Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: WR - Week 8

by Cory J. Bonini on October 26, 2011 @ 00:39:07 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: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (81 percent)

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas
Thomas instantly became a Tebow fav

Thomas was targeted 10 times in Week 7, but a couple of the targets were really Tim Tebow throwing the ball away in Thomas' vicinity. Nevertheless, he was involved a considerable amount in a wide receiving corps that needs someone to stand out. We advised to acquire Thomas last week, if you had room. Now, he should be added in all formats.

Thomas has the athleticism to become a fantasy force, and Denver's defense is likely to put Tebow in a lot of passing situations. The Broncos' unconventional quarterback could create a lot of big plays through the air, as scrambling around permits receivers to shake free from the covering cornerback.

Denver's next three games are rather favorable for fantasy owners: Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.

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.

Terrence Austin, Washington Redskins (100 percent)

John Beck was respectable in his Week 7 start, and he has chemistry with Austin dating back to the preseason. The quarterback targeted the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder six times last week. That number could go up with Santana Moss (hand) set to miss almost two months and Tim Hightower (knee) done for the year.

Washington faces the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks in the next month. PPR owners should bump Austin up their list a little higher than those in standard-scoring formats. He should be added in deep leagues if you are desperate for depth, but he is a better wait-and-see candidate in shallow styles.

Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays

The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

Donnie Avery, Tennessee Titans (99 percent)

Avery is slowly being worked into the offense to give the Titans a vertical threat they have been missing since Kenny Britt (knee) went down. He has yet to catch a pass in three games with Tennessee, so Avery represents a true gamble if you're looking for a flier play. He was targeted three times in Week 7, including being open on a play that resulted in an overthrow by Matt Hasselbeck.

The Indianapolis Colts have allowed the second most non-PPR fantasy points per game (29.2) to the wide receiver position in the last month. They have given up 13.50 receptions, 189.8 receiving yards and 2.00 touchdown grabs per contest in this time.

View Avery as a flex option in very deep leagues, but realize you could wind up with a goose egg.

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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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