to replace the Pro Bowler. Tamme is more of an H-back than a true tight end, which could lead to Eldridge, the better all-around option, seeing the field more often.

While not overly athletic, the rookie tight end could provide Peyton Manning with a red zone threat at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds. Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) will return this week, but Austin Collie (thumb) could miss extended time following surgery. As long as Eldridge endears himself to Manning and doesn't betray his trust on the field, expect the former Oklahoma Sooner to see a few looks each week.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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