Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) runs with the ball while being pursued by New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (25) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Berry’s waiver wires and sleepers, oh my. If you started foaming from the mouth after reading the first few words, then you, my fantasy football nerd, are ready for some fantasy football — and it may also be time to see a shrink. If you’re in a league, or several leagues, it’s all business from here on out. Fantasy football. All. The. Time.
Owners: Don’t jump off the ledge just yet. Injuries be damned, there’s plenty of season left, and if you dedicate yourselves to weekly roster maintenance, you can still right the ship. More importantly, if you want to win succeed in life, check out EWB’s weekly fantasy football section for some golden nuggets of information.
Fantasy football Week 8 waiver wire must-haves below:
New York Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley
Fifth rounder, Jeremy Kerley, has been the Jets’ go-to guy this entire season. Not Santonio Holmes, not Stephen Hill. Kerley has been a solid receiver for rookie quarterback Geno Smith, and Smith has been targeting Kerley a healthy amount of times.
Last week against New England, Kerley eight receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. This week, against a much tougher Cincy defense, it’ll be difficult for the Jets to move the ball, but keep this in mind: the Jets will have some difficulty moving the ball, so look for Marty to dial up some short-route plays that will go to the always reliable Kerley.
Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan talked up the rookie tight end (no easy feat) for the past few weeks, and it’s been for a good reason. Jordan Reed has been getting more looks as the weeks go by, and with less and less weapons for RGIII and the Redskins, Reed will be getting more of a workload.
Last week against the Chicago Bears Reed exploded for 134 yards and a touchdown. This week, the Redskins face the Broncos, a team with a secondary that has given up a lot of big plays. So, with RGIII returning to form, showing that dual-threat ability like last year, the Broncos defense will have to account for the read-option plays which will give Reed opportunities down the field.
Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle
Yes, I know DeMarco Murray is still around and may possibly be back this Sunday, but this guy is injury-prone and the Cowboys may be getting tired of waiting around for Murray to come back. The rookie running back hasn’t been explosive for Dallas, but he has been effective.
Last week against the Eagles, Randle gained a total of 94 yards, which is serviceable — especially in a PPR league. This week the Cowboys face the Lions; the Lions run defense isn’t great, so Randle can do some damage. Look for Randle’s workload to increase each week, even with Murray back.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills
Jimmy Graham’s status is still up in the air for this Sunday; Marques Colston has disappeared and Lance Moore has been dealing with injuries this entire season. Oh, and, let’s not forget that the Saints’ high-octane offense is going against a vulnerable Bills defense this week. That’s why you should pick up Kenny Stills.
Let’s remember that the Saints love to pass and it’s Drew Brees behind center — and speaking of Brees, it’s well known that the all-world quarterback loves to distribute the ball.
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