Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: RB - Week 8

by Cory J. Bonini and Tim Heaney on October 27, 2010 @ 12:52:00 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.

Kenneth Darby, St. Louis Rams (83 percent)

San Francisco 49ers RB Brian Westbrook
Consider Westy, across the pond

Steven Jackson (finger) owners should already at least have Darby entrenched on their watch list, sitting a few clicks away if S-Jax were to succumb to injury. Well, Jackson underwent surgery on his fractured left ring finger and is day-to-day. He played through the injury in Week 7, but if he can't go in Week 8, Darby will slide into the lineup.

Even if he shares the workload with Keith Toston, Darby is the better fantasy choice if you need to protect Jackson or grab a fill-in play. Darby proved effective in Week 3, when Jackson left with a groin strain and Darby tallied 14 carries for 49 yards and a score. The Carolina Panthers, the Rams' Week 8 opponents, are a favorable matchup for running backs, as well.

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.

Brian Westbrook, San Francisco 49ers (93 percent)

The 49ers travel to London to face the Denver Broncos in Week 8. San Fran quarterback Alex D. Smith (shoulder) will miss the game with Troy Smith replacing him. Translation: Expect a lot of running. Niners back Anthony Dixon, Frank Gore's primary backup, suffered a hamstring strain in Week 7 and may not go this weekend. He would be replaced by Westbrook.

The Broncos' defense was massacred by the Oakland Raiders in Week 7, but that was likely an aberration. Even still, Denver's defense is very banged up. The Broncos have allowed the most fantasy points per game in the past month to the position. Opposing running backs have averaged 32.8 attempts for 171.8 rushing yards and 2.50 ground scores per game. Through the air, in that same timeframe: 4.00 receptions for 32.5 yards and 0.25 touchdowns per contest.

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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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